Below, you’ll find everything you need to know to get the most out of your Walmart Black Friday experience. And if you haven’t yet, you can also check out the full Walmart Black Friday ad to see if anything strikes your fancy. Walmart is far from the only retailer celebrating Black Friday, so if you’re interested in other retailers’ plans, be sure to check out our mega Best Black Friday Deals article, where we’ll be tracking all the best deals from all participating retailers.
Walmart Early Black Friday Deals (LIVE NOW)
The first wave of Walmart early Black Friday deals is live now. Here’s what’s on sale:
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Walmart’s Black Friday 2020 Sale Schedule
In addition to a standard Black Friday sale the day after Thanksgiving, this year Walmart is running a promotion called Deals for Days that’s spread out across three events in November. Here’s the timeline for these events, according to Walmart:
Sale Event 1
- November 4 at 7 p.m. ET – Deals begin on walmart.com
- November 7 at 12 a.m. ET – More new deals will roll out online
- November 7 at 5 a.m. local time – Deals begin in stores
Sale Event 2
- November 11 at 7 p.m. ET – New deals begin online
- November 14 at 12 a.m. ET – More new deals begin online
- November 14 at 5 a.m. local time – New deals begin in stores
Sale Event 3 (actual Black Friday)
- November 25 at 7 p.m. ET – New deals begin online
- November 27 at 12 a.m. ET – New deals begin online
- November 27 at 5 a.m. local time – New deals begin in stores
Walmart Deals for Days and Black Friday Deals
You can check out the Black Friday deals Walmart has already announced right here. You’ll find discounts on popular items like 4K TVs, Apple AirPods, air fryers, and Instant Pots.
As for video games, Black Friday is a terrific time to buy games. You can expect big discounts on plenty of popular titles, including even recent AAA releases.
It’s possible PS4 and Xbox One consoles will go on sale, though nothing has been announced yet. Demand is sky-high for the companies’ next-gen consoles, so don’t expect to find any discounts on PS5 or Xbox Series X/S (if you can even find them in stock, that is).
As for Nintendo, for the past two Black Fridays, it has offered a special Nintendo Switch bundle that included Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Let’s hope Nintendo offers a new bundle with a more recent game for 2020.
Walmart’s COVID Precautions
In what Walmart is calling an effort to spread out the Black Friday foot traffic, all Walmart stores will open at 5 a.m. local time on the in-store Deals for Days dates listed above, as well as on Black Friday.
The number of customers allowed in the store at once will be limited during all of the Black Friday events throughout November. You can also order items online to be delivered to your home, or for curbside pickup.
Curbside Pickup Available at Most Stores
Walmart says you’ll be able to use curbside pickup at “the majority of Walmart stores.” After you purchase something online for curbside pickup, you’ll receive an email with directions for how to retrieve it from your local store.
How to Get Free Shipping at Walmart
Orders of $35 or more qualify for free two-day shipping. Alternately, you can sign up for Walmart+ to get free shipping on all orders.
What is Walmart+?
So glad you asked. Walmart+ is the company’s paid membership program geared toward frequent Walmart shoppers. The headline feature of Walmart+ is unlimited free delivery. This applies to all items you can buy at the store, including groceries, which comes in particularly handy during a pandemic. It also gives you a $0.05 discount on fuel at Walmart and Murphys gas stations. You can sign up for Walmart+ for $12.95 per month or $98 per year. Read more about the program and sign up here.
Walmart’s Extended Holiday Return Policy
Lots of items people are buying now are intended as holiday gifts. To accommodate people getting duplicate (or unwanted) presents, Walmart has put an extended holiday return policy into effect. The return-by date for all items purchased between October 16 – December 25 has been extended to no earlier than January 8, 2021. You can find the return date for specific item categories here.
Chris Reed is a commerce editor and bonafide deals expert at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.
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