Black Friday 2021 sales are on! Or, at least, the pre-Black Friday 2021 sales are on. Amazon kicked the 2021 holiday season off on Oct. 4 with it’s Epic Deals sale, offering Black Friday-like pricing on a wide range of Alexa-powered gadgets, kitchenware, apparel, holiday decor and more, now through Christmas.
Amazon’s early sale — and the pre-Black Friday sales happening at major retailers across the country — is good timing. There’s an important reason to start your holiday shopping now, if you haven’t already: California ports, which handle 40% of the nation’s imports, are facing a record backlog of cargo ships, and the trucking industry is backlogged as well. That means you may not find the products you want as quickly as usual this holiday season — if you can find them at all. Retailers from Best Buy to Nordstrom are expecting some stress related to port issues.
The cost to import goods is up too, so there’s no guarantee that prices will get better as we approach the holiday shipping deadlines. If you see something that would make a great gift at a great price, a number of shipping and toy industry experts recommend you shop now — or you might not get the item in time for Hanukkah or Christmas 2021.
Stores including Walmart, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Amazon and more have deals on apparel, decor and electronics, among other categories. Here’s what’s on sale at these major retailers right now.
Walmart pre-Black Friday deals
Walmart has tons of tech, makeup, home goods and more reduced right now.
Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Vacuum, $250 (reduced from $400)
LOL Surprise Confetti Under Wraps doll, $11 (reduced from $13)
Hamilton Beach digital bread maker, $50 (regularly $70)
Keurig K-Duo Essentials single-serve and carafe coffee maker, $79 (regularly $99)
Best Buy pre-Black Friday deals
Best Buy has TVs, laptops, video games and more tech on sale.
Lego Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course, $48 (reduced from $60)
TCL 50″ 4K Roku TV Series 4, $400 (reduced from $450)
Ulta pre-Black Friday deals
Find makeup, skincare, fragrances and more reduced at Ulta.
Prince U Got the Look vegan eyeshadow palette, $28 (regularly $55)
Anastasia Natural & Polished Starter Kit, $17 (regularly $24)
Amazon pre-Black Friday deals
Amazon’s pre-Black Friday sale, featuring what the company is calling “epic deals,” is on now. You can save big on Alexa-powered devices, toys, apparel, kitchenware, beauty and much more. Here’s a sampling of what’s on sale.
Apple AirPods, $180 (reduced from $250)
Echo Show 8, $45 (reduced from $80)
Instant Omni Pro 14-in-1 air fryer and convection oven, $250 (reduced from $300)
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love wooden play bunk bed for dolls, $39 (reduced from $54)
Love, Diana Sing-Along Popstar 13-inch doll and working microphone, $30 (reduced from $35)
Nordstrom pre-Black Friday deals
Nordstrom has markdowns on men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, home and more.
Nike Men’s Dri-Fit zip jacket, $45 (reduced from $75)
Disney x Casetify insulated stainless steel water bottle
Keep thirst at bay with this Disney x Casetify insulated water bottle (26 oz.) featuring a retro design of Minnie Mouse or the whole Mickey Mouse gang.
Disney x Casetify insulated stainless steel water bottle, $29
Nordstrom Snuggle Plush faux fur slipper, $15 (reduced from $29)
Pre-Black Friday deals at Kohl’s now
Kohl’s has plenty of deals on apparel, kitchen appliances, home goods and more. Right now, you can take an extra 15% off when you use the code SAVE15NOW at checkout (ends Oct. 17), plus additional discounts for Kohl’s Card holders. You’ll also get $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend, also through Oct. 17. (Redeem your Kohl’s Cash Oct. 18-24.)
The Big One oversized plush throw, $22 (regularly $27)
Ninja CREAMi ice cream maker, $200 (reduced from $230)
Women’s Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda classic jeans, $25 (regularly $40)
GameStop pre-Black Friday deals
GameStop has deals on video games, gaming accessories, action figures and more.
The Last of Us, Part II for PlayStation 4, $20 (reduced from $40)
Wayfair pre-Black Friday deals
Find furniture, small kitchen appliances, bedding and more reduced at Wayfair.
The Magic Bullet countertop blender, $39 (reduced from $57)
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