Opting for Black Friday online shopping to avoid the long lines and the trouble of physically going to stores? We got you covered!
To help you find the best online deals and discounts as we go through the days leading to Thanksgiving and Black Friday, we put together a quick guide on the most prominent online retailers offering discounts, the schedule of sale for each retailer, and the highest discount on offer based on their advertisements.
|Retailer||Start||Highest Discount Price|
|Amazon||Nov 18-25||Up to 77% off|
|Best Buy||Nov 24-25||Up to $400 off|
|BJ’s||Nov 18-28||Up to $900 off; double perks|
|Costco||Nov 18-28||Up to $1000 off|
|Dell||Nov 24-25||Up to 56% off|
|Harbor Freight||Nov 25-27||Up to 87% off|
|HP||Nov 24-25||Up to 50% off|
|JCPenney||Nov 23||Up to $500 off|
|Kmart||Nov 24-25||Up to 40% off|
|Kohl’s||Nov 21-25||15% off on top of other discounts; $15 for every $50 spent|
|Macy’s||Nov 23-26||Up to 75% off|
|Microsoft||Nov 24-25||Up to 50% off|
|Sam’s Club||Nov 24||Up to $300 off|
|Samsung||Nov 20-27||Up to $1200 off|
|Sears||Nov 24-25||Up to 84% off|
|Target||Nov 24-24||Up to $350 off|
|Toys R Us||Nov 23||Up to 75% off|
|True Value||Nov 16-25||Up to 40% off|
|Verizon||Nov 25||Up to 50% off with purchase of 2nd device (Android devices)|
|Walmart||Nov 24||Up to 34% off|
Common Black Friday online shopping problems
Black Friday online shopping has a lot of advantages over going to brick-and-mortar stores, including not having to wait in line and being able to shop in the comfort of your sofa. But shopping online during the holiday also has downsides, and among them is limited access to online shopping sites when outside certain territories or while using restrictive connections.
There is also the problem of hacking and phishing. With Black Friday marking the start of the Christmas shopping season, online criminal activity is always seen to rise as cyber criminals shuffle to make a profit out of the shopping rush. Malicious activities can include phishing, pharming, and spoofing, as well as malware attacks involving ransomware and spyware, among others.
One effective way of keeping these threats at bay when shopping online is by installing a virtual private network (VPN) on your computer or device such as Hotspot Shield.
Hotspot Shield protects your device from being compromised when shopping online in a number of ways. First, it uses advanced encryption technology to provide a safe passage for your sensitive information to go through, protecting it from hackers. Second, it provides added malware protection by notifying you if the link or website you’re trying to visit is infected.
Hotspot Shield also temporarily changes your IP address, allowing you to bypass local network and regional restrictions.