The biggest Black Friday retailers are putting their cards on the table with November 24th now just one week away. Two of the front runners so far this holiday sales season are Best Buy and Kohl’s so it is time to put their top deals side-by-side.
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Note: you can find my store-specific Black Friday 2017 guides at the following links: Apple (link), Best Buy (link), Kohl’s (link), Macy’s (link), Microsoft (link), Samsung (link), Target (link) and Walmart (link).
Where Best Buy Black Friday Beats Kohl’s Black Friday 2017
Shipping: Best Buy is currently offering free shipping through Christmas including Black Friday and Cyber Monday with no minimum. Kohl’s free shipping minimum is currently $50 and I don’t see this going much lower as Kohl’s regularly has a free shipping minimum of $75. This round goes to Best Buy as its shipping policy for the holiday season leads the pack alongside Target.
Longer Black Friday Day Hours: Kohl’s will run its doorbuster sales until 1pm CST on Black Friday while Best Buy will be open until 10pm. I give this round to Best Buy as you have ample time to visit other merchants such as Walmart and Target before going to Best Buy. However, if you are looking to get the big ticket doorbusters at Best Buy, be sure to get their early.
Samsung Smartphone Deals: Best Buy’s Black Friday ad states you can save $300 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with qualified activation (product link). Kohl’s actually is not offering any smartphone sales during its Black Friday sale so this is a clear win for Best Buy.
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Best Buy is offering savings of up to $200 (product link) with a qualified activation of an Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus via Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. As above, since Kohl’s is not offering smartphone sales, Best Buy wins.
Premier HDTV Deal: Kohl’s has an excellent Haier 55-inch 4K Ultra HDTV + $90 Kohl’s Cash for $299.99. But the star attraction is Best Buy’s Sharp 50-inch LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD Roku TV for $179.99 (save $320) (product link). In my opinion this will likely end up being the best deal of the entire Black Friday and Cyber Monday season. This gives Best Buy the win.
Where Kohl’s Black Friday Beats Best Buy Black Friday 2017
Black Friday Online Sale Start Date: Kohl’s will begin its Black Friday sales online at 12:01am CT on Monday, November 20. This is a full three days before Best Buy will start its online Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving.
Black Friday Morning Shopping: Unlike Best Buy (which will close at 1am on Black Friday before reopening at 8am) Kohl’s will be open throughout the night. If you are a night owl, this gives you ample time to get your Kohl’s Black Friday shopping done and out of the way prior to other major retailers such as Target and Best Buy even opening.
Kohl’s Cash: Kohl’s is giving $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent between November 20 and November 25. You may redeem the Kohl’s Cash in stores or at Kohls.com between November 26 and December 6. While this isn’t as good as free money since you can only spend it in Kohl’s, it remains a huge Black Friday 2017 advantage that Best Buy cannot match.
Xbox One S 500GB Console: Best Buy and Kohl’s are both offering the Xbox One S 500GB Console for $189.99. (product link). But here is where the aforementioned Kohl’s Cash comes in: you will get the same deal plus $45 in Kohl’s Cash for the purchase, making this decision a no brainer.
Sony Playstation 4 1TB Console Black – Like the Xbox One S console above, Kohl’s and Best Buy both have the Sony PS4 1TB Console Black for $199.99 (product link). However, Kohl’s Cash gives Kohl’s the win again as shoppers will receive $60 Kohl’s Cash for making this purchase at Kohl’s as opposed to Best Buy which offers no extra incentive.
Where Best Buy Black Friday Ties Kohl’s Black Friday 2017
Thanksgiving Doorbuster Start Time: Both Best Buy and Kohl’s will begin their doorbusters on Thanksgiving at 5pm.
Amazon Echo Dot: Both Best Buy (product link) and Kohl’s have Amazon’s Echo Dot going for $29.99.
Sony PS4 Dualshock and Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controllers: Best Buy and Kohl’s will each have wireless controllers for the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One starting at $39.99.
You can also read more in my Black Friday Vs series with Best Buy Vs Target and Kohl’s Vs Costco.
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