My favorite Amazon Black Friday sales this year

My favorite Amazon Black Friday sales this year

Black Friday is less than a week away!

It used to be that surprise sales on that day were a really big thing…deep discounts that we might not find out about until the day before (or even “flash sales” which might sell out quickly).

That certainly may be the case this year as well. My Significant Other really likes getting the physical newspapers and going through the Black Friday ads (even though many of them are “leaked” online ahead of time…my favorite site for that is Black, and no doubt, we’ll be keeping on eye on Amazon’s Black Friday page (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*). Well, after we have “our favorite date of the year” and go doorbuster shopping for Toys for Tots. That’s going to be a bit more of a challenge this year…I think we’ll need to bring my wheelchair**.

We also, though, have dates and prices for Amazon devices…I think these will be accurate but, of course, double-check before you buy.

Amazon put out a

press release

with prices, but saying “…the deals included below will be available on various dates and times between November 16 and November 23 (Black Friday), while supplies last…”

I have seen specific dates in diverse news stories online, which may or may not be the right ones.

Before I call out three specific deals, I want to mention Amazon’s trend towards package and bulk deals. There seems to be more of those this year, and that makes sense. For example, you’ll be able to get one

Echo Dot Kids’ Edition (at AmazonSmile*)

for $49.99 ($20 off the normal price…which is what it is at time of writing), but you’ll be able to get three of them for $99.97…about $33.32 apiece.

That’s a bulk deal: discounts for buying more than one of the same thing at the same time. You might be thinking that you only need one…but don’t forget about gifts!

Package deals (also called “bundles”) are when you get a discount for buying two different things at the same time. Here’s an example of that (available at time of writing):

3rd gen Echo Dot and an Amazon smart plug (at AmazonSmile*)

The price is $64.98, which is a $10 discount over buying them separately.

That one makes sense: the Echo Dot can use that SmartPlug to power something on or off, like a lamp (although there are also smart bulbs), but also, say, holiday decorations.

With all of these possibilities, I want to highlight three. These are devices which I really personally like, with deals that I think are significant.

Fire TV Cube (at AmazonSmile*)

It honestly surprised me how much we like this relatively new device! It’s a TV streamer (it’s just about the only way we watch TV…we pay for Netflix and Hulu and are Prime members, so we have that Prime Video option…and there is a lot more), but it can also control your TV (most of them…they give you a way to check before you buy), and it has full Alexa functionality. I like visual Alexa (visuAlexa?)…if we ask for the weather, we see a “chart” of the next several days, like you would see in a weather app.

This one should go on sale on Sunday, 11/18, but

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

should be able to order through an Alexa device on Saturday, 11/17 starting at 9:00 PM Pacific. Ask, “Alexa, what are my deals?” No guarantees, but try it. 🙂

It’s normally $119.99, but it will drop to $59.99…$60/half off. That’s cheaper than an Echo tower without a screen.

Kindle Paperwhite (at AmazonSmile*)

This has been my favorite Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader) since its release. This is the new version, which is waterproof. Amazon doesn’t list this in that press release, but it will reportedly go on sale for $79.99 ($40 off the current price of $129.99). If this happens, it’s a great deal! That doesn’t have to be you upgrading: it could be a gift, or you could use it as your “guest Kindle” (I think I first wrote about my concept for that here: A Kindle for the guest room).

The sale will reportedly start on Thanksgiving…but again, Prime members will likely get that three-hour headstart. Also, right now, buyers get six months of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

included in the purchase…that “all you can read” subser (subscription service) would make this an even better deal.


Echo Spot (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping)

is what I have at work, and is part of every workday. It’s about the size of a Magic 8 Ball, and has a screen. I use it for typical Alexa functions (timers, weather), but also play Jeopardy while my work computer boots up. Being able to see the text of the questions is really helpful!

Amazon says it will be $89.99 for one ($40 off)…but $159.98 for two! This is an item where having two can definitely make sense, since you can use it for videocalls. That could be one for you and one for grandparents in another state. You give them a gift they’ll really like (it can work out to more time with the family)…and you get a gift for yourself, too. 😉

You can get the two-pack at time of writing, and the single-price sale is supposed to happen on Thanksgiving.

Amazon has a little making up to do with some of the public right now…they’ve gotten some pushback on the way they handled the HQ2 decision, and the investors could have been happier. That may mean we see even more (slightly more) good news for customers this holiday season.

This isn’t the only time of year to get deals from Amazon…we also have Prime Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) in the middle of the year, but it is a good time!

Is there something else you are especially looking to see this year? You can let me and my readers now by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** I now have a surgery date scheduled for my hip replacement for January 17, 2019. If all goes well, that could mean that I end up not even needing the cane I’ve used for years. It’s a relatively safe operation, but I’m also using it as an impetus to “get my affairs in order”, as they say. Not quite sure yet how it will affect the blog in the immediate aftermath…it actually sounds like I should be able to write within a few days of the procedure

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


8 Responses to “My favorite Amazon Black Friday sales this year”

  1. Karen Salmons Says:

    Hey Bufo, good luck with the hip replacement. I’m facing knee replacement in the new year so hoping to lose the cane also. Have you heard of anyone getting the invitation for the car device yet? The name escapes me at the moment but I’m really wanting this one.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Karen!

      Good luck on your surgery! I suppose “break a leg” is really appropriate here for both of us…they’ll break something, and then replace it with something better.

      That’s the Echo Auto ( I’m on the waiting list, too, and I definitely think about it when I’m driving. I haven’t seen any news on anybody getting one yet, but they are still saying that the announcement will come later this year…so, within the next six weeks. 🙂

  2. Edward Boyhan Says:

    Well, my main deal is for the Echo Show 2 (I’ll probably throw in a smart plug for $5 — I already have one — not installed yet). I have the Echo Show 1, and I’m happy with it, but there are a few things on the Show 2 that I’d like to try out.

    I’ll probably give the Show 1 to my sister — as the number of Echo devices around the house are starting to pile up (:grin).

    I too am interested in the Echo Auto — invitation is in. It’ll go well with my new 2019 Ford Mustang that I picked up the day before yesterday. No word yet on the invite. There is a tech paper from Ford on using Alexa on my Mustang — haven’t read it yet — don’t know how that compares with the Echo Auto product

    I’m torn about the new Paperwhite. I’m not sure that the deal is for the new one. I thought I saw on the Amazon site that it was for the 7th gen one — they specifically said it was not the new one — maybe there’s a later deal?

    Anyhow, my current Kindle is the Oasis 1 — I just put a new battery cover on it has about 500 books on it, and it says there is 1.64 GB free of 2.77 GB. I don’t use Audible — so there’s plenty of room. Still … new and shiny (:lol).

    Finally, hope the surgery goes well. I had some minor (full anesthesia) surgery about two years ago — I know the process can be a bit anxiety-inducing.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Yes, the Echo Show 2 is a good suggestion! I’m happy with my first gen and my Spot. I’m hearing that a two pack of the ES2 will be $120 off, a single one $50 off.

      They are also bundling the Fire Tablet and the Show Mode dock, which I think may work very well for some people.

      As to Echo Auto vs. using your built-in system…the big advantage should be in how well it hears. There will also be software differences, I’m sure…they are doing some interesting things with app interactivity on the Echo Auto.

      On second look, I think you are right on the Paperwhite! I’ll have to update the post…thanks!

      As far as the surgery, I’m not really anxious about it, although I am getting things in order in case I don’t survive the surgery. It’s a relatively safe procedure, but it’s a good specific impetus for something I probably should have done years back.

  3. bfree2read Says:

    Good luck with the surgery.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, bfree2read!

      I appreciate that! It’s a relatively safe surgery…hips are easier than knees. 🙂 I’m also in reasonably good shape for it, which helps.

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    The cube

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