With Amazon Prime Day deals arriving in a couple of hours, other major retailers are dropping their own Prime Day sales to compete. Target’s Deal Days is arriving tonight, and the Walmart sale has already been going on.
Meanwhile, Best Buy has decided it’s going to skip Prime Day altogether and just dive right in with its early Black Friday deals. Best Buy’s shopping event kicks off with Amazon’s and will continue through October 14. Like any Best Buy sale, we expect to see loads of Prime Day 4K TVs and laptop deals when the discounts drop.
What deals are available right now?
Despite all of the labels these retailers slap on these sales to make them seem more exciting, there are pretty much discounts year-round. At the moment, the most prominent Best Buy discounts are on Nintendo Switch games, laptops, 8K TVs. We’ve also found the best 75-inch 4K TV deal happening before Prime Day.
Amazon vs. Best Buy Prime Day: Which sale should you shop?
While the obvious answer to this is to just shop whatever sale has the best prices, the two retailers have historically had very similar price points on a variety of tech categories. Amazon is going to be your go-to source for clothing sales and kitchen discounts, but Best Buy may have the advantage if you’re looking for Apple Deals on Prime Day or Prime Day 4K TVs.
Both Amazon and Best Buy are known for offering great discounts on MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watches, and AirPods — especially compared to the Apple Store. However, Best Buy is more likely to have a larger stock than Amazon. So even if the prices on Apple products differ, you might have an easier time shopping at Best Buy as the masses flood to Amazon.
Historically, Best Buy has also been a go-to source for TV deals and discounts on major appliances. Amazon will likely have some pretty solid TVs under $300, but if you’re looking for a great price on an 8K TV or a 70-inch flat-screen, you might want to start at Best Buy.
All-in-all, prices will likely be price-matched on most electronics except for retailer-specific models and brands. So if you already have an Amazon Prime membership, it may more make sense to stick with Amazon over Best Buy.
What deals should we expect from the sale?
We are still unclear about just how large Best Buy’s early sales event will be. So far, we know that shoppers can expect cheap laptops starting as low as $120 and a Samsung 70-inch smart TV for $530. There will also likely be some decent savings on true wireless earbuds, but we don’t know that for certain.
Beyond that, you can expect Best Buy to be matching whatever prices Amazon and Walmart have on their tech products. You can sign up to get notifications about the latest deals directly from the site.
Should you shop Prime Day sales or wait for Black Friday?
Considering we are most likely looking at a long stretch of discounts leading up to the holiday season, any rational person would assume there’s no need for urgency here. But hey, this is 2020, and we live in a time of unknowns. So one of the biggest benefits of shopping on Prime Day is that you will be guaranteed to get everything delivered in time.
Another thing to take into consideration is that some retailers might not have prepared enough stock for what awaits them this buying season. We saw this happen with PlayStation 5 pre-orders and Xbox Series X pre-orders in September, and we’ll likely see it again in November.
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