Black Friday 2016 news: Apple, Walmart, Target, Best Buy offering deals and promos for shoppers

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Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, is less than a month away and retailers are already getting their offers ready to entice customers who want to get a leg up on their holiday shopping.

Most major retail stores usually offer discounts for a number of Apple products during Black Friday, but reports are saying that the tech company itself may open its door to shoppers looking for a discount on the day after Thanksgiving. Apple will allegedly sell their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for $100 less than the usual price. It should be noted that this isn’t verified yet.

Walmart has announced that their Black Friday sale will begin on Nov. 24. As seen on their website, the retail giant will be offering deals on electronics, TVs, video games, and more. The people behind blackfriday.com believes that Walmart may launch its online deals a day before Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, Target will be offering free shipping throughout the holiday season. That’s good until Jan. 1, 2017. The company is also offering discounts in every product category it has. It is introducing an online tool called Wonderlist that will assist shoppers in selecting personalized gifts. Hopefully, this will make shopping easier for people who can’t decide what to buy.

Last but not the least is Best Buy. As expected, the company will be offering deals and discounts starting Nov. 25. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, HDTVs, digital cameras, and more are going to go on sale. The retailer is also offering free shipping for online orders starting on Oct. 24 until Dec. 24.

Best Buy’s senior director of external communications Jeff Shelman spoke with CNBC and he said that the company wants to remove the barriers for people who want to shop with them.

“While we have a very competitive shipping threshold the rest of the year and people can always buy online and pick up in a nearby Best Buy store, this is an opportunity for people to not have to worry about shipping prices as we head into the holidays.”