We're now seeing early Amazon Black Friday 2017 deals in the US ahead of the official November 24 shopping frenzy, and really, we're not all that surprised.
Amazon is known to launch early Black Friday deals, letting you scoop up the best prices on 4KTVs, cheap laptops, and game console bundles in advance. That PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, or SNES Mini you want may be in stock in November, just to also lure you into buying a big-screen 65-inch 4K TV, too.
The retailer is also heavily pushing its hardware and services among its first Black Friday promotions, namely getting then an Amazon Echo speaker into your house by all means. The price starts at $39.99 when the Echo Dot is on sale.
How can we help on Black Friday 2017? The hardest part of Amazon’s Black Friday is that there are so many products and so many changing prices, making it hard to distinguish a killer deal from a minor price drop.
We have tips to help you identify great Amazon Black Friday deals, and we're assembling an epic Amazon Black Friday deals list for 2017, one that will offer our recommendations for everything from phones, Kindle
You'll still have to be fast to claim these on sale gadgets. Amazon often sells out of its most popular deeply discounted electronics, with limited Deal of the Day and Lightning deals. The same thing will happen on Cyber Monday 2017.
Early Amazon Black Friday deals
PS4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 console bundle
Now $283.72 (Was $299.99) 16% off
Uncharted 4 is one of our favorite PS4 games, so when we heard it was paired with a brand new PS4 Slim for a discount, we had to put it on top of our Amazon Black Friday list.
New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet Variety Pack
Now $149.99 (Was $199.99) 25% off
It's funny how two Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets still cost a fraction of the price of a new iPad, and this Black Friday deal is a testament to that. Get them for 25% in a variety of colors.
Amazon Echo (2017) speaker
Save $50 on multiple speakers
The newest Amazon Echo speaker is on sale – if you're looking to buy three or more. Why would you do that? Well, Alexa's new flagship smart speaker makes a good gift choice. Why not?
Amazon Echo Dot + Fire TV Stick
Now $69.98 (Was $89.98) 22% off
You're probably going to buy an Echo speaker, for you or for someone else, and you should have a Fire TV Stick or some media streaming player
RAVPower 20100 Portable Charger
Now $39.99 (Was $109.99) 64% off
This USB-C charger is so powerful that it can actually charge a MacBook, or your phone and tablet. Best of all, it charges 75% faster the average power
Amazon Prime and Black Friday
Amazon Prime is always a must-have on Black Friday. It has major perks, like free two-day shipping, and members sometimes get exclusive deals tailored for Prime users.
You can get early access to the Lightning Deals on Amazon that don't stick around for very long. In other cases, you might get extra discounts on prices that have dropped already, or you might get deals that don't apply to non-Prime members.
It's hard to make Amazon Black Friday predictions, but generally speaking, you're at an advantage if you sign up for Amazon Prime (the retailer always wants to boost those subscription numbers after all).
At the moment a subscription costs you $99 a year, or slightly more if you go month-to-month, and of course, there are a host of other benefits besides improved access to the Black Friday deals. Amazon even runs its own deals day exclusively for Prime members every summer.
You get access to the Netflix-style Amazon Prime Video, the Spotify-style Amazon Prime Music, and a ton of cloud space to store your digital photos as well. All that and more, and faster delivery times throughout the year as well.
Amazon Lightning Deals
Amazon loves its Lightning Deals: as the name suggests, these are very short-lived offers that usually involve items where the stock is low, so if you don't jump in when you've got the chance, you might miss out.
Don't feel pressured into deals you don't feel sure about - just be aware that Lightning Deals aren't going to stick around. As they're only available for a short amount of time, they often offer some very tasty discounts.
In the words of Amazon, a Lightning Deal is "a promotion in which a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period of time", and you can usually find them on the Today's Deals page. As we mentioned above, Prime members get early access to the Lightning Deals on Amazon.
Here's everything you need to know about Amazon Black Friday 2017.
Amazon Black Friday 2017 predictions and ads
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1. Amazon Echo Show
We expect major Amazon Echo deals, and there'll be no bigger item than the new Amazon Echo Show during Black Friday 2017. It's already offered discounts as much as $100 off in the past when purchased in pairs. With more Echo devices hitting the market, there will be plenty of deals on these and other Alexa-enabled gadgets.
2. Xbox One S bundle
Xbox One X will be the popular new console, so we fully expect the Xbox One S to see deep discounts and bundled with free games during Black Friday. It's more than Amazon just wanting to offload its inventory. Microsoft wants to keep making the system because it allows the company to have an entry-level video game console on sale. More Xbox One systems in buyers hands
3. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the e-ink reader that impresses us the most, and it's almost always on sale during the holidays. It's currently on sale for $119.99 today, so you should see be able to get one even cheaper – if you want to wait.
4. 4K TVs
We can't get enough of Amazon Black Friday TV deals, and it's where we predict that you'll see price cuts by hundreds of dollars. It happened last year, and we fully expect better specs via deeply discount 4K TV sets with HDR.
We'll continue to update our Amazon Black Friday guide, as the date approaches.
5. Galaxy S8 and Note 8
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 sit atop the throne of the Android market. Though the Galaxy S8 has regularly gotten killer deals since it launched, the Note 8 hasn’t seen any serious price drops to make it a less painful purchase. But Black Friday may be an opportunity for both to get great discounts, especially as Amazon has previously offered some of the best prices on the Galaxy S8 so far.
6. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL won't have been on the market for long when Black Friday rolls around, but it will be no surprise for some small discounts or bundle deals to show up on Amazon.
7. iPhone 7
It's too soon to expect insane deals on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, but the previous generation of iPhones is fair game for Black Friday. Dropped prices will make it easier than ever to pick up an iPhone 7.
8. Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote
Black Friday is an incredibly popular time to pick up a new TV, and 4K is the current craze. It's likely Amazon will use the shopping day as an opportunity to push it's 4K-ready Fire TV streaming device, either with discounts or bundled with new 4K TVs.
Amazon Black Friday deals from last year
Ahead of Black Friday 2017, here are the best deals we saw during Black Friday last year, just to whet your appetite for this year's extravaganza.
PS4 Black Friday deals - we didn't have the supercharged PS4 Pro to drool over a year ago, but we did have the newer PS4 Slim console bundled with Uncharted 4. The Sony's video game system with a 500GB hard drive and free game cost $250.
Xbox One/One S Black Friday deals - last year the Xbox One
Amazon Black Friday laptop deals - there
Amazon Black Friday headphone deals - audiophiles were certainly spoiled during Black Friday a few months ago, with $80 off of the Beats Solo3 headphones. Although Beats is a now an Apple company, their headphones were on sale for Black Friday. Maybe that will happen again in 2017.
Camera Black Friday deals - You were a winner if you wanted Canon DSLR or GoPro action camera discounts on Black Friday. The Canon 80D EOS camera experienced a $400 price cut to just $1,399 on Amazon, and GoPro Hero deals were plentiful, with the entry-level version starting at under $100 for the first time.
Phone Black Friday deals - Amazon is just getting started with Amazon Prime Phone deals, and that made things cheap if you were looking for a budget Android phone. The Moto G4 with 32GB of storage – our favorite affordable phone last year – for just $139.
Smart Home Black Friday deals - Amazon Echo deals were popular for Black Friday, with the new product category for many buyers seeing a $40 discount. Instead of paying full price for the flagship smart speaker with Alexa, Amazon was asking for a mere $139.99 in the US. This year, we expect Amazon Echo Show to go on sale with specs that include a helpful display.
Amazon Black Friday TV deals - There's no bigger big ticket item on Amazon during Black Friday than a brand new flat-screen TV. Forgot HDTVs, we're talking about 4K televisions with HDR. We really liked the LG 55-inch 4K OLED set for $1,797 and the Samsung 40-inch UN40KU6300 at a very affordable $347 – a great value for any budget.
Wearable Black Friday deals - Fitbit and Apple Watch deals are hot on Black Friday through Amazon, with the retailer rivaling the sales at Target last year. You were able to save the most money (more than $70) if you went with the older Apple Watch Series 1. We're hoping the year-old Apple Watch 2 will be on sale via Amazon for Black Friday 2017.
Amazon on Black Friday 2017: what you need to know
Even though it has its own Prime discount day of sales, Amazon still goes all-in when it comes to Black Friday, and few retailers can match it for the breath or size of its discounts. If you're looking for Black Friday deals, you need to include Amazon on your list.
While the deals are great, sometimes it's hard to get to them, thanks to Amazon's notoriously cluttered interface - and hopefully, that's where we come in. We'll highlight the best offers for you to save you a lot of clicking and scrolling around.
We've been given a sneak preview of some of the Black Friday 2017 discounts that Amazon's planning, and while we can't share them with you yet, there are some treats in store - from short-term Lightning Deals to major discounts on hot gadgets that will run through Black Friday and beyond.
By Matt Swider