Best Black Friday deals 2022: when it is and what to expect

Black Friday 2022 will be here before we know it. Here's what we know so far and how to prepare for the biggest sales event of the year

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Black Friday 2022 is expected to be big in the coming months, thanks to a year of inflation, record fuel prices and shortages, and other issues. Savings are definitely the name of the game and Black Friday is the MVP of savings. 

As with previous years, Black Friday sales are likely to start early as both online and high street stores try to get in front of the competition and buyers look to avoid shipping delays and stock shortages. If you missed out on Prime Day this year, then Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the holidays to shop for Christmas gifts alongside millions of other shoppers. 

So just when is Black Friday 2022 and what kind of deals can you expect to see? We've recapped it all right here for all of you smart shoppers, giving you a heads up on what to expect come next year and how to start preparing. You'll find the T3's favorite Black Friday deals this year below, along with all the info you'll need to prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year next time it comes around.

When is Black Friday 2022?

Black Friday 2022 takes place on Friday, 25 November 2022 and then Cyber Monday follows it on Monday, 28 November. Expect the Black Friday sales to begin around two weeks ahead of Black Friday 2022, so from Friday 11 November.

Top Black Friday 2022 Sales

In terms of product offering, these'll be the Black Friday sales you'll want to check out. These cover the most categories for those looking to do a bit of gift shopping, and will offer a great selection of deals an inexpensive gifts to browse through.

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Abercrombie & Fitch (opens in new tab) | 30% off everything
Abercrombie & Fitch is offering 30% off everything, including fragrances and ambercrombie kids .

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Abt offers a massive selection of home appliances, furniture, tech and electronics including TVs, A/V equipment and projectors. With new deals dropping every day, you can already save quite a bit on home needs by heading over to their Specials & Deals page. Abt's official Black Friday sale should go live in November.

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adidas (opens in new tab) | Black Friday Sale Is Live!
One of the top Black Friday sales for clothing and footwear, adidas is offering up to 50% off select styles alongside early access to special deals in November to shoppers who sign up for the Creators Club.

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Adorama (opens in new tab) | Big savings across the store
Photographers and AV specialist will want to check out Adorama's Black Friday sale this year. With one of the best offerings of cameras, AV equipment and electronics available, it's a top shopping destination for fans of the visual arts.

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AJ Madison (opens in new tab) | Black Friday Sale Is Live!
One of the net's biggest appliance superstores, AJ Madison's Black Friday sale is now live. Thousands of items are included, and there are additional debates on many, too. 

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Amazon's Epic Daily Deals Early Black Friday Sale (opens in new tab)
Starting a full two months before Black Friday even shows up, Amazon is offering one of their largest selections of Black Friday deals right now. With prices comparable to Prime Day and their Black Friday 2020 sale, now's the time to get a head start and beat the holiday rush.

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Save on Amerisleep mattresses, sheets, pillows, and more during Amerisleep's Black Friday sales event. You can already save $300 plus receive two free pillows by using promo code AS300 at checkout, but check back often as more deals will become available as we get closer to Black Friday.

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Appliances Connection (opens in new tab) | Black Friday Sale Is Live!
One of the best appliance online superstores, Appliances Connection offers a massive selection of home appliances to choose from.

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Apple (opens in new tab) | Get an Apple gift card when you shop
Apple is offering a gift card with the purchase eligible products from its store. Get a $50 with an iPhone 12 or 12 mini, $25 gift card with AirPods 3 and $75 gift car with AirPods Max. 

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Ashley Furniture (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live
With a huge selection of home furniture products on sale right now, homeowners looking to do some upgrading to home decor can do so and save big right now with up to 50% off select products. 

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Asics (opens in new tab) | $30 off and an extra 10% for new members
Sign up to receive $30 off orders over $200 and get an extra 10% off as a new member. There's also up to 50% clearance stock. 

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B&H Photo (opens in new tab) | Start Date: TBD
One of the best shops to find camera equipment on sale, B&H Photo has one of the best Black Friday sales each year. You can find some excellent deals by heading over to their deals page today.

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BEAR Mattress (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
BEAR's Black Friday mattress sale is now live with 25% off sitewide and a free $250 gift set. They've also got a handful of bundle packages that'll save you even more if you get a complete bedding set. 

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Best Buy (opens in new tab)  | 1000s of deals on great brands
Some of the best deals on electronics and tech can be found right here at Best Buy's Black Friday sale. While Best Buy has expanded its product offering to cover tech, smart home, and more you'll find the best deals on TVs and other electronics during Best Buy's Black Friday sale this year.

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Cabela's (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Save on tons of outdoor equipment including fishing gear, boating accessories, camping equipment and more today.

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Cacoon by Sealy (opens in new tab) | 35% off Chill mattresses
Mattresses specifically designed for hot sleepers, Cacoon memory foam mattresses feature advanced cooling technology to help you sleep better. Save 35% on Chill memory foam and hybrid mattresses plus more great offers ending 11.26. 

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Converse (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Save an extra 20% on sale items all week. There are hundreds of items currently on sale, but be sure to keep an eye out as we get closer to Black Friday for even bigger discounts. 

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Cricket (opens in new tab) | Get the iPhone XR for $49.99
If you're part of the AT&T network or your just looking for a cheap phone plan, Cricket has you covered with some of the most affordable phone plans around. Cricket's Black Friday sale includes deals on Android and iPhone handsets from $0 with certain plans. 

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Dell (opens in new tab) | Sale now live!
While Dell offers discounts throughout the year, right now you can find some of the best prices on laptops, desktops, monitors and accessories. 

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Dick's Sporting Goods (opens in new tab) | Up to 60% off
For deal hunters looking for the best Black Friday sales on active gear and equipment, Dick's Sporting Good offers one of the best selections of indoor and outdoor activity gear. Workout equipment, training gear, clothing, you name it and it'll most likely be on sale during Dick's Black Friday savings event.

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Etnies (opens in new tab) | 50% off site-wide and free shipping
Get 50% off site-wide at Etnies right now and enjoy free shipping on your order. There are some great deals here on both new and old fashions that you won't want to miss. 

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Famous Footwear (opens in new tab) | Members save 20%
Brands like adidas, Roxy, Converse and Nike all have discounts going on, so head over today and save big. Members save 20% all all purchases, while non members can get 15% off. 

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Finish Line (opens in new tab) | Up to 50% off
Deals for the whole family with savings on men's, women's and children's shoes and clothing. This year, get up to 50% off sale items and free shipping on orders over $50 for Status members. 

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Forever 21 (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Everything from shoes to jewelry, scarves to hats and more are on sale right now, with discounts of up to 70% off select clothing pieces and accessories. 

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GAP (opens in new tab) | 40% off everything
GAP is currently offering a great selection of deals on clothing, shoes and much more for men, women and children. Get 40% off everything right now and 50% off some items. 

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GameStop (opens in new tab) | Up to 60% off games
One of the best spots to pick up gaming gear, GameStop's Black Friday sale is offering some great discounts on Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo products. Get 60% off games, GameStop gift cards when you buy a Vizio TV and mots more offers online and in store. 

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HP (opens in new tab) | Save up to 77% and free shipping
Deal hunters will find a ton of HP deals during Black Friday sales, with printers, laptops, desktops and more all getting major price cuts. Head over to HP today to save on some of HP's best products, with up to 77% on doorbusters and free shipping site-wide.

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Kirkland's (opens in new tab) | Get 25% off your entire purchase
Shop for some of the best deals on home decor, furniture, art and lighting during Kirkland's biggest sale of the year. You can get 25% off your entire purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY and free shipping on orders over $75. 

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Kohl's (opens in new tab) | Super deals now live
Kohl's best Black Friday deals offer the largest selection of home and personal goods on sale during Black Friday, with everything from children's clothing to jewelry, electronics and more on sale. Head over to Kohl's today to see what you can save on today.

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Lego | (opens in new tab) 20% off selected sets and VIP gifts
Lego's Black Friday sale runs through 29 and features 20% off selected sets. There are also special offers for Lego VIP members and a gift for purchases over $40 in-store or $170 online. 

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Lenovo (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Save big on ThinkPad, Yoga, and IdeaPad laptops with special discounts for students on teachers sitewide. With laptops starting as low as $300, Lenovo's the perfect place to save on laptops for kids as well as college students. 

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Lowe's (opens in new tab)| Start Date: TBD
An excellent one-stop-shop for homeowners and DIYers looking for a good deal this holiday season, stop by Lowe's Black Friday sale for some serious home savings.

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Mattress Firm (opens in new tab) | Save up to $500 on mattresses
One of the finest mattress stores around, Mattress Firm offers a massive selection of mattresses, bed frames, pillows and more. The Mattress Firm Black Friday sale includes up to $500 off select mattresses and 50% of bedding accessories. 

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Microsoft (opens in new tab) | Big savings on Surface and PC
Head over to the Microsoft store to save up to $850 on select Surface, desktop PCs, laptops, and more for a limited time. 

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Old Navy (opens in new tab) | Up to 50% off online
Save big with up to 50% off select kids clothing, shoes, and accessories sitewide, with styles from just $2.50. Deals on casual clothing as well as uniforms are available, including pants, skirts, face masks, and more. 

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Overstock (opens in new tab) | Start Date: now on
Head on over to Overstock's Black Friday deals and save up to 60% on thousands of furniture pieces. This is your chance to save big on patio furniture, home decor, office furniture and more. 

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Newegg (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
With one of the largest selections of home electronics, tech and PC parts, Newegg is a must-stop-shop for computer enthusiasts looking to save on parts and accessories. The best Black Friday deals haven't started yet at Newegg, but you can still save with Newegg's Shell Shocker daily deals!

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Nike (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Some of Nike's hottest styles are on sale during Black Friday, with deals on shoes, clothing, and accessories site and store wide. Use code BLACKFRIDAY for the best deals.

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Ninja (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Ninja's Black Friday sale is live, and you can find some of Ninja's most popular appliances on sale right now with up to $150 off some items. 

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PacSun (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Looking to score some new digs for cheap? PacSun's Black Friday sale has 40% off stiewide for the best deals on jeans, shoes, and more for that Cali style you've always been after. 

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Razer (opens in new tab) | Up to 50% off, exclusive bundles and free gift
There's plenty of savings to be found right now on Blade 15 laptops and more. Anyone looking to get a killer deal on a gaming laptop this Black Friday should keep an eye out on Razer. 

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Sears (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
Sears' Black Friday sale is now live. Just head over to their Doorbusters section today to find savings on products site wide. Tools, appliances, clothing and more are all on sale right now with discounts of up to 50% off.

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Sephora (opens in new tab) | 50% off best sellers
A great place to find one of the largest selections of personal care and beauty supplies, Sephora offers a great mix of products for those looking to stock up during Black Friday. Get 50% off bestsellers including products from Kiehl's, Clinique, Bumble and bumble, Lancome and more. 

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SKECHERS (opens in new tab) | Up to 40% off select styles
Save on top-selling styles for adults and kids for a limited time. Get 40% off men's and women's boots, flats, sandals, slip ons, sneakers and more. 

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Target (opens in new tab) | 100s of deals on 1000s of items
An excellent store for saving on everything from home decor to baby products, technology and outdoor gear, Target's Black Friday sale offers one of the best-rounded out selections of deals and products to save on this year. 

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Ulta (opens in new tab) | Start Date: Now live!
This is the place to check out for deals on makeup, cosmetics and other personal beauty products. Save on products including foundation, face serums, and more if you head over to Ulta's special offers page today.

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Vans (opens in new tab) | Special savings for Vans members
Browse through Vans' entire selection of Back to School shoes. Shoes and sandals starting at just $40, with classic styles like Old Skool low tops, custom color Old Skool styles and more. Vans also offers free three-day shipping on orders within the continental US. Members get $20 off $75, $30 off $100 and $50 off $150 until 11.28.

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Vaya Mattress (opens in new tab) | $300 off any mattress
An excellent mattress that blends outstanding comfort with an affordable price tag, Vaya Mattresses offers an excellent alternative for those looking to upgrade to memory foam without killing their bank account. Vaya's Black Friday sale lets you save $300 on any mattress!

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Verizon (opens in new tab) | Get up to $1200 towards a phone
Verizon's Black Friday sale includes up to $1200 towards its best 5G phones, buy one get one free deals and lots of free handsets. Head on over to Verizon's deal page under the Shop menu to check out all of Verizon's best deals on iPhones, plans and more!

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Walmart's Black Friday Sale (opens in new tab)
Walmart's new Walmart+ subscription should make this year interesting, seeing as Walmart's Black Friday sale went toe-to-toe with Amazon and did quite well. Walmart's sale isn't live just yet, but there are plenty of deals to browse through right now. 

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Zappos (opens in new tab) | 1000s of products at up to 50% off
Find just about everything from shoes to hoodies, backpacks and more all on sale at Zappos, with special discounts on select boy's and girl's clothing and accessories. Save on name brands including Billabong, Nike, adidas and more. 

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Zoma (opens in new tab) | $150 off mattresses plus $399 free gift
An incredible mattress for those with active lifestyles, Zoma's Black Friday sale has kicked off with special promo codes at checkout and $150 off memory foam mattresses with free pillows, sheets and comforter worth $399.

Black Friday 2022 Deal Predictions

We've been covering Black Friday for well over a decade here at T3, helping our readers bag the best discounts and offers available each holiday shopping season. As such, we're very well placed to predict what sorts of deals we can expect this year in 2022. Below we've listed what we expect to happen on many key products and categories that we feel will be in high-demand in terms of deal hunters.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 12: Shoppers should expect the iPhone 12 to be discounted significantly in the run-up to and during Black Friday thanks to the introduction of the iPhone 13. There will be plenty of deals on the iPhone 13, too, but in order to bag the phone for free or even cheap, then users will still have to trade in their old handset and shop around networks for the best deal.

Apple Watch, AirPods and iPads: From what T3 has heard in the Black Friday deals rumour mill, each one of these products are getting healthy discounts this winter shopping season. We're looking at $50 off the current-gen 10.2-inch iPad, while the new Apple Watch 7 launch leaves scope for the Apple Watch series 6 to fall. In terms of AirPods, we saw the cheapest ever price on them last Black Friday, and this year we're expecting another $10-20 to be cut off their price. AirPods Pro are also likely to get a price cut, while the 2020 MacBook Air is already being discounted.

4K TVs and OLED TVs: Expect 4K TV deals to frequently break through the $300 barrier this year, however, those panels will not be the best on the market. Mid-range 4K HDR panels will drop below $500, though, and especially from Chinese manufacturers like TCL. The real bargain hunters will no doubt be after 4K OLED TVs, though, and specifically those made by the kings of OLED LG. We think the 55-inch LG CX will drop below $1,000 this Black Friday, and will be one of the hero TV deals we see.

PS5 and Xbox Series X: This is really depressing information to write, but our sources say that it is still going to be really hard to buy a PS5 this winter holiday season. Needless to say, there won't be any discount on it, either. Scalpers and component shortages are still serious issues and while there will likely be PS5 stock going live over Black Friday, you're going to have to be very quick on the draw to bag it. Xbox Series X will be easier to buy, though, and we're expecting stock to be more available in the run-up to the holidays.

Nintendo Switch and Switch OLED: Expect a sizeable price drop on the Nintendo Switch as well as simply loads of bundle deals on the console. Switch Lite will also get the same treatment. We're expecting Switch Lite to ring in for under $180, and the Nintendo Switch could hit $250. The Nintendo Switch OLED won't be discounted, and just getting one could be tricky. Bundle deals on the Switch OLED could be the best bet for many gamers, as we're expecting a lot of retailers to load on games and accessories due to the limited stock (thereby shifting more products for the retailer).

Mattresses and beds: It is a well-known fact that November is the cheapest month of the year in terms of mattress deals, with only the new year sales coming close in terms of discount. Mattress deals hunters should expect $300-500 sliced off mattresses from brands like Nectar, Saatva and Purple, and similar amounts off bed frames, too. Pillows, mattress covers and bedding will also be available with big discounts applied. Key to bagging the best deals on Black Friday will be the use of deal codes, so look out for them on manufacture websites.

Headphones: Expect to see the in-demand Sony WH-1000XM4 noise cancellers to get a strong but limited stock discount. However, the previous-gen XM3s could be the better buy, as we're expecting them to fall below the $200 mark. Beats by Dre headphones will likely also get large discounts, with the Solo Pro, Solo3 Wireless and Studio3 Wireless in line for cost carves. Bose, B&W and B&O will also be running Black Friday sales, so for the audiophile, the 2022 Black Friday sale is looking like a great time to upgrade.

Below you'll find live prices for a selection of products that we think are ripe for a Black Friday discount, and as you can see, some of the products are already on sale (but bear in mind that they may go back up in price before being reduced again for Black Friday).

Best Black Friday Deals FAQs

When is Black Friday 2022?

Black Friday 2022 takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 22, 2022, and Cyber Monday follows it on Monday, November 23. 

Despite Black Friday having a fixed date, the deals will typically start to drop early to get shoppers excited, so expect the Black Friday sales (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab) to begin around two weeks ahead of Black Friday 2022, from Friday, November 11.

Black Friday signals the official start of the holiday shopping season. Each year, stores bring hundreds of deals and discounts on last-gen and current products. As with last year though, Black Friday sales may go even longer with some retailers stretching sales out for a full two months.

What should you expect for Black Friday 2022?

In 2021, Black Friday kicked off early thanks to a complete shift in the holiday shopping season, morphing into a full two months of Black Friday sales and special events.

For shoppers this meant non-stop savings for nearly eight weeks. Major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart all kicked off in early October with early Black Friday deals, and just about everyone followed suit to get in on the action.

If you're planning a major purchase or two then it might be worth holding off until you've seen the sort of prices that are available over the Black Friday weekend. We will of course be bringing you all the best Black Friday 2022 deals right here on the T3 website to save you from searching.

In terms of tech, we can look forward to major price drops on smartphones, laptops, TVs, tablets, headphones, wearables, smart speakers, games consoles, digital cameras and more besides. Just about every category of gadget should be involved in the Black Friday 2022 sales extravaganza.

Other categories we've seen covered in previous Black Fridays include deals on home, kitchen, beauty and jewellery items, so there really is something for everyone when it comes to picking through the discounts you can get hold of.

When should you start shopping for Black Friday deals?

While many retailers will kick off their Black Friday saving events closer to the holiday weekend, it's a good idea to start shopping right now for a couple of reasons.

First, as many may have noticed last year as well as over the past 10 months since the 2020 holiday season, shipping has become a bit more tricky. Depending on what exactly you're hoping to buy this year, it may be tough for some sellers to guarantee arrival on or before Christmas.

Secondly, some items stock may be very limited this year. As we've seen with big ticket items like Sony's PS5, getting your hands on one of these has been a big challenge this year. Shortages in components and other oddities may limit stock or supply in some areas, so it's possible to expect delays because of this as well. 

Thankfully, retailers are catching on to this and are starting their Black Friday sales a bit earlier than usual. It's rumored Amazon will kick something off sometime in October, but until we have concrete word on that it's possible we wont see their "official" Black Friday savings events until November.

I say "official" because in many cases there's deals already happening that are matching Black Friday prices throughout the month of October and November anyways. So smart shoppers can still save quite a bit ahead with early Black Friday deals just by checking out current deals and offers on their favorite site.

Almost all retail sites have a special spot dedicated to anything on clearance, open box discounts and even special savings events they may not announce. It never hurts to check early, and if this years holiday shopping season plans to follow suit from last year, it could save you quite the headache to start shopping now.

How many Black Fridays are there in 2022?

There's only one Black Friday in 2022 this year, same as most years. While the pandemic of 2020 and 2021 changed the scheduling of most major sales days (including Prime Day), Black Friday isn't held down by a specific retailer or store to set the date. Standing on its own as the biggest sales day of the year, Black Friday 2022 will be at the same time as it's been since it's inception, the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Some retailers may run their own "Black Friday" sales in earlier months, but in many cases the deals they offer don't quite match what you'll see during the actual Black Friday 2022 sale. You can still find great deals ahead of Black Friday of course, but if you want to truly save the most you'll want to hold tight until November comes around.

Who has the best Black Friday deals this year?

This will be a tough question to answer for 2022, as just about every retailer is going to pull out all of the stops to come out on top. With shipping delays expected and stock issues of concern, the safest best may be Amazon with the massive selection they have.

The downside of Amazon, however, is that since it's purely delivery there is a possibility your gift or package won't arrive before Christmas. If you absolutely have to get something ASAP, check local big box stores like Best Buy and see what they have online and available in-store. If you can pick the item up in store, you'll save yourself a lot of trouble.

In general, whoever is going to have the best Black Friday deals this year is going to be the retailer with the most stock available. This holiday shopping season is expected to be just as crazy as ever, so stick to the big players at first to see what they've got.

Is Black Friday actually on Friday?

Yes! Black Friday always falls on the Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday. Hence the name, "Black Friday".

The term "Black Friday" comes from essentially the opportunity this particular day brings for retailers, giving them a chance to come out of the red and into the black when it comes to profits and revenue.

Throughout the year, retailers tend to run at a loss depending on what they prioritize and sell. With Black Friday just after Thanksgiving and right before the holiday season, it's a day (now month) of deals that you won't see any other time of the year.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Should you shop for and buy Black Friday deals right now?

While there is a lot to consider this year, my advice for those who are unsure of how to answer this question is a simple one: yes.

Start your shopping right now, especially if you're looking to do your holiday gift buying. Black Friday in previous years was the time to do this as plenty of stock would be available and prices we're as good as they would get.

This year, however, there's going to be a few things that will impact just how well the holiday shopping season will perform. The giant machine that is eCommerce has many cogs in it, and if a single cog starts to wear down the entire machine starts to perform poorly.

Unfortunately, not just one but many of those cogs are running into issues right now which will impact how you shop. Here's just a few to point out:

  • Price Increases: Yes, you read this right. Many products are going to be increasing in price soon – and not just temporarily. Resources for manufacturing are becoming even tougher to obtain, more expensive to buy and even harder to find.

    To offset the additional work needed, many manufacturers and retailers have had to increase the prices of the materials needed to produce certain products. You, the shopper, are going to foot the bill for this with increased pricing.

  • Stock Shortages: While this hasn't hit too hard for some shoppers just yet, you may have started to notice that some of your favorite products have been out of stock for some time at your local store.

    This is due to a myriad of reasons, from supply chain issues to material shortages. What you should take from this, however, is the fact that it may be tougher to find the products in stock that you want to buy this season.

  • Shipping Issues: If you've purchased anything online in the past six months, you've probably seen some sort of message that indicates extended shipping times. You've probably even had a package delayed a few times.

    This is due to shipping companies running into problems of their own, from worker shortages to resource problems. This is going to impact the holiday shopping season in a big way and as a smart shopper you should be ready for it. While retailers can guarantee a product gets shipped by a certain day, they cannot guarantee it'll arrive by a certain date anymore.

  • Bot Buyers: For those who aren't familiar with these, whenever a highly anticipated product is launched bots are designed to automatically buy stock as quickly as possible. These bots then turn around and resell the product at a ridiculous markup to those who got shafted in the first place.

    This happened with the PS5 and is still going on to this day. There are people still waiting for their console and even worse, there are people who are still trying to buy one but can't due to bots buying up the stock so quickly. Retailers do what they can to combat this by limited purchase quantities or requiring identification, but unfortunately these guys are here to stay and will find ways around this.

Pointing these issues out is not meant to concern or scare you away from doing your holiday shopping. In fact, knowing these issues ahead of time gives you a leg up in knowing when to buy and when to skip out on a deal. Use this information wisely as you shop this season and you'll minimize any headaches and issues you'll have to deal with come Christmas morning.

Shopping smart for the best deals during Black Friday 2022

While everyone loves waiting for Black Friday to show up, it's important to go into the holiday shopping season with a plan. There's a lot that goes on sale during the holiday months, and for some it can be both a blessing and a curse.

For gift shoppers, chances are you'll find everything on your list on sale during Black Friday but it's important to keep in mind shipping times this year. As with last years pandemic, it's easy to forget just how impactful these types of social situations are to shipping and receiving. Be sure to have your shopping list ready to go and grab products as early as you can. There's just no telling how slow shipping through UPS, USPS and other companies may be what with reduced staffing and other factors.

When it comes to buying for yourself, however, be ready for some competition! Items go on sale throughout the holiday season, some of which actually hit their Black Friday pricing well before the holiday, so if it's possible to grab that one thingy you've been waiting for early don't pass up the chance. There may be shortages on popular items, and as previously mentioned, possible shipping delays.

If you want to be smart this year when shopping for the best Black Friday deals, shopping on Black Friday may not be the best option. Keep an eye out on offers in the weeks leading up to the holiday shopping event. It's extremely likely this year that many retailers will kick off their sales early in an effort to ensure prompt holiday shipping times. Also, if an item is on sale the week or two prior to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it most likely will not go much cheaper come the actual sale day.

Black Friday deal shopping tips

Black Friday sales are like no other and many stores will be stacking discounts and deals on top of each other to bring shoppers the biggest savings. While general Black Friday sales will be happening throughout the course of November, deal hunters will find flash sales and limited time offers popping regularly throughout the day.

Following all those deals and flash sales is going to get confusing and difficult, so you'll want to make sure you've got your Black Friday shopping plan ready to go. Here are some tips to making sure you get the most out of your Black Friday deal shopping experience:

  • Set up shopping alerts and notifications at your favorite online stores

Many retailers offer email notifications and desktop alerts for their biggest sales when you sign up on their website. This is an excellent tool for those who don't want to waste time checking back regularly and ensures you see the best Black Friday sales and deals happen when they happen.

Following a store or brands Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds is also an excellent way to get a first look at upcoming Black Friday sales. You'll see updates and deals dropping quickly as we get closer to Black Friday sales, so having notifications setup will make sure you can jump on them before they're gone!

  • Compare prices and shop for the best deal available

While Black Friday deals tend to bring the best prices of the year, it doesn't hurt to make sure you're getting the best deal available on Black Friday. Be sure to shop around for the best deal available on the product you're looking for. Google apps and extensions like CamelCamelCamel can actively compare and provide previous sale prices on specific items, making sure you're paying the absolute best price on Black Friday.

It also helps to keep an eye on coupon sites like Retailmenot. These sites are great at providing coupons and other flash sale info, and can help ensure you save the most money during your Black Friday shopping spree. Whatever your method is, don't always take the first deal you come across. If someone has an amazing deal on that new pair of headphones you've been after, chances are there's someone else with an even better one going on during Black Friday sales.

  • Make sure you understand each stores return and refund policies

Black Friday sales are by far the best time to save big, but they can also come with fine print that many tend to skim over. Refunds and returns are special cases during Black Friday sales (especially this year with Coronavirus), so take the time to get yourself acquainted with return policies.

While it's always great to get that video game 50% off or that new TV during a smoking hot sale, it's an even bigger bummer to receive or buy the wrong item and be unable to return it. Take your time, make sure what you're buying is returnable or refundable and make sure everyone is happy during your Black Friday deal shopping.

  • Only shop with verified stores and use secure payment methods

With this year's Black Friday sales going to be primarily online, ensuring you use a safe and verified method of payment is going to be crucial. This is a great time for scammers and the like to prey on unknowing shoppers, so do everything you can to make sure your credit card info is safe and secure.

The good news is that all major stores will have a verified payment methods with secure processing for credit, debit and gift cards. What you'll want to keep an eye on is links and other outside articles that may redirect you to "mock" sales pages designed to collect your payment info.

Rest assured, all links provided by T3 are verified and will direct you to each retailers landing page but there are sites out there that may have other plans. Shop safely and never provide your credit card info to any site that seems sketchy. Trust your gut!

As Deals Editor for, Troy is here to help readers do one thing – save money on the products they love. Holding a background in analytics and eCommerce for over 10 years, understanding just how retailers think and perform when it comes to sales is what he understands best. When he isn't scouring the net for deals, Troy is an avid art fan and enjoys painting, music, fitness and of course the great outdoors.