Black Friday is finally here! Do you know what that means? Hundreds of items from your favorite stores that will be sold at big discounts! It's the perfect time to shop and find your Christmas gifts while saving on your purchases! But beware! This year, be extra careful! Prefer to shop online as much as possible and be careful if you shop for your gifts in store!
Besides, take advantage of this day of crazy discounts to encourage local at the same time . Thousands of local businesses in Quebec are waiting for you and ready to serve you! Encouraging local for Black Friday means actively participating in the health of the local economy.
Will Black Friday be canceled due to Coronavirus?
Let's address the elephant in the room: Black Friday is going to be a little different this year. Even if you are used to going in person, you will probably need to call some places before going to confirm if they will be open and what the hours of operation will be since these will also likely be changed.
If you decide to venture outside to enjoy it in person, you will have to assume that the majority of stores will have safety protocols in place related to the pandemic and put limits on the number of people allowed in the building at a time, so jostling will be a thing of the past, at least for this year. As always, be sure to shop safely and wear your mask for vigilant shopping ahead of the holiday season!
That said, we expect most stores to push their online sales for Black Friday more than ever, and it also wouldn't be surprising to see Cyber Monday sales drag beyond Action Monday of Grace.
Shop local for Black Friday: when do the discounts end?
Thanksgiving falls on November 26 this year and since Black Friday always lands the next day, that means the Black Friday event officially takes place today, November 27, 2020. However, the vast majority of local businesses are extending their discounts for the entire weekend by including, like a cherry on the sundae, Black Monday (or Cyber Monday in English).
However, Covid-19 will not disappear until you take advantage of the craziest discounts of the year! This is why many local businesses have decided to extend the madness of the biggest discounts of the year on the web for the whole weekend! Find our best gift ideas that are definitely worth it on Black Friday!
Local Black Friday: Discover the crazy discounts from La Liberté Nord-Sud and Arbraska in this exclusive gift package!
Get 25% off one of Quebec's craziest experience packages and get an Outgo gift card worth 25% of your bill!
This Black Friday, buy local and discover two fantastic Quebec companies! Arbraska offers activities for all levels in 5 parks across Quebec in a breathtaking natural setting. The ideal outing to rediscover thrills and make new memories with family or friends.
La Liberté Nord-Sud specializes in teaching rock climbing, ice climbing and alpine techniques. Quebec is renowned worldwide for its ice waterfalls, why not take advantage of them! You will spend a beautiful day outdoors in one of the most beautiful natural sites in the Laurentians in the company of certified instructors who will make you live their passion. Black Friday deals have never been pleasant!
Plan your next restaurant outings thanks to these 3 local businesses and their Black Friday discounts!
Discover or rediscover these popular Montreal restaurants! This gift package at 25% off offers you sublime culinary experiences in 3 of the best restaurants in Montreal . Enjoy a selection of blind menus at Restaurant Le Melrose, a high-end tasting in total darkness at Restaurant Onoir and appreciate the flavors of Italy in the heart of Montreal thanks to Restaurant Deulux!
Black Friday in Quebec: a truly memorable local experience at a discount!
Thanks to Black Friday, you will enjoy a guided off-piste ski and trail hike at a lower cost, take part in an immersive visit to the Stadaconé Distillery and take part in a brief escape game designed by À Double Tour! Get 25% off this gift package and get a bonus gift card discount equivalent to 25% of your bill. This is the best Black Friday deal for planning Christmas gifts that support your favorite local businesses !
What time does Black Friday start?
Usually, most stores, either boutique or online, start their deals at midnight on Thanksgiving evening. In the past, some retailers have opened their doors early to customers as early as 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. However, many major chains are already updating their Black Friday hours to announce that they will be closed completely this year. Shopping online is definitely the action to recommend this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic!
Will physical stores be closed?
While this is certainly the best decision for branch employees, thereby giving them more time with their families and above all to avoid crowds in these stores, it is a major change from the typical pace of Black Friday since we usually see some of the best deals of the year on this day . So we expect to see some great deals online and a noticeable change in how long its deals will be available.
As there will be a very large influx of traffic to retailers' online stores, you can expect to experience technical issues. Be prepared for sites to be slower or simply down due to higher traffic. We will also see issues with in-stock items. It's something we already experience normally but with an online-only Black Friday , you'll have to virtually fight for the last item on the shelf!
It will be as if you were really at the store! But seriously, plan ahead and make a list of the items that are generally more expensive and have the biggest discount that you want to purchase, and be quick to add them to your cart and check to make sure they aren't out of stock of stock before you can proceed to your basket.
What are popular sites to watch?
Going local can sometimes be more difficult for certain items. That's why we've also put together a list of major international companies to find discounts! However, keep in mind that hundreds of local businesses and businesses exist and will be happy to serve you in this more difficult year! Do not hesitate to consult our website highlighting local businesses in Quebec in order to spread the love of the local economy!
Walmart already announces on their site (and seems to put a lot of emphasis on online sales...) that the event will begin on November 26 at 9:00 a.m. There's even a countdown that shows how many days are left until their best deals of the year are revealed. We invite you to register online to be one of the first customers to be informed of the details concerning the items on sale and how they work, and we also give you tips on how to prepare well before falling into the frenzy.
For BestBuy, we feel less enthusiasm at the moment on the site and there is not much information on what is coming. On the other hand, you can consult posts related to certain questions that are surely running through your head before you get started: How to choose the right headphones, what to choose between a laptop or desktop computer for your family, how to choose the right television for home and more. Enough to occupy your mind a little before Black Friday and above all prevent you from making overly impulsive purchases!
On a separate note, Amazon Prime Day also adds a surprising element to the event's sales this year, as it has been delayed from its usual July dates to October 13-14. It's unclear exactly how or if this will affect Amazon's Black Friday promotions, but Prime Day could function as an unofficial kickoff to this long-awaited holiday's promotions.
Black Friday 2020 will be very different , but we will all adapt to it. We expect great things to come from this from the tech sector, with some truly innovative changes to the world of online shopping. Whatever happens, we will continue to look for the best offers for you and introduce you to exceptional local businesses in Quebec!