Updated on Friday October 23, 2020: We just received Walmart’s first two Black Friday 2020 ads! We’re still waiting for one more to come. Scroll down the page to view them in full.
A few things you should know when shopping Walmart’s Black Friday sale this year. Firstly, all store locations will be closed all day on Thanksgiving day itself, November 26th (just like Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy and dozens of other stores and malls/outlets this year). Traditionally, stores have opened at 6:00PM local time on Thursday evening. 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.”
Secondly, Walmart has confirmed that the deals this year will come earlier than ever before, going from a one single day sale to three separate sale events in November. They are calling it “Black Friday Deals for Days.” The first event begins November 4th online and in-stores on November 7th. You can see the start and end dates for each of the three Black Friday events listed further below.
Confirmed 2020 Start & End Dates
Due to the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Walmart is reinventing their Black Friday sale this year. Rather than being a one day event, the sale is now split up in three separate events. And for the first time ever, you’ll have the option to to pick up your walmart.com Black Friday purchase through Walmart’s contact-free curbside pickup service at your nearest store.
- Event #1: Begins online on Wednesday November 4, 2020 at 7:00PM EST and in stores on Saturday November 7, 2020 at 5:00AM local time (new deals also added online at 12:01AM on ET on Saturday). The featured deals during this event will be on toys, electronics and home products. That includes an onn. brand 42-inch UHD Roku TV sale priced at $88 and Hotel Style bath towels sale priced for $5/each. On Saturday the featured doorbuster deals include the Magic Bullet Blender on sale for $15 and a New Bright 1:6 scale RC Truck on sale for $40. From November 7-13th, you’ll also be able to get $20 off per time and free lifetime balance on all modular Goodyear branded tires at Walmart’s Auto Care Center.
- Event #2: Begins online on Wednesday November 11, 2020 at 7:00PM EST and in stores on Saturday November 14, 2020 at 5:00AM local time (new deals also added online at 12:01AM on ET on Saturday). The featured deals during this event will be on electronics, movies, music, computers, apparel, hardlines, home and tablets. As quoted in their press release, Walmart will also host “its biggest wireless phone event ever in-stores and online” on Saturday November 14, 2020. Deals will be on both on Apple iPhones and Samsung phones.
- Event #3: Begins online on Wednesday November 25, 2020 at 7:00PM EST and in stores on Friday November 27, 2020 at 5:00AM local time (new deals also added online at 12:01AM on ET on Friday). The featured deals during this event will be on electronics, toys, home decor and gifts. Remember all stores are closed for the entire day on Thanksgiving day itself.
Walmart is doing everything they can to encourage you to shop online this year. However, if you still plan on shopping in-stores on Black Friday then doors open this year at 5:00AM. You’ll need to form a single, straight line to enter the store and everyone will need to take a shopping cart with them to help keep social distancing (the carts will be pre-sanitized for your convenience). Walmart’s “Health Ambassadors” will be scattered thoughout the stores to remind you to keep your face masks on. And if it gets crowded, they will limit customers from going inside until others leave (stores will reportedly be capped at only 20% regular occupancy levels).
Black Friday Ad Scan, Nov 4-8
Black Friday Ad Scan, Nov 11-15
A full list of Walmart’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 upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Good luck!
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 we’ve noticed that 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.
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.
- 2020: Event #1: page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Event #2: page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.
- 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.