Updated on Saturday September 19, 2020: It’s still too early for us to know the specific offers coming this year at Walmart’s Black Friday sale but you can scroll down the page to the “History” section to see the details from last year to get an idea of what’s likely to come (we’re expecting to see similar deals return).
The only aspect of Walmart’s Black Friday sale for 2020 that is already confirmed at this point is that all store locations will be closed all day on Thanksgiving day itself, November 26th (just like Target).
Traditionally, stores have opened at 6:00PM local time on Thursday evening. We’re still expecting the sale to begin online on Thanksgiving day but no more in-store doorbuster sales as we’ve seen this last decade. As quoted by John Furner, President and CEO of Walmart U.S., “We know this has been a trying year [due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic], and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones.” Be on the looking for other retailers to follow in Walmart’s footsteps.
We’ll be posting a copy of Walmart’s ad and all the important details for 2020 once we know more. Be sure to check back again soon for the latest updates or join our newsletter to stay informed.
Expected 2020 Start & End Dates
- Expected start date, online: Shop walmart.com beginning Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:00PM EST / 9:00PM CST / 7:00PM PST.
- Expected start date, in-stores:
Stores will likely open at 6:00PM in the afternoon on Thursday, Thanksgiving day, November 26, 2020.Walmart has confirmed that all stores nationwide will be closed ALL DAY on Thanksgiving itself due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Stores will likely open sometime in the early morning hours on Black Friday itself.
- Expected end date: Prices are usually valid until midnight or store closing time on Friday, November 27, 2020. As always, everything advertised is in limited quantities and only available “while supplies last”. Expect certain things to sell out early.
What to Buy in 2020
You’ll find a lot of similarities in Walmart’s Black Friday doorbuster specials to the ones at Kohl’s and Target. Our team has been tracking all of these stores for a number of years now and although it’s still too early for us to officially confirm the deals coming here in 2020, the specials tend to repeat themselves from year to year. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for at Walmart’s Black Friday sale:
- TV’s — You’ll find a ton of TV’s on sale from all the big-box stores — from Best Buy to Costco and everyone in-between — on sale during Thanksgiving weekend. Always the doorbuster deals on the front page of the Black Friday ad are the best but so that’s why they tend to sell out quickly, sometimes within minutes of going live. Our favorite TV last year was a 65” Phillips 4K Android Smart TV priced at just $278. If you needed something smaller for your bedroom or small apartment, then you also had a choice of a 50” and 40” onn Roku Smart TV. They were sale priced at $148 and $98, respectively, and if you didn’t mind the no-name brands then both were excellent buys.
- Phones — With all the extra gift card opportunities coupled with some of the lowest prices out there, you couldn’t go wrong buying a new phone with either a 2-year contract or prepaid plan. Those of us in the office are more Apple iPhone users so we are a bit biased, but if you like Samsung or LG phones there was something for you as well. Or favorite deal on the iPhone last year was on the 11 and 11 Pro as it came with a $300 Walmart eGift card. You could have also gotten up to $250 more on your eGift card if you traded an eligible phone at the time of purchase. In regards to Android, the Samsung Note9 and S10e also came with a $300 Walmart eGift card. If you interested in a month-to-month no long term contract plan, then the Straight Talk Wireless ready iPhone 6s Plus was the way to go. It was priced at $149 after $50 off and you could have picked up an Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE plan for just $55 for 30-days of use.
- Home — 5 out of the 35 pages of Walmart’s Black Friday ad last year had various home goods items. Due to COVID-19, we’re expecting the kitchen essentials to be huge sellers this year. That includes coffee makers, like the Keurig K-Compact Brewer that was priced at $40 last year, and the Instant Pot 6-quart Duo that was priced at $49 last year. One notable exception was the KitchenAid mixer that was not featured in Walmart’s ad but in just about every other department store ad we came across. Hey also had a fantastic deal on an iRobot Roomba 670 3-stage Wi-Fi robotic vacuum. It was sale priced at $197 after a $47 off the list price.
- Apparel — Apparel sales have generally slumped this year as the lockdown has kept people indoors. That’s why you can expect to see deeper discounts on clothes than ever before as inventory levels pileup. That’s why 2020 should be the best opportunity to stock up on your favorite name-brand clothing from brands such as Under Armour, Nike, Reebok, Puma, Wrangler, Levi’s, and others. And if you don’t mind the store-brand apparel, especially for your kid’s clothing that they will destroy either way, then Walmart will likely be your best store to pick up the bargains.
- General merchandise — The last few pages of Walmart’s Black Friday ad usually has all the other stuff that don’t match their other categories. This is actually a section you shouldn’t overlook as you can deals on some things most people don’t typically buy during the Fall/Winter season. For example, last year there was a Brookstone 3-burner BBQ grill on sale for $174. Maybe not as well know as Weber or Char-Broil, it was a pretty good cooker. Our other favorite last year was the Sun Joe Electric Pressure Washer that was on sale for just $69 after $80 savings.
- Toys — Last but not least, you’ve good lots of toys typically on sale over the long weekend. Last year Walmart had kids bikes with training wheels on sale for as low as $44/each and big-kid bikes as low as $84/each. The ride-on 12 volt boys and girls quads were on sale for $98 and then you had various other toys, everything from Barbie dolls to boardgames, on sale from $5/each.
As always, the moment Walmart’s Black Friday ad for 2020 is leaked in mid-November then we’ll be updating our list of favorites and what you should be on the lookout this coming Thanksgiving weekend.
Last Year’s Black Friday Ad
Are you interested in seeing some of Walmart’s older Black Friday ads? Then follow the links below to view the last few years of ad history.
- 2019: Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38.
- 2018: Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37.
- 2017: Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
- 2016: Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34.
What do you plan on getting at Walmart over Black Friday weekend? A new TV? Some toys for your kids? Let us know in the comments below.