Prime Day vs. Black Friday 2020 Deals – Buy Now or Later?

Should You Buy Early or Wait for the November Sales as Early Prime Day Deals Start?

It is just two days until Prime Day, one of Amazon’s lagest sales of the year. Scroll down to see some of the Amazon Prime Day sales that have been announced. Or just click here to go to the Prime Day deals and start shopping.

With Prime Day only two months before Black Friday this year due to the coronavirus, many shoppers are going to face the question of whether to kick off their Christmas shopping early or to try to hold off for even bigger savings later in the year. Which way should you go on the Prime Day vs Black Friday deals question? Keep reading for our answer …

Prime Day is usually a full four months before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, leaving plenty of time for shoppers to splurge for themselves over the summer and recharge their bank account before shopping for their friends and family over Thanksgiving. But this year it is basically going to be an early Black Friday sale for some – that is even how Best Buy is positioning its competing sale!

Why was Prime Day delayed?

In mid-March when businesses and governments started closing in-person shopping and stores, it became clear that 2020 was going to be a very different year than those in recent memory. Online shopping surged to new records and bricks & mortar establishments quickly transitioned to enhanced online offerings. Traditional online retailers like Amazon struggled to meet the surge in demand due to the government imposed shutdown of stores. Supply contraints, shipping delays, and concerns about the health of workers all became challenges facing order fulfillment.

Prime Day, the summer shopping event of the year for some time now, was a casualty of that surge. On Prime Day, Amazon rewards members of its paid subscription program with substantial savings across items offered by Amazon and third-party sellers on its website. They also usually offer a 30 day free trial of the membership to entice other online shoppers to try its program which is known for its fast free two day shipping option. The regular cost of a Prime membership is currently $119 annually or $12.99 a month (due to a price increase from $99 annually in May 2018).

The rumors about a Prime Day delay started shortly after the COVID-19 shutdown this year. A delay to August was initially anticipated, but in July Amazon announced that it would not be holding its popular annual sale this year until October 2020.

Buy Now or Wait?

Amazon sold more than $7 billion dollars of items online during their forty-eight hour sale last year. It was Amazon’s single biggest sales event ever, surpassing records set by prior Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. You can rest assured that you are getting some of Amazon’s best deals of the year. But are they the very best?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer Amazon more competition as EVERY manufacturer and store is rolling out their sales at the same time. They know that bargain shoppers are going to choose the lowest prices, and it is not simply a question of which third-party manufacturer or seller will earn the customer dollars.

The problem with waiting is that there is no guarantee that there will be a Black Friday sale at all. Many Prime Day deals will be the same as that are offered later during the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. Others will be better. Some will of course be worse. And there is no way to figure out in advance which one you are getting.

How to decide whether to buy during Prime Day?

Since many Prime Day deals are simply replicated on Black Friday, if you are splurging on a gift for yourself, you can safely buy many of them knowing that even if they decide to drop the price a bit more later, you will have two months of extra use of it. Also, if you have any concerns that there might be supply chain disruption later in the year, you should definitely order now if you get a price that compels you to pull the trigger. Stores are also expecting that some shoppers will have exhausted their holiday spending budget before Thanksgiving, so they are rolling out the sales even earlier this year to encourage people to not wait.

If you are looking to shop for a cheap television or other electronics item, you will probably still see the lowest prices on them over Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Even if stores roll out some early sales (which they do every year), it would be shocking if Walmart isn’t saving a sub $100 TV for the day after Thanksgiving. One alternative to that is Best Buy, which is of course offering its price guarantee on its Black Friday sales so that you know the price that you get early will be the best one that they offer later.

Amazon Prime Day Sales Already Announced:

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Grocery

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Other Stores:

Walmart Big Save Event:

Walmart has already kicked off its Big Save 2020 event to compete against Amazon Prime Day. Walmart started matching up against Prime Day a few years back. The event started at 7 PM Eastern on Sunday, October 11th and runs through Thursday.

Hot Picks from the Walmart sale include:
Kids Bumper Car Vehicle – $149.99
19-in-1 Bread Maker – $119.99
CHO Hoverboard – $89.99
Instant Pot LUX60 6 QT – $49
Lenovo IdeaPad – $429
AirPods Pro – $199

Best Buy Early Black Friday Deals:

Best Buy has announced it will offer a two day preview of its Black Friday sale on Tuesday and Wednesday as it looks to go head to head against Amazon on televisions and other electronics. Best Buy also offers a Black Friday guarantee for My Best Buy customers. If the prices on a deal go lower before Black Friday, the customer is automatically reimbursed the difference. Some of the sales that it identified on its press release included:

Samsung 70-inch Class 4K Smart TV for only $529.99 (Save $220)
Laptops starting at $119.99
JBL Free True Wireless headphones only $69.99 (Save $80)

Target Deal Days

Target is rolling out hundreds of online-only deals for members of the Target Circle. It is the start of their holiday savings. They also intend to offer Black Friday pricing throughout the month of November and extending their price match guarantee. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, if you snag a great item advertised as a “Black Friday deal” and then find it for a lower price at Target or Target.com, they’ll refund the difference.

Early Deals for Deal Days include:
Up to 20% on office supplies
Up to 20% on select fall decor
Up to 25% of hot tubs & accessories
Up to 10% on laptops
Up to 30% on graphic sweatshirts
Up to 10% on home theater items
Up to 50% on musical equipment

The above early deals end on Monday, October 12th before they roll out the Deal Days savings on Tuesday.

More Sales:

Macys and Kohls are both expected to hold competing sales this week, so be sure to visit their websites for more information. If we see them announced, we will add them here.

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