Black Friday 2019 has finally arrived. Among the slew of deals on just about anything you could think of, you can expect to find a bevy of amazing deals on gaming consoles, games, accessories, tech, and more from now until Cyber Monday. If you’re set on getting the absolute best deal, it can be stressful to shop around–the best deals sell out almost immediately, but that doesn’t mean you should always jump on the first deal you see. That means keeping track of prices across multiple stores over time, which not everyone has time for. That’s why we’re here–to do the hard work for you and help you find the best deal for Thanksgiving weekend.
Whether you have a long list of loved ones to buy for or a personal wishlist, it’s best to have a plan when shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Typically, ads from all of the big retailers leak weeks in advance, but this year, things are slightly different; many brick-and-mortar retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target published their Black Friday 2019 ads well in advance, giving us a closer look at what deals will be available and when. In fact, we already know most of what’s to come, with some exceptions like Nintendo Switch’s Eshop. Nintendo of Europe announced its Eshop deals early, but we’re still waiting to see which digital Switch games will be on sale in North America.
There are sure to be new deals that pop up or new items you might decide you want–the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx might suddenly have you in the market for an Oculus Rift or other VR headset. But it’s time to start planning your Black Friday shopping to ensure you get the best deals and don’t miss on the things you want most.
Read on for everything you need to know to prepare for this year’s Black Friday, including the best deals to be aware of at different retailers across gaming (including PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch hardware and games), tech, and entertainment.
When is Black Friday 2019?
Black Friday is today, November 29. Most retailers have began offering deals on Thanksgiving, however, and the schedule for when stores open is all over the place–some closed on Thanksgiving, some are open as usual, and some are open for a set number of hours during the long weekend. While the schedule varies from store to store, most of the best deals seem to have already dropped.
Because the schedule of Black Friday deals varies so widely from store to store, here’s an overview of when we know deals will be available for Best Buy, Target, Microsoft, Ebay, and other major retailers for Black Friday this year. Please note that start times often differ based on whether the deal is online or in brick-and-mortar stores.
Black Friday store scheduleBest Buy
Best Buy’s Flack Friday 2019 doorbusters are live now online and will likely last until December 1 or while supplies last. The retailer has some of the best deals around, so be sure to browse their offers. Store open at 5pm at Thanksgiving and will keep fairly regular hours throughout the weekend.
Live until-December 1: All Black Friday deals and doorbusters will be available.
Best Buy store hours
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28: 5 PM – 1 AMBlack Friday, Nov. 29: 8 AM – 10 PMSaturday, Nov. 30: 9 AM – 10 PMSunday, Dec. 1: 11 AM – 8PMGameStop
GameStop’s Black Friday deals are now live on their website. For brick-and-mortar GameStop stores, doors will open quite early on Black Friday–7 AM local time. They’ll close at 10 PM that same day, then open at 10 AM on Saturday.
GameStop store hours
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28: 3 PM – 10 PMBlack Friday, Nov. 29: 7 AM – 10 PMSaturday, Nov. 30: 10 AM – 9 PMSunday, Dec. 1: 11 AM – 7 PMAmazon
While Amazon has opened a small (but growing) number of brick-and-mortar stores across the US, the bulk of its Black Friday discounts are available on Amazon.com. Because Amazon is primarily an online store, it didn’t wait for the actual shopping holiday to attract customers. Instead, Amazon launched its Happy HoliDeals sale on November 1 with discounts across gaming, tech, entertainment, and other categories. Since November 22, more deals have started popping up on on Amazon, including a wide range of smart devices. Basically, Amazon has deals going live all the time, so check back often.
Live Now: Deals will go live every day up until Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and probably the week after Cyber Monday.Target
As with most retailers, Target’s Black Friday online deals are up right now, though brick-and-mortar stores don’t open until 7AM local time today. Select deals, such as the PlayStation Slim 1TB bundle, are already live on Target’s website until Saturday.
Live until November 30: Black Friday deals and doorbusters availableDecember 1-8: Cyber Week deals available (online only)
Target store hours
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28: 5 PM – 1 AMBlack Friday, Nov. 29: 7 AM – 11 PM (normal closing time)Saturday, Nov. 30: 8 AM – 11 PM (normal hours)Walmart
Walmart’s Black Friday deals are all up for grabs right now. Walmart is open 24/7, so if you’re reading this, you can probably head to your local store to take advantage of deals. Some of the store’s best deals, like Splatoon 2 and Breath of the Wild for $30 each are out of stock right now, but you may have better luck picking them up in-store locally.
Live until November 29: All Black Friday deals will be available. See Black Friday store hours below.
Walmart store hours
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28: Black Friday deals start at 6 PM local time. Check with your local store, but typically Walmart lets you come early and fill up your cart before Black Friday sales officially start. You just have to wait until 6 PM to checkout.Friday, Nov. 29: Check with your local store. Many Walmart stores are open 24 hours/day.Microsoft
Microsoft announced its Xbox deals and start times during X019. Microsoft’s Black Friday deals will be available until December 2 (or while supplies last). In addition to Xbox deals, you’ll find some nice discounts on gaming laptops, monitors, headphones, and more during Black Friday.
November 24-December 2: Official Xbox deals available to everyoneBlack Friday 2019 retailer ads and deals
For a more at-a-glance view of what every retailer has to offer this year, be sure to look at their Black Friday ads. Catch up on everything you need to know about Black Friday 2019 at Best Buy, Target, Microsoft, and more in our retailer-specific Black Friday previews. Digital game storefronts like PSN, Steam, and Nintendo’s Eshop have a wide selection of deals as well, so make sure to browse them as well.
Best Black Friday 2019 deals so far
With quite a few retailers’ Black Friday ads under our belt already, we’re starting to get an idea of what the best Black Friday deals will be this year. Keeping in mind that some of these products aren’t live anywhere yet (meaning we can’t link them), here are some of the best upcoming deals that will be available during Black Friday 2019.
Best PS4 deals Best Xbox One dealsBest Nintendo Switch dealsHow to get the best Black Friday deals
It’s all about speed, baby. Black Friday is like Prime Day on steroids, with almost every retailer throwing their hat into the ring and competing to offer the best deals. You can also use CamelCamelCamel to check the price history on products at Amazon and browser extension Honey to find coupons from across the web. Browser add-on PriceBlink will also let you know if a specific product is cheaper elsewhere. Finally, if you spot a product at an incredible price during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, don’t wait to buy it. The best deals will be gone in a flash.
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