Target's Black Friday ad is now available, and that means that other big name retailers will probably follow closely behind. The ad itself has 36 pages full of "deals", but that may sound more impressive than it actually is. We took some time to scroll through and see what's what.
There are a few deals you'll want to pay attention to, and others that you are safe to ignore. Let's break it down!
Deals worth considering
Google Home Mini - $29 with $10 Target Gift Card
The Google Home Mini was only just released about a month ago, and this deal is more than 50% off once you factor in the gift card. You'll pay $29 of your actual money upfront, but the $10 gift card won't go to waste. Unlike other retailers, you don't have to wait to use this gift card, and can turn around and use it to buy something else from Target the same day. This puts your real cost down to $20 when you factor in the gift card, which is a crazy price compared to its normal $50 price tag.
Select LEGO Sets - 30% off
LEGO is one of those brands where you normally find the sets for the same price everywhere, and once in a while a retailer runs a deal that knocks a couple bucks off a set. Target is discounting five different sets that normally retail for $49.99 down to $34.99, which is a 30% savings. The sets include Star Wars: Battle on Takodana, Minecraft: The End Portal, Friends: Heartlake Riding Club, Super Heroes: Harvest of Fear, and Ninjago: Dawn of Iron Doom.
Spend $50 or more and get a 20% discount on future shopping trip
This is a little different than other Black Friday deals that you may be considering, but it is actually pretty awesome. If you spend $50 in a single transaction on Black Friday at Target, the retailer will give you a 20% coupon that can be used towards a future shopping trip between November 28 and December 10. This isn't a coupon for a single item, but instead, your whole shopping trip will be discounted by 20%. There are some exclusions on products, of course, and there is a limit of one 20% off coupon per guest.
Deals worth ignoring
When looking through the Target ad, there are a lot of deals that may stick out to you because of the price. There are a bunch of relatively cheap TVs, but most of them are pretty similar to deals that we have seen during the year, without any special big day like Black Friday. The DJI Spark Drone appears to be $100 off just about everywhere, but if you are going to buy one do it at Kohl's. You'll get it for the same price, but also receive $120 in Kohl's Cash.
The iTunes Gift Cards are pretty decent savings, but don't let the 30% fool you. You have to buy one at full price, and then you get a discount on the second one. You'll be able to buy single cards from eBay (and probably Amazon) for a 15% discount, so don't get caught having to buy two just to receive the percentage off. Target also has the 10.5-inch iPad Pro discounted by $120, which while a decent savings it isn't anything you'll want to go out of your way for. Same applies to the $250 Gift Card offer with an iPhone 8 activation, unless you 100% need a new phone.
Both the Xbox and PlayStation consoles are going to be discounted at just about every retailer, but they all appear to be around the same pricing. You can use your Target REDcard to save an extra 5% on one, but unless you are already going to Target for something else, I wouldn't make a special trip there just for either of these. Similarly, the Nintendo Switch listed in this ad is at full price, but if you haven't been able to secure one yet, this may help you get one.
Target will be opening for six hours on Thanksgiving, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., and then closing until 6 a.m. on Black Friday. The store will then re-open with a new set of doorbusters and deals. As we already knew, Target will be offering free shipping on all online orders, and the retailer will also be allowing people to order Black Friday deals online for in-store pickup.
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