Walmart’s THREE Black Friday Events in 2020 as Part of Their “Deals for Days”
Here’s how Black Friday 2020 is shaping up at Walmart, and all the best tips for shopping Walmart’s Black Friday sales this year!
For months, we’ve been wondering how retailers would handle Black Friday in the wake of a global pandemic. As we get closer to November, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of how things will be different this year.
In addition, keep on reading, as we’re sharing our best 2020 Walmart Black Friday shopping tips!
1. Get familiar with Walmart’s Black Friday events.
Walmart announced that it will spread out its Black Friday savings across three separate events throughout the month of November. Walmart’s “Black Friday Deals for Days” is designed to provide shoppers with options for a safer and more convenient shopping experience.
Each of the three savings events will begin online at Walmart.com and continue at a later date in Walmart stores. This year, customers will also have the option to pick up their online orders through Walmart’s contact-free curbside pickup service.
Event 1 – Deals begin online 11/4 with new deals in stores 11/7.
Walmart will launch “Black Friday Deals for Days” with a focus on toys, electronics, and home products. These deals will go live on November 4 at 7 PM ET, including an onn. brand 42″ UHD Roku TV for $88 and Hotel-Style bath towels for $5.
New deals will be available in stores on Saturday, November 7 starting at 5AM local time with items like the Magic Bullet Blender available for $15 and a New Bright 1:6 scale RC Truck for $40. These same deals will also go live at Walmart.com on Saturday, November 7 at 12AM ET.
Event 2 – Deals begin online 11/11 with new deals in stores 11/14.
Walmart’s second online savings event will go live on Wednesday, November 11 starting at 7PM ET. We can expect to see online deals on electronics including TVs, computers, and tablets. Online shoppers will also find savings on movies, music, apparel, home goods, and more.
New deals will be released on Saturday, November 14 at 12AM ET online and in stores starting at 5AM local time. This is when Walmart is planning to host its biggest wireless phone event ever, with deals on both iPhones and Samsung phones.
Event 3 – Deals begin online 11/25 with new deals in stores 11/27
Walmart’s third and final event will offer more deals on electronics, toys, seasonal décor, and gifts from the apparel and home categories. Deals will first be offered online on Wednesday, November 25 at 7PM ET. New deals will be available online at 12AM ET and in stores at 5AM local time on Friday, November 27.
2. Plan for the ad scan leak in early November.
Typically Walmart’s Black Friday ad scan is released in early to mid-November. Be sure to bookmark our Black Friday deals page so you’ll be the first to see when their ad goes live! We will also be sharing the best deals so that you can get your Walmart Black Friday shopping list made.
3. Make note of last year’s hottest deals.
While there were quite a few deals for Black Friday 2019, some standouts were:
TCL 65″ Class 4K UHD Roku Smart TV – Only $379 (regularly $800)
Fitbit Versa Lite Edition Smartwatch – Only $99.99 (regularly $159.99)
Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker + Air Fryer Only $109.99 (regularly $190)
Instant Pot 8-Quart Pressure Cooker – Only $64.99 (regularly $140)
Apple MacBook Air Laptop – Only $699.99 (regularly $999)
4. Shoot for 50% off when determining good deals.
You can see from our highlighted 2019 Black Friday deals listed above, 50% off and beyond should be your threshold for determining the hottest deals. This is probably the best Walmart shopping tip to keep in mind as not all deals are necessarily good deals on Black Friday. We’re not saying other promotions aren’t a good value, but these should be the items you scope out first to avoid inventory running out.
A special case can be made for Apple products as this brand rarely has steep discounts. Instead, aim for 25% off or check to see if a high-value gift card or bonus item is included with purchase.
5. Check what’s available online to avoid the store.
Luckily, you can likely score the same deals on Walmart.com! For the best chance at the hottest deals, plan to check out Walmart’s shopping events mentioned above, starting on November 4th at 7PM ET.
6. Plan for a different in-store experience.
For customers planning to shop in person, COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Stores will be limiting the number of people inside stores, so shoppers should plan to line up single-file and wait for entry.
Employees will be on hand to distribute sanitized shopping carts, and “health ambassadors” will greet shoppers and remind them to wear a mask. While shopping, customers will be directed to travel down the right-hand side of each aisle.
Regarding this year’s in-store shopping experience, Scott McCall, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S. had this to say:
We’ve been very thoughtful as we planned this year’s event. By spreading deals out across multiple days and making our hottest deals available online, we expect the Black Friday experience in our stores will be safer and more manageable for both our customers and our associates.
7. Opt for In-Store Pickup to save on shipping.
Walmart shopping online? You can score free shipping on orders of $35 or more, but if you’re only wanting one Black Friday online deal that falls below the $35 free shipping threshold, select in-store pickup if possible instead to avoid having to pay the cost of delivery.
Walmart also has launched their all new Walmart+ membership! Walmart+ members will have access to tons of great benefits – all for just $98/year, which is $21/year less than Amazon Prime’s yearly membership. And Walmart says the list will continue to grow over time! You can score a FREE 15-day trial to test out this service before you commit. Read more about the benefits of being a member here.
Here’s how to get the best Black Friday deals in 2020!