Supply chain issues: 13 things you may (or may not) have trouble finding during the 2021 holiday season
The supply chain may not be the Grinch that steals Christmas, after all. Despite concerns of shortages, major retailers such as Walmart and Target say they're well-stocked for the holidays, and consumers are definitely finding things to buy. But your gift list isn't in the clear just yet.
Employers are still struggling to find workers. Microchip production is still struggling to meet demand. And good luck buying a PlayStation 5 for retail -- or finding good prices on laptops and TVs.
Here's an overview of 13 products and categories that have been impacted by the supply chain, and where things stand with them right now. And if you stay tuned 'til the end, you'll find a comprehensive list of in-stock Black Friday deals from Walmart, Best Buy and more.
The supply chain story here is not of empty shelves; it's of scarce parts and microchips leading to higher prices -- or, a shortage of deals, if you will.
Stephen Baker of the market research firm the GDP Group told CNET that TV prices are at their highest level "since at least 2012," and that holiday shoppers should expect to spend "at least $100 above normal" on a set.
Sure enough, in poking around Black Friday sales, the cheaper TV, like the $398, 70-inch Roku TV at Walmart, was harder to put in our cart than a higher-end model, like the 65-inch, LG OLED smart TV, which even on sale at Best Buy, costs $1,800. But restocks happen, so best wishes -- and keep clicking.
70" class 4K smart TV with Roku (Walmart), $398
LG 65" class C1 series OLED smart TV (Best Buy), $1,800 (regularly $2,100)
PS5 and Xbox gaming consoles
Restocks also happen with the near-impossible-to-find, microchip-starved PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. But finding one at or near list price will be a matter of determination and luck -- the more frequently you check stock with retailers online and in stores, the more likely you are to catch one of the holiday season's sporadic restocks.
If you're intent on scoring one of these ASAP, then, sure, there's always eBay -- where the PS5 and Xbox consoles are going for about $1,000 each, a 100% markup from their respective $500 list prices.
A better option, as we previously recommended, is StockX, the third-party marketplace. As of publication, an authenticated Xbox X Series console could be had for $779, while a similarly authenticated PS5 with Blu-ray was selling for $780. The prices on StockX fluctuate a lot, from minute to minute sometimes, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
You can also hit the buttons below to check current stock availability for the PS5 at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
PlayStation 5 Video Game Console (Walmart), $499
PlayStation 5 (Best Buy), $500
Microsoft Xbox Series X (StockX), $779
The story of a hot-ticket toy making itself scarce on holiday shelves is older than Teddy Ruxpin. This year, we've gotten out-of-stock messages more than once for WowWee's Got2Glow Fairy Finder, the Magic Mixies Magical Misting Cauldron and the six-piece L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series Doll Playset. (At last look, however, the Magical Misting Cauldron was available via Walmart, albeit for north of $150.)
In addition to the usual "Jingle All the Way" madness, 2021 has the added complication of the supply chain tangle. In October, the CEO of the company behind the L.O.L. Surprise line said some of the toy world's larger-sized items, including the L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G. House of Surprises, may struggle to reach stores and warehouses this holiday season.
As of publication, however, things were looking good if your gift list called for L.O.L. playsets: The L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G. House of Surprises was available (and on sale) via Amazon, as was the L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G. Movie Magic Studios.
Magic Mixies - Magical Misting Cauldron with Interactive Pink Plush Toy (Walmart), $170
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. House of Surprises (Amazon), $160 (regularly $230)
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G Movie Magic Studios (Amazon), $95 (regularly $136)
Everything we just told you about TVs pretty much goes for laptops, too.
In his holiday season forecast, the GDP Group's Stephen Baker wrote that entry-level consumer electronics -- like, laptops, or, more precisely, cheap-ish laptops -- "may be harder to come by." And sure enough, a recent report on holiday tech inventory by the New York Times noted that consumers should expect fewer laptops (and fewer deals) on machines in the sub-$400 price range.
What's a bargain-hunting laptop buyer to do? As always, look around, and click around. Here, for instance, is a real, live laptop deal from our CBS Essentials guide to Amazon's early Black Friday sale: a four-and-a-half-star-rated touchscreen HP Chromebook with 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage -- and a discounted price under $200. At last look, Amazon was selling the laptop with the note that it would be "in stock soon" (and reaching your home by the first week of December).
11.6" HP Chromebook with touchscreen (Amazon), $144 (reduced from $260)
Apple iPhone 13
As reported in September, the great chip shortage forced Apple to cut production on its new iPhone 13 series through the end of the year. Fortunately for Apple adherents, 90 million iPhones minus 10% (the anticipated production cut) is still a lot.
As of publication, the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini were available directly via Apple -- albeit at the devices' pricey list prices of $799 and up, and $699 and up, respectively.
Elsewhere, Walmart had the iPhone 13 for $0 down on a monthly installment plan, and with an AT&T or Verizon service plan. And at Best Buy, a 128 GB device could be had for $100 off list for a one-time payment of $700, and with either a new AT&T line or account.
iPhone 13 128 GB (Walmart), $22.20/mo. for 36 months with AT&T
iPhone 13 128 GB (Best Buy), $700 with AT&T (regularly $800)
Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as of Aug. 31, the inventory of frozen turkeys and turkey parts was 24% lower than the three-year average (from 2018-2020). The feds said high feed costs were partly responsible for decreased turkey production, which itself was partly responsible for fewer frozen turkeys.
Now, does this mean your local supermarket will be out of frozen turkeys from now until New Year's? No. But it may mean you'll pay more for your bird this year than last.
If you want to buy a turkey online, time is of the essence. At last look, for instance, there was a wait list for a $25, delivered-to-your-door 10-pound, whole, free-range turkey from Crowd Cow.
For more leads on holiday birds and meals, including a complete Southern Cajun-fried turkey dinner from Williams Sonoma, check out our CBS Essentials online turkey guide. (The Williams Sonoma meal, so you know, is billed as a Thanksgiving dinner, but at this late November date, it's really more of a December option for your table; the dinner serves eight, and comes complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes and more.)
Crowd Cow free-range whole turkey (10 pounds), $25 (regularly $50)
Complete Southern Cajun Fried Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner (Williams Sonoma), $360
Adobe's Digital Economy Index found that jewelry produced more out-of-stock messages from e-commerce sites in October than any other category, after tech. Diamonds may be especially hard to come by. The market-research firm IndexBox recently noted that diamond prices are ticking up due to a supply shortage.
At last look, a diamond prong link choker, as featured in our CBS Essentials guide to men's jewelry, was in stock and shipping immediately.
18" diamond prong link choker (19mm) in white gold (The GLD Shop), $399
In August, the American Booksellers Association advised booksellers to stock up on titles they expected to be in demand during the holiday shopping season. Maybe everybody got the memo? After weeks of monitoring Amazon's Top 10 best-sellers of 2021, we've yet to encounter an out-of-stock message. So, no, no need to panic-buy copies of "I Love You to the Moon and Back." (And, besides, with books, even when hardcovers and paperbacks are sold out, e-book editions are often available.)
"I Love You the Moon and Back" (Board Book), $4
Clothing and accessories
In this category, the concern has been with Nike, Michael Kors and other brands that produce many of their goods in Vietnam -- a country that's seen pandemic-related factory shutdowns.
But in an earnings call with reporters Nov. 3, the CEO of the parent company of Michael Kors said that, while the line's inventory was lower than hoped for, it was big enough to meet consumer demand over the holiday season.
On Amazon, we found size options limited on at least a couple of Michael Kors dresses, but we also found a number of in-stock goodies, including the best-selling Michael Kors Jet Set Travel large messenger bag.
Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Messenger Bag (Amazon), $115 (black)
As with clothing and accessories, a main concern in this category has been that leading brands such as Nike, Columbia and Lululemon rely on their goods being produced in Vietnam -- a country that, now even with its factories reopened, is struggling to hit its numbers due to a shortage of workers.
Last we checked, Nike had done a restock on its new, $130 Air Max 90 Premium men's shoes. Stock was also good, as of publication, for the on-sale Nike men's Dri-Fit zip jacket, one of the featured sportswear items from our comprehensive Black Friday preview guide.
Nike Men's Dri-Fit Zip Jacket (Nordstrom), $45 (regularly $75)
Artificial Christmas trees
Christmas trees have long been susceptible to the whims of the supply chain. This year, there's a concern regarding the artificial-tree stock. A CNN report said prices on the typically imported product could be up by as much as 25 percent over 2020.
So, higher prices -- maybe. But no trees? For what it's worth, when we checked the Walmart site, we found a variety of in-stock, top-selling artificial trees. For more options, check out our CBS Essentials roundup of in-stock artificial Christmas trees.
Pre-lit Colton fir 7.5' artificial Christmas tree (Walmart), $199
A year after shoppers hoovered up Christmas lights (in order to decorate all the trees they bought), the twinkly strings were again expected to be in short supply. (Christmas lights are largely produced and imported from countries in Asia, so, yes, supply chain issues.)
On the upside, at last look, we didn't have any trouble finding in-stock holiday lights on the Walmart site. A set of four spiral tree pathway lights from Holiday Time, for instance, was available, and going for $42. Check out our list of Christmas decoration deals for more ideas.
Holiday Time 4-pack 18" spiral tree pathway lights (Walmart), $42
For sure, there are spirts -- and deals -- to be had in this space: Total Wine & More, for instance, has a series of deals on wine bundles (of two or three bottles each).
On the whole, though, the supply chain has not been kind to an industry that relies heavily on imported beverages. And oh: There's a glass shortage, too.
But don't sound the emergency alarm just yet: Did you go to your local supermarket or liquor store tonight? Was there beer there? A bottle or two of a nice California red, perhaps? Yes? So, you're fine then -- it's fine. Unless, that is...
Are you planning to gift someone with, say, the exclusive (and imported) Chinese liquor Kweichow Moutai? Then, as you may see at Total Wine & More, supply could be harder to come by. One possible workaround, per another of our gift guides: a gift card -- maybe even to a retailer like Total Wine & More.
Total Wine & More multi-bottle specials
Here are some Early Black Friday deals that are in stock
As indicated above, there is a range of great gifts, tech and on-sale toys that are available for you to buy right now. Here are some of our favorite early Black Friday deals you can shop at some of the nation's top retailers.
Walmart Black Friday deals
These featured online deals are currently live at the Walmart Deals for Days early Black Friday sale.
PlayStation 5 console: $499
The Sony PlayStation 5 features near instant load times for installed PS5 games, high frame rate gameplay (120 fps) for compatible games, a wireless haptic controller with built-in microphone and 4K graphics.
Walmart restocked the PS5 on Nov. 22 and it quickly sold out. That said, we put a "check stock now" button below so you can check and see if you can catch a surprise early PS5 restock today. (PS5 availability is online only.)
Xbox Series X console: $499
The Xbox Series X console is the fastest and most powerful Xbox ever, with 12 teraflops of processing power. The gaming device is backward compatible with thousands of games from all four generations of Xbox consoles.
The Xbox Series X is about as hard to find at retailers as the Sony PS5. Walmart restocked the Xbox Series X on Nov. 22 and it quickly sold out. (Xbox Series X availability is online only.)
Apple AirPods Pro: $159
One of this season's must-have gifts, Apple AirPods Pro use active noise cancellation technology to block out outside noise so you only hear your favorite music, podcasts and TV shows. Need to hear important announcements or keep an ear on traffic while you have your AirPods in? The Siri-enabled AirPods Pro feature a transparency mode so you can tune in to the world around you. The water- and sweat-resistant AirPod's silicone tips come in three sizes for a customizable and comfortable fit.
Apple AirPods Pro, $159 (regularly $197)
Samsung Chromebook 4: $129
One of the most popular deals at Walmart this Black Friday is still available: You save more than half off when you purchase this Samsung Chromebook during Walmart's Deals for Days sale. This slim 11.6-inch device features 4 GB of memory, a full-size keyboard and trackpad and voice control with Google Assistant.
Samsung Chromebook 4, $129 (regularly $284)
Norwich 7.5-foot pre-lit LED tree: $68
The pre-lit artificial tree is on sale now. The tree features 350 color-changing LED lights and has eight different color-changing light effects. Metal tree stand included.
Norwich 7.5-foot pre-lit LED tree, $68
OUT OF STOCK: Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS: $109
The sport-focused Apple watch allows you to track all of your fitness goals. Wear it during workouts to monitor your movement and heart rate or share your daily activity with friends. The Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The device is Wifi and Bluetooth compatible.
Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS. $109 (regularly $199)
Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: $299
Walmart is offering Nintendo's latest home gaming system bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe during their Black Friday deals. The $299 gaming bundle includes neon blue and red Joy-Con controllers, a Switch console, Switch dock, AC adapter, HDMI cable, two Joy-Con strap accessories, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a Nintendo Switch online three month individual membership.
Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle, $299
Xbox Series S console: $299
Unlike the PS5 and the Xbox series X, the Xbox series S console will likely be available in store Nov. 26 (assuming it doesn't sell out). The gaming device offers next generation speed and performance with Xbox velocity architecture, powered by a custom SSD and integrated software. It includes backward compatibility, so gamers can play thousands of games from all four generations of Xbox consoles.
70" 4K smart TV with Roku: $398
This smart TV has the easy-to-use (and easy-to-customize) Roku operating system built in, which provides access to thousands of paid and free TV channels. You many not be familiar with its brand name (Onn), but this 70-inch Roku TV is rated 4.3 stars at Walmart -- and you'll be hard pressed to find another 70" television with Roku baked in for this price.
70-inch class 4K smart TV with Roku, $398
The Pioneer Woman 30-piece cook and prep set: $79
The non-stick cookware set comes in three different colors. It includes two saucepans with lids, two frying pans, a Dutch oven with a lid, a skillet, a wooden spoon, a baker with a lid, a chef knife with a sheath, a paring knife with a sheath, a mixing bowl with a lid, four measuring bowls, four measuring spoons, a pie dish with a lid, and a slotted turner.
The Pioneer Woman 30-piece cook and prep set, $79
Turtle Beach universal headset: $23
The gaming headset is on sale during Walmart's Black Friday deals event. The headphones feature 40-millimeter speakers inside over-ear premium synthetic leather cushions. The Turtle Beach universal headset includes a mic that can flip up out of the way to mute when not in use.
Turtle Beach universal headset, $23 (regularly $40)
Serta So Soft! 6-piece sheet set: $15
These Serta So Soft! sheets are made with 100% soft-washed polyester microfiber. The snuggly sheet set comes in four different colors and can be purchased for twin, full, queen and king beds. Set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet and four pillow cases.
Serta So Soft! 6-piece sheet set, $15
Samsung Jet 60 Fit cordless stick vacuum: $179
The cordless vacuum is $120 off during Walmart's Black Friday sale. The Samsung Jet 60 cordless stick vacuum features a removable battery, a five-layer filtration system, a high capacity dust bin and a long-reach crevice tool.
Samsung Jet 60 Fit cordless stick vacuum, $179 (regularly $299)
Anker Eufy robot vacuum: $144
This robot vacuum has home mapping and an automatic suction-power adjustment. It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant for hands-free control.
Anker Eufy Robot Vacuum, $144 (reduced from $350)
Shark EZ bagless self-empty robot vacuum: $299
We've seen a number of good deals on robot vacuums for Black Friday, but this Shark vacuum is the lowest-priced self-emptying robot vacuum we've found this season. It can be controlled via an app or voice control to clean carpets and hard floors. After each cleaning session, the device automatically empties itself into its bagless self-empty base, so you won't have to empty it time and time again.
Shark EZ bagless self-empty robot vacuum, $299 (regularly $499)
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: $150
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro offer eight hours of charge (as compared to five for the Galaxy Buds), an IPX7 waterproof rating and support for Dolby Atmos. Available in three colors, they're $50 off at Walmart and Samsung right now.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, $150 (reduced from $200)
Warner's women's fleece-lined tights: $7
The two-pack of cold weather tights are a special price during Walmart's Deals for Days. Each set of tights features a tummy control top. Tights run up to a size 3XL.
Warner's women's fleece-lined tights, $7
Luxe dual-nozzle bidet attachment: $25
Here's an unusually refreshing Black Friday deal: Walmart has a bidet on deep discount during Deals for Days. The Luxe W85 model features a dual-nozzle, non-electric bidet attachment. The bidet has pressure-control knobs for user preference as well as a hygienic nozzle-guard gate for easy maintenance.
Luxe dual nozzle bidet attachment, $25
Apple AirPods 3: $175
The IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant Apple AirPods (3rd generation) come with a number of upgrades over the previous generation: spatial audio that places sound all around you, longer battery life (30 hours total, with included MagSafe charging case), force sensor controls on the stalk and support for Find My Network so they'll never go missing. You can save a few dollars off the $179 Apple list price by shopping at Walmart.
Keurig K-Duo coffee machine: $79
Fall is the perfect time for a warm cup of coffee -- or cup of hot cocoa -- so it's no surprise that Keurig coffee makers are popular around Black Friday. The Keurig K-Duo offers the best of both coffee worlds: the convenience of a coffee pod-based Keurig, and the versatility of a traditional carafe brewer.
Keurig K-Duo coffee machine, $79 (reduced from $99)
Best Buy Black Friday deals
Be sure to check out these early Black Friday deals, available at Best Buy now:
- Save $20 on the Roku Streaming Stick 4K (now $20)
- Get up to $300 in Best Buy gift cards when you buy Samsung appliances
- Save $30 on Apple TV 4K (now $130)
- Save $140 on Cricut maker (now $229)
And that's not all. Here are some of our favorite Best Buy early Black Friday deals you can shop right now.
KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus stand mixer
Good news for those looking for a high-end kitchen deal: Best Buy has again reduced the KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus stand mixer to $220 during its Black Friday sale, a savings of $280. Don't delay on this deal, however -- some colors have already sold out.
KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus stand mixer, $220 (reduced from $500)
Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8
The Sony PlayStation 5 is still very hard to find, but the Nintendo Switch is still available. During its Black Friday sale, Best Buy is selling the Nintendo Switch console (which normally sells for $299 on its own) as part of a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle for the same price.
Nintendo Switch bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $299
Lenovo Flex 3 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $149
Save $230 when you buys the Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook during Best Buy's Black Friday deals. The Chromebook features natural finger-touch navigation, multicore processing, a built-in 720p webcam with microphone, a 4GB system memory and a 32GB eMMC flash memory.
Lenovo Flex 3 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook, $149 (regularly $379)
JBL Reflect Mini NC sport headphones: $75
These wireless headphones feature active noise canceling to tune out the world, as well as smart ambient technology to keep you aware of your surroundings, even when you're tuning in to your favorite podcast. JBL's wireless sport headphones are also waterproof and feature auto-pause so you won't miss a second of audio should an ear bud fall out.
JBL Reflect Mini NC sport headphones, $75 (regularly $150)
7.5' Mr. Christmas Alexa-enabled artificial smart Christmas tree: $400
Is it holiday magic? No, it's your Amazon Alexa-compatible Christmas tree. Ask Alexa to turn your pre-lit Mr. Christmas tree's lights on and off at scheduled times throughout the day or perform one of 40 lighting functions. Best Buy is sold out of the 6.5-foot tree (though we've included a button below for you to check for a restock), but at last check the 7.5-foot smart tree was still available.
Mr. Christmas Alexa-enabled 6.5-foot artificial Christmas tree, $300 (regularly $400)
Mr. Christmas Alexa-enabled 7.5-foot artificial Christmas tree, $400 (regularly $500)
Keurig limited edition Jonathan Adler K-Mini coffee maker: $50
This limited-edition, 5-inch-wide Keurig machine features a blue geometric design from Jonathan Adler. The single-serving machine brews coffee, tea and hot cocoa in 6- to 12-ounce amounts. (Jonathan Adler mug not included.)
Keurig limited edition Jonathan Adler K-Mini coffee maker, $50 (originally $100)
55" Samsung 'The Frame' smart TV: $1,000
Transform your TV into a piece of art when you're not streaming your favorite shows. The Frame smart TV has a built-in motion sensor that activates your device to display your favorite pieces of art with a 4K resolution picture, whenever you enter the room. No matter if you're admiring a Rothko or streaming Netflix, this QLED TV produces 100% color volume in the DCI-P3 color space, which is the format for most cinema screens and HDR movies for television. Plus, it's $500 off for Best Buy's early Black Friday sale (and also at Samsung's own early Black Friday sale).
55" Samsung 'The Frame' smart TV, $1,000 (regularly $1,500)
LG 65-inch class C1 series OLED smart TV: $1,800
The smart TV is $300 off right now during Best Buy's Black Friday deals. The 65-inch screen features over 8 million self-lit pixels. The TV comes with Google Assistant and Alexa built in. The LG device's a9 Gen4 AI processor adjusts picture and sound automatically.
LG 65-inch class C1 series OLED smart TV, $1,800 (regularly $2,100)
Nokia 8.3 5G: $480
Save $220 when you buy the Nokia 8.3 5G during Best Buy's Black Friday deals. This Android smartphone features a 6.81-inch screen, an ultra-detailed 64 MP camera, a specialized low-light ultra-wide camera, advanced depth and macro cameras and built-in Zeiss cinematic effects.
Nokia 8.3 5G, $480 (regularly $700)
Nest mini smart speaker: $25
Expand your Google Home -- and bring Google Assistant -- to the kitchen, den, bedroom and more with the Nest mini smart speaker, now half off.
Nest mini smart speaker, $25 (regularly $50)
Amazon Fire TV stick 4K: $25
This Amazon Fire TV stick is 50% off right now at Best Buy. The device offers support for leading HDR formats Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Audio, and gives you access to the latest 4K content. Plus, you can control the device with the Alexa voice remote, which means no more toggling around to find what you're looking for.
Amazon Fire TV stick 4K, $25 (regularly $50)
Samsung 70-inch smart TV: $600
This 2021 model features a crystal processor that lets you watch TV and movies in 4K ultra high definition. The smart TV can also access your favorite apps and streaming services right on its 70-inch screen, powered by Tizen OS. Buy one now for $150 off its regular listed price during Best Buy's early Black Friday sale.
Samsung 70-inch smart TV, $600 (regularly $750)
Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $800
This multi-tasking laptop is on sale at Best Buy. This Microsoft device features an Intel Core processor, all-day battery, instant-on abilities, improved graphics, two USB-C ports and up to 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage. It's also the thinnest Surface device yet, at just 7.33 millimeters. Right now you can buy it for $400 off its regular price.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7, $800 (regularly $1,200)
Lenovo 14" Yoga 9i 14 2-in-1 laptop: $1,350
It's a great time to upgrade your laptop. This Windows 11 upgradable Lenovo model is $400 off. This device features a powerful quad-core with an eight-way processing performance and has a 16GB system memory.
Lenovo 14" Yoga 9i 14 2-in-1, $1,350 (regularly $1,750)
Samsung large capacity front load washer: $750
Best Buy and Samsung are offering this 4.5-cubic-foot, front-loading washer for $400 off its regular price. Samsung's AI-powered smart dial learns and recommends your favorite wash cycles so you won't have to go to the trouble of programming it in yourself. The device is SmartThings App-compatible, so you can receive end-of-cycle alerts, remotely start or stop your wash, and schedule cycles, all on your phone.
Samsung Smart Dial front load washer, $750 (regularly $1,150)
You can also save on a matching Samsung dryer. You can even arrange for delivery, and for hauling away your old dryer via the Samsung website.
Samsung Smart Dial electric dryer with Super Speed Dry, $749 (reduced from $1,149)
Samsung Smart Dial gas dryer with Super Speed Dry, $849 (reduced from $1,249)
Ninja air fryer: $100
This four-quart air fryer can air fry up to two pounds of food and features a dehydration function. The Ninja device's basket is made to be nonstick and dishwasher-safe. Rated 4.8 stars by Best Buy reviewers.
Ninja air fryer, $100 (regularly $120)
Amazon early Black Friday deals
Amazon's early Black Friday sale, featuring what the company is calling "epic deals," is on now. You can save big on Alexa-powered devices, toys, apparel, kitchenware, beauty and much more. You'll can even opt to shop small businesses on Amazon this holiday season -- it's where you'll find all the small business merch in the 2021 Oprah's Favorite Things list this year.
Here's a sampling of what's on sale.
Black Friday Amazon gift card deal: Buy $50, get a $10 credit
Let's start with our favorite Amazon deal, because it's like free money in your pocket. Now through Dec. 18, first-time Amazon gift card buyers will get a $10 promotional credit when they buy $50 or more in Amazon gift cards. (Credit appears up two days after purchase.)
Buy $50 of gift cards, get a $10 credit
AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden with LED grow light: $85
If you (or a loved one on your gift-shopping list) ever craved a restaurant-worthy meal on a budget, know this: Chefs generally recommend using fresh herbs over dried ones in home cooking. Give the gift of chef-level weeknight dinners with this compact, countertop garden that grows fresh herbs. Save 40% on this kit, which grows up to six plants, including two kinds of basil, parsley, thyme, and even the ever-finicky dill. Even better: The kit grows in water, so there's no messy soil to clean up.
You can save an extra $5 at Amazon when you apply the coupon before checkout.
AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden with LED grow light. $85 (reduced from $150)
Black Friday Amazon device deals
Looking to save money on an Amazon Kindle or one of Amazon's other popular gadgets? Here are all the best pre-Black Friday deals on Amazon-made devices right now.
50" and 55" Amazon Fire TV 4K smart TVs: $330 and $380
You can get a deal on Amazon's newly released smart TVs with Fire TV baked in -- the 50-inch and 55-inch models are both reduced during Amazon's early Black Friday sale. "It's not OLED contrast," says Amazon reviewer Gail Hughes, "but it is a beautiful 4K HDR."
50" Amazon Fire TV 4K smart TV, $330 (reduced from $470)
55" Amazon Fire TV 4K smart TV, $380 (reduced from $520)
For an upgrade over the basic Amazon Fire TV 4K model, check out the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series 4K. This TV has picture-in-picture chat capabilities plus a built-in mic, so it can be controlled hands-free without a remote.
50"Amazon Fire TV Omni Series 4K, $360 (reduced from $510)
55" Amazon Fire TV Omni Series 4K, $410 (reduced from $560)
Kindle Paperwhite: $85
Though this Paperwhite is the 2018 model, it features an easy-to-read 6-inch display and 32GB of storage. Plus, it's waterproof, and is nearly half off its original price.
Kindle Paperwhite, 2018 model, $85 (reduced from $160)
Amazon's newest Kindle Paperwhite features a larger 6.8-inch display and 8GB of storage. If you're looking for the newest Kindle to give this holiday, this Kindle Paperwhite is it.
Kindle Paperwhite, 2021 model with 6.8" display (8 GB), $160
Fire TV Stick 4K: $25
Stream Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ content and more in vivid 4K Ultra HD with Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K, now $25 off -- the best price we've seen for it. Comes with an Alexa voice remote.
Fire TV Stick 4K, $25 (reduced from $50)
Black Friday toy deals at Amazon
Amazon is offering deals on some of the hottest toys of 2021. Choose from a selection of popular toys that includes the best-selling WowWee Fairy Finder, L.O.L. Surprise! dolls, Paw Patrol toys and more.
- Save 20% on Select Disney Activity & Gear Products
- Save up to 44% on Huffy bikes
- Buy 2, save 50% on 1 on Melissa & Doug toys
OUT OF STOCK: WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder: $35
One of the most buzzed about toys of 2021, the best-selling Got2Glow Fairy Finder is a jar designed to search for virtual fairies. Similar in concept to Pokémon and Tamagotchi, kids search for little winged BFFs wherever they roam. Once caught, they function as digital pets. Each jar offers 30 virtual fairies to find, 100 in all. Fairies can even be traded among friends.
The WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder sold out when it was reduced to $35 on Amazon, though don't count out the possibility of a restock.
WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder, $35 (reduced from $40)
Little Tykes Tobi 2 Robot smartwatch: $55
This cute splashproof smartwatch with a built-in interactive robot companion tracks steps, takes photos with its two built-in cameras and even plays games.
Little Tykes Tobi 2 Robot smartwatch, $55 (reduced from $68)
Black Friday fashion deals at Amazon
If you're looking for solid deals on fashion -- especially watches -- Amazon's early Black Friday sale is worth checking out.
- Up to 60% men's and women's watches from Bulova
- Up to 50% off Watches from Invicta, Timex, Tommy Hilfiger, and more
- Up to 30% off select Oakley sunglasses
- Up to 30% off select Ray-Ban sunglasses
- Up to 20% off Calvin Klein apparel
- Up to 20% off accessories from Timberland, Steve Madden, Sketchers, Nautica and more
- Save 10% on select Arctix cold weather essentials
Invicta Men's Pro Diver watch (50mm): $72
Water resistant to 100 meters, this eye-catching Invicta Men's Pro Diver watch is one of Amazon's most popular early Black Friday fashion deals right now. It's more than half off for a limited time.
Invicta Men's Pro Diver watch, $72 (reduced from $149)
OUT OF STOCK: Anne Klein Women's Gold-Tone Bangle Watch and Bracelet set: $51
Here's the top Black Friday deal in women's watches at Amazon -- this crystal-accented, gold-tone bangle, watch and bracelet set by Anne Klein is a whopping 66% off, a savings of $99. At last look, this set was temporarily out of stock. But we emphasize temporarily.
Anne Klein Women's Gold-Tone Bangle Watch and Bracelet set
Black Friday kitchen deals at Amazon
Plenty of kitchen deals are on offer during Amazon's early Black Friday sale, including terrific deals on Nespresso espresso makers. Take this Vertuo Next espresso machine, which comes with an Aeroccino frothing gadget: It's currently 21% off. Here are some other kitchen deals on offer:
- Save up to 44% on InstantPot
- Get a Keurig K-Mini brewer for $50 (reduced from $80)
- Save up to 30% on tea and coffee gifts Deal expires at midnight PST on Nov. 23
- Save up to 33% on Ninja cooking appliances and blenders
- Save up to 36% on Nespresso Vertuo espresso machines
- Save 20% on a Breville sous vide machine
- Save up to 33% off Le Creuset Cast Iron and Stoneware
Black Friday home improvement and tool deals at Amazon
Don't forget the power-tool pal in your life. From smart plugs to multi-tools, Amazon has a Black Friday deal that'll do the work.
Teccpo Cordless Drill Set, $111
If a loved one is hoping to see a drill set under the tree this year, good news: This brushless-motor kit weighs in at fewer than four pounds, and comes with a 33-piece accessory collection. An included LED light assures that the device can be used even in the dingiest of basements or garages. Save $60 on this kit.
Teccpo Cordless Drill Set, $111 ($33 off)
Black Friday home deals at Amazon
You won't have trouble finding home-goods deals this season. Exhibit A: The iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum, now on sale for $200 (save $100). But, as they say, that's not all. Here are more home and kitchen deals, available at Amazon now.
Black Friday electronics deals at Amazon
It's not just Amazon's gadgets that are on sale. There are plenty of great electronics from Apple, Bose and more on sale at Amazon right now.
Apple AirPods Pro: $170
Right now at Amazon you can score a huge $90 discount on Apple's sweat- and water-resistant earbuds, the Apple AirPods Pro.
Apple AirPods Pro, $159 (reduced from $249)
You can also score the brand new Apple AirPods 3 with a MagSafe case at a slight discount at Amazon.
Apple AirPods 3, $170 (reduced from $179)
11.6" HP Chromebook with touchscreen: $145
This HP Chromebook features 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 11.6-inch touchscreen and a fantastic price.
11.6" HP Chromebook with touchscreen, $145 (reduced from $260)
Motorola Moto G stylus (128GB): $200
Looking for an affordable Android smartphone at an even-better-than-usual price? This 6.4-inch device from Motorola offers all the basics, including a 48-megapixel triple camera system and a 16-megapixel low-light selfie cam. Comes unlocked, so you can choose your carrier.
Motorola Moto G Stylus smartphone, $200 (reduced from $300)
JBL Tune true wireless earbuds: $60
You can save big on the JBL Tune 120TWS true wireless earbuds -- they're half price at Amazon right now. Earbuds last 4 hours on a single charge, with up to 12 hours more worth of charge via the included charging case.
JBL Tune 120TWS wireless earbuds, $60 (reduced from $120)
Early Black Friday beauty deals at Amazon
There are plenty of great pre-Black Friday deals on beauty products available at Amazon right now.
V-shaped face masks: $12
These slimming face masks, rated 4.2 stars by Amazon reviewers, feature hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, seaweed extract and collagen.
Lauer V-shaped face mask, $12 (reduced from $20)
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush: $35
This 4.6-star-rated hair dryer and volumizer from Revlon is now $25 off at Amazon.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush, $35 (reduced from $60)
Target early Black Friday deals
Looking to pick up some great Christmas decorations and beautiful new Christmas lights? The Target Holiday Shop is decking the halls with $5 decor deals, $20 wreath deals and more.
Here are some more featured deals at the Target early Black Friday sale this week:
L.O.L. Surprise! Remix Hair Flip Tots with Hair Reveal and Music mini figurine: $8
One of the hottest gifts of the season, LOL Surprise! dolls have taken over the toy world. This LOL Surprise! doll includes 15 surprises to unbox, including hair clips, an outfit and even a song. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
L.O.L. Surprise! Remix Hair Flip Tots with Hair Reveal and Music mini figurine, $8 (regularly $16)
Shark Rocket ultra-light corded stick vacuum: $100
Weighing in at just under 9 pounds, this lightweight vacuum is equipped with swivel steering to help make the cleaning process smoother. The machine can easily be converted into a handheld vacuum for those harder-to-reach spots. Nab this stick vacuum for half off at Target's Black Friday sale.
Shark Rocket ultra-light corded stick vacuum, $100 (regularly $200)
PowerXL 5-quart single basket air fryer: $60
Save big on this single-basket air fryer from air fryer brand PowerXL. With its space-saving design and digital control panels, cooking healthier food with little to no oil will be more convenient than ever.
PowerXL 5-quart single basket air fryer, $60 (regularly $120)
Roku streaming stick 4K 2021: $30
With its new, sleek design for 2021, the Roku stick blends seamlessly with any TV set-up to transform it into a smart and convenient streaming experience. Thanks to long-range Wi-Fi connection and voice-control capabilities, catching up on all the best shows on Disney+, Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Netflix and Hulu is a snap.
Roku Streaming Stick 4K, $30 (regularly $50)
Ninja Foodi power blender and processor system: $140
The Ninja Foodi power blender and processor system can take care of practically any blending needs, from an extra-thick smoothie bowl to pizza dough. Variable speed control and six preset blending programs provide as much, or as little, customization as needed to make the best possible smoothies, juices, cocktails and more.
Ninja Foodi power blender and processor system, $140 (regularly $180)
Nordstrom Black Friday deals
Nordstrom has markdowns on men's, women's and children's fashion, home and more.
Nike Dri-Fit men's zip jacket: $45
Save on Nike apparel at Nordstrom now.
Nike Men's Dri-Fit zip jacket, $45 (reduced from $75)
Cashmere Crewneck Sweater: $80
Save on this luxe 100% cashmere crewneck with ribbed trim at the neck, cuffs and hem.
Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $80 (reduced from $119)
OUT OF STOCK: Our Place Always Pan Set
The beautiful 10-inch Always Pan Set from Our Place serves as a nonstick fry and saute pan, skillet, steamer, saucier, spatula and spoon rest. Reduced to $99 (from $145 list), this set was sold at as of publication. Use the "check stock now" button to check for restocks.
Our Place Always Pan Set, $145
Nordstrom plush faux fur slippers: $15
Comfy and cozy, these plush slippers are a favorite of CBS Essentials readers.
Nordstrom Snuggle Plush faux fur slipper, $15 (reduced from $29)
Pre-Black Friday deals at Kohl's now
Kohl's has plenty of deals on apparel, kitchen appliances, home goods and more -- deals that get even better if you're into Kohl's Cash. For every $50 you spend now through Nov. 26, you'll get $15 in Kohl's Cash to spend from Nov. 27 through Dec. 8.
Plus, take an extra 15% off Black Friday prices with the promo code "ENJOY15." Some exclusions apply.
Here are some of Kohl's Black Friday deals worth noting.
- Buy one, get one 50% off Kohl's selection of toys (coupons do not apply)
- Save 20-40% on air fryers
- Save 25% on Adidas shoes and fleece apparel (coupons do not apply)
- Save 20% on Nike shoes and fleece apparel (coupons do not apply)
- 50% off Food Network kitchenware, dinnerware and more
- 40% off Koolaburra Home by Ugg (coupons do not apply)
The Big One oversized plush throw: $8
Another favorite of CBS Essentials readers, The Big One plush throw measures 60" x 72" and is available in a wide range of prints. On sale for $10, you can take the price down to a season low of $8.50 by using the promo code "ENJOY15" at checkout.
The Big One oversized plush throw, $8.50 (regularly $27)
Food Network 10-piece nonstick ceramic cookware set: $55
This cookware set includes a 1.5-quart covered saucepan, 2.5-quart covered saucepan, 3-quart covered saute pan, 6-quart covered stockpot, 8-inch skillet and 10-inch skillet. On sale for $65, you can take the price down to $55 by using the promo code "ENJOY15" at checkout.
Food Network 10-piece nonstick ceramic cookware set, $55 (reduced from $130)
Women's Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda classic jeans: $17
These jeans, a favorite among CBS Essentials shoppers, are now marked down to $20. You can take another 15% off, and drop the price to $17, by using the promo code "ENJOY15" at checkout.
Women's Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda classic jeans, $17 (regularly $40)
Hamilton Beach Sure-Crisp Air Fryer Toaster Oven: $42
Why surrender counter space to an air fryer and a toaster oven when this $42 Hamilton Beach appliance does both on the cheap?
Hamilton Beach Sure-Crisp Air Fryer Toaster Oven, $42 (reduced from $90)
GameStop pre-Black Friday deals
This week at GameStop you'll find deals on a number of top video game titles and gaming accessories, including:
- Shop top new game titles
- See deals on select used game titles
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch, $27 (reduced from $60)
- Paper Mario: The Origami King, $27 (reduced from $60)
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, $27 at GameStop (reduced from $60)
- Kirby Star Allies, $27 at GameStop (reduced from $60)
- Splatoon 2, $27 at GameStop (reduced from $60)
- Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch, $36 (reduced from $60)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, $49 (reduced from $60)
- 27" Alienware Gaming Monitor, $299 (reduced from $400)
Razer Basilisk Ultimate Wireless gaming mouse: $100
Razer Basilisk Ultimate Wireless gaming mouse with charging dock, $100 (reduced from $130)
Home Depot Black Friday deals
Home improvement retailer Home Depot has all sorts of Black Friday deals on appliances, tools, grills, smart home gadgets and more.
Dewalt Atomic 20V Cordless Drill/Impact Combo Kit
This drill/impact driver combo kit by Dewalt includes two tools, two 1.5Ah batteries, a charger and contractor bag. Limit 3.
Dewalt Atomic 20V Cordless Drill/Impact Combo Kit, $149 (reduced from $229)
Nexgrill 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner: $199
This easy-to-clean 60,000 BTU stainless steel grill features 626 sq. in. of cooking space. Comes with a 5-year burner warranty.
Nexgrill 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner, $199 (reduced from $349)
Husky Mechanics Tool Set (290 piece): $149
This polished chrome Husky tool set, on sale at Home Depot for Black Friday, includes 174 sockets, 24 wrenches, 40 hex keys, 40 bits, 4 extensions, 4 adapters, 3 ratchets and a magnetic bit driver. Includes a marked plastic storage case for easy storage.
Husky Mechanics Tool Set (290 piece), $149 (reduced from $229)
Samsung's early Black Friday deals
The tech retailer is offering savings on their smart phones, smart watches, home appliances and more during their early Black Friday sale.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live: $100
These in-ear wireless headphones, available in five colors, feature the largest Galaxy Buds speaker design and active noise cancellation. Right now, you can get a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds Live for $70 off the list price at Samsung's early Black Friday sale.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live true wireless earbuds, $100 (regularly $170)
Jet Bot robot vacuum with intelligent power control: $449
The Jet Bot robot vacuum uses precision mapping with LiDAR sensors to navigate areas of your home while it cleans. The robot can clean carpet and hardwood floors. Owners can use their phone to receive live cleaning reports and select where Jet Bot robot vacuum should clean next.
Jet Bot robot vacuum with intelligent power control, $449 (regularly $599)
50" Class AU8000 Crystal UHD smart TV: $480
This Samsung smart TV features 4K UHD upscaling that lets you upgrade your favorite TV and movies to 4K quality. It's compatible with multiple voice assistants and can stream most content from your PC, laptop or phone. Right now multiple sizes of the Crystal UHD smart TV are on sale via Samsung.
50" Class AU8000 Crystal UHD smart 4K TV, $480 (regularly $530)
65" Class AU8000 Crystal UHD smart 4K TV, $699 (regularly $749)
Galaxy Watch 4: $200
The Galaxy Watch 4 does more than just give you the time. The Samsung watch can monitor your heart and help you track your sleeping habits, workouts and wellness goals. The Samsung device can connect to calls, texts and music. The watch also features a trip detection function that can alert your emergency contact in the event of a hard fall.
Galaxy Watch 4, $200 (regularly $250)
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: $300
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic's stainless-steel casing looks more like a fashionable watch than a tech gadget. But don't be fooled. Inside its sleek design, it features the same Samsung smart watch tech that can track your health, sleep and workouts, and also monitor your oxygen levels. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic can make calls, send texts, stream music and can also make purchases with Samsung Pay or Google Pay.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, $300 (regularly $350)
Galaxy S21 5G (128GB): $700
Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, features a 6.2-inch touch display, a 64 MP rear camera that records 8K video and 5G wireless support for fast downloads, uploads and streaming (where available).
You can save $100 on the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G at Samsung now for Black Friday. Want an even lower price? Samsung is offering trade-in incentives on this smartphone that can reduce its price to as low as $150.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G smartphone (128GB): $1,100
The 6.9-inch Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G smartphone can connect to Windows 10 PCs, film in pro-level 8K video (the device features a 108MP wide lens camera) and sync to Outlook and OneNote. It offers wireless power share: Place your Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Watch 3 on the back of your Note 20 to instantly share a battery charge. The device includes an S Pen and comes with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (128GB), $1,100 (regularly $1,200)
Samsung large capacity front load washer and dryer: $750 each
Best Buy and Samsung are offering this 4.5-cubic-foot, front-loading washer for $400 off its regular price. Samsung's AI-powered smart dial learns and recommends your favorite wash cycles so you won't have to go to the trouble of programming it in yourself. The device is SmartThings App-compatible, so you can receive end-of-cycle alerts, remotely start or stop your wash, and schedule cycles, all on your phone.
Samsung Smart Dial front load washer, $750 (regularly $1,150)
You can also save on a matching Samsung dryer. You can even arrange for delivery and haul away of your old dryer via the Samsung website.
Samsung Smart Dial electric dryer with Super Speed Dry, $750 (reduced from $1,150)
Samsung Smart Dial gas dryer with Super Speed Dry, $850 (reduced from $1,250)
Wayfair pre-Black Friday deals
Find furniture, small kitchen appliances, bedding and more reduced at Wayfair.
Artificial spruce Christmas trees: $24 and up
Worried about the possible artificial Christmas tree supply shortage this year? Wayfair has you covered with a 4-foot-tall tree by the Holiday Aisle for just $24. Larger trees are available too -- you can get a 6-foot artificial spruce for $108 and a massive 9-foot artificial spruce for $207.
4' green pine artificial Christmas tree, $24
6' artificial spruce Christmas tree, $108 (reduced from $236)
9' artificial spruce Christmas tree with lights, $207 (reduced from $583)
Magic Bullet: $48
Save on this classic as-seen-on-TV kitchen gadget at Wayfair.
The Magic Bullet countertop blender, $48 (reduced from $60)
Mercury Row Imani square arm sleeper: $420
This reviewer-loved velvet sofa bed has a 1950s feel. It transforms into a twin-size bed and is available in three colors, including this eye-catching green.
Mercury Row Imani square arm sleeper, $420 (reduced from $669)
Mercury Row cotton wall hanging: $51
Choose from cream or gray in this cotton wall hanging with a tasseled bottom. Try using it as artwork above a bed.
Mercury Row cotton wall hanging, $51 (reduced from $70)
Ulta pre-Black Friday deals
Shopping for makeup, skincare, fragrances, cosmetics and more at Ulta this Black Friday? You'll want to start with this coupon that saves you $3.50 off a purchase of $15 or more. Print it out and take it with you to the store, or use code 900759 at online checkout.
Here's a small handful of the beauty deals available at Ulta:
- Get select mascaras for $10 each (Benefit Cosmetics, IT Cosmetics, Tarte and more)
- Get select lipsticks and balms for $10 each (Kylie Cosmetics, Tarte, bareMinerals and more)
- Get 50% off select Tarte foundations
- Get 50% off Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kits
Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette: $27
Save 50% on this Ulta fan favorite collection of 12 rose-hued neutral eyeshadow shades in matte, shimmer and metallic finishes.
Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette, $27 (reduced from $54)
MAC The Ultimate Trick Mini Lipstick x 12 Vault: $56
Why settle for one shade of lipstick when this limited-edition MAC mini lipstick vault comes with 12 best-sellers: Mocha, Taupe, Mehr, Brick O La, All Fired Up, Dozen Carnations, Lady Danger, Ruby Woo, Chili, Dubonnet, Diva and Rebel.
MAC The Ultimate Trick Mini Lipstick x 12 Vault, $56 (reduced from $75)
Croc rose gold nano titanium 1.25-inch flat iron: $90
This flat iron has a nine-foot-long cord. You'll have room to move around while you use one of the four heat settings on your locks. And there's no worry about wondering if you left the flat iron on again: This device has a 40 minute auto shut-off safety feature.
Croc rose gold nano titanium 1.25-inch flat iron, $90 (regularly $130)
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