Update: The first official slew of Amazon Black Friday deals are live, as we’re officially one week from Black Friday 2018. Here are the early discounts availa.
Amazon has always been the best places to pick up deals on technology and much more, and that will be especially true on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018. For one thing, Amazon is almost the sole creator of Cyber Monday, just as the company popularized online shopping.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are mere weeks away, but Amazon has already started throwing out some early discounts ahead of the biggest holiday weekend of deals. We’ve also listed everything Amazon has confirmed it will be selling at a discount leading up to Black Friday.
After that, we’ll show you how you can take advantage of Amazon’s best deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the biggest discounts from last year and what products we expect will go on a flash sale this year.
Quick links to early Black Friday deals
Amazon Black Friday deals: live today
New deals as of today, Friday, November 16
LG 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV:
$3,999 $3,196 at Amazon
The LG OLED65E8PUA features one of the thinnest 4K panels on the market. On top of this, the 65-inch TV is equipped with an a9 Intelligent Processor that’s designed to process and render rich colors, sharpness and depth to deliver ultimate picture quality. This UHD set is also seeing on of the biggest $803 discounts we’ve seen this Black Friday season.
Dell Inspiron 7000 17 2-in-1:
$1,299 $899 at Amazon
Looking for a versatile and powerful laptop? Well look no farther than the Dell Inspiron 7000 17 2-in-1. It’s a well equipped 17-inch convertible laptop and one of the best Amazon early Black Friday deals. Don’t miss your chance to save $400 on this 2-in-1 laptop.View Deal
Xbox One X 1TB Console:
$499 $464 at Amazon
The Xbox One X is Microsoft’s latest and greatest console. Although the PS4 trumps it in console exclusives, the Xbox One X has greater backwards compatibility, 4K and QHD screen support and it’s also $35 off ahead of Black Friday.View Deal
Apple iMac 21.5-inch:
$1,699 $1,283 at Amazon
The Mac Mini might be back, but the most value oriented macOS machine is arguably the 21.5-inch iMac. This particular model we’re featuring here is a mid-rang 2018 model equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, Full HD display and 1TB storage drive. That’s pretty much everything you’ll need to get through a tough day and it has been heavily discounted by $415.View Deal
Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor:
$479 $299 at Amazon
The Alienware 25 is an incredibly quick gaming monitor. In our review, the monitor performed well with a sharp Full HD resolution, spectacular color and contrast that was unfortunately marred buy its exorbitant price. Luckily, this $180 discount fixes its one flaw.View Deal
PC component deals
WD Black NVMe SSD 1TB:
$449 $259 at Amazon
The WD Black NVMe SSD is one of the fastest solid-state drives available on the market. Now its coming at incredible $190 discount. Seriously a 42% off sale like this doesn’t come around very often, so don’t miss out.View Deal
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4-3000 now $129.99 (was $189) at Amazon
Need to speed up your PC the quick and cheap way, there’s nothing better than an memory upgrade. This 16GB kit of DDR4 RAM is just what the PC doctored ordered whether you have a ho-hum PC or extreme gaming desktop. With memory prices hitting all-times high this year, its great to see Early Black Friday sales finally bringing out sales like this $60 discount.View Deal
Sony RX100 V:
$998 $891 at Amazon
The Sony RX100 V is an incredibly versatile and powerful pocket camera. Featuring a 20MP sensor, 3.6x optical zoom lens and 4K video recording, this premium compact camera is more capable than most DLSRs. Best of all its going for an incredible $106 discount.View Deal
Canon EF 40mm f2.8:
$199 $129 at Amazon
The EF 40mm f2.8 is one of Canon’s smallest and most affordable camera lenses. This Canon lens is designed to capture photos with nearly the same field of view as the human eye and its compact nature lets it sit almost flush with any Canon DSLR camera. Ahead of Black Friday, Amazon is making it even more affordable with this $70 discount.View Deal
$299 $199 at Amazon
The Mevo is essentially what you would call a web camera on steroids. Not only does it feature 4K video recording, you can control it remotely to shift around the camera frame and zoom into specific things you’re recording. Better yet you can snap it up for with this $100 discount.View Deal
Smart home deals
Google WiFi system 3-Pack:
$299 $249 at Amazon
Spruce up your home Internet setup with the Google Wifi system. These mesh Wi-Fi units create an amplified wireless network so there are no internet dead zones in your home. This three piece kit is perfect for most homes and can be had for a nice $50 discount.View Deal
Black Friday Amazon deals coming soon:
Although Black Friday lands on November 23 this year, with Cyber Monday to follow on November 26, holiday deals have appeared on Amazon well before then. In fact, Early Black Friday deals started appearing just as soon as the month of November started.
What’s more, Amazon is holding week-long sale ahead of Black Friday that will begin on November 16. Here’s what we know will be on sale soon and for how much of a discount.
Starting Sunday, November 18th
Starting Wednesday, November 21st
Starting Thursday, November 22nd
How to get the best deals at Amazon on Black Friday / Cyber Monday
While it’s tempting to smash that ‘buy now’ button as soon as you see anything on sale, you should think twice about almost every purchase you make around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
For deals appearing in the days leading up to Black Friday, it’s actually better not to spend your money until later. You’ll often find the same products that were on sale the week ahead of Black Friday with even bigger discounts after the event actually kicks off.
Amazon often starts throwing down the biggest discounts as soon as everyone is done with their Thanksgiving dinner at roughly 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Thursday, November 22. Then the deals only get better when Black Friday actually starts.
At this point, the race is on. Black Friday discounts will end at 12:00am PT sharp on Saturday, November 24th and products on sale will often run out of stock well before that. This is especially true of Lightning Deals, that often slash prices with even more significant discounts, but usually only last for a few hours (or until they’re sold out).
We’d also recommend signing up for Amazon Prime, if you’re not a subscriber already. Now this doesn’t necessarily have to cost you a dime as you can sign up as a new user – if you’ve never been an Amazon Prime subscriber before – to get a whole month for free.
Best of all you also gain access to all of Amazon’s services – such as the Prime Video streaming and the Kindle eBook lending library – for the month on top of free expedited shipping with most orders.
Of course, we at TechRadar will be scrubbing Amazon for the best deals, so you don’t have to trudge through Amazon’s entire online catalog to find the lowest prices over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period.
We’ll also be closely monitoring other retailers like Walmart, Jet, Newegg and Dell for the best deals around the web. If you’re looking for deals on specific products and product types, we’ll be tracking topics like the best PS4, laptop and TV deals, cameras plus many many more.
5 best deals at Amazon last year
Just how good are Black Friday and Cyber Monday, well let’s take a look at some of the best deals from last year. Just remember that these are from last year and the discounts are no longer valid.
Amazon Echo Dot was $29 (usually $49)
Google may have a cheap speaker deal, but Amazon is price matching with its own mini Alexa speaker, hoping you’ll either put in in every room in your house buy it as a cheap gift.View Deal
Google Home Mini + $10 gift card was $29 (usually $49)
Google’s affordable smart assistant has gotten a huge price cut for Black Friday, making it one of the most affordable standalone smart assistant devices around. B&H has both the Chalk and Charcoal colors on sale for this price.View Deal
Nikon D3400 DSLR + two lenses was $496 (usually $996)
Entry level camera though it may be, there’s a lot to like about the D3400, including its beautiful compact body and big battery life. With two lenses thrown in, this deal for 50% off at Amazon is nearly too good to pass up, photogs.View Deal
$50 off Sony PS4 Pro + Star Wars – was $399 (usually $449)
Move over, PS4 Slim. The PS4 Pro is the more powerful version of Sony’s new console. Plus, it comes with Star Wars: Battlefront 2.View Deal
iPad Pro 9.7-inch was $399 (usually $729)
The iPad Pro is such a popular Cyber Monday deal because Apple discounts are rare. Well, get ready for a big one from eBay. It’s last year’s 9.7-inch Pro tablet with WiFi and 3G cellular that’s still on sale.View Deal
5 Amazon deals predictions for 2018
New Amazon Echo devices
Earlier this September, Amazon launched a bevy of devices including an Echo Show 2nd gen, new Echo Dot, Echo Wall Clock and even an Alexa-powered microwave. We expect some, if not all, of these devices to go on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Game console uber sales and bundles
The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro might still be relatively new consoles, but they’re already approaching their sunset days with Sony president confirming the development of a next-gen console. With this in mind, we suspect, we’ll see some of the deepest discounts on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, along with some truly awesome bundles for each console.
Deeply discounted DSLR cameras
This year basically every camera company announced a new full-frame mirrorless camera. While it’s unlikely discounts will develop for these new models, you’ll probably see older DSLRs and other crop-sensor cameras go on their biggest sales yet.
Lots of 4K TVs
4K TV sales were an essential part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017, and we so no reason for that to change this year. If anything, we suspect there will be even better deals this year to sell off Amazon’s old inventory and discounts on models from this year.
Smart home devices for days
Amazon isn’t the only one who announced new smart home devices this year. There are plenty of products we can see going on sale soon such as Google’s newly announced Home Hub and the multitude of smart speakers out there.
Reasons to choose or avoid Amazon
Although Amazon is still regarded to be the world’s biggest e-tailer, its become a hardware maker in its own right. This becomes evidently clear on when Echo and other Alexa-powered devices are given prominent placement on Black Friday and Cyber Monday – or worse, they were the only thing you could buy on Amazon Prime Day when its servers were overtaxed.
Amazon might be a great source of deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the company also has a vested interest in selling its own products first. So you may find less impressive deals on products for which Amazon makes a direct competitor.
The way Amazon reserves it’s best deals and Lighting Deals for Prime Subscribers is also a huge turnoff, especially if you’re not able to take advantage of the 30-day free trial. Unfortunately, getting Prime shipping with your purchases is almost essential at this time of year when everyone and their mother is making online purchases.
Stick with TechRadar to get the best deals
We can’t predict what products will go on sale with perfect accuracy, but we’ll be tirelessly updating this article for the latest deals, bundles and other discounts you shouldn’t miss from Amazon on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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