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Supply chain issues: 12 things you may (or may not) have trouble finding during the 2021 holiday season

Supply chain shortages
Supply chain issues or no, it’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday shopping season in places like New York City. U.S. retail sales surged in October.

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Finally, some good news about the supply chain: Concerns that our pandemic-snarled system would ruin the holiday-shopping season were leavened this week. The U.S. Commerce Department reported a surge in October retail sales — an indication consumers were finding things to buy. At the same time, Walmart’s CEO said the retail giant had beefed up its inventory, and declared that its U.S. stores were “ready for the holidays.” Target and the parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshalls sounded similar notes.

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.

Here’s an overview of 12 products and categories that have been impacted by the supply chain, and where things stand with them right now. If you stay tuned ’til the end, you’ll find a comprehensive list of in-stock, early Black Friday deals from Walmart, Best Buy and more.


Table of Contents

Laptops

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HP via Amazon


In the early months of the pandemic, chip production tanked and demand for chip-driven products increased. Presto change-o: chip shortage! And while you probably don’t shop for microchips, you probably shop for items that can’t be sold without them — like, laptops.

In a holiday season forecast published in October, Stephen Baker of the market research firm the GDP Group wrote that entry-level consumer electronics — like, laptops, or, more precisely, cheap-ish laptops — “may be harder to come by.” A report on holiday tech inventory this week by the New York Times basically concurred, noting that consumers should expect fewer laptops (and fewer deals) on machines in the sub-$400 price range.

What’s a prospective laptop buyer to do? In advice that will be repeated throughout this guide: Look around, and click around. Here, for instance, is a real, live laptop deal from our CBS Essentials look at Amazon’s early Black Friday sale: a four-and-a-half-star rated touchscreen HP Chromebook with 4GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage — and a price tag under $200.

11.6″ HP Chromebook with touchscreen, $150 (reduced from $260)


Turkeys

Crowd Cow whole, free-range turkey

Crowd Cow


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. 

If you’re thinking of buying a bird online, you’re pretty much out of luck for Thanksgiving. But Christmas, New Year’s and such are still on the table.

At last look, a 10-pound, whole, free-range turkey can be had — and delivered to your door (after Thanksgiving) — by Crowd Cow for $25.

For more leads on holiday birds, check out our CBS Essentials online turkey guide.

Crowd Cow free-range whole turkey (10 pounds), $25 (regularly $50)


Clothing and accessories

Michael Kors Women's Chocolate Brown 3/4 Down Puffer Coat with Hood

Michael Kors via Amazon


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, $105 (black)


Apple iPhone 13

iPhone 13s

Apple via Walmart


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, and at a host of retailers and cell providers.

Not only were there phones, there were deals. Two of the best we spotted: Walmart is offering the $799 128 GB iPhone 13 for $0 down, with a monthly installment plan that ties the phone to either an AT&T or Verizon service plan; Best Buy, meanwhile, was offering the device for a one-time payment of $700, with either a new AT&T line or account.

iPhone 13 128 GB, $20.81/mo. for 36 months with AT&T 

iPhone 13 128 GB, $700 with AT&T (regularly $800)


L.O.L. Surprise! toys

L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G Movie Magic Studios

L.O.L. via Amazon


In October, the CEO of the company behind the L.O.L. Surprise line said some of the toy world’s larger-sized items may struggle to reach stores and warehouses this holiday season. 

“The [L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G. house] — that item is over $200, and it’s big,” Issac Larian told CNBC. “You can only put 150 to 200 in a container. You can’t airfreight it.”

At last look, the L.O.L. Surprise OMG House of Surprises was available via Amazon, as was the L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G. Movie Magic Studios playset. 

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. House of Surprises, $184 (regularly $230)

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G Movie Magic Studios, $98 (regularly $136)


Books

Books

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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


PS5 and Xbox gaming consoles 

Gaming consoles

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Many retailers are releasing limited quantities of these hard-to-find consoles (thanks, chip shortage) during the holidays, but finding one at 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 before 2021’s done, 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 $786, while a similarly authenticated PS5 with Blu-ray was selling for $800. 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 (Amazon), $500 

PlayStation 5 digital edition (Walmart), $869

PlayStation 5 (Best Buy), $500

PlayStation 5 (StockX), $800

Microsoft Xbox Series X (StockX), $786


Sportswear

Nike Men's Dri-Fit Zip Jacket

Nike via Nordstrom


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.                             

The bottom line for you, the consumer, is that you just have to click around to see what’s in stock. Last we checked, for instance, things were looking so-so if you were in the market for a new, $130 pair of Nike’s best-selling Air Max 90 Premium men’s shoes. And as of publication, the Nike men’s Dri-Fit zip jacket, one of the featured sportswear items from our comprehensive Black Friday preview guide, was in stock, but size options were limited.

Nike Men’s Dri-Fit Zip Jacket, $45 (regularly $75)


Artificial Christmas trees

Best Choice Products 6-ft. pre-lit holiday Christmas pine tree with snow-flocked branches, 250 warm white lights

Costway via Walmart


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. For what it’s worth, when we checked the Walmart site, we found several top-selling artificial trees in stock, including a pre-lit, 7.5-foot Colton fir from Holiday Time.

From more options, check out our CBS Essentials roundup of in-stock artificial Christmas trees.

Pre-lit Colton fir 7.5′ artificial Christmas tree, $199


Christmas lights

Holiday Time Multicolor LED Mini Christmas Lights, 59-feet, 300 Count

Holiday Time via Walmart


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 $27. Check out our list of Christmas decoration deals for more ideas.

Holiday Time 4-pack 18″ spiral tree pathway lights, $27


Alcohol 

Alcohol

Total Wine & More


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. “Clearly, right now there’s a shortage of containers,” the Distilled Spirits Council’s David Ozgo said per CBS Dallas/Fort Worth. “Space on container ships is very, very short.” 

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

Total Wine & More gift cards


Jewelry

David Yurman North Star Amulet

David Yurman via Nieman Marcus


Adobe’s Digital Economy Index found that jewelry produced more out-of-stock messages from ecommerce 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. 

As of publication, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus seemed to have a good selection of diamond jewelry on hand, including the David Yurman North Star Amulet, featuring 18-karat yellow gold and a pavé diamond setting.

David Yurman North Star Amulet, $1,050


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 went live Nov. 10 via the Walmart website at 7 p.m. Eastern, with Walmart+ members getting early access. If you can’t grab these deals online, they’ll be available in-store starting Nov. 12 at 5 a.m. (local time) nationwide.

Apple AirPods with charging case (2nd Generation): $89

Apple AirPods with charging case (2nd Generation)

Apple via Walmart


Get a pair of Apple AirPods for under $100 when you shop Walmart’s early Black Friday deals. These second-generation pods connect to all your Apple devices using Bluetooth technology. With these headphones you can access Siri using voice command and wirelessly charge them by slipping the ear buds into their charging case.

Apple AirPods with charging case (2nd generation), $89 (reduced from $119)


Roku Ultra LT: $30

Roku Ultra LT

Roku via Walmart


This popular 4K HDR streaming device features an ethernet port, a Roku voice remote to control your player and TV and includes headphones for private listening. Right now you can score one for $20 off its listed price.

Roku Ultra LT, $30 (reduced from $50)


HP Intel Core i3 laptop (256GB): $279

HP Intel Core i3 Laptop

HP via Walmart


This laptop has a fast charge that can take your battery from zero to 50 percent in about 45 minutes. It features an 11th generation Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB of SSD storage and a micro-edge display to give you an ultra-wide viewing experience across its 15.6-inch screen. 

HP Intel Core i3 laptop (256GB), $279 (reduced from $400)


Samsung Galaxy Tab A7: $139

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7

Samsung via Walmart


The slim tablet features a 10.4-inch ultra-widescreen display, Dolby Atmos surround sound and can be connected with other Samsung devices. It is $80 off during Walmart’s Deals for Days event.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7, $139 (regularly $219)


Shark EZ bagless self-empty robot vacuum: $288

Shark EZ bagless self-empty robot vacuum

Shark via Walmart


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, $288 (reduced from $499)


Barbie dream camper: $60

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Barbie via Walmart


Barbie and friends can go anywhere in her 3-in-1 dream camper. This pink camper can transform into three different vehicles, five living spaces, and includes 60 accessories including fishing gear, a picnic table with seating for four, bathroom necessities, a sleeping bag and blankets.

Barbie dream camper, $60 (reduced from $90)


Select Lego Star Wars, Harry Potter and Jurassic World sets: $30

Select Lego sets

Lego via Walmart


Starting Nov. 10, select Lego sets are on sale for up to $18 off. You can buy the Lego Star Wars AT-ST Raider 75254 building set, the Lego Harry Potter Hagrid’s hut: Buckbeak’s rescue building set and the Lego Jurassic World Gallimimus and Pteranodon breakout building set at a special price during Walmart’s Deals for Days event. 

Select Lego sets, $30


Athletic Works men’s fleece separates: $6

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Athletic Works via Walmart


These 60-percent cotton 40-percent polyester crewnecks and sweatpants are on sale for $6 a piece. The cozy staple for both men and women comes in a variety of colors including: red, orange, blue, gray, green, black and white. Both items size up to a 4XL.

Athletic Works men’s fleece crew sweatshirt, $6 (regularly $7.84)

Athletic Works men’s fleece sweatpants, $6 (regularly $7.84)


Warner’s women’s fleece-lined tights: $7

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Warnaco via Walmart


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


Samsung Chromebook 4: $129

Samsung Chromebook 4

Samsung via Walmart


Save $112 when you purchase this Samsung Chromebook during Walmart’s Black Friday 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. You may find better Chromebooks for sale this holiday season, but you’ll be hard pressed to find another under $100.

Samsung Chromebook 4, $129 (regularly $284)


Roku Premiere 4K: $20

Roku Premiere

Roku via Walmart


Upgrade your screen experience for less: Roku is on sale during Deals for Days. With this remote and premium HDMI cable package you can stream movies and TV in HD, 4K and HDR. Roku Premiere works with most voice assistants.

Roku Premiere 4K, $20


Luxe dual nozzle bidet attachment: $25

LUXE Bidet

Luxe via Walmart


Here’s an unusually refreshing Black Friday deal: Walmart has a bidet on deep discount during Deals for Days. Their Luxe W85 model features a dual-nozzle, non-electric bidet attachment that uses fresh water to cleanse your intimate areas. 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


Champion women’s jersey joggers: $15

Champion Women's Jersey Joggers

Walmart


Champion women’s jersey joggers are also on sale at Walmart now. You can get a pair for just $15 (reduced from $25).

Champion women’s jersey joggers, $15 (reduced from $25)


Michael Kors women’s watch: $92

Michael Kors Pyper watch

Walmart


This Michael Kors Women’s Pyper gold case black leather watch, originally $149, is now available for $92 at Walmart.

Michael Kors Women’s Pyper watch, $92 (reduced from $145)

LOL Surprise Confetti Under Wraps dolls: $10

LOL Surprise Confetti Under Wraps Re-released Doll with 15 Surprises

LOL Surprise dolls are hot items this holiday season.

Walmart


If you have little ones around, you know how popular these doll-and-accessory-surprise unboxing balls can be. LOL Surprise Confetti Under Wraps dolls, now just $10, make great stocking stuffers.

LOL Surprise Confetti Under Wraps doll, $10 (reduced from $13)

Keurig K-Duo coffee maker with carafe brewing: $79

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker

Walmart


Pod-based coffee brewers are convenient, but not always cost effective when you want to make a lot of coffee at once. The Keurig K-Duo ($79) offers the best of both worlds, with K-Cup-based and basket-and-carafe-style brewing options. It’s a great gift for a coffee lover.

Keurig K-Duo coffee maker, $79 (reduced from $99)


Best Buy Black Friday deals

Be sure to check out these early Black Friday deals, available at Best Buy now:

And that’s not all. Here are some of our favorite Best Buy early Black Friday deals you can shop right now.

Lenovo Chromebook 3 (32GB): $119

Lenovo - Chromebook 3 11

Best Buy


This 11-inch AMD Lenovo Chromebook with 4GB of memory and 32GB of flash storage, marked down $100 for Black Friday, is a great low-cost solution for light computing tasks such as browsing the internet, typing up documents or chatting on Zoom.

Lenovo Chromebook 3 (32GB), $119


Apple AirPods with wireless charging case: $150

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Apple via Best Buy


Apple AirPods are $50 off right now. These water-resistant wireless earbuds come with a wireless charging case. Easily share audio from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV to your AirPods. Plus, they’re compatible with Siri. 

Apple AirPods, $160 (regularly $200)

Best Buy also has the newly released Apple AirPods 3 (with a MagSafe charging case), which is sure to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. It’s currently available for $179 at Best Buy — list price — though at last check Walmart had the Apple AirPods 3 for $175, a savings of $4. 

Apple AirPods 3, $179


LG 65-inch class C1 series OLED smart TV: $1,800

LG 65-inch class C1 series Smart TV

LG via Best Buy


The gorgeous 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)


Keurig limited edition Jonathan Adler K-Mini coffee maker: $50 

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Keurig via Best Buy


This limited-edition, 5-inch wide Keurig machine features a blue geometric design from Jonathan Adler. The single-serving coffee maker 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)


Nokia 8.3 5G: $480

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Nokia via Best Buy


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

Nest mini smart speaker

Google via Best Buy


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)


HyperX streamer starter pack: $80

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HyperX via Best Buy


Equip your aspiring streamer, podcaster, TikToker or ASMRtist with these audio must-haves. The HyperX streamer starter pack comes with a SoloCast USB microphone that features a tap-to-mute function, multi-platform compatibility and a Cloud Core gaming headset with a detachable noise-cancelling microphone and 7.1 surround sound. 

HyperX streamer starter pack, $100 (regularly $130)


Amazon Fire TV stick 4K: $25

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Amazon via Best Buy


This Amazon Fire TV stick is 50% off right now at Best Buy. The device offers support for leading HDR formats, Dolby Vision, 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

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Samsung via Best Buy


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)


55″ Samsung ‘The Frame’ smart TV: $1,000

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Samsung via Best Buy


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. 

55″ Samsung ‘The Frame’ smart TV, $1,400 (regularly $1,500)


Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $800

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Microsoft via Best Buy


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

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Lenovo via Best Buy


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)


JBL Reflect Mini NC sport headphones: $75

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JBL via Best Buy


These wireless headphones feature active noise cancelling to tune out the world as well as smart ambient technology to keep you aware of your surroundings evening 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, $100 (regularly $150)


Samsung large capacity front load washer: $830

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Samsung via Best Buy


Best Buy is offering this 4.5-cubic-foot, front-loading washer for $320 off its regular stick price this weekend. 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 large capacity front load washer, $800 (regularly $1,150)


Ninja air fryer: $90

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Ninja via Amazon


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, $90 (regularly $120)


Apple 21.5-inch iMac: $1,000

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Apple via Best Buy


Best Buy has early Black Friday deals on Apple products including this iMac with retina 4K display. The 21.5-inch iMac comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, as well as 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive.  This Apple computer is $500 off during the Best Buy’s Black Friday sale. 

Apple 21.5-inch iMac, $1,000 (regularly $1,500)


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. Here’s a sampling of what’s on sale.

Black Friday Amazon gift card deal: Buy $50, get a $10 credit

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Amazon


Gift cards are almost as good as cash, which is what makes this deal so exciting: 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.

Buy $50 of gift cards, get a $10 credit


Apple AirPods Pro: $190

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple via Amazon


Apple AirPods Pro, $190 (reduced from $249)


Amazon Echo Show 5: $45

Echo Show 5

Amazon


Echo Show 5, $45 (reduced from $80)


Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: $25

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Amazon


This Amazon Fire TV stick is also 50% off right now at Amazon.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $25 (regularly $50)


LOL Surprise! Movie Magic Studios set: $99

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Amazon


The LOL Surprise! Movie Magic Studios set includes 12 dolls and more than 70 unboxing reveals, plus a green screen for kids to make movies. It’s currently $37 off at Amazon.

LOL Surprise! Movie Magic Studios set, $99 (reduced from $136)


Our favorite early Black Friday apparel deals at Amazon right now

If you’re looking for solid deals on fashion — especially watches — Amazon’s early Black Friday sale is worth checking out.


Invicta Men’s Pro Diver watch (50mm): $72

Invicta Men's Pro Diver watch

Amazon


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)


Anne Klein Women’s Gold-Tone Bangle Watch and Bracelet set: $51

Anne Klein Women's AK/1868GBST Premium Crystal-Accented Gold-Tone Bangle Watch and Bracelet Set

Amazon


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.

Anne Klein Women’s Gold-Tone Bangle Watch and Bracelet set, $51 (reduced from $150)


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.

Plus, there’s a special Veterans Day offer: Target is offering a 10% military discount on two storewide purchases with Circle through Nov. 13. (See Target.com for details on how to qualify.)

Here are some more featured deals at the Target early Black Friday sale this week:

Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones: $100

Beats Solo headphones

Target


You can snag a pair of the 4.3-star rated Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones at Target for $100, a savings of 50%. Available in black and rose gold colors.

Beats Solo 3 headphones, $100 (reduced from $200)


Keurig K-Duo single-serve and carafe coffee maker: $100

Keurig K-duo programmable coffee maker

Target


An upgraded version of the $79 Walmart model above, this Keurig K-Duo with both single-serve and carafe functionality is programmable — you can have a fresh pot waiting for you every morning the moment you wake up.

Keurig K-Duo coffee maker, $100 (reduced from $180)


Wilton 3-piece steel cookie sheet and cooling rack set: $10

Wilton cookie sheet set

Target


Get a jump on your holiday baking with this great cookie sheet deal at Target — cooling racks are included.

Wilton 3-piece steel cookie sheet and cooling rack set, $10 (reduced from $20)


Nordstrom early Black Friday deals

Nordstrom has markdowns on men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, home and more. Plus, in addition to these deals, Nordy Club members earn 3 times the points now through Nov. 14.

Nike Dri-Fit men’s zip jacket: $45

Nike Dri-Fit zip up jacket

Nordstrom


Nike Men’s Dri-Fit zip jacket, $45 (reduced from $75)


Cashmere Crewneck Sweater: $80

Pink cashmere crewneck

Nordstrom


Save 32% on this luxe 100% cashmere crewneck with ribbed trim at the neck, cuffs and hem.

Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $80 (reduced from $119)


Our Place Always Pan Set: $99

Our Place Always Pan Set

Nordstrom


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. Available in four colors.

Our Place Always Pan Set, $99 (reduced from $145)


Nordstrom plush faux fur slippers: $15

Nordstrom Snuggle Plush Faux Fur Slipper

Nordstrom


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

Get ready to stack your deals, Kohl’s shoppers. First, there’s a Veterans Day deal — take $10 off $25 with promo code TAKE10 now through Nov. 12. Then, save an extra 15% with code SHOP15, now through Nov. 20. And get ready to collect some Kohl’s cash on top of it all — you get $10 for every $50 you spend through Nov. 18, redeemable Nov. 19 – 24.

Kohl’s has plenty of deals on apparel, kitchen appliances, home goods and more. 

Kohl’s ‘The Big One’ oversized plush throw: $25

The Big One® Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Kohl’s


Another favorite of CBS Essentials readers, The Big One plush throw measures 60″ x 72″ and is available in a wide range of prints.

The Big One oversized plush throw, $25 (regularly $27)


Food Network 10-piece nonstick ceramic cookware set: $100

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Kohl’s


This complete 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 skiller.

Food Network 10-piece nonstick ceramic cookware set, $100 (reduced from $130)


Women’s Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda classic jeans: $10 and up

Women's Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda Classic Jeans

Kohl’s


These jeans, a favorite among CBS Essentials shoppers, are now marked down as low as $10 — the best price we’ve seen.

Women’s Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda classic jeans, $10 and up (regularly $40)


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:

Razer Basilisk Ultimate Wireless gaming mouse: $130

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GameStop


Razer Basilisk Ultimate Wireless gaming mouse with charging dock, $130 (reduced from $170)


Wayfair pre-Black Friday deals

Find furniture, small kitchen appliances, bedding and more reduced at Wayfair.

Artificial spruce Christmas trees: $64 and up

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Wayfair


Worried about the possible Christmas tree supply shortage this year? Wayfair has you covered with a 4.5-foot tall tree for just $64, more than half off. Larger trees are available too — you can get a 6-foot artificial spruce for $99 and a massive 9-foot artificial spruce for $215.

4.5′ artificial spruce Christmas tree, $64 (reduced from $133)

6′ artificial spruce Christmas tree, $99 (reduced from $236)


Magic Bullet: $40

The Magic Bullet Countertop Blender

Wayfair


Save on this classic as-seen-on-TV kitchen gadget at Wayfair. 

The Magic Bullet countertop blender, $40 (reduced from $57)


Mercury Row Imani square arm sleeper: $480

Mercury Row Imani square arm sleeper

Mercury Row via Wayfair


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, $490 (reduced from $669)


Mercury Row cotton wall hanging: $50

Mercury Row cotton wall hanging

Mercury Row via Wayfair


Choose from cream or gray in this cotton wall hanging with a tasseled bottom. Try using it as earthquake-proof artwork above a bed.

Mercury Row cotton wall hanging, $50 (reduced from $70)


Tucker Murphy Pet Nyberg specialty cat bed: $30

Tucker Murphy Pet Nyberg specialty cat bed

Tucker Murphy via Wayfair


It doesn’t get much cuter than a cat in a hammock. This particular design won’t look out of place with most décor.

Tucker Murphy Pet Nyberg specialty cat bed, $31 (reduced from $41)


Ulta pre-Black Friday deals

Find makeup, skincare, fragrances and more reduced at Ulta.

Croc rose gold nano titanium 1.25-inch flat iron: $90

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Croc via Ulta


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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