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24November
2017

Black Friday Sales

Ah, Black Friday. A time to buy and a time to save BIG. Black Friday deals get better (and start earlier) every year, making it the most exciting time to shop in the U.S. And with more countries hosting Black Friday deals than ever before, your options for savings are almost endless. As far as the U.S. goes, it's considered the unofficial start to the holiday season and the busiest shopping day of the year by far.

Here's what to know about the highly anticipated event.

  • You'll see deals from nearly every retailer. Black Friday is a chance to get your holiday gifts early, and retailers don't want to miss the chance to be on your shopping list. Check in with your favorite retailers on Black Friday to see what they'll offer.
  • It's more like Black Month. Traditionally Black Friday sales were reserved for the Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday. And while that's still generally the case, the timeline for sales has evolved quite a bit. Deals appear earlier every year, so expect to see savings up to a few weeks before November 24.
  • Prices for top electronics go way down. Black Friday's popularity was built around the idea that the expensive electronics you wanted all year will now be more affordable than ever. So treat yourself to a new tablet, wireless headphones or a portable speaker.
  • And that goes for everything else. Retailers have to compete with one another during Black Friday, and they know you're shopping around. Their competition is your gain, so watch out for good deals on nearly every category of products.

Get ready to score holiday gifts and to buy a thing or two (or three or four) for yourself while you're at it.

Shopping Black Friday: Sales to Expect

Like we mentioned, there are low prices on almost everything, but here are four standout categories to consider if you want the best savings.

  • Electronics

    Without a doubt, the lowest prices of the year on electronics happen during this time. From gaming consoles to headphones, iPhones to tablets, you can easily find savings in various forms. Watch out for bundle packages or single item discounts up to 80% off.

  • Apparel

    It's common to see discounts around 50% during this time. Some deals can even reach up to 80% with extra offer codes.

  • Kitchen Appliances

    Department stores will be a great place to find the best deals on small appliances and gadgets for your kitchen.

  • Makeup/Skincare

    You may not see huge discounts, but the bigger brands will pull through with worthwhile deals. Look for site wide or select discounts up to 25% off. We spotted a few independent brands last year that offered 40% off everything in store. Others may offer savings in the form of free products with select purchases.

Tip: Follow retailers on social media and be among the first to hear about upcoming sales.

Shopping Amazon on Black Friday

Shopping Amazon on Cyber Monday

Amazon is a top Black Friday destination for a reason. You'll find discounts on tech, apparel, health and beauty products, toys, baby gear and so much more. Last year, Amazon surprised shoppers by posting Black Friday deals on November 1! It's easy to miss deals when there are so many coming your way, so try these tips.

  • Check daily for Lightning Deals and Deal of the Day offers.
  • Buy an Amazon Prime membership for free two-day shipping to our hubs.
  • Install a price tracker extension into your browser to see if you've really found a good deal. CamelCamelCamel is a good one.
  • Use the Amazon official app to keep organized and to navigate sales easier.

Snapshot of 2016 Black Friday Sales

These offers may not be the same for 2017, but knowing what was offered last year is a great way to plan ahead.

What Did Borderlinx Shoppers Buy Last Black Friday?

Here are some U.S. hub purchases from Borderlinx shoppers during Black Friday 2016.

Top 10 Products
  • 17%

    Clothing - Tops and Outerwear

  • 15%

    Health and Beauty

  • 12%

    Tools - Other

  • 11%

    Personal Electronic Accessories

  • 11%

    Fashion Accessories

  • 9%

    Toys and Games - Other

  • 7%

    Personal Electronics

  • 7%

    Shoes

  • 6%

    Books - Other

  • 4%

    Dietary Supplements

Featured Retailers

Not sure where to shop this Black Friday? These stores were popular with Borderlinx customers last year.

How to Save on International Shipping During Black Friday Sales

You're going to have a lot of fun shopping this Black Friday with Borderlinx. With your international forwarding addresses, you can shop like a local, and part of that experience is not having to deal with international shipping hassles. Here's how Borderlinx can help.

  • Estimate International Shipping Costs

    Use the Borderlinx Shipping Cost Calculator to estimate the total cost of shipping to your home, including guaranteed taxes and duties.

  • Consolidate Shipments

    This Black Friday, you'll likely shop from multiple stores. Shipping packages individually can become expensive, so we recommend virtually consolidating your packages from our hubs. Learn more here.

  • Leave the Paperwork to Us

    Take the guesswork out of handling customs fees, and use Borderlinx to pay for taxes and duties on your Black Friday purchases.**

Good luck!