Costco's Black Friday 2019 deals will be superior to last year
Costco’s Black Friday efforts last year were a damp squib, especially considering the loyalty of its customer base. And while I don’t expect Costco to be the top destination for Black Friday 2019 shoppers, I do think deals will be much improved. So here are my expectations for Costco’s Black Friday 2019 headline deals.
As you can see above, the deals last year were not overly exciting. No deals for the Nintendo Switch, Sony PS4/PS4 Pro or Apple iPhones were serious blows. I don’t think Costco will fix all of these, but I expect the following deals to headline its Black Friday 2019 ad:
Sadly, I still think Costco will again not offer deals on iPhones and the Nintendo Switch but I do expect it to deliver some very solid deals on midrange TVs from the likes of TCL and Vizio as well as discounts on Google’s new Nest range of smart devices. Laptops should also be a strong point (look out for deals on Dell’s premium XPS range, Inspirons and HP Pavilions). There should also be some big savings on high-end routers (look for WiFi 6 models).
Black Friday Ad Release - Last year Costco’s ad was released on October 27 and, with Black Friday 2019 happening one week later, this year Sunday November 3 looks like the hot date. I expect Costco to go big on TVs and laptops, in particular, but watch for deals being split: some will be available in the run-up to Black Friday, though doorbusters tend to run only from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday.
Sale Days and Times - Whereas rivals typically open at 6pm on Thanksgiving, Costco is usually closed and opens again at 9am on Black Friday. I don’t expect that to change this year. Despite this, Costco’s online store will be open and taking orders throughout Thanksgiving. Costco membership will be required for the full discount price.
Free Shipping - While some items may ship for free at Costco, there is currently no free shipping policy available. This places it at a disadvantage to most rivals.
Costco Cyber Monday - Costco tends to repeat most of its Black Friday deals on Cyber Monday. A good deal is still a good deal, but watch out for Target because it will offer additional discounts, especially for REDCard holders.
I will be extensively tracking Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 deals and publishing the best offers daily, so be sure to bookmark my page.
Updated October 25, 2019
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