May 16, 2021

Walmart’s Black Friday plans are out, and deals are happening as we speak

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Continuing its Black Friday extravaganza, Walmart's second deal event on Nov. 11 features cheap 4K TVs, Chromebooks, and stick vacuums.

Continuing its Black Friday extravaganza, Walmart’s second deal event on Nov. 11 features cheap 4K TVs, Chromebooks, and stick vacuums.

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Save up to $180: On Oct. 19, Walmart announced its 2020 take on early Black Friday deals: A string of three shopping events called Black Friday Deals For Days. Here are the best deals from the ad for the Nov. 11 event:


Retailers have likely been anticipating a different type of Black Friday chaos — the virtual, socially-distant kind — as shoppers have dodged physical stores since the first lockdown in March. With the in-store edge gone, it seems obvious to extend the online shopping portion and let customers get holiday-level deals for weeks.

Walmart is taking advantage of this shift (as well as the high that shoppers are still running on from Prime Day) by inching away from the traditional stampede starting Thanksgiving night. In its place is Black Friday Deals For Days: A three-event string of deals leading up to Black Friday. Events will take place Nov. 4, Nov. 11, and Nov. 25, and each will have its own mini ad. Some deals can still be found in-store, but many are online-only. That’s new.

This comes after the summer announcement that Walmart would close its doors on Thanksgiving for the first time in 30 years.

Walmart's Black Friday plans are out, and deals are happening as we speak

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BestBlackFriday.com notes that you may not be getting the wow factor from these deals, and that’s OK. These are just teaser deals — a warm-up for actual Black Friday deals, if you will. Even so, $99 AirPods and a $148 55-inch 4K TV seem pretty hard to beat.

Walmart is the second big brand to release a Black Friday-related ad scan, beaten to the punch by Dell on Oct. 15. The mid-October drop was still nearly a month earlier than Walmart’s Black Friday ad drop from 2019. Y’all will not let Halloween rest.

Below are our favorite deals from Walmart’s first two Black Friday Deals for Days ads. (Note that some deals will go live a few days after the official start date, and that some deals will go live specifically for the event. Listings without links signify that the offering is likely exclusive to the event and that the specific model or configuration does not yet have a landing page.)

This event has technically ended, but some deals are still lingering.

OUR TOP PICK: Apple AirPods with non-wireless charging case —$99 (save $30)

The most affordable AirPods are officially going to drop below $100 for the first time. (We suspect Amazon and Best Buy will follow suit.) The AirPods with the non-wireless charging case, one-tap controls, and sensors that detect when you’ve taken them out will go $30 below their Black Friday price from last year. Originally, the second-gen AirPods retailed for $159.

Walmart's Black Friday plans are out, and deals are happening as we speak

Other great deals to watch out for (no link means no landing page yet, but watch this space!):

OUR TOP PICK: TCL 55-inch Class 4K UHD Smart TV (55S421) — $148 (save $130)

The competition to see which retailer can offer the cheapest TV for Black Friday lives on — but the screen sizes are getting bigger. Instead of focusing on 40-something inch TVs, Walmart will be offering a 55-inch 4K TV with Roku built in for less than $150. According to BestBlackFriday, that’s over $100 less than the prices we saw on 55-inch TVs in 2019. 

Walmart's Black Friday plans are out, and deals are happening as we speak

Other great deals to watch out for (no link means no landing page yet, but watch this space!): 

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