- Retailers have started releasing their ads for Black Friday 2019 deals, which include smartphones, laptops, desktops and office furniture.
- Black Friday is a great time for small businesses to stock up on tech and office essentials like printer paper and ink.
- Look for options like payment plans, store gift cards and waived activation fees to help you save more money.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 are nearly here, which means it's time to snag some of the season's hottest tech and business items at discounted prices. Small business owners can expect savings on laptops, phones, desktop computers, printers, phone plans, and even office furniture or decor.
Check out some of our favorite sales from brands such as Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple and Samsung. Some deals are available early, so be sure to double-check retailer ads and websites for details so you don't miss out.
Microsoft's sales and bundling deals
If you usually purchase laptops or tablets directly from Microsoft, make sure you check out the seasonal sales and bundled deals the company offers this time of year. Most sales on the Microsoft site start on Nov. 28 this year, but some start early, so you'll want to check them out now.
Offers include straightforward discounts on devices like the Surface Laptop 3 ($300 off) and the Dell 24 Touch Monitor ($100 off) as well as bundled discounts like $230 off if you purchase a Platinum Surface Pro 7 and Pro Type Cover, or $109 in savings if you purchase a Surface Pro 7 Intel i7 and Type Cover.
Office Depot and OfficeMax furniture discounts
While Office Depot/OfficeMax is running sales on laptops, printers and monitors for Black Friday, the serious savings from this retailer are on office furniture and accessories. These seasonal sales are ideal for small businesses that may not buy office furniture in large enough quantities to qualify for standard bulk discounts.
This year, Office Depot/OfficeMax is advertising $40 off four-drawer file cabinets, up to 50% off selected desks and storage units (like shelving), and up to 60% off selected office chairs. Office Depot/OfficeMax's Black Friday sale will start online and in stores at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 29, with early access to select online deals starting Nov. 26 for rewards members.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 and more
Lenovo is offering significant discounts on several of its business-class laptop computers. You can get a doorbuster deal for the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2, a powerful business machine that typically retails for $2,939 but is discounted by 45% to $1,616.45. You can also score the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4, a thin, flexible laptop with a 4K display for $1,253. This computer typically retails at $2,279. The offer becomes available on Nov. 28 and only while supplies last, so don't dally if you need a business laptop.
Other great offers from Lenovo include doorbusters like the ThinkPad E495 for $299 (down from $1,355) and $100 off the IdeaPad 130S. The starting times for Lenovo's sales vary, so just make sure you check out all the posted times in Lenovo's Black Friday guide.
Best Buy's smartphone and MacBook deals
When it comes to Black Friday deals, phone offers always seem to have the most strings attached. However, if you opt for qualified activation with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint and trade in your old iPhone in-store, you could save up to $350 on an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max. You can save up to $300 for a Samsung Galaxy Note10 or Note10+ with qualified activation on AT&T or Sprint.
Best Buy is also offering deals on laptops, including up to $300 in savings on select MacBook Pro models and up to $200 on select MacBook Air models. Deals on desktop computers include $380 off the HP Pavilion 27-inch all-in-one touchscreen computer with Intel Core i7, pricing it at $999.99.
Discounts from Staples on miscellaneous office items
Like other retailers, Staples offers discounts on brand-name electronics during the sale season, but it puts lots of little odds and ends (perfect for small businesses) on sale too.
This year you can snag a Logitech mouse for just $9.99 (a $20 discount), 16GB flash drives for $3.99 (a $6 discount), and a 12-pack of multicolored Sharpies for $4.99 (a $6 discount). Standard printer paper will be on sale for $3.49 for 500 sheets, and all photo paper will be buy one, get one free. You can also save $60 on the Brother MFC-L2710DW monochrome laser all-in-one printer (with a regular price of $199.99). Check out the Staples Black Friday ad catalog for more deals.
Tablets and office security from Amazon
Amazon is a Black Friday powerhouse, so awesome deals on laptops and other tech are to be expected. You can save up to $73 on the latest model of the iPad Pro, which includes Wi-Fi and 256GB of space.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly and easy way to monitor your office, Amazon is offering a great deal on its Blink security cameras. Starting Nov. 27, you can get a two-pack for $100, saving you $40, or a three-camera system for $185, saving you $65.
Samsung smartphone and computer deals at Costco
Costco may require you to be a member to shop, but its stellar Black Friday deals on smartphones and computers may make it well worth your while. Costco is offering a $420 Costco shop card with the purchase and activation of a Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ or Note10+ with a waived activation fee through AT&T and Sprint. It's also offering the purchase of the S10 for $429, the S10+ for $529, and the Note10+ for $629 through Verizon.
Other Black Friday deals from Costco include a Dell Inspiron 24 5000 Series Touchscreen all-in-one desktop for $499.99 with savings of $200, or an Apple MacBook Air for $999.99.
Office security, routers and Samsung tables at Walmart
Walmart is offering tons of Black Friday deals on all kinds of tech, from projectors to headphones, so it's a great place to check out for significant savings on anything you might need for the office. Walmart is offering $70 off the Arlo three-camera security system with the bonus of three months of an Arlo Smart subscription.
You can also save $100 on the NETGEAR Nighthawk AX3000 router, which is on sale Black Friday for $99, or score a Samsung Galaxy Tab for $149, which will save you $70.
Gift cards with smartphone purchase at Target
Savings can come in unexpected ways, especially on Black Friday. Target's Black Friday offerings include gift cards with the purchase and activation of various smartphones. For example, you get a $200 gift card with the purchase and qualified activation on AT&T or Verizon of an iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11.
You can also get a $400 gift card with the purchase of a Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10, or Note10+ with qualified activation on AT&T or Verizon.