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We've been tracking early Black Friday deals in our dedicated Black Friday Roundup, and in an effort to prepare our readers for the big shopping event we're highlighting sales store-by-store in the lead-up to November 26.

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Similar to Walmart, Target has been holding quite a few pre-Black Friday sales throughout November. Thanks to the release of its Black Friday circular recently, now we have a clear picture of all the deals you'll see if you choose to shop Target on Black Friday.

Target's Black Friday Schedule

Like other stores, Target's event is more of a week of sales rather than just one day. The retailer kicks things off on Sunday, November 21, and deals will come in and out all the way through Saturday, November 27. This means that you'll be able to get a lot of shopping done ahead of the 26th, but there will be a few deals available only on that day.

  • Sunday, November 21 - Online sales begin
  • Thursday, November 25 - Stores closed, online sales continue
  • Friday, November 26 - Specific opening hours vary by location

Target Black Friday - Deals Start 11/21

There are quite a few solid deals across numerous product categories at Target this year, although many do overlap with other retailers as well. You can get the Nintendo Switch bundled with Mario Kart 8 and three months of Nintendo Online for $299.99, a free $50 Target gift card when purchasing any Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, and the usual collection of major TV set discounts.

Apple

For Apple products, you can get up to $250 off an iPhone 12 or an iPhone 13 when adding a new line, or up to $50 off when upgrading. You'll also get a $140 Target gift card when activating an iPhone SE (2nd gen) in stores.

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One of the more notable Apple-related offers at Target will net you a $15 Target gift card when you purchase $100 or more in Apple Gift Cards. Retailer-specific gift card offers like this are now the only deals available for Apple Gift Cards, so if you're a regular Target shopper this one could be the best for you.

Below you'll find Target's best deals on Apple products this Black Friday, but if you're shopping for AirPods, you'll do better heading to Walmart. That retailer will have the AirPods Pro with MagSafe for $159.00, compared to Target's price of $189.99.


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Video Games

Like all of the other major retailers, and similar to previous holiday seasons, Target is offering the Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo Switch Online for $299.99. This essentially nets you a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for free. You can also shop for some deals on Switch games, including Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Super Mario Maker 2, and more for $39.99.

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Target will also have Ring Fit Adventure on sale for $54.99 ($25 off), Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for $59.99 ($40 off), and you can get a free Mario plush when purchasing Super Mario Odyssey or Super Mario Party.

Other video game deals include $29.99 games like Deathloop, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and more. There's also games on sale for $39.99, like Far Cry 6, Death Stranding: Director's Cut, Demon's Souls, and more. In total, video game sales start as low as $14.99 on select games.

Target will also offer $20 off game subscription services like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass.

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

Article Link: Black Friday Spotlight: Target Offers $15 Gift Card With Purchase of $100 Apple Gift Card
 

JustinCymbal

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Awesome deal!

I’m definitely going to purchase a $100 Apple gift card on Target’s website Friday

I have a Target RedCard so hopefully I’ll get an additional 5% off on the $100 gift card

I buy all of my gift cards from Target using my Target credit card and I’m able to save 5% every time
 
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Juan007

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I am thankful for the hard work put in by Apple engineers building great products year after year. Thank you Apple for all that you do. But, I will not be purchasing any Apple products on "black friday" (sic).

Consider celebrating "Buy Nothing Day" on Friday, November 26th instead. The holiday of Thanksgiving was not meant to be about consumerism, it's about being thankful for all that you have.
 

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Tesco has discounts on Apple App Store/iTunes gift cards in store until the 21st November:

£25 for £22.50 (10% off)
£50 for £42.50 (15% off)
£100 for £85 (15% off)
 

midkay

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Can anyone confirm the $159 AirPods Pro deal at Walmart? That’d be a stunning deal, but I don’t see it on their site or ads anywhere, although I do see a $159 2nd-gen AirPods. Was this a typo?
 

JustinCymbal

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I just checked Target’s Black Friday ad and verified that the gift card promotion is good online as well!

Very surprised to see that- usually the whole reason they do these promotions is to get you into the store to buy other stuff
 

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MrMojo1

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Went to a nearby store and they had nothing for Apple products. Most likely it'll get get some right before Thanksgiving since it's advertising the Black Friday sales.
Some of the items are on backorder online as inventory is very low. Closest stores that had anything is over the state line.

The holidays weren't meant to be about consumerism but being thankful for all that you do have. If you don't need it, then you don't need to buy it.
Happy Holidays to all!
 

nquinn

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Was 20% last year during BF. Kind of a bummer but still a decent deal. Can stack with credit card/cashback as well. (or chase 5% back via paypal key)
 
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Bremse

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I just checked Target’s Black Friday ad and verified that the gift card promotion is good online as well!

Very surprised to see that- usually the whole reason they do these promotions is to get you into the store to buy other stuff
I highly recommend buying gift cards online and not in the store. There are sophisticated scams going on where a scammer removes the scratch off field on the gift card, reads the code into a database, covers the field with a look-a-like sticker, and puts the card back on the shelf (this may actually happen before the cards hit the shelf). A system checks the balance on the codes in the database continuously, and as soon as the card gets activated, the scammer spends the balance. There were many reports of this happening last year when Target had a similar promotion (but with $20 Target bonus card). It’s usually a big pain to get your money back as Target and Apple both point their fingers to each other.
 

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I highly recommend buying gift cards online and not in the store. There are sophisticated scams going on where a scammer removes the scratch off field on the gift card, reads the code into a database, covers the field with a look-a-like sticker, and puts the card back on the shelf (this may actually happen before the cards hit the shelf). A system checks the balance on the codes in the database continuously, and as soon as the card gets activated, the scammer spends the balance. There were many reports of this happening last year when Target had a similar promotion (but with $20 Target bonus card). It’s usually a big pain to get your money back as Target and Apple both point their fingers to each other.
Good point, but in store I can buy as many cards as I want, at least in years past I could and online there is usually a limit - right?
 

Bremse

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Good point, but in store I can buy as many cards as I want, at least in years past I could and online there is usually a limit - right?
Last year I was able to buy multiple cards in separate orders and received a Target GC for each order.

Btw, you can use up to 8 gift cards at once when you buy something from Apple online. You can circumvent that limit by applying additional cards to your appleid balance and then pay with that.
 
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garylapointe

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I am thankful for the hard work put in by Apple engineers building great products year after year. Thank you Apple for all that you do. But, I will not be purchasing any Apple products on "black friday" (sic).

Consider celebrating "Buy Nothing Day" on Friday, November 26th instead. The holiday of Thanksgiving was not meant to be about consumerism, it's about being thankful for all that you have.

So you'll buy Apple products on a different day and have it cost you more?

I'll be thankful to save the money on something that'd I'd buy anyway.

That said, I don't even want to get into what Thanksgiving celebrates compared to what was likely really happening back in the times of the first Thanksgiving and the arrival of the Europeans back in the day...
 

ftaok

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Awesome deal!

I’m definitely going to purchase a $100 Apple gift card on Target’s website Friday

I have a Target RedCard so hopefully I’ll get an additional 5% off on the $100 gift card

I buy all of my gift cards from Target using my Target credit card and I’m able to save 5% every time
They had a similar deal last year, except it was a $20 Target Gift card. We were bought several $100 Apple cards (to purchase an iPhone SE at the Apple Store for my daughter) with our Target Red Card. Here's how it worked last year with the discount.

We were charged $96 for the $100 Apple Card. The logic behind this is that you don't get the 5% off of the $20 bonus Target Gift Card, so 5% of $80 is $4. So basically, we paid $96 for $120 worth of cards.

I would imagine that they would do it the same way, so the you'll probably pay $95.75 for $115 worth of cards ($100 Apple, $15 Target).

Note that Sales Tax rules vary by states. In Pennsylvania (and I'm guessing most states), Gift Cards are not taxed.
 
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Tesco has discounts on Apple App Store/iTunes gift cards in store until the 21st November:

£25 for £22.50 (10% off)
£50 for £42.50 (15% off)
£100 for £85 (15% off)
In the US, AppStore/iTunes cards can only be used for digital products. These cards at Target are Apple Store cards, and can be used for both physical and Digital products.
 

ftaok

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I highly recommend buying gift cards online and not in the store. There are sophisticated scams going on where a scammer removes the scratch off field on the gift card, reads the code into a database, covers the field with a look-a-like sticker, and puts the card back on the shelf (this may actually happen before the cards hit the shelf). A system checks the balance on the codes in the database continuously, and as soon as the card gets activated, the scammer spends the balance. There were many reports of this happening last year when Target had a similar promotion (but with $20 Target bonus card). It’s usually a big pain to get your money back as Target and Apple both point their fingers to each other.
I can't quite remember how I did it last year, but the Apple Card is tied to my AppleID. I need to use my login credentials to check the balance. I think maybe when the email code comes, you have to use your AppleID to activate it, so maybe there's still a chance that the code can get intercepted before you have a chance to redeem.

Can you purchase an iPhone with these cards?
Yes, but you would have to purchase it at an Apple Store or Apple.com

Can you purchase more than one card?
Last year, you were able to purchase more than one. We purchased eight $100 cards.

Can I buy 7 of these and get an iPhone?
Unless they changed the rules, yes. See above answers.
 
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nquinn

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They had a similar deal last year, except it was a $20 Target Gift card. We were bought several $100 Apple cards (to purchase an iPhone SE at the Apple Store for my daughter) with our Target Red Card. Here's how it worked last year with the discount.

We were charged $96 for the $100 Apple Card. The logic behind this is that you don't get the 5% off of the $20 bonus Target Gift Card, so 5% of $80 is $4. So basically, we paid $96 for $120 worth of cards.

I would imagine that they would do it the same way, so the you'll probably pay $95.75 for $115 worth of cards ($100 Apple, $15 Target).

Note that Sales Tax rules vary by states. In Pennsylvania (and I'm guessing most states), Gift Cards are not taxed.
The other downside to consider is that most credit cards offer an extra year of warranty protection on products that you lose as well when going though the buy GC -> apple route. Still worth it IMO, but worth mentioning.
 
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psac

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I was hoping for a sale on more recent Apple Watch versions. Still rocking my Series 1 bought on Black Friday from Target when it just came out. (Granted it wasnt the new model back then, but it was close.)
 

imola.zhp

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I'm not sure if this will be similar to Amazon's deal about a month ago, but I was never able to use the $10 or $15 promo code. Amazon said it didn't qualify for several purchases I attempted to make with it.

Just something to keep in mind.
 
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