Walmart Black Friday Ad Analysis: Snag a $300 Gift Card With the iPhone XS!

The Walmart Black Friday ad is here! This year, the mega-retailer has unbeatable deals on TVs and iPhones, plus tons of bonus perks.
Walmart Black Friday

The 2018 Walmart Black Friday ad is officially here! The 37-page book dropped right on time and is full of excellent deals.

We've rounded up our favorite offers from the Walmart Black Friday ad below. Then, read on to check out our full guide to shopping Walmart on Black Friday.

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Best Walmart Black Friday Ads for 2018

  • Hisense 55" Roku Smart 4K UHD LED TV for $248
    Why Buy It: Basically matches our predictions

    We expected off-brand 55" sets to hit lows of $250, and this 4K TV is right in line with that estimate. It even beats our prediction by $2, and is a super-affordable midsize set.

  • Tasty 30-Piece Cookware Set with Google Home Mini for $99
    Why Buy It: It's $131 off its current price

    This excellent offer could be a great gift for the cook in your life. Not only will they receive 30 pieces of cookware, they'll also get a Google Home Mini to assist them with recipes and timers in the kitchen.

  • Instant Pot 6-in-1 8-Qt. Programmable Pressure Cooker for $59
    Why Buy It: Excellent price on this pressure cooker

    Looking for another kitchen item? Instant Pot pressure cookers have grown in popularity over the past couple of years. Cookers of this size typically cost at least $99, so this is really an unbeatable price.

  • Roku SE Streaming Media Player for $20
    Why Buy It: Extremely cheap streaming media player

    This Walmart exclusive is a super-cheap entry into the world of streaming media players. Even better, if you purchase a Roku player at Walmart, you'll receive a $35 Sling credit and one month of Showtime for free.

    Looking for a player that can do more? Walmart also has the Roku Ultra 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with JBL Headphones for $48 with the same bonuses as above, as well as a $5 Vudu credit.

  • Samsung 55" Smart 4K UHD LED TV for $398
    Why Buy It: Great price for a name-brand set

    We predicted Samsung might be one brand that would escape the tariff trouble this Black Friday, so it's encouraging to see this deal. The price is excellent for a name-brand, midsize set.

  • TCL/Sharp 65" Roku Smart 4K UHD LED TV for $398
    Why Buy It: Fantastic price for a big-screen set

    TCL and Sharp are solid mid-tier brands, which makes this a good Black Friday buy. If you're in the market for a new TV, under-$400 is an excellent price for a big-screen set.

  • HP Stream 11 Notebook for $159
    Why Buy It: Great price on a bargain laptop

    Seeking a super-affordable laptop for just the basics? This 11.6" HP notebook definitely suffices.

  • Apple iPad 9.7" for $249
    Why Buy It: Latest model beats our predictions by $31

    We expected modest discounts for the sixth-generation iPad, but Walmart is giving us bigger savings instead. Apple deals are rare, and this one is absolutely worth grabbing; it beats our iPad predictions by $31.

  • Google Home Mini and Chromecast Bundle for $45
    Why Buy It: Solid bundle with a bonus perk

    The Google Home Mini and the Chromecast will both cost $25 at various stores on Black Friday. Not only does this bundle allow you to save $5 over buying both separately, but it also comes with a $15 Vudu credit to sweeten the deal.

  • Apple iPhone 8 with $400 Walmart Gift Card
    Why Buy It: Best gift card deal we've seen with last year's iPhone

    Walmart isn't the only retailer offering iPhones with gift cards in 2018, but this deal is hands down the best one we've seen for last year's models. It's available in-store only and requires qualified activation.

    Looking for a bigger iPhone? This offer is also good on the iPhone 8 Plus and first-generation iPhone X.

  • Apple iPhone XS with $300 Walmart Gift Card
    Why Buy It: Huge gift card deal on the latest iPhone

    While it's true that the iPhone XS is the latest tech — and fairly pricey — a $300 gift card makes that price tag easier to handle. Plus, this is the best gift card offer we've seen for the newest iPhones. It's valid in-store only and with qualified activation.

    Eyeing another flagship iPhone? This offer is also valid on the iPhone XS Max and is the only gift card deal we've seen on the iPhone XR.

  • Microsoft Xbox One X for $399
    Why Buy It: Save $100 on the latest Xbox console

    There are plenty of deals circulating for Xbox One S consoles, but we've seen fewer offers for the Xbox One X. If you want Microsoft's latest console, this is close to the best price we've seen for it this year.

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 with $300 Walmart Gift Card
    Why Buy It: Latest model with a hefty gift card

    If you're more Android and less iOS, this is a smart way to snag Samsung's flagship smartphones. The deal is available in-store only and requires qualified activation.

    Looking for a bigger phone? This offer is also valid on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note9. Prefer last year's models? The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are eligible, too.

  • Google Home Hub for $99
    Why Buy It: New tech for $50 off list, plus bonus perks

    This new piece of Google Home tech was only announced about a month ago. At most, we expected a slight discount on this new gadget, but you can save a whopping $50 by shopping Walmart's Black Friday sale. Even better, you'll also receive a $10 Vudu credit and six months of YouTube Premium for free.

  • Samsung Chromebook 3 for $99
    Why Buy It: Matches our predictions exactly

    We expected Chromebooks to start at $99, and this one matches that prediction perfectly. Plus, it's one of the only Chromebooks we've seen at this price point so far.

  • Hisense 40" 1080p TV for $99
    Why Buy It: Great price for a smaller screen

    Frequently, we see 32" sets on Black Friday drop below $100, but if you're looking for a slightly bigger TV, this is a solid buy, especially if it's for something like a kid's room. Just remember, these super-affordable sets will sell out fast!

  • Stanley & Black + Decker 85-Piece Drill Kit for $69
    Why Buy It: Perfect for the DIYer on your list

    This extensive tool kit is a solid buy for any DIYer on your shopping list. It includes 32 hand tools, 51 power tool accessories, and a convenient storage bag.

  • Sony PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Spider-Man Console Bundle for $199
    Why Buy It: Excellent price for a popular bundle

    The latest Spider-Man game dropped in September, and has been earning pretty favorable reviews. We predicted select PS4 Slim bundles would hit $200, but we didn't expect them to come with the latest games.

  • Kids' 2-Piece Sleep Sets for $4.75
    Why Buy It: Super-cheap character sets

    Treat your kids to new pajamas with their favorite characters for less than $5 each. This offer is available for boys, girls, toddler boys, and toddler girls in a variety of sizes and characters.

  • Select video games for $25
    Why Buy It: Rare discounts on Nintendo

    Grab a variety of titles at a significant discount with this deal. Even better, select Nintendo Switch games are included, and Nintendo games are rarely discounted.

Looking for more Walmart Black Friday deals? Check out the whole ad here. You can also check out our full guide to shopping at Walmart on Black Friday below.

What to Expect From Walmart Black Friday Sales in 2018

Walmart is a huge player when it comes to Black Friday, though stories of the store's chaotic holiday atmosphere are a little overblown. Below, we've rounded up everything you need to know to make your Walmart Black Friday shopping easier.

Read on to see when Walmart's ad drops, when the sale really starts, and what kind of doorbusters you can expect.

When Will the Walmart Black Friday Ad Be Released?

Walmart tends to drop its Black Friday ad around two weeks before Thanksgiving. In 2016, the ad arrived on November 9, and last year it popped up on November 8. The trend continued this year, and Walmart again released its ad on November 8.

Will Walmart Be Open on Thanksgiving?

Walmart will be open on Turkey Day, but it'll give shoppers plenty of time to enjoy the holiday with family first. The retailer will host a Light Up Black Friday party for customers from 4 pm to 6 pm local time on Thanksgiving, giving away free coffee and cookies. It'll open its doors for shopping at 6 pm local time that day. Then it should remain open all day Friday.

When Does the Walmart Sale Start?

Walmart's Black Friday sale will begin online on Wednesday, November 21, at 10 pm ET. In-store doorbusters won't be available until 6 pm local time on Thanksgiving. Customers can shop select deals that day online.

SEE ALSO: Thanksgiving & Black Friday 2018 Store Hours: Know When to Go!

When Is the Best Time to Shop?

The whole week of Thanksgiving should have plenty of deals, but the best day to shop will be Thanksgiving itself. In 2017, we listed twice the amount of Editors' Choice deals — and almost double the number of all offers — for Walmart on Turkey Day compared to Black Friday.

What Will Be on Sale?

Whether you shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or both, you should see many offers fall into the home and garden category. Expect everything from small appliances to bath accessories, decor (including select holiday items), and furniture to be on sale.

Look for deals on furniture, video games, and Google Home smart speakers.

Video games and toys will be another category full of strong deals on Thanksgiving at Walmart. You'll find offers on the hottest toys of the season, as well as on video games and select LEGO sets.

Unsurprisingly, Walmart should also boast a plethora of electronics deals. It'll have plenty of TVs on offer, along with sound bars and speakers. Walmart will also be a particularly good place to shop for Google Home smart speakers. In 2017, shoppers could snag a Google Home product bundled with a $25 credit for much less than list price.

What Will Be the Big Walmart Doorbusters?

TVs will definitely rank among Walmart's best doorbusters. In 2017, we saw brand-name TVs at notable lows, including an LG 49" 4K smart set for $328, which was a great price in general. The retailer also offered a Samsung 65" curved 4K smart set for $848. This was a can't-miss deal, as it beat our own predictions.

Streaming media players will also be common offerings. Walmart will have at least one exclusive Roku model this year, but even the models other stores carry could be cheaper at Walmart. The store has been known to drop prices by an extra couple of dollars to compete with other retailers. Prefer the Chromecast? The new 3rd-generation model has an MSRP of $35, but last year Walmart shoppers could grab a 2nd-gen one for $20, and that included a $5 Vudu credit.

SEE ALSO: How to Sell Your Old iPhone to Pay for a New iPhone

Look for the latest phones to be bundled with higher gift card amounts, as well. In 2017, both Apple iPhones and Samsung devices were bundled with a $300 gift card when you signed up for a qualifying payment plan with AT&T or Verizon. What made the iPhone deal even better was that it was the only one we saw to include the iPhone X.

What You Should Know Before You Shop

Wherever you're planning to shop for Black Friday, you need a solid strategy so you can have a smooth experience. Here's what you need to know to plan for Walmart's popular sale.

  • When the sale starts: Doors will open on Thanksgiving at 6 pm, but the sale will begin online at 10 pm ET on Wednesday, November 21.

  • Time limitations: Doorbusters are available while supplies last. Walmart has done away with guaranteed doorbusters, so don't wait too long if there's one you really want.

  • In-store or online? Doors open at 6 pm local time on Thanksgiving. Last year, Walmart included a color-coded map for easier shopping in-store, and will do so again this year. The sale will launch online at 10 pm ET the day before Thanksgiving.

  • When the ad drops: The ad is out! Walmart released its Black Friday ad on November 8.

  • Best day to shop: Thanksgiving is the best day to shop, with twice the amount of Editors' Choice offerings and almost double the number of overall deals, when compared with Black Friday.

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!

Senior Staff Writer

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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