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I expect Amazon’s Black Friday 2022 will be as close to normal as Amazon ever gets. That’s a joke. Amazon has been all over the place in recent years, but in 2021, they offered a 48-hour sale beginning on Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day). This was more of a typical Black Friday sale than anything Amazon had done in years prior.
You should also know that dynamic pricing is in full swing during Black Friday. This means top retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart are constantly changing prices to compete with each other. Amazon’s prices change to match other retailers about an hour after competitor deals go live. Things are gonna get wild out there the closer we get. Buckle up.
1. When is Amazon Black Friday?
Amazon Black Friday 2022 will likely follow suit with what Amazon did in 2021. We saw a quick 48 hours of deals starting on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25), lasting through Nov. 26.
2. During Amazon Black Friday 2021, ‘Epic Deals’ started early — Oct. 4.
In 2021, Amazon’s early deals, or “Epic Deals,” were surprising in a good way and started super early in the year.
Typically, Amazon isn’t the best place to buy Apple products on Black Friday (keep reading to find out why), but they ran a legit deal on Airpods during Epic Deals. I predict we’ll see something similar to Epic Deals for Amazon Black Friday 2022.
Here are some of Amazon’s best Epic Deals offerings from 2021:
3. New in 2021: the Prime ‘Try Before You Buy’ offer.
For the first time ever, we saw this Amazon Black Friday deal during the 48-hour sale: “spend $50 and save $10 on your first order from Prime Try Before You Buy; or spend $50 and save $10 with Personal Shopper by Prime Try Before You Buy.” See more.
You could get a discount on a Try Before You Buy Order with certain Amazon purchases. Crossing fingers and toes we see this offer again in 2022.
4. Don’t forget about Amazon Black Friday 2022 coupons.
I mean, never forget about coupons, right? But these little guys are easy to overlook in the excitement of furious clicking. Amazon coupons will be 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.
5. Also, Amazon Cyber Monday deals began earlier than ever in 2021.
Amazon Cyber Monday deals usually bring us more Amazon device bargains and toy deals. But in 2021, all bets were off. Amazon shook things up by offering not a Cyber Monday deal, but a Cyber weekend deal.
From Saturday, Nov. 27 – Monday, Nov. 29, we saw savings on loads of categories, like these:
- 45% off Amazon Halo Band fitness tracker (regularly $99.99)
- 40% off Amazon Kindle (regularly $89.99)
- 40% off Fire HD 10 Kids Pro tablet (regularly $199.99)
- 36% off Fire TV Stick 4K Max (regularly $54.99)
- 30% off Amazon Fire TV 50″ 4-Series (regularly $469.99)
- 28% off Kindle Paperwhite Kids (regularly $159.99)
Expect to see something similar in 2022!
6. Only Prime members get early access to Amazon Lightning Deals. Sign up by Nov. 1.
Anyone can shop Amazon Black Friday 2022 deals, but only Prime members get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals. If you’re not a Prime member, sign up Nov. 1 to be sure you’re a member during the sale.
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.
7. 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. In 2021, inventory was scarce and this feature was a lifesaver. Even if inventory is more predictable in 2022, 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: 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.
TIP: Amazon does not offer price matching or price adjustments.
8. Search for the best deals from Amazon Black Friday 2022 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 2022 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!
9. 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 2021. Expect to see brands like Disney, Lego, Star Wars, and more when the Amazon Black Friday 2022 toy list shows up.
10. Be on the lookout for Amazon newbie gift card deals during Amazon Black Friday 2022.
Based on 2021 and 2020, I expect to see plenty of aggressive first-time offers for gift cards, Amazon Visa cards, or Amazon Reload.
These may be only for newbies, but at KCL we all try them anyway because you never know.
Here’s what I saw in 2021:
- Through Dec. 20, first-time Amazon gift card shoppers received a $15 promotional credit with the purchase of $50 or more in Amazon gift cards. The promotional credit was good until Feb. 6, 2021.
11. 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.
12. Focus on Amazon Black Friday 2022 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. Watch for deals like these:
Samsung, Sony, and Amazon Fire TVs
In 2021, Amazon offered 50″ TVs in these brands for 30% off.
See all TV deals.
Amazon Alexa + Ring
In 2021, the Fire HD 8 Tablet 32GB was on sale for $44.99 (regularly $89.99). That’s 50% off and certainly worth your time.
See all tablet deals.
TIP: Ask “Alexa, what are my deals?” to hear the holiday deals for that day.
13. 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 or, if like during Epic Deals in 2021, Amazon pulls a rabbit out of their hat.
See all Apple deals.
Kohl’s will have similar prices as Amazon but will sweeten the deals with pockets full of Kohl’s Cash.
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.
14. Plan ahead. Amazon doesn’t deliver on Thanksgiving Day.
Bummer. Amazon’s delivery schedule follows the USPS’s holiday schedule. No deliveries on Thanksgiving, so plan ahead.
15. Aim to save up to 50% during Black Friday season at Amazon.
Here’s a list of items and brands that hit 30% – 50% off in 2021:
- Fire TV Stick 4K
- Fire HD Tablets
- Braun and Panasonic grooming tools
- Shark robot vacuums
- Levi’s for the family
- Instant brand kitchen appliances
- Samsung, Sony, and Fire TVs
- Disney, Marvel, DC, and PJ Masks
- Laptops, monitors, and tablets
- Cards Against Humanity
- Garmin watches
- Aerogarden indoor gardens
- Air purifiers
- Adult fashion (Amazon brands)
16. 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.
17. 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. But Target will likely offer price matching with Amazon like they did in 2021 and 2020. 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.
18. Amazon offers extended holiday returns through Jan. 31, 2023.
If you purchase an item between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, you have until Jan. 31, 2023, to make a return.
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’s all I’ve got for you for Amazon this Black Friday, but as things start moving, 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.