Black Friday 2016: Best Buy announces Top Tech list, Sears Canada releases catalog

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It’s almost November, and consumers all over the United States and Canada are gearing up to shop ’til they drop on Black Friday, which falls on Nov. 25 this year. The date typically signals the start of the shopping season, and buyers usually flock to Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Sears, and Best Buy to scope the best deals for tech items, toys, clothing, and other gift items.

Sears Canada has released its Black Friday catalog, and among the deals that were listed include markdowns on top-of-the-line refrigerators (Frigidaire, Kenmore, Samsung, LG), with buyers getting as much as $1,000 off on certain units. There are also huge discounts on furniture, and consumers can get as much as 30 to 50 percent discount on beds, couches, and dining sets.

Meanwhile, Best Buy has released its Top Tech products of 2016, which is a list of 20 must-have items of the year. The list includes the just-released iPhone 7, the Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the current generation of the iPad Pro. Also included are the HP Spectre x360 laptop and the Oculus Rift, which will surely be a hit with gaming aficionados everywhere. Google Home also made the list, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Xbox One S, PlayStation VR, and the GoPro Hero 5.

As a gift to its loyal customers, Best Buy is offering free shipping on all products this year, from now until Dec. 24. The offer applies to any product on BestBuy.com.

Meanwhile, it was predicted that apart from Best Buy, Target could also offer free shipping with no minimum order. Amazon and Walmart’s free shipping is expected to apply for purchases starting at $50, except for customers with Prime or Shipping Pass memberships. Kohl’s and Macy’s are also expected to offer free shipping on orders of at least $50.

Stay tuned for more news on Black Friday 2016.