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Best Early Black Friday Sales 2016

Nov. 8, 2016
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While most Black Friday sales don’t start until Thanksgiving or the day after, some retailers are getting a jump on the holiday shopping season with super-low prices on clothes, electronics and other gift items. We’ve put together a list of some of the more exciting sales this year:


Amazon has a dedicated Countdown to Black Friday section full of savings and is rolling out revolving pre-Black Friday deals on everything from cosmetics sponges to mattresses to autographed baseballs from the latest World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs. But be warned: If you see something you want, buy it right away, because most of these deals are timed.


The temple to all things beauty-related is throwing a special pre-Black Friday sale for its VIB members, with 20% off all purchases Nov. 11-14. VIB membership means you’ve signed up for the rewards program and have spent $350 at the store within the past year. VIB Rouge members, those who’ve spent $1,000 or more, get even more perks.


In 2015, the members-only warehouse store rolled out the bargains beginning Nov. 20, the Friday before Thanksgiving, and kept them going through the entire holiday weekend. This year, savings in the November 2016 Costco coupon book started Oct. 27 and won’t end until Nov. 27. Along with deals on groceries and household goods, there are also big savings on KitchenAid mixers, Casio keyboards and laptops.


The discount retailer is already igniting holiday excitement with a spend $40, save $10 deal on certain items in a variety of categories, including apparel, grocery and home. Other items are discounted 15% with in-store pickup. On Dec. 4, shoppers will save 10% on gift cards, and from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, the store’s Cartwheel app will feature a 50% discount on a different toy every day.


Proving that early-bird specials aren’t just for hungry diners, Wal-Mart is kicking off the holiday season with an eclectic selection of inventory. You’ll find discounts on perennial Black Friday favorites like iPhones, iPads and big-screen televisions, and on more practical items such as TV wall mounts — for that new giant TV — and toaster ovens.


While Groupon may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking gifts, its 12 Days of Doorbusters promotion may change your mind, with new deals being added to the site every day. The electronics stock skews toward refurbished models, but the site is also offering up pajamas, tools, jewelry and myriad other new items.

Sam’s Club

In case you’ve thrown something at the TV while watching the election results roll in, you may find big savings on televisions from LG, Vizio and Samsung at the warehouse store’s one-day pre-Black Friday sale Nov. 12, starting at 7 a.m. The membership retailer promises other categories will also be represented, but the biggest deals look to be in the electronics section.


Ann Taylor’s little sister store is rolling out revolving sales, with $20 discounts on pants and jeans one day, and shoes and accessories marked down by 30% another. Sale styles were eligible for 40% discounts one day and 50% the next. If you find something you like, check back often, because it’ll probably go on sale. Customers who spend more than $125 online can save with free shipping; otherwise, an $8.95 flat rate applies.

The Body Shop

It may not be easy being green, but for a limited time, this eco-conscious cosmetics and skin care shop is making it easy to save. It’s slashing all sale merchandise by 50%; offering three single-use face masks for $5; and presenting buy-three, get-three-free deals on shampoos, washes and scrubs. To put the cherry on the deal sundae, it’s also offering free ground shipping for orders of $50 or more.  

Lands’ End

Through Nov. 9, the popular casual outfitter is offering a friends and family discount of 30% (with a code) on men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, and home goods like sheets and towels. The 30% offer is also good on the brand’s more formal line, Canvas, which also gets free shipping.


From now until Nov. 28, Gap — known for its good jeans and practical prices — is offering $25 (up to $125) in GapCash for every $50 spent, redeemable from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5, with a $50 minimum.


Gift wrapping a new kitchen may not be the easiest thing, but from now until Nov. 20, the Swedish superstore is giving customers who spend more than $4,000 on a new kitchen 15% back in gift cards. Those would be just right for buying dishes, pots and pans to go with your new cabinetry, helped along by price cuts on dishes and flatware. Joining the store’s rewards program, Ikea Family, means 20% off all Omar shelving and Henriksdal chairs. The Ikea Bedroom Event means 15% off on daybeds, bed frames and mattresses — perfect timing for holiday guests.