CDC says Black Friday lines are out, but online sales are already on

Posted: 19 October 2020 3:11 pm

Forget chasing crowds after the big meal. This year, you can shop holiday discounts before you’ve even gobbled down the last piece of Halloween candy.

You likely won’t see bleary-eyed shoppers lining up for early doorbusters on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The pandemic has caused retailers to switch gears, holding sales online a month in advance and boosting delivery options to meet increased demand.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Holiday Celebrations guidance, and while it doesn’t mention Black Friday by name, it does classify “going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving” as high-risk for spreading COVID-19.

Fortunately, there are plenty of heavy discounts already available online.

Early Black Friday deals to shop online

  • Amazon: To make your loved one feel at home, Amazon has discounts on items like Tuft and Needle mattresses, Eufy home security solutions and Cosori air fryers.
  • Anthropologie: The free-spirited fashion lover on your gift list will appreciate the clothing and home decor deals right now at Anthro. You’ll save an additional 25% off at checkout.
  • Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy: Get your casual wear for the holidays at 50% off from all three retailers.
  • Best Buy: It’s a Black Friday mainstay, and it already has a page of unbeatable bargains. Save up to $1,000 on a Sony OLED 4K smart TV.
  • Bloomingdale’s: The luxury department store isn’t known to dole out deals, making these rare sales a steal. Save 30% on outerwear, up to 40% on women’s shoes, 30% on women’s cashmere and up to 60% on fine jewelry.
  • Dell: The PC shop has smaller deals on laptops and desktop computers, like 15% off an Alienware Aurora gaming desktop.
  • Home Depot: While everyone’s thinking about improving their digs, save 40% on overstock items and additional savings on appliances.
  • J. Crew: It’s one of the most generous clothing sales at the moment: up to 60% off coats and sweaters, plus an extra 20% off your purchase with code WARMUP.
  • Jos. A. Bank: Suit up in clearance styles up to 80% off.
  • Lenovo: The laptop dealer has doorbusters like 68% off ThinkPads with code THINKYAY and up to 28% off gaming laptops with code GAMING4U.
  • Macy’s: Take 40% to 60% off styles for the family through October.
  • Madewell: Stock up on the basics for yourself or a pal with Madewell’s 20% off sale — 30% if you spend $200+. Use code SPREETIME at checkout.
  • Target: Your favorite place to spend a Saturday morning is just as fun to shop online. Target has cozy women’s, men’s and kids fleece sets starting at $14 — perfect for snuggling at a virtual family movie night. It’s also taking 20% off shoes, 25% off home decor and offering gift cards with select purchases.
  • Walmart: Christmas morning will still be magical with Walmart’s deals on the year’s hottest toys like classic and themed LEGO sets — whether your kids are into Star Wars, Super Mario or Marvel Avengers, you’ll get the lowest price available and next-day delivery.

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