What to Expect From GameStop Black Friday Sales in 2019: Nintendo Switch Lite Comes With a $25 Gift

Score deals on all things gaming, with doorbusters up for grabs by Thanksgiving afternoon.
exterior of GameStop store

Does GameStop do Black Friday? You bet! It's been a year of changes for the retailer: GameStop has fully merged with ThinkGeek, is shutting down hundreds of stores, and is launching redesigns in many locations. But it'll still have plenty of Black Friday offerings in 2019.

GET READY: Check out the GameStop Black Friday ad!

Read on for our guide to this year's GameStop Black Friday deals, with info on when the sale starts, what doorbusters to expect, and how to save extra.

The 5 Top GameStop Black Friday Deals for 2019

Here are our Top 5 picks from the GameStop Black Friday ad.

  1. Nintendo Switch Lite + Free $25 Gift Coupon for $200
  2. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Console Bundle + Free $25 Gift Coupon for $300
  3. Sony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console + Free $25 Gift Coupon for $300
  4. Sony PlayStation VR Blood & Truth / Everybody's Golf Bundle + Free $25 Gift Coupon for $250
  5. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for PS4 or Xbox One + Free $15 Fandango Movie Ticket for $60

When Does the GameStop Black Friday Ad Come Out?

The 2019 GameStop Black Friday ad has officially dropped! Click here to check out the best deals from the GameStop Black Friday ad.

Will GameStop Be Open on Thanksgiving?

You can shop GameStop's Black Friday sale all day online on Thanksgiving. GameStop stores will open at 3 pm and close at 10 pm that day.

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

When Do the GameStop Black Friday Deals Start and End?

GameStop's sale will start in-store at 3 pm on Thursday, but deals will be available on GameStop.com at 9 pm ET on the day before Thanksgiving. Discounts will be available at GameStop through Sunday.

NOTE: The information below was assembled before the Black Friday ads came out. Please refer to the ads above before making any shopping plans.

What Are the Best Hours to Shop?

Even though the sale lasts through the weekend, hot deals will likely sell out earlier. Want to net the biggest savings? Then shop for online deals when they go live on GameStop's website, or line up to snag doorbusters when the store opens on Thanksgiving.

What Will Be on Sale? What Will Be the Best Doorbusters?

Gaming enthusiasts — or those shopping for one — will find a plethora of deals. Expect offers on console video games, consoles, and video game accessories, as well as gaming-related toys, apparel, and decor.

Various gaming-related items will be doorbusters, too. In 2018, GameStop's doorbusters included discounted game systems, video games, gaming accessories, pop culture collectibles, and gaming apparel. The store's offer of a Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle for $300 was tied with Amazon's as the best deal we saw for that bundle.

GameStop Black Friday deals could start around 8 pm Central time on the day before Thanksgiving.

GameStop featured some excellent bundles with the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4, as well... although other stores were able to match their prices.

Also, if you like Funko Pop! figures, you'll want to hit GameStop's in-store sale. The retailer has a tradition of selling GameStop-exclusive Funko Pop! figures on Black Friday for low prices. Last year's deal was a Funko box of five exclusive mystery collectibles for $20, and it included one of five Pop! vinyl figures.

Saving Tips for the GameStop Black Friday Sales

Be sure to join GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program. Membership is free, and for every dollar spent you'll earn points, which can be redeemed for store credit, digital currency, or donations.

If you're planning some serious GameStop shopping, you may want to join their PowerUp Rewards Pro program. It costs $14.99 for a year, but you'll get extra trade in credit, 10% off pre-owned games and accessories, access to exclusive sales, and double points per dollar you spend at the store.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday Gaming & Toy Deals 2019 Preview

Another good way to prep for the sale is to consider trade ins. Not only can you get store credit for old games and consoles that are currently collecting dust, but GameStop has previously offered 50% bonus trade in credit during the lead-up to Black Friday.

Readers, what parts of GameStop's Black Friday sale are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

Erin Coduti
DealNews Contributing Writer

Formerly a content writer for DealNews, Erin Coduti now brings that experience to the blog team as a freelancer. Previously, she wrote for a television news station and a literary fan magazine.
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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