It may only be late September, but BestBlackFriday.com just released its 2016 holiday shopping predictions, and it shows early sales and big discounts.
The website scours the internet to track the best deals, historical circular advertising release dates, stores' projected hours and sales trends to give shoppers an edge to finding the perfect gift at the lowest price.
This year, Black Friday falls on Nov. 25, but if you're looking for the scoop on early savings, here's a rundown on what to expect this year.
Amazon kicks off Black Friday sales on Nov. 1
Amazon is not likely to wait until Nov. 25 to get the holiday shopping season rolling, according to BestBlackFriday.com.
Last year, Amazon opened their Black Friday Store on Nov. 2 and experts believe they will roll back their pre-Black Friday sales by one day. Don't expect major doorbuster deals, but there will be plenty of deals available in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.
As far as Black Friday ad leaks, start looking in October for the first glimpse of sales circulars. Mark the calendar for these possible ad leak days:
- Harbor Freight Tools: Oct. 10
- Kohl's: Nov. 7
- Target: Nov. 8
- Best Buy: Nov. 9
- Walmart: Nov. 10
- Amazon: Nov. 16
Televisions projected to be at record low prices
One of the most common scenes at a Black Friday sale are people pushing carts with at least one large television balancing inside. This year, BestBlackFriday.com predicts a possible 50-inch, 1080p TV for only $145 and 50-inch 4K Tvs for only $300.
Online spending expected to soar
As more people look to avoid the long holiday shopping lines, they are starting to turn to online shopping deals. And, the brick and mortar stores have started to take notice.
In 2016, Thanksgiving online spending is anticipated to be about $2 billion — up nearly 20 percent from last year. Black Friday online spending is projected for about $3 billion, up 13 percent from 2015. This is a stark contrast from the brick and mortar sales for both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, which look to be down about 10 percent for both days over last year.
Best tech deal
BlackFridayBest.com also highlighted a few of the best tech deals for the 2016 holiday season:
- Laptop doorbuster deals: $90 lowest price; $150 average price
- Tablet deals: $10 lowest price; $33 Amazon Fire 7-inch, $100 Amazon Fire HD Kids, $299 iPad Air 2
- Smartphone deals: $0.01 Android phones, $1 iPhone 6s, $99 iPhone 7
- Video game deals: $199 Original Xbox One bundles, $199 Original PS4 bundles