We're now well into November, which means that Black Friday 2019 is just over a week away. So if you're on the hunt for a smartwatch or fitness bargain, now is the time to start getting excited.
Undoubtedly, Black Friday is always one of the best times of year to pick up any sort of bargain. But itâs smartwatches and fitness trackers that we specialise in here at Wareable, so you can be sure we know how to separate a genuine Black Friday discount from an absolute dud.
If you're shopping ahead of Christmas for gifts, a smartwatch or fitness tracker is both a practical and popular choice. Besides the Apple Watch, they're pretty much all phone agnostic, so it doesn't matter if they're an iPhone or Android phone user and it's bound to go down well.
The great news is that Black Friday will prove to be a great time to pick up a smartwatch or fitness tracker on the cheap, as it has done in previous years. It also lets you avoid the last minute December rush.
When is Black Friday 2019?
Black Friday 2019 this year falls on 29 November. It is guaranteed to bring discounts on smartwatches from every brand, including Apple, Samsung, Fossil, Fitbit and Garmin.
Weâll be keeping this page updated during the entirety of Black Friday 2019. Black Friday has blown up beyond just a single day, so definitely expect discounts for the entire week starting on Monday 25 November and through to Cyber Monday 2019 on Monday 2 December. Some retailers will start dropping discounts earlier in November, too.
Amazon Black Friday 2019 sale
In fact, Amazon has just announced that it's holding an eight day Black Friday blowout. That's its longest Black Friday sale yet. The sale will begin at 00:01 on Friday 22 November and last through until 23:59 Friday 29 November.
Just like with its previous Black Friday sales, Amazon has promised a mix of its Deal of the Day discounts, alongside the short-lived Lightning Deals that are both stock- and time-limited. You snooze you lose.
Last year, eager shoppers picked up well over 180 million items from Amazon.com during Black Friday, so no doubt we'll see record numbers yet again this year with the extended sale.
As weâve been right here keeping an eye on the best Black Friday smartwatch deals for the last few years, it also means weâre expertly placed to predict just what sort of deals you can expect. So if you want to know what to look out for, keep on reading.
Today's best smartwatch deals
Apple Watch Black Friday deals
We were excited to see an Apple Watch Series 3 for around the $150 mark, but Walmart has announced in its Black Friday ad a deal that blows that straight out of the water. On Black Friday, Walmart will have the Series 3 for just $129 for the 38mm GPS model, or $159 if you want the larger 42mm model. That's incredible value.
We donât think the Series 5 will see a substantial price cut because itâs so new. Thereâs a chance Apple will run a gift card promotion where you get a free voucher alongside a purchase from the Apple Store as it has done in previous years, but that might be the best youâll see.
The Series 4 will likely get big discounts as retailers clear stock on the discontinued model. It could mean the 40mm GPS model drops as low as $259, as thatâs the price the Series 3 dropped to last year.
Head over to our dedicated Apple Watch Black Friday page where we go into more depth on how you can bag a bargain.
Fitbit Black Friday deals
Between its smartwatches and fitness trackers, Fitbit has a raft of devices primed for a Black Friday discount. A lot of the devices that were widely on sale for Black Friday 2018 have now been discontinued and replaced with newer models, so itâs not that helpful to look back a year.
However, the Fitbit Prime Day 2019 sale is a good indicator of what to expect from Black Friday 2019. For Prime Day, we saw the Fitbit Versa Lite drop to $108.70 (-$46.72), the Fitbit Ionic drop to just $169.95 (-$80) and the Fitbit Inspire drop to $49.95 (-$20.28) so those are clearly the prices to beat.
We wouldnât be too surprised to see the new Fitbit Versa 2 get its first big price drop, too. In the UK we've already seen a Versa 2 deal that lopped off nearly 15%, so signs are looking very good indeed.
The Fitbit Charge 3 has commonly been on sale for as low as the $119.99 mark this year as well so that should hit a new record low and likely fly off the shelves.
You can read more of our Fitbit Black Friday predictions over at its dedicated page.
Garmin Black Friday deals
Garmin might not be who you think of when it comes to smartwatches, but it's been increasingly packing in smartwatch features into its sports watches.
Garmin has just launched a whole new range of running watches and smartwatches at IFA in September, so older models are almost certainly going to get a discount for Black Friday 2019.
The Vivoactive 3 and Vivoactive 3 Music in particular are models weâre keeping an eye on. Last year the former dropped to $212.49 (-$88) but weâve already seen it on sale for just $179.99 now that the Vivoactive 4 is out. It also dropped to $150 for Garmin Prime Day, so thatâs the price we expect to see it at again - if perhaps even lower.
Other discounts weâre bound to see include the Fenix 5 because the Fenix 6 range is now out. There was a massive discount on the Fenix 5 last Black Friday, bringing it down to $299.99 (-$250). Could it go even lower this year?
Check out our Garmin Black Friday hub for even more details on what to expect.
Samsung Black Friday deals
The Samsung Galaxy Watch dropped to $249 last year, so thatâs the price we fully expect Black Friday 2019 to beat this year.
Similarly, the Samsung Gear Sport was discounted to $179, a price itâs stayed relatively consistently at throughout the year. That could mean a discount to around $150 this Black Friday.
The Galaxy Watch Active was quickly replaced by the Galaxy Watch Active 2 only after a few months, so the older model is highly likely to get some big discounts if any retailers still have stock to clear. Samsung also likes to bundle its wearables with other devices like its smartphones.
The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro was on sale for $149.99 last year, but weâve already seen it being sold as low as $120 at certain points. Weâre hoping for a discounted price of around $100 to really make this fitness tracker appealing.
Read more: Samsung smartwatch Black Friday 2019
Fossil Black Friday deals
At this point, if you're an iPhone user, an Apple Watch is a bit of a no-brainer. But if you're an Android smartphone owner, Fossil has been one of the biggest supporters of Wear OS.
Fossil and the wider Fossil Group has just launched a whole bunch of Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches, so that all but guarantees older watches will go on sale. Last year, the Fossil Q Marshal went down to $127.50 from $275 â an absolutely massive discount. The Fossil Q Venture also dropped by $82.
Weâve also already seen the Fossil Sport on sale throughout the year for as low as $150, so itâs going to need something special for Black Friday to stand out.
Check out what other deals to expect at our Fossil Black Friday 2019 hub.
Wear OS Black Friday deals
Elsewhere in the world of Wear OS smartwatches, the sale event favorite Huawei Watch 2 is almost certainly going to go on sale (again). While the smartwatch is showing its age a little, it still proves immensely popular every Black Friday and Prime Day.
The TicWatch range is known for its budget-friendly price point, and thatâs even more true when they go on discount. Expect to see the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 both go on sale. Last yearâs models were 40% off for Black Friday, so fingers crossed for something similar this year.
Don't forget these work just fine with both Android and iOS phones.
Where will I find Black Friday smartwatch deals?
Pretty much all of the big retailers are going to get involved for Black Friday 2019. Amazon will certainly be up there both sides of the pond.
Amazon Black Friday smartwatch deals
One advantage Amazon might have over other retailers is if you're an Amazon Prime member. That expedited delivery is great news for anyone particularly impatient.
The good news is that if you're not already a member, you can take out a tactical 30-day free trial to see you through the Black Friday sales. You can cancel at any time before the 30 days are up but Amazon is hoping you'll get hooked on all of the perks alongside faster delivery.
Expect retailers to publish their Black Friday ads as early as the beginning of November. Walmart, Best Buy and Target are in particular famous for showcasing some of their best deals well ahead. That's handy if you want to prepare yourself for the discounts.
As mentioned, the Apple Watch Series 3 deal from Walmart in particular should have your interest.
We'll be sure to mention any Black Friday ads as they begin to appear.
What Black Friday smartwatch deals should I avoid?
The one thing to keep in mind is that you should stick to reputable retailers. There's a big temptation to look at grey importers shipping out of Hong Kong and China, as these can have some seriously low prices.
The problem with grey imports is that the warranty might not be valid for the territory where it's been imported, so you might run into problems down the line.
You also might run into other issues like not getting the same accessories, such as chargers, that you would when buying a local version.
You can also face long delivery times and possibly customs charges once the package arrives at its destination, adding in hidden charges.
If you're ever in doubt, it's probably a good idea to purchase on a credit card if it has any kind of purchase protection. That way your credit card provider can step in for any disputes.
How will I know I'm getting a good deal for Black Friday?
First off, we're only going to be highlighting the deals you should be aware of here on Wareable. Because we're always keeping an eye on prices, we can spot a genuine discount from a dud.
During Black Friday, retailers can give false or misleading discounts. That's because they might quote the original RRP when showing the discount, making it look much bigger than it is.
Beyond constantly monitoring prices, there are tools to help you look at the historical price of a product. That way you can know if the discount is genuine.
A great browser extension is Keepa, which embeds a price history graph onto Amazon pages so you can instantly see previous prices. When you're being swamped with Amazon Black Friday deals, it'll save you loads of time.
The other thing to keep in mind is making sure you buy something worthwhile. Black Friday is a chance for retailers to clear out stock of products that aren't selling very well, perhaps because they're just not very good.
There's no point making a big saving on a cheap smartwatch if it turns out to be terrible. So with that in mind, be sure to check out our reviews and guides first to make sure your smartwatch or fitness tracker does precisely what you need it to do.
Also consider what you need from your wearable. If you're only after basic activity tracking, an inexpensive fitness tracker might do the trick rather than dropping big cash on a smartwatch.
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