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Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: What to Buy Each Day

Stick to Thanksgiving for TVs, check clothing sales on Black Friday, and scope out laptops on Cyber Monday.
Black Friday 2017

Black Friday is usually thought of as the greatest shopping day of the year with 24 hours nonstop discounts. But is it really the best day to shop no matter what you're looking for?

In some cases, the answer is no.

Thanksgiving Is Probably your Best bet

What if you could only shop on one day? Our research shows that Black Friday comes up short compared to Thanksgiving. Last year, we posted about 20% more Editors' Choice deals on Thanksgiving than on Black Friday. Turkey Day also boasted about 31% more Editors' Choice deals than Cyber Monday.

Last year, we posted about 20% more Editors' Choice deals on Thanksgiving than on Black Friday.

Of course, not every type of deal is better on Thanksgiving. Depending on what specific items you want to buy, you may be more likely to find a better offer on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

To help you figure out your best time to shop, we looked at last year's deal data to see when we listed the most Editors' Choice offers for different product types. No matter what items are on your list, you'll find the day that's best for you.

Keep in mind that these are trends based on last year's Black Friday season, not hard and fast rules. Things can change from year to year. It's always best to keep an eye on all deals throughout the Black Friday season. (Signing up for our deal alerts wouldn't hurt, either.)

SEE ALSO: Thanksgiving Will Top Black Friday for Deals (Again)

Black Friday 2017

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Former Senior Staff Writer

Stephen has been writing for such national and regional publications as The Village Voice, Paste, The Agit Reader, and The Big Takeover for 20 years. He covered consumer electronics and technology for DealNews from 2013 to 2018.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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