How to Find the Best Black Friday Online Deals

Over the past few years, more and more people have spent Black Friday shopping online. It used to be tradition to wake up early the morning after Thanksgiving and stand in line at the nearest Target or Walmart to race hundreds of other bargain-hunters, but with the great online deals being offered by pretty much every single store, why bother?

Not only are online sales a big part of Black Friday now, but some stores like Best Buy even offer online only promotions. It makes sense. Stores see Black Friday as a great opportunity to move inventory and makes lots of sales, and if they can do it without having people trample through their stores or having to hire extra employees and security? Bonus.

Speaking of online only promotions, Amazon got into the swing of things early and designed an Amazon mobile app – available for download on their website – that will help shoppers grab their deals on Black Friday no matter where they are. And Amazon loves Black Friday so much that it isn’t just one day to them, it’s an entire week. The most anticipated Black Friday online sales at Amazon will be on the Kindle Fire and the new Kindle Paperwhite e-readers. Either would make a nice gift for almost anyone you know, if you don’t want to just snag one for yourself.

The key to finding the best Black Friday online deals is basically the same as if you were preparing to shop in a physical store. Before the big day comes, do your research. Find out which of your favorite stores will be offering great online sales on the items you want. Also be sure to find out when those stores will be starting their Black Fridays. Many are now kicking things off online at midnight on Thursday night. Just because you can’t see other customers doesn’t mean you aren’t racing them. The biggest and hottest items, like laptops and the brand new Playstation 4 and Xbox One, will be available in limited quantities and you can expect them to go fast.

With the influx of online deals, many people’s game plans for Black Friday have changed from waking up early to staying up late to get in on those midnight bargains. However, if you truly want to be the champion of Black Friday, you may want to consider hitting the online sales at midnight, and heading to the brick-and-mortar stores in the morning. Just as there are online only promotions, there will be special in-store sales as well.