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Things That Are Worth Buying on Black Friday

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Black Friday's Best Bets

It makes sense that chaotic sales floors, cranky customers, long lines, too-early mornings, and cold temperatures have defined Black Fridays for years — this start of the holiday shopping season can save those willing to brave the madness some real money. But the bargains have to be worth the adventure, and that calculation might look different with the coronavirus still lingering. Plenty of sales will take place online, with more stores staying closed on Thanksgiving and spreading out in-person Black Friday sale days (and limiting the number of shoppers allowed inside) to avoid a crush of customers. Here are product categories still expected to offer slashed prices.


Prices and availability are subject to change. Sale prices may not yet be active.


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Apple Watch SE
Target

Apple Products

Based on sales trends, past Black Fridays, and the ads that have appeared so far, Apple products are a category to watch. Expect to see deals on iPads, older model iPhones, Apple Watches, and MacBooks, some packaged with gift cards.


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TVs
Walmart
Dell Inspiron Laptop
Best Buy
Echo Show 5
Amazon

Amazon Products

Amazon will put plenty of its own fashion and lifestyle brands on sale, as well as Amazon devices including Echo smart speakers and displays, Fire TVs, the Kindle Oasis e-reader, and Fire HD tablets. Although it generally offers the lowest prices on the latest models, other stores also offer deep discounts, especially on older-generation Amazon devices.


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Large Appliances
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Large Appliances

Big-ticket appliances are usually a Black Friday sure thing, and this year should be no different at stores like Best Buy as well as home improvement retailers Home Depot and Lowe's.


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Bella Rotating Waffle Maker
Kohl's

Small Kitchen Appliances

Big-ticket items aren't the only way to save during Black Friday sales if you're considering a kitchen upgrade. Look for small kitchen appliances, too. "Items like coffee makers, electric skillets, slow cookers, toasters, deep fryers, blenders, and rice makers will have slashed prices as retailers make more mass orders than they usually stock for the holidays," said Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. 


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Amazon Smart Plug
Amazon

Smart Home Tech

From gadgets to speakers to security products, expect to find Black Friday sales on plenty of smart home technology. 


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Kids' Clothing
The Children's Place

Kids' Clothing

Children's duds have seen deals of up to 80% off at retailers such as Carter's, while jackets and pajamas have also seen price drops, with many styles going for less than $20. Look to Shoes.com, DSW, and Sorel to offer discounts on footwear for kids.


Confirmed for Black Friday 2021:

  • Select kids' character sleepwear sets under $5 | Walmart

  • 50% off Christmas pajamas for the whole family (plus an extra 15% off with coupon) | Kohl's

  • Up to 60% off sitewide | The Children's Place

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Men and Women's Fashion
Old Navy

Men's and Women's Fashion

It's not just the kids who get to update their wardrobes during Black Friday sales. "While it's not usually the best time to buy in-season clothing, Black Friday is the exception, as many retailers will be discounting winter coats and cooler weather apparel," Skirboll said.


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Footwear
Amazon
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Travel

Black Friday is famous for travel deals, but the picture in 2021 is muddled considering the chaos of travel restrictions between countries and the conditions tourists might face once they're there. In the past, one-way flights could drop as low as $19 on budget airlines, and around $50 to $75 on airlines such as Southwest and Alaska. Airlines' desperation to get people aboard will likely bump against the cuts they've had to make since their industry was decimated, so stay flexible and cautious when you check individual carriers and aggregators such as Expedia and Kayak.


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Logitech Artemis Gaming Headset
Walmart

Gaming Accessories

This is another category that's been a safe bet for Black Friday discounts. Keep an eye out for doorbuster prices on gaming headsets, controllers, and gaming chairs.


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Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset
Amazon

Virtual Reality Headsets

If you're still hesitant about VR, these sales are a good time to jump in — especially with Facebook announcing plans for an entire “metaverse.” The new Oculus Quest 2 is likely to be hawked at bargain prices.


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Video Games
GameStop

Video Games

If you've already got all the gaming tech you can handle, use your dollars to load up on the games themselves. Look to the larger retailers such as Target and Walmart to join the dueling between Xbox and PlayStation titles for low-price sales.


Confirmed for Black Friday 2021:

  • Video games for $14 and up | Walmart

LEGO Classic Creative Building Set
Walmart

Lego

Legos aren't usually deeply discounted, but they were in 2020. Retailers such as Amazon and Target moved to match the official Lego shop, which slashed prices and is holding a Black Friday sale again this year. For toys in general, the best deals traditionally are found closer to Christmas, but waiting is even more of a gamble this year, amid warnings of supply-chain issues.

Confirmed for Black Friday 2021:

  • Buy one, get one 50% off select toys | Kohl's

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Google Chromecast
Target

Streaming Devices

Just like in past years, streaming devices will be a predictable Black Friday deal. Even the cheaper devices saw bargains in 2020. Keep your eyes peeled for deals on Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and other streaming devices — they've been known to drop to half price.


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Smartwatch and Fitness Trackers
Amazon
Nut-Shaped Portable Mini Speaker
Amazon

Speakers

Those looking to introduce a higher-quality sound into their lives will be in luck this Black Friday. Portable Bluetooth speakers will drop to stocking-stuffer prices. (This acorn-shaped speaker, available for under $20, could be a hint of what's to come from Amazon.)


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Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless Headphones
Target

Headphones and Earbuds

If you've been coveting a new, higher-quality product in this category, keep your ears out for deals like we saw last year. It may be an omen that Apple released its third-generation AirPods not long ago, although people who just need a basic set of earbuds for a stocking stuffer or a secret Santa gift will probably find better deals. This year for Prime Day, Amazon slashed the price of its Echo Buds to $80 from $120, so expect more of the same.


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Cameras
Amazon

Cameras

If you're shopping for gifts for the paparazzo in your life, Black Fridays have been known to deliver good news on camera prices. Canon DSLR bundles — such as the EOS Rebel T7 with extra lenses, shoulder bag, SD card, and maybe even an online photography course — fell to around $500, and refurbished cameras might sell for less than $400.


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Rubbermaid Storage
Target

Food Storage Sets

Experts expect kitchen-related savings to go beyond the things you plug in to products such as food storage container sets. For example, durable Pyrex glassware, which is still made in America and coveted by home chefs everywhere, has seen substantial markdowns at Kohl's, along with Rubbermaid.

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Cookware
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Cookware

In anticipation of welcoming crowds back into our homes permanently, Black Friday might be the right time to upgrade outdated pots and pans — with plenty of brands and a range of materials and sets to choose from. 


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Beauty Products
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Health Products
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Health Products

Retail experts also told us to expect "deep discounts" on price tags attached to wellness products for dental hygiene, shaving, and more around Black Friday. 


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Dyson V6 Vacuum
Target

Vacuums

Another predictably satisfying category for savings during Black Friday sales is vacuums from brands such as Bissell, Hoover, Shark, iRobot, and Dyson. 


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Craftsman 450-Piece Tool Set
Sears

Tools

Home improvement stores sell a variety of tools at discounted prices this time of year. Hedge your bets here, though, because tools can be even more deeply discounted come December.


Confirmed for Black Friday 2021 from Home Depot:

  • Ryobi One+ 18V 6-Tool Combo Kit | $199
  • DeWalt Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Combo | $149
  • Husky Mechanics Tool Set | $149
  • Milwaukee Drill and Driver Kit | $149
  • Ridgid 10" Pro Jobsite Table Saw With Stand | $399

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DownLite Hotel & Resort Hungarian White Goose Down Comforter
Costco

Comforters and Pillows

Although there's a case to be made to wait until after Black Friday for better deals on comforters and pillows, with more people snuggling up at home during the pandemic and Black Friday extending to almost a month at some stores, waiting for what you want to hit the clearance rack may mean that stores have cleared out of some merchandise.


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Instant Pot
Amazon

Air Fryers and Instant Pots

Multicookers, air fryers, and combo pressure cooker/air fryers are common doorbusters for retailers ranging from Target to Kohl's to Macy's and beyond. While Instant Pots can be found for $70 or less, consider other brands, too, such as Cuisinart and Vortex, which can be marked down 50% or more. 


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