Target Black Friday 2020 Sale – What to Expect

Updated on Wednesday September 23, 2020: It’s still too early for us to know what’s coming at Target’s Black Friday sale this year but you can scroll down the page to see the details from last year to get an idea of what’s likely to come (we’re expecting to see similar offers return). We’ll be posting a copy of their ad and all the important details for 2020 once we know more.

However, there are a few things that are already confirmed. Firstly, for 2020 all Target stores nationwide will be closed ALL DAY on Thanksgiving day itself (that’s on November 26th). Traditionally, stores have opened at 5:00PM local time on Thursday evening but due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, they want to limit the in-store crowds this year. Stores are most likely to be open during regular store hours for the remainder of the long weekend. This follows the footsteps of Walmart and a number of stores and malls/outlets that has also officially announced closures on Thanksgiving day.

Secondly, we received a tip from one of our readers that’s a Target employee (thanks Ashley!) that Red Card/Target Circle Members will have early access to the Black Friday deals this year due to the pandemic. The deals are rumored to start in October to last until the end of the year. Those that have the Target App will be the first to know once the official news is announced.

This tip reconfirms an earlier company announcement that Target’s “biggest holiday deals will be available earlier than ever, so you can shop safely and conveniently without worrying about missing out on deals that usually come later in the season”. You’ll be able to “count on getting extra-big savings without the extra-long lines, with plenty of opportunities to score the best deals on the hottest items both before and after November 26.”

As always, we’ll bring you all the important details as they come in to us. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for the latest updates or join our newsletter to stay informed.


Expected 2020 Start & End Dates

Target’s Black Friday sale start and end dates have traditionally repeated themselves from year to year. That will not be the case this year. Here’s what we are expecting them to run:

  • Expected start date: Sometime in October. Early access for Red Card/Target Circle Members.
  • Expected end date: The deals are rumored to run through December this year, while supplies last.

It’s just important to keep in mind that many of the advertised doorbuster specials are in limited quantities, sometimes even as a few units per store, and are likely to sell out quickly. That’s why it’s best to have your list put together and a plan of action to first pick up the most important items. If you’ll be shopping online this year, as you probably should due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, then it’s best to start right after midnight when the sale goes live online. Have your credit card info ready and product pages bookmarked early to cut down the seconds it it takes you to checkout quickly.

One other option is to shop online and pick up your order at your nearest Target store. The only exclusions in the past were items marked as “doorbuster” deals in the ad. However again, we’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and hopefully target will let you buy the the doorbuster deals online with same day in-store pickup.


Our Favorite Deals for 2020

Similar to Kohl’s and Walmart, Target’s Black Friday ad is usually very long; last year it was 54 pages with an average of about 7 products per page. It’s usually packed with everything from TV’s to games, small kitchen appliances to toys, and a whole lot more. While it’s still too early for us to know the exact items on sale, here’s what you should be on the lookout for:

  • Televisions — Target usually has at least one TV featured on the first page of their ad and then another few pages devoted to them, typically on the third through sixth pages. The doorbuster TV on the front page of the ad was probably one of the best deals from last year; it was a 65-inch 4K UHD HDR Element Roku TV on sale for just $279.99. The only catch was that it was an in-store only deal. If you preferred a name-brand tv then for the same price there was also a Samsung 4K UHD HDR television but it was smaller at 50 inches. The 65-inch Samsung was sale priced at $479.99 which was still a pretty good deal, savings you $220 from the retail price.
  • iPhone — If it’s time to upgrade your phone to something a bit newer, then Target was offering a free $200 store gift card last year with qualifying activations of Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Xs Max and Xs with your choice of either AT&T or Verizon. You could have also gotten an iTunes App Store and iTunes gift card for buy-one get-one 30% off or an Apple Watch Series 3 for use $169.99.
  • Gaming — Black Friday is always a good time to stock up on the latest Xbox, PS4, and Switch games. Last year Target had a number of titles like Ghost Recon, Madden ’20, and FIFA ’20 at 50% off. The meant some games were priced for as low as $15/each. If you didn’t have a gaming console then there was an Xbox One S 1Tb bundled with the Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order game for $199.99. That not only saved you $100 off the retail price but also came with a free $40.00 Target gift-card. Just don’t expect the PS5 to be on sale this Black Friday.
  • Home Cleaning — We’re all spending a lot more time at home these days due to the Coronavirus pandemic so having a clean home is more important than ever before. We’re expecting Target to have some featured specials on the latest iRobot Roomba robotic vacuums. Last year the 675 Wi-Fi model was on sale for $199.99, a savings of $100 off the $299.99 regular price. If you prefer to do it yourself, the Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin cordless vacuum was on sale for $199.99, also representing a savings of $100 off the list price.
  • Toys — With Christmas just around the corner, don’t wait until the last minute to pick you some toys for your kiddos. About half way through Target’s Black Friday ad there should be a few pages of featured toys on sale. Last year they had select puzzles and board games at 50% off, Lego sets from as low as $19.99/each, and huge stuffed animals for as low as $10. We’re expecting to see similar price points to return again for 2020.

This should give you a general idea on the deals likely coming our way here in 2020. We’ll of course be updating this list once Target’s Black Friday ad is leaked sometime in early November.


Current Offers

A full list of Target’s current offers and coupons — all of which are available today — can be found below. If you’re lucky then you may be able to find a good bargain before the holiday rush this Thanksgiving weekend. Good luck!


Last Year’s Black Friday Ad

Last updated on Wednesday November 6, 2019: Target’s HUGE 54-page Black Friday ad is here! We’ve scanned and posted it for you in it’s entirety down below. You just have to give it a few seconds for it to load up as you scroll through each page. You’ll be able to shop the sale at target.com or in-stores at 5:00PM when doors open on Thanksgiving day (Thursday November 28, 2019). Happy bargain hunting!

You can take a look at the remaining pages of Target’s Black Friday ad in the history section below.


History

Are you interested in seeing some of Target’s older Black Friday ads? Then follow the links below to view the last few years of ad history.


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