Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picks

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It's that time of year again.

Your feeds are cluttered with deal posts. Your local stores are inundating you with sale ads. Commercials are hawking wares to festive tunes. It's the holidays, and with that comes huge mark downs across retail, especially on Black Friday.

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Though the specific day -- and its infamous incidents (trampled customers, fistfights over sale items, etc.) -- has lost its singular cachet, the idea of Black Friday as the time to grab the best deals of the year has become firmly entrenched in the mind of the consumer.

To help you wade through the chaos and suss out the real deals, we've combed through all the Black Friday ads for you and compiled this rundown of all the basic information you need to do holiday shopping the right way. Think of this as a 101 guide to Black Friday in 2018.

Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Retailers

Amazon

Amazon gave ZDNet a sneak peek at the deals for its own devices. Everything from Fire TV Cube to Echo Show will be on sale.

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Amazon is also running a new promo scheme called "Seven Days of Black Friday Deals."

The promo starts Nov. 16 and will run through Black Friday on Nov. 23. It includes the hottest tech from many manufacturers and will feature more than 50 deals per day throughout the week. Expect to see sales across every category, including smart office and smart home.

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Amazon is also giving Alexa customers access to tons of deals. To get started, say, "Alexa, what are my deals?" or visit Amazon.com/voiceshopping.

Best Buy

Best Buy will open at 5pm local time on Thanksgiving and stay open until 1am on Friday, Nov. 23. Doors will reopen at 8am on Black Friday. Select deals are already live now through Sunday, Nov. 11. For all other online deals, prices are valid through Saturday, Nov. 24.

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BJ's Wholesale

BJ's will be closed Thanksgiving Day but plans to open back up on Black Friday from 7am to 9pm local time. The following deals are valid both in-store and online for that day:


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Costco

Costco will close its doors on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving and reopen at 9am local time on Black Friday. Many of Costco's deals will be available both in stores and online -- though some are exclusively online.

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eBay

eBay offered a "Better than Black Friday" sale, where it claimed to match or beat competitors' advertised Black Friday prices. It released a new round of deals every day until Nov. 18. As for Black Friday itself, eBay has quite a few other deals, such as:

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Jet

Jet posted its Black Friday preview, with sales starting Nov. 21 at 10pm ET. Some of the online-only deals start as early as Nov. 21, though the main Black Friday sale kicks off Nov. 22 at 12:01am ET. Here's a look at some of the best bargains we've spotted.

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Newegg

Newegg is online only -- it has no retail shops. Some of its deals are already live and are limited-time only. Many other promotions don't start until Nov. 20, while others begin on Black Friday. We've included information about start and end dates where possible.

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Office Depot and Office Max

Office Depot and OfficeMax stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but it will do online sales from 12:01am ET Thanksgiving Day and in-store at 8am local time on Friday, Nov. 23. If you're looking for a laptop, desktop, printer, tablet, computer desk, office chair, or any other type of office product, this should be the first place you shop.

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Sam's Club

Sam's Club, which is owned by Walmart, is a members-only warehouse club, and this Black Friday, it doesn't disappoint with its deals on the hottest tech. Its sale will start online at 12:01am ET on Nov. 23, while in-stores sales won't begin until 7am ET.

The prices you'll see are valid until Nov. 25 or until supplies last. Sam's Club is also offering a "Early Access" event from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18. You can shop that sale here.

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Staples

For Black Friday, most of the discounted prices below should be available on Thanksgiving Day, and picked up or purchased in-store starting at 7am local time on Friday Nov. 23.

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Target

The retailer's doors open at 5pm on Thanksgiving and close that night at 1am. Then it will reopen on Black Friday, Nov. 23, at 7am. Online prices are valid through Saturday, Nov. 24.

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Walmart

Walmart's store event kicks off at 6pm local time on Thanksgiving, and the online deals start at 10pm ET on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Prices are valid through Friday, Nov. 23 while supplies last.

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Wellbots

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Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Vendors

Google Store

Google and Google-owned Nest have announced a bunch of deals that will extend through Cyber Monday, with some sales starting as early as Nov. 18. You may have noticed but these same discounts will be available from other retailers, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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Dell

As usual, Dell's online Black Friday specials feature the full breadth of Dell's product line, with the best deals usually coming as "doorbusters" that are only available for a limited time.

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HP

They may be second in global PC shipments, but HP isn't playing runner-up to anyone when it comes to Black Friday deals on its systems. The manufacturer's ad for its online store includes 16 pages worth of sales on a wide variety of laptops and desktops.

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Lenovo

Lenovo's Black Friday sale will see hourly sales starting at midnight on Thanksgiving and continuing through 8pm local time on Black Friday.

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Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store is one of the best places to buy Microsoft devices and software online -- whether you're looking for a Microsoft Surface tablet, an Xbox gaming console, or something else. And this year is no exception. It even has deals on devices from other manufacturers.

Expect the Black Friday sale to go live at midnight (EST) on Thanksgiving.

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Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Product categories

The guides below include deals from retailers like Target, Amazon, and Best Buy.

Chromebooks

Tablets

Laptops

iPhones

Smartphones

When is Black Friday?

Nov. 23, 2018: As always, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but that hasn't stopped retailers from using turkey day to get a head start on the festivities (though not without a backlash from some stores and shoppers).

Also: Best Holiday gifts 2018 CNET


For more great deals on devices, gadgetry, and technology for your enterprise, business, or home office, see ZDNet's Business Bargain Hunter blog. Affiliate disclosure: ZDNet earns commission from the products and services featured on this page.

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