Traditionally, the holiday shopping season starts with Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. Consumers flock to malls, shopping centers, and the web to score deals on the latest gadgets and get a head start on their holiday shopping. And of course now Black Friday has been joined by Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Given that stores often extend sales beyond Friday, you’ve got an entire long weekend to scoop up great deals—in between leftover turkey sandwiches .
Here are some of the best Black Friday deals that can save your small business some money this weekend. Keep in mind that quantities may be limited, so you should try to shop early if you want the best deals.
If you need to upgrade some laptops or stock up for upcoming hires in the new year, this is a good time to do it. Microsoft has great Black Friday deals on several laptop models from Dell and HP, plus discounts on Microsoft Office 2016. Speaking of Dell, they’ve also got Black Friday deals of up to 20% off on a range of desktops, laptops, and accessories.
If you’re looking for Macs, the Apple Store might offer a few Black Friday discounts. They don’t always participate in Black Friday or Cyber Monday promotions, but they might surprise us this year. You can count on finding Black Friday deals on iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and other Apple gear through big-box retailers. Best Buy will be offering discounts on iPhones and some previous generation MacBooks, and MacRumors has an updated list of all the Black Friday deals on Apple products.
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2) Mobile phones
Phones are another category where you can save your company big bucks during Black Friday sales. Many of the wireless companies will be discounting new phones, including deals from Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Be sure to check other retailers too. Of course, installing RingCentral and Glip on your mobile phone or tablet lets you take your office with you wherever you go.
Tablets are increasingly becoming business machines, and on Black Friday you’ll be able to save big on some business-ready tablets. Find discounts on iPads at Target and Wal-Mart. The Microsoft Store will also be rolling out Black Friday deals on Surface Pro models. After you get your new tablets out of the box, don’t forget to download RingCentral mobile apps for iOS and Android.
4) Office essentials
No matter how high-tech your business is, you still need office furniture, peripherals, and other gear. Office Depot/OfficeMax will be running extensive Black Friday sales on office chairs, desks, file cabinets, and tons of other business essentials. Look for limited-quantity “door buster” deals on computers, drives, printers, and other peripherals too.
Staples and Best Buy will have big discounts on supplies, electronics, and accessories. If you need computer components, projectors, or other electronic equipment, Newegg is a great source for some online deal hunting.
5) Web hosting
Every small business needs a website and Black Friday is a great time to find deals on web hosting, online backup and storage, and related cloud services. The Black Friday Coupons has an extensive list of web hosting deals, with discounts of up to 80 percent.
Black Friday is also a great time to get started on personal holiday shopping as well. If all of these options haven’t put you in a shopping daze, check blackfriday.com and theblackfridaycoupons.com for comprehensive lists of sales kicking off this Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving, and happy shopping!
Originally published Nov 24, 2016, updated Aug 12, 2020