Retailers love to throw the term Black Friday around a lot. A whole lot. From Black Friday marketing emails hitting your inbox mid-January to the “Black Friday in July” sales that hover around Amazon Prime Day, it’s easy to think that Black Friday lasts all year long. Those emails and sales are deceptive, but they do get one thing right: Black Friday isn’t just one day anymore.
In fact, it’s not even two days. Some stores start selling items at Black Friday prices the first week of November, and others kick off their Black Friday sales the Monday before Thanksgiving. Arbitrary holidays like Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving), Green Monday, and Free Shipping Day keep the whole deal-fest going for weeks.
So yes, Black Friday deals are already taking over, but not all of them are good. We’ve gathered up a list of early deals that are actually worth your time (and money). The items listed below are at or very close to advertised Black Friday prices, so if any are on your holiday shopping list, you might be able to get a head start.
Our list is small now but will grow in time. We’ll keep it updated for a couple of weeks until we start covering Black Friday sales as they go live.
Update: We added deals on an ebike, multicooker, and air purifier to this list.
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Echo Show 8 for $100 ($30 off): This is a preorder of Amazon’s newest Echo Show device. It ships on November 21. If you order it and the price changes between now and when your order ships, Amazon will charge you the lower price.
Apple AirPods Pro for $235 ($14 off): This deal has been going in and out of stock, so if it isn’t available when you check, circle back to see if it’s on sale again. These are Apple’s newest AirPods, and overall, we really like them. We like them a lot.
Target’s TV Sale: Prices and savings vary in this sale, but most of the prices are either a match of Target’s Black Friday ad prices, or they come close. Brands like TCL and Samsung are included. A Target REDcard will get you another 5 percent off.
Apple AirPods With Corded Charging Case for $145 ($15 off): This price matches the one we’ll see on Black Friday. The deal is on the original iteration of the AirPods, which are not our favorites for music or comfort but are still somewhat capable headphones that access Siri hands-free and sound good on phone calls. They rarely go on sale.
Bose Home Speaker 300 for $199 ($60 off): This home speaker has Alexa built in and has never sold for less. We included this speaker’s big brother in our roundup of the best smart speakers, and the 300 performs nearly as well.
UE Boom 2 for $70 ($30 off): This speaker used to sell for more than $150 and was our favorite Bluetooth speaker for several years. The Boom 3 now leads our picks, but this one is still great. It’s loud, water-resistant, and quite portable. The Boom 2 regularly sells for closer to $100. This discount is still a great one, beating previous deals we’ve shared by $10.