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Walmart is a huge player when it comes to Black Friday, but that shouldn't intimidate you. Thanks to the retailer's aggressive online sales, you can shop in the comfort of your pajamas, plus we've got the details if you want to venture in-store.
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Below, we've rounded up everything you need to know to make shopping for Walmart Black Friday deals easier. Read on to see when Walmart's ad drops, when the sale really starts, and what kind of doorbusters you can expect.
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You'll be able to shop all day on Thanksgiving on Walmart.com, though not all of the sale items will be available online. Black Friday in-store deals will start at 6 pm local time that Thursday. Beginning at 4 pm that day, Walmart will provide shoppers with coffee, hot cocoa, and snacks.
The megaretailer will release in-store deals at 6 pm local time on Thanksgiving, but the Walmart Black Friday sale will start online much earlier. Online Black Friday deals will become available at 10 pm EST on the night before Thanksgiving. "Black Friday" discounts will last until the end of Friday — although some may return for Cyber Monday.
NOTE: The information below was assembled before the Black Friday ads came out. Please refer to the ads above before making any shopping plans.
Thanksgiving will be the top day to shop the Walmart Black Friday sale. We expect a deluge of Walmart deals during all of Black Friday week, but for the past two years, we've listed the most Staff Pick deals on Thanksgiving — about 30% more (at least) than on Black Friday or the Wednesday before (the day the online sale starts). Thanksgiving has also been the best day for top-notch deals of all types, though by a smaller margin.
Doorbusters are only available while supplies last, so act quickly if there's an item you really want. On Thanksgiving 2018, Walmart offered free cookies and coffee to those waiting for in-store Black Friday deals, starting at 4 pm.
Walmart is a retail giant, and they'll have the broad variety of deals you'd expect for Black Friday. Plus, most offers will be available online, as well. Expect must-have sales in the home and garden category — like the 2018 deal featuring an 8-quart Instant Pot for only $59. We also saw hot deals on furniture, tools, and craft supplies.
In recent years, Walmart has established itself as a go-to place for gaming and toy deals, boasting more "best of the best" offers than Amazon during Black Friday week. Several of the retailer's hottest deals last year were for toys. For example, we saw a 900-piece LEGO Classic box for $20 and unusually strong discounts on Nintendo Switch titles.
Finally, don't miss this store's electronic deals. We expect aggressive deals on TVs, speakers, streaming media players, and more. In 2018, Walmart had one of the best deals on the Google Home Mini, bundling it with a Google Chromecast and a $15 Vudu credit for only $45.
Walmart has a history of offering eye-catching doorbuster deals on TVs. In 2018, a couple of the best Walmart Black Friday TV deals included a TCL/Sharp 65" 4K Roku smart set for $398 and a Hisense 40" TV for only $99.
Also keep an eye on Walmart if you're looking to pick up a new-model phone. In 2017 and 2018, the store offered $300 gift cards with some of the latest Apple iPhones and Samsung devices, and last year it offered $400 gift cards with certain other models. Finding deals on recently released devices can be tough, so this is a rare opportunity that may be worth braving the in-store crowds.
While Walmart doesn't have the loyalty programs other stores do, serious shoppers can still find ways to save. For example, selecting in-store pickup is a great way to dodge shipping costs. The store provides free 2-day shipping and NextDay delivery on orders over $35, but items under that amount incur a shipping charge. You can avoid that cost most of the time by opting for pickup where it's available. Pickup may even be a way to get your items faster, if they're available locally.
Readers, will you be shopping Walmart's Black Friday sale in-store or online? What are you planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below!