Black Friday and Thanksgiving shopping 2020: What we know so far – CNET

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Black Friday 2020 is shaping up to be a very different kind of shopping experience than any holiday shopping weekend in recent memory. With ongoing inventory issues due to the extended global pandemic -- not to mention the need for retailers to maintain a safe environment for customers and employees -- it's likely that there will be no throngs of expectant customers lining up for hours ahead of massive doorbuster sales. But as we head toward fall, it's possible to piece together a picture of what to expect on Black Friday this year. Here is what we know so far:

Retailers that are closed on Thanksgiving

A number of stores will be closed on Thanksgiving this year, often ending a long-standing tradition of kicking off Black Friday sales on Thursday, before the turkey has had a chance to cool. These retailers have not yet announced plans for Friday, Nov. 27, but we'll update this article as we learn more about their holiday hours. 

In addition, all of the retailers listed below require customers to wear face coverings. Unless their policies change between now and Thankskgiving, it's reasonable to assume that face coverings will be required for Black Friday sales as well. 

There are only 45 days between Prime Day and Black Friday 

Thanks to the pandemic, Amazon postponed this year's Prime Day, which is usually held in July. Until recently, we had only the haziest of ideas on when it might be. Now we know that the (somewhat inaccurately named) Prime Day starts on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 14. 

Even that is a bit misleading because a handful of Prime Day deals have already started. For example, right now you can nab a 2-pack of Echo Dot speakers for $40 with code DOTPRIME2PK, and that's just for starters. Be sure to check out Prime Day 2020 deals are already here for more details on early sales happening right now. 

Read more: Prime Day 2020: The dates, the deals and the smart ways to shop


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