Black Friday 2016 is less than two weeks away and some of the hottest deals will soon be available in stores and online. Two of the biggest online retailers, Walmart and Amazon, are ready to go head-to-head this holiday shopping season by slashing prices and once again offering “price match guarantees” on many of their popular items.
Every year major retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Target and Best Buy always try to outdo each other on Black Friday, but sometimes shopping the Black Friday pre-sales online can save consumers big bucks too.
When it comes to price matching, stores are much more lenient than they were 20 years ago because they know the competition is fierce. However, there are some details to keep in mind when it comes to comparison shopping.
Gottabemobile reports Walmart will price match to local competitors as well as to select online competitors, including Amazon, but if you are a real bargain shopper you need to keep this in mind. They may not match “limited offers” or items that they won’t be restocking for several weeks due to high demand.
Walmart’s policy does state “Walmart.com will not Price Match from Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving.”
Now while that may sound bad, it really isn’t. Walmart is already running great deals from now until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving that they will price match, and some of them are just as good as they will be on Black Friday.
Already items such as a Hitachi 65″ 4K Ultra HDTV is marked down to $599, which is $400 off the regular price. And of course if you find it at a cheaper price somewhere else they will price match. They also have hundreds of other great deals leading up to Black Friday on the hottest video games, Xbox One bundles and children’s toys.
Other great TV deals Walmart will have for Black Friday shoppers include a Samsung 50-inch 4K Smart TV for $398, a Samsung 60-inch 4K Smart TV for $648, and a Philips 55-inch 4K LED Smart TV for $298. The real deal of the day will be a Hisense 40-inch 1080p HDTV for the incredible price of $125.
As for Amazon, they are already in Black Friday mode as well. The online retail giant is already running their annual “Countdown to Black Friday” with sale prices on everything, literally. The only trick is that you need to continue to look into what is on sale each day. Every day from now until November 24, Amazon will be offering multiple “Lightning Deals” and one hour sales throughout the day on various in-demand items like laptops, beauty products, HDTV’s, Kindles and more.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you will get early access to over 30,000 deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday online shopping specials, which include laptops up to 35-45 percent off the regular price and discounted prices on their hot-selling Amazon Echo.
One item that is always popular during the holidays is video game consoles, and this year will be no exception. The Xbox One and Play Station 4 will be on the wish list for many this season. Right now, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can pick up various game consoles of the Xbox One 500 GB for $242.
The Echo has received excellent reviews from many media outlets and is one of the most sought after gifts of the season. The Amazon Echo is a voice interaction device that can do it all! From playing music of your choice on demand, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information, this all in one device named “Alexa” is a great assistant to have around. It would make the perfect gift for anyone – including yourself.
Of course, let’s not forget the biggest advantage of buying from Amazon, Walmart and other online outlets, you can do it all from the convenience of your own home.
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