What to Expect on Amazon for Black Friday 2018

Stefan Vazharov, Brandon Carte
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Editor's Note: 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have started rolling in! We'll be continually updating you with the best deals as we find them. Keep following us for the latest, and find out which coveted products are worth adding to your cart!

It's that time of year again. It's finally become fall and most stores are decorated for Christmas. That can only mean one thing … Black Friday is right around the corner! Get ready for an influx of sales by firing up your printers, because Black Friday sales are officially here.

With Christmas about a month away, it's now time to get your friends, family, and loved ones gifts. But come Friday, Nov. 23, you'll have to act quickly, because Amazon deeply discounts items through Gold Box Deals, Lightning Deals, and Deals of the Day, which frequently sell out.

Since we're inching closer to Black Friday with each passing day, we thought we would answer some questions, give some tips, and assemble a list of what you can probably expect from Amazon come Black Friday. We know you're excited for all the deals to be had on Black Friday 2018, so we'll be updating this post as they're announced!

When Is Black Friday?

This year, Black Friday is on Nov. 23, so we'll have four weeks and two days between Black Friday and Christmas. It's worth noting that some doorbuster deals start as early as Thanksgiving Day. And don't forget about Cyber Monday, which also has major deals, and falls on Nov. 26 this year.

How to Score Big Deals

We recommend an Amazon Prime membership to get access to the best deals. A membership costs $99 a year (or $49 per year for students). Prime members get free two-day shipping, discounts, exclusive deals, and early access to Lightning Deals. Other perks include access to Amazon's streaming music and video services - Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Prime Music - and cloud storage for your digital photos.

Also, consider getting an Echo or Alexa device to get early access to deals. Amazon announced that customers who voice-shop get access to some of the best deals at 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

This Year's Hot Items

Amazon, Walmart, and Target have also released their hot holiday toy lists online. It's always a great idea to spend a few minutes and take a look at them before making your selection of products to shop.

Gift Ideas

If you're looking for some gift ideas, ho ho ho-ly Christmas, do we have you covered! Our staff has put together a full gift gallery to check off everyone on your shopping list. To break it down even further, we've created guides for all your loved ones, including gifts for Mom, Dad, grandparents, friends, and even fur babies! We've also created gift guides for kids, teens, techies, gamers, guys, gals, and readers, and we have stocking-stuffer suggestions, too - if you're looking for some smaller items. And if you're strapped for cash or are a Secret Santa, we've hand-selected some gifts under $20, $10, and even $5.

Confirmed Amazon Black Friday Deals:

We've listed Amazon's best deals below. Some are available now, but most will be live on Friday. We will continue to add more deals as they are released.

Amazon Fire Tablets, Kindle

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Amazon Fire 7 Tablet - $30 (regularly $50)

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet - $70 (regularly $100)

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet - $90 (regularly $130)

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet - $100 (regularly $150)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - $80 (regularly $120)

Amazon Echo

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Amazon Echo 2nd Generation - $69 (regularly $100)

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) - $24 (regularly $50)

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd generation) - $110 (regularly $150)

Amazon Echo Show (2nd generation) - $180 (regularly $230)

Amazon Echo Spot - $90 (regularly $130)

Plus, add an Amazon smart plug to any Echo purchase for only $5 ($20 off).

Amazon Prime Exclusive Smartphones

Moto X4 Android Smartphone - $180 (regularly $250)

Moto Z3 Play Android Smartphone - $370 (regularly $450)

LG V35 ThinQ Android Smartphone - $550 (regularly $700)

LG Stylo 4 Android Smartphone - $180 (regularly $250)

You can find out more about Amazon Prime Exclusive smartphones in our dedicated article.

Streaming Devices

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K- $35 (regularly $50)

Amazon Fire TV Stick - $25 (regularly $40)

Amazon Fire TV Cube - $60 (regularly $120)

Amazon Fire TV Recast Over-the-Air DVR (500 GB) - $180 (regularly $230)

Amazon Fire TV Recast Over-the-Air DVR (1 TB) - $220 (regularly $280)

Smart Home Products

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Amazon Smart Plug - $5 if you purchase an Echo device (regularly $25)

Blink XT Wireless Home Security Camera - $79 (regularly $130)

Ring Video Doorbell 2 - $139 and a free Amazon Echo Dot (regularly $199)

Hive Smart Thermostat + Hub - Save 35% (regularly $230)

Philips Hue Lights - Save up to 40% (regularly $200)

Gaming

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Microsoft Xbox One X Gaming Console Fallout 76 Bundle - $429 (regularly $499)

Microsoft Xbox One X Gaming Console NBA 2K19 Bundle - $429 (regularly $499)

Microsoft Xbox One S Gaming Battlefield V Bundle - $229 (regularly $299)

Nintendo Switch - Free Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Code With Purchase (regularly $60)

Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop - $1,999 (regularly $2,699)

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop - $1,000 (regularly $1,300)

Acer Predator XB271HK 4K Gaming Monitor (27-inch) - $500 (regularly $700)

Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse - $40 (regularly $70)

Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard - $70 (regularly $100)

TVs


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LG C8 OLED 4K TV (55-inch) - $1,697 (regularly $2,197)

Sony X900F 4K Smart TV (55-inch) - $1,098 (regularly $1,298)

Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition 4K TV (50-inch) - $300 (regularly $400)

Insignia Amazon Fire TV Editio Smart TV (39-inch) - $190 (regularly $250)

Samsung NU8000 Series Smart 4K TV - Save more than 15%

Home Audio

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Sonos One – Voice-Controlled Smart Speaker With Amazon Alexa - $174 (regularly $199)

Sonos PLAYBASE for Home Theater and Streaming Music - $600 (regularly $700)

AmazonBasics Bluetooth Sound Bar With Subwoofer - $75 (regularly $100)

Headphones, Earphones, and Bluetooth Speakers

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Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headset - $60 (regularly $100)

Bose SoundSport Wireless Earbuds - $129 (regularly $149)

Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones - $55 (regularly $79)

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