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What to Expect From GameStop Black Friday Sales in 2018

The Black Friday sale will last through the weekend, but you should shop early before everything sells out.
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Gamers and pop culture enthusiasts alike should check out GameStop's Black Friday deals. Whether you're expanding your video game library or stocking up on stocking stuffers, GameStop has the loot you're looking for.

Read on for everything you need to know about GameStop Black Friday sales in 2018, like when the Black Friday ad will drop and what kinds of doorbusters to expect.

When Will the GameStop Black Friday Ad Be Released?

In 2016, GameStop dropped its Black Friday ad on November 11, but last year the retailer published the ad a bit later, on November 16. We expect the store's 2018 Black Friday ad to arrive on November 15.

SEE ALSO: When Do the Black Friday Ads Come Out in 2018?

Will GameStop Be Open on Thanksgiving?

In the past, GameStop has remained closed on Thanksgiving. However, last year it ditched this practice. The games retailer opened its doors at 4 pm local time on Thanksgiving Day and stayed open until 10 pm. Although there's a chance the vendor could opt to close again in 2018, we expect doors to once again open at 4 pm local time.

When Does the GameStop Black Friday Sale Start?

Last year, GameStop kicked off its sale on Thanksgiving Day, and it lasted through the weekend. While the doors didn't open until 4 pm that Thursday, the deals were available online earlier that day.

When Is the Best Time to Shop?

Even with the GameStop Black Friday sale lasting from Thanksgiving through the weekend, Thursday and Friday are the clear winners. The same deals should be available every day (for the most part), but inventory will disappear quickly. It's best to shop ASAP on Thanksgiving to be sure you're able to get everything you want.

What Will Be on Sale?

Gaming enthusiasts — or those shopping for one — will find something for everyone. Expect deals on console video games, consoles, PC games, and accessories, as well as gaming-related toys, apparel, and decor.

What Will Be the Big GameStop Doorbusters?

We expect GameStop to offer game console doorbusters once again this year. In 2017, a PlayStation 4 1TB cost $200 and came bundled with a $50 gift card. It was a notable deal, featuring the lowest outright price we'd seen for the PS4 1TB model at that point. Additionally, we saw the PlayStation 4 Pro for $50 off; this discount was one of the few we saw for that model on Black Friday.

We expect GameStop to offer game console doorbusters, along with the chance to snag a limited-edition Funko figure.

Another doorbuster of note? You could pack a tote bag and receive 25% off everything in it. Shoppers could fill their totes with select toys, drinkware, statues, and apparel. It was a very limited offer, open only to the first 25 customers at each store. Still, we wouldn't be surprised to see a doorbuster like this again in 2018.

Expect the chance to snag a limited-edition figure, as well. In 2017, that came in the form of a Funko mystery box containing three GameStop-exclusive mystery collectibles. Among them were one of five different 8-Bit Pop! vinyls.

What You Should Know Before You Shop

Whether you're shopping for yourself or others on Black Friday, you need a strategy to ensure you don't miss out. Here's everything you need to know to prep your GameStop Black Friday game plan.

  • When the sale starts: Look for notable deals to start the day before Thanksgiving. The Black Friday sale itself will start early on Thanksgiving Day online.

  • Time limitations: While doors should open at 4 pm local time on Thanksgiving, we expect the deals to be available online before then. If store hours echo last year's, GameStop will stay open till 10 pm on Thanksgiving, close for eight hours, and then reopen at 6 am on Black Friday.

  • In-store or online? The majority of deals should be available both online and in-store. We expect online deals to start early on Thursday, while any in-store doorbusters could be available that evening or Friday morning.

  • When the ad drops: We expect the GameStop Black Friday ad to drop no later than November 15.

  • Best day to shop: The sale will last from Thanksgiving through the following weekend. That being said, it's best to shop early to make sure you can snag inventory before it sells out.

  • Get rewarded: Earn points for every dollar spent when you join the PowerUp Rewards program. A free tier is available, but you'll receive more benefits with a paid membership. Rewards points can be redeemed for in-store coupons, digital currency, and sweepstakes entries.

  • Consider trade-ins: In the past, GameStop has offered a 50% bonus to trade-in credit during the lead-up to Black Friday. If this offer returns, you can trade in your old titles, consoles, and accessories and receive store credit.

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


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Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
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