Black Friday 2017 is racing towards us as the holiday sales season picks up pace. But where are the best deals and how do deals compare between the biggest retailers? Having sorting through masses of sales data it is time to put them to the test, starting with Best Buy BBY +1.34% Vs TargetTGT +2.5% where there are significant product and delivery pros and cons…
Best Buy Black Friday 2017 sales have already started
My thanks to BestBlackFriday.com which has worked with me to collate these deals and create order from the inevitable annual chaos
Where Best Buy Black Friday Beats Target Black Friday 2017
Thanksgiving Opening Time: Best Buy doorbusters will start on Thanksgiving at 5pm while Target’s Thanksgiving sales begin at 6pm.
Live Sales: Best Buy is still running some of the Black Friday sales it released with its ad scan right now (see live deals) while Target only had deals the day it posted its ad scan.
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Premier HDTV Deal: Best Buy is offering a Sharp 50-inch LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD Roku TV for $179.99 (save $320) – product link. As I previously noted, this very well may be the best deal during the entirety of Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017.
Samsung Smartphones Deal: Best Buy is offering a sale where you can Save $300 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with qualified activation – product link. Target is offering a similar deal, but its $300 savings are via a $300 Target gift card. For the shopper who might not want to spend their $300 savings at Target, I give the nod to Best Buy.
GoPro HERO5 Black 4K: Both Target and Best Buy are offering the GoPro HERO5 Black 4K (product link) for $349.99 with a free $50 gift card to each respective store. However, Best Buy’s Black Friday ad states a Wi-Fi remote is included.
Where Target Black Friday Beats Best Buy Black Friday 2017
Black Friday Opening Time: Both Best Buy and Target will close the night of Thanksgiving or early Black Friday morning before reopening on Black Friday. Best Buy will open up at 8am while Target will open up at 6am, giving you more time to arrange Target into your Black Friday shopping spree.
Store Credit/Debit Card: Target’s REDCard very well may be the best store credit or debit card of any merchant. Unlike Best Buy’s store card, which gives cash back, Target will give REDCard holders 5% off every purchase immediately including those made on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Target also is promising REDCard holders will receive early access to Black Friday deals at Target.com starting on November 22. (sign-up link)
Xbox One S 500GB Console: Both Target and Best Buy are offering the popular Xbox One S 500GB Console (product link) for $189.99. However, Target is also giving shoppers who make this purchase a $25 Target gift card.
Google Home Mini Smart Speaker – Chalk: Target is offering the Google Home Mini Speaker for $29 with a $10 Target gift card (product link). Best Buy is offering it for $29.99 with a $10 Best Buy gift card. While the difference is only $0.99 I am still giving Target the win here – a saving is a saving.
Apple Watch Series 1: Target has Apple Watch Series 1 prices (product link) starting at $179.99 in their Black Friday ad while Best Buy has the same item starting at $199.99
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Target is offering a $250 Target gift card with the activation of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus (product link) while Best Buy is only offering $200 in savings.
Where Target Black Friday Ties Best Buy Black Friday 2017
Shipping: Best Buy and Target will both offer free shipping with no minimum this holiday season, including orders during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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