11/9 Update – Target’s Black Friday 2016 ad has been released.
11/10 Update – Walmart’s Black Friday 2016 ad has been released.
11/10 Update – Best Buy’s Black Friday 2016 ad has been released.
Black Friday 2016, which will take place on November 25, is now only 17 days away. While Black Friday is still the most famous day of the year to complete your holiday shopping, many of the sale events will actually begin on Thanksgiving, with others stating as early as Wednesday of that week.
Ads have already leaked from a variety of major retailers, including Kohl’s, JCPenney, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Dell, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Even though those are important stores, shoppers are anxiously awaiting the ad releases for Walmart, Best Buy, and Target. Today’s election means none of those ads will be released today, but the good news is they all should be out by Friday.
You can see a full selection of the latest 2016 Black Friday ads at BestBlackFriday.com, and Walmart, Best Buy, and Target should be added to the list within the next few days.
Disclaimer: The author, Phillip Dengler, is the owner of BestBlackFriday.com, which is referenced in this article. The Inquisitr holds no ownership.
Walmart’s Black Friday 2016 Ad Projected Release Date
In order to give you an idea of what Walmart’s ad will look like, you can find a screenshot of the first page of their ad from last year below.
Walmart’s ad was released on November 11 last year in the middle of the night. A mistake by Walmart actually caused it to be posted on their Twitter account earlier in the evening, but they officially released it on their app a few hours later. Since they usually wait until Best Buy and Target release their ads, Walmart is most likely targeting Thursday, November 10, or Friday, November 11, for their release date.
Unless the ad is somehow leaked early, the best place to see it early is by downloading the official Walmart mobile app, via the Walmart website. Their sale is probably going to begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving again this year, with online sales potentially starting as early as the Wednesday before Turkey Day.
Walmart is also probably going to bring back their “1-hour guarantee” for select doorbusters. This means that a select few in-store-only doorbusters will have their prices guaranteed from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving. If they sell out before the first hour is complete, you will be able to purchase the item in question at a later date for the Black Friday doorbuster price.
Walmart is expected to have an abundance of online doorbusters this year, but their free shipping minimum is not exactly a desirable amount. As CNBC reports, you will have to spend at least $50 in order to receive free shipping. Target and Best Buy are both offering free shipping with no minimum order size this holiday season, so it is something to keep in mind when shopping online on Black Friday this year.
If you cannot wait until Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Walmart is currently offering a selection of early bird online specials on their website. While some of the offers may be enticing, you are much better off waiting two weeks.
Best Buy’s Black Friday 2016 Ad Projected Release Date
In order to give you an idea of what Best Buy’s ad will look like, you can find a screenshot of the first page of their ad from last year below.
Best Buy’s ad was released on November 10 last year in the very early morning hours. While it has been leaked by third-party websites in the past, Best Buy has posted it on their website in recent years. It is usually only a preview copy of their ad, as the full print copy is not released until a week or so before Black Friday. Regardless, it will contain the majority of the deals.
Based on previous years, Best Buy’s ad should be out on Wednesday, November 9, or Thursday, November 10. Rarely has it come after Walmart’s ad, and it usually comes out right after Target releases their ad. While nothing has been confirmed, there have been rumors stating that Best Buy will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. That is the same time they opened last year, so it would not be out of the question.
As they did last year, they will most likely offer an assortment of doorbusters on their website. Stores have been moving away from in-store-only sales, and Best Buy has been a willing participant. Additionally, Best Buy should also have a selection of online exclusives, which makes their sale even more intriguing for many shoppers. And finally, Best Buy is offering free shipping with no minimum order size for the duration of the holiday season, as reported by Time Magazine.
Target’s Black Friday 2016 Ad Projected Release Date
In order to give you an idea of what Target’s ad will look like, you can find a screenshot of the first page of their ad from last year below.
Target’s ad was released on November 8 last year. Rarely does the Target ad leak by a third-party website, as they will post it themselves on their website. In recent years, they have also started an early Black Friday sale on the day they release their ad scan. It usually only contains around 20 to 30 items, but it gives shoppers a taste of what they can expect on Black Friday.
Target’s ad should be out on Wednesday, November 9, or Thursday, November 10. It usually comes out before Best Buy and Walmart, so expect this one first. As Reuters first reported, Target will offer free shipping on all orders this holiday season. This matches Best Buy and is better than Kohl’s free shipping minimum of $75, Amazon’s free shipping minimum of $49, and Walmart’s free shipping minimum of $50.
If you are behind on your Black Friday coverage this year, take a look at a few posts by the Inquisitr in order to get up to speed.
- Black Friday Ads Posted from Staples, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Michaels
- The Best Xbox One S and PS4 Slim Deals So Far
- JCPenney and Kohl’s Black Friday Ads Released
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