Black Friday technically falls on Friday, Nov. 24 this year, but holiday sales are already well underway (or about to launch) at several stores.
Best Buy, the first retailer to announce its Black Friday programming back in mid-October, is taking the most aggressive approach. Its four-part holiday calendar began on Oct. 27 with Black Friday Early Access for Members, a weekend of exclusive access to select deals for paid members of its My Best Buy program, then moved into a general Black Friday Deals for Everyone event on Oct. 30. The full Best Buy Black Friday sale will eventually begin on Friday, Nov. 17, followed by its Cyber Monday Savings Event on Sunday, Nov. 26.
Best Buy’s early Black Friday deals will be supplemented with short sales and hard-to-find releases on its smartphone app as part of its new Best Buy Drops program for the holidays. It’s also hosting a new series of livestream shopping events featuring popular gift ideas and limited-time deals on the first three Wednesdays in November.
Target came up to bat next, just before Halloween, unveiling its plans to offer four weeks of early Black Friday deals ahead of the actual holiday. Its first wave of doorbusters began on Sunday, Oct. 29 and will be live through Saturday, Nov. 4; the final one wraps up over Thanksgiving weekend. Exclusive discounts and Deals of the Day for members of its free Target Circle loyalty program will be peppered in throughout the holiday season.
Meanwhile, Walmart is gearing up to host two Black Friday Deals events later this month: The first sale will start online on Wednesday, Nov. 8 before it continues in stores on Friday, Nov. 10, and the second one will go live on Wednesday, Nov. 22 before popping up in stores on Friday, Nov. 24. Both events will open to the public at 3 p.m. ET following three hours of early access for paid Walmart+ members. (One-year subscriptions are 50% off through Nov. 8, FYI.)