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Amazon Black Friday 2022 was as close to normal as Amazon ever gets. I say that tongue-in-cheek because Amazon has been all over the place in recent years. Amazon started rolling out deals with Black Friday like pricing prior to Thanksgiving. Once we made it to Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the deals were officially labeled as “Black Friday Deal” and were the lowest price you saw.
Before we reach Black Friday 2023, you should also know that dynamic pricing is in full swing during Black Friday. This means top retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart constantly change prices to compete with each other. Amazon’s prices change to match other retailers about an hour after competitor deals go live. Don’t worry because we compare prices across all three stores to make sure you’re getting the best Amazon Black Friday deals.
Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app to make sure all the Amazon deals go straight to your phone and you’re ready when the sale starts. Text BLACKFRIDAY to 57299 and receive real-time text alerts when Black Friday deals go live.
1. Are Amazon Black Friday deals better than Prime Day?
Amazon Black Friday deals are about the same as what you see on Prime Day, but some big brands like Apple use Black Friday to drop their prices to the absolute lowest of the year. The downside is that Black Friday deals tend to sell out quicker than Prime Day deals.
Our best tip? Set deal alerts or check for Walmart or Target price matches to get the best Black Friday deals while items are still in stock.
2. When did Amazon Black Friday start in 202?
Amazon’s Black Friday 2022 deals went live at 12:01 PST on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and lasted through Nov. 25.
3. The Amazon Black Friday ad dropped on mid-November.
To be clear, Amazon doesn’t put out an actual Black Friday ad — they do an announcement with deals! Amazon released its Black Friday deals in mid-November.
4. Amazon Black Friday Deals came early!
Like most retailers, Amazon had a ton of deals that went live well before Thanksgiving.
5. Amazon Black Friday 2022 coupons made for extra savings.
Many Black Friday deals included coupons that could be clipped prior to checkout. They can be easy to miss, so always be on the lookout! Amazon coupons were available during Black Friday on loads of items from electronics to clothing. Just clip the coupon, and it automatically applies to your total at checkout.
7. Also, Amazon Cyber Monday deals was a 3-day event.
Cyber Monday Amazon deals actually started on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, and brought us more Amazon device bargains and toy deals. We saw savings of up to 70% off on electronics, beauty, apparel, home, and toys.
8. Only Prime members got early access to Amazon Lightning Deals — and only if signed up by Nov. 1.
Anyone could shop Amazon Black Friday 2022 deals, but only Prime members got 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals. If you’re not a Prime member, you could have signed up Nov. 1 to be sure you’re a member during the sale. However, there’s always next year!
I think a Prime membership is worth it, but you can decide if you want to keep your membership or not after you’ve shopped Black Friday with free shipping for Prime members.
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9. Amazon Lightning Deals go fast, so add products to your watchlist.
Amazon Lightning Deals are named as such because they show up and then disappear as soon as they’re sold out or in 24 hours, whichever happens first. It’s a good idea to add things to your watchlist so you get the deals before they sell out.
Here’s how to get the jump on these in 2023: once the Amazon ad drops, add the items you’re interested in to your Amazon watchlist. This way, if they end up as Lightning Deals, you’re ready to pull the trigger when they’re live.
Learn more secrets to landing the best Amazon Lightning Deals.
TIP: Amazon doesn’t offer price matching or price adjustments. But there are plenty of other retailers who will give you an Amazon price match.
10. Search for the best deals from Amazon Black Friday 2023 third-party sellers.
Amazon third-party sellers are the boss of their own products, since they package and ship them to customers directly. They can set their own prices, they can charge for shipping, or they can drop their prices. Third-party sellers can’t be featured as the main seller or “win the Buy Box,” as it’s called, because they’re third party, but that doesn’t mean they’re more spendy.
(“Winning the Buy Box” is a term for being the featured seller of a specific item.)
During Black Friday, they can’t offer Lightning Deals or coupons, but they can adjust pricing to be competitive. Only direct sellers (big brands) and FBAs (smaller vendors who send their products to Amazon for shipping to the customer) can offer Lightning Deals and coupons.
This means third parties may have better deals during Amazon Black Friday 2023 than direct sellers or FBAs.
To check for a lower third-party price on something, tap the “Also available from” section of the product page to see the list of who’s selling it. It’s not unusual for a legitimate third-party seller with great reviews to sell an identical product for a lower price than Amazon.
TIP: Always read the seller reviews in those two seconds before you buy a Lightning Deal!
11. Sort by ‘deals’ to see the best prices for gifts from Amazon’s gift guides.
Each year, Amazon releases gift guides in categories like Home, Kids, Electronics, and more. That doesn’t always mean these gifts are a stellar deal. Look for a little checkbox to sort each guide by “Deal” to see discounted items.
TIP: Amazon’s “Toys We Love” list shows up early in the holiday shopping season. Check out Amazon’s holiday toy list from 2022.
12. Lucky shoppers found Amazon newbie gift card deals during Amazon Black Friday 2022.
The Amazon credit card is one of the best store credit cards to have. Amazon has two credit card options: the Amazon Store Card and Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.
For those that didn’t have an Amazon Store Card, from November 22 – 30, 2022, both Prime and non-Prime members could get a $100 Amazon.com gift card instantly when approved for the Amazon Store Card.
If you were a Prime member and chose the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, you’d get a $200 Amazon gift card instantly when you’re approved.
Plus, from November 24 – 28, 2022, Prime card members earned 10% back (or more) on select products and categories.
13. Always join the Waitlist for out-of-stock items.
Sometimes deals are just sitting in shoppers’ carts, meaning they’ve claimed them but may not actually go through with purchasing them. Bummer, because something might look sold out or out of stock because someone is walking around the virtual store with it.
If you click “Join Waitlist” on an item that’s out of stock, you’ll be in line (fingers crossed next) to purchase whatever someone else leaves behind.
14. Focus on Amazon Black Friday 2023 TV deals, along with Amazon device deals on Alexa and Fire.
Amazon devices will be at their lowest prices of the year by the time Black Friday rolls around. You can save up to 47% off Fire TV 50″ 4-Series. Check out all these TV deals.
Amazon Alexa + Ring
See all Alexa deals and Ring doorbell deals.
See all tablet deals.
TIP: Ask “Alexa, what are my deals?” to hear the holiday deals for that day.
15. Side-eye Amazon deals on Apple, vacuums, or small appliances.
You can usually find better deals on these elsewhere, but hey, you never know. I’m not saying skip these, but I am saying that you might want to price compare before you click to buy. Check it out:
Prices on Apple at Amazon are typically very close to Target’s price. But at Target, you can get 5% off using your RedCard. Only shop Apple on Amazon if it’s something Target doesn’t sell.
See all Apple deals.
Kohl’s will have similar prices as Amazon but will sweeten the deals with pockets full of Kohl’s Cash. There are tons of Black Friday vacuum deals available too.
See all vacuum deals.
Small kitchen appliances
Macy’s will have these for $7.99 after rebates, but sometimes they’re off-brand, like Bella.
See all kitchen appliance deals.
16. Amazon doesn’t deliver on Thanksgiving Day.
Even though Amazon isn’t closed on Thanksgiving, they won’t be making deliveries that day as they follow the USPS’s holiday schedule. Make sure to plan ahead.
17. Check Amazon price histories on CamelCamelCamel so you can buy with confidence.
Instead of stressing about whether you’re actually getting a good deal or not while the Lightning Deal clock ticks down, check your item’s price history on CamelCamelCamel.com.
You’ll see what the lowest recent price has been (and when), and you can determine if the current price is actually a decent deal or just a lot of hype.
TIP: When checking price histories on CamelCamelCamel, know that Prime Day deals usually top Amazon Black Friday deals. So while you may see prices drop over Black Friday, they may not drop as low as they did on Prime Day.
19. Amazon doesn’t offer price matching, but Target will.
Amazon has a pretty solid “no price matching” rule that’s in play 365 days a year. Target offers price matching to Amazon. So if you’re shopping at one of those stores, it’s a good idea to compare what they offer with Amazon’s price. If Amazon’s is lower, ask for a Target price match.
20. Amazon offered extended holiday returns through Jan. 31, 2023.
For purchases made between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, you have until Jan. 31, 2023, to make Amazon returns.
Best part? You can still do your Amazon returns at Kohl’s during the holidays too. Or drop your return off at UPS store locations or Whole Foods.
That is a great look back on Amazon Black Friday 2022. As we get closer to Amazon Black Friday 2023, I’ll be sure to update this article. Oh, hey, if you see something, would you kindly drop a comment? I’ll add it in if it’s helpful. It takes a village to shop at Amazon.