Best Costco Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2018

By Bob Niedt, Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Alert Costco shoppers are on top of Costco’s Black Friday deals ahead of the game. Members are already dipping in and buying the first batch of the popular wholesale retailer’s month-long Black Friday offerings.

The warehouse club started rolling out Black Friday deals in early November and plans to ramp up offerings through Cyber Monday (November 26). Costco is closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 22) — deals are available online at Costco.com — but stores re-open on Black Friday (November 23), when many of the biggest bargains will be on display.

A heads-up from Sarah Hollenbeck of the deals website BlackFriday.com regarding Costco’s Black Friday strategy: “Electronics is the big one,” says Hollenbeck. “Costco offers Black Friday deals on practically its entire wide inventory. But laptops, gaming consoles, TVs and smart watches tend to see the richest savings.”

Gamers, in particular, should pay attention to Costco’s Black Friday sales, she says.

“You can get a bundled discount on the Xbox One X ($70 off), which had no discounts last year,” says Hollenbeck, for example.

Jeanette Pavini, savings expert at Coupons.com, focuses on two under-$25 Costco Black Friday bargains: Lucky men’s straight leg jeans selling for $23.99 after a $6 discount and a twofer ThermoFlask 24-ounce water bottles, discounted $5 to $14.99.

“Here’s why I like this [ThermoFlask deal]: it’s a great gift for under $20,” says Pavini. “Also, I like gifts that help people save money. Consumers spend so much money on bottled water a year. Having a really good reusable water bottle will eliminate the need to buy water. Additionally, it helps the environment.”

Savings experts say Costco is known for its home security tech discounts. This year is no different. “You can get $170 off a three-pack of Arlo Pro Smart Home Wireless Security cameras and $100 off a Night Owl 8-channel wired security system with four cameras.” says Hollenbeck.

Courtney Jespersen, consumer savings expert at NerdWallet.com, points out other Black Friday deals on electronics at Costco, including $50 off the Fitbit Versa; $100 off the Xbox One S Minecraft Creators bundle; a 40-inch Vizio Class 1080p LED LCD TV for $199.99; and $30 off the Google Home Mini three pack ($69.99).

“Costco stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but there will be deals available online,” says Jespersen. Plus, she says, “Costco is loaded with savings on Black Friday [November 23]. The warehouse club offers big deals on major purchases like electronics, as well as smaller items like food, clothing and Christmas decorations.”

Trae Bodge, a smart shopping expert, also dug into some Black Friday savings on electronics at Costco, including $60 off Bose in-ear headphones, $100 off a Nikon D3500 DSLR camera bundle and $90 off a Dell Inspiron 500 series laptop.

This article provided by NewsEdge.