We haven’t even approached Halloween just yet, Thanksgiving is still a month away, but Black Friday shopping is still at the forefront of a lot of consumers’ minds.
Shopping patterns over the last few years have changed for a lot of different reasons. More and more people are choosing to shop online during the holiday season instead of conquering busy stores and crowds of shoppers.
Also, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact how people are able to safely shop in person.
On top of it all, USPS has reported that there will be delays in mail delivery around the holiday season. It’s an added level of complexity when it comes to sending gifts around the holiday.
Walmart and Monthlong Black Friday
All of this has people thinking about shopping in advance. That includes Walmart. The corporation just revealed its Black Friday shopping plans for the 2021 season. In an effort to make Black Friday a little less crowded and hectic, Walmart is doing a full month of deals.
According to USA Today, this is the second year in a row Walmart is doing the “Black Friday Deals for Days” event all throughout November. Before, Walmart would have one sale that would start on Thanksgiving day, which is similar to what competitors do. Then, there is typically a Cyber Monday event as well.
Now, there are going to be three different events online, as well as in stores. If you were planning on going to the store to shop on Thanksgiving, that has changed as well. For the second year in a row since the late 1980s, Walmart will be closed for Thanksgiving.
The very first sale is starting online at 7 p.m. ET on November 3 and then in stores at 5 a.m. on November 5. If you’re a Walmart+ member, you can start shopping four hours ahead of time. The membership is $98 a year and also includes free shipping and delivery with no minimum amount you need to spend for each order.
Best Buy Shopping Plans
It seems like many retailers are starting even earlier this year for Black Friday sales.
At Best Buy, Black Friday deals started as early as October 19 and will continue throughout the holiday season. There is a four-day sale from October 19 to October 23, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Best Buy is also introducing the “Black Friday Prices Guaranteed” event on November 1 for Best Buy Totaltech and My Best Buy members. If you buy anything before November 26, you will get refunded the difference if the price happens to go down at some point.
The actual Black Friday sale prices will begin on November 19 and then grow all the way up until November 25. There will be doorbuster sales on the 26th and then Cyber Monday deals on the 27th.