Black Friday

Black Friday
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Savvy shoppers everywhere are gearing up for another great season of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but America's favorite shopping event isn't just about snagging holiday gifts and housewares. Small business owners can save serious cash by shopping for business-related items during Black Friday sales. Expect deep discounts on business laptops, phones and phone plans, printers, and even office furniture.

Check out some of our favorite upcoming sales from your favorite brands like Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple, Samsung and more.

Microsoft's sales and bundling deals

HP Pavilion x360
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If you usually purchase laptops directly from Microsoft, make sure you check out the seasonal bundling deals the company offers this time of year. Most sales on the Microsoft site start on November 22, and they include straightforward discounts on devices like the HP Pavilion x360 ($200 off) and Surface Laptop 2 ($300 off). The bundled discounts include deals like a $260 discount if you purchase both a Surface Pro and a Signature Type Cover or a $330 discount if you opt for the Surface Pro 6 and Black Type Cover.

Office Depot and Office Max furniture discounts

Realspace chair
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While Office Depot/Office Max does run sales on laptops for Black Friday, the serious savings from this retailer can be found on office furniture and accessories.

These seasonal sales are ideal for small businesses that may not buy office furniture in a large enough quantity to qualify for standard bulk discounts.

This year Office Depot/Office Max is advertising $50 off sturdy 3-drawer file cabinets, 50 percent to 60 percent off selected desks, up to 50 percent off storage units (like shelving), and 30 percent to 40 percent off selected office chairs. Most discounts aren't live on the store's website yet, but most sales should be live by the week of Black Friday.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 and more

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Lenovo offers quite a few Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but our favorite offer for 2018 (by far) is on the stellar fifth generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This powerful business machine typically retails for $1,969, but Lenovo is discounting it 54 percent down to a reasonable $899.99. The offer becomes available on November 23 and only while supplies last, so if you need a business laptop, don't dally.

Other great offers from Lenovo include doorbusters like $1,100 off the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and $350 off the IdeaPad 330; just make sure you check out all the posting times on Lenovo's Black Friday guide.

Best Buy's Samsung and iMac deals

iMac
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When it comes to Black Friday deals, phone offers always seem to have the most strings attached. However, if you opt for new activation through Verizon or Sprint that meets Best Buy's terms and conditions, you can get a whopping $300 off the Samsung Galaxy Note9, Galaxy S9, or Galaxy S9+. These premium business devices rarely go on sale, and while it won't help those who are upgrading, new users should take advantage of the deal.

Creative pros might also want to check out Best Buy's deal on the gloriously glossy 21.5-inch iMac, which the retailer is offering a $200 discount on (for either the 1,000GB or 2,000GB option and an Intel Core i5). Best Buy will also be offering $200 off Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Air (Intel Core i5, 8GB).

Discounts from Staples on miscellaneous office items

Brother HL-L2320D
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Like other retailers Staples offers discounts on brand name electronics during the sale season, but the retailer puts lots of little odds and ends (perfect for small businesses) on sale too.

This year you can snag a Logitech mouse for just $8.99 (a $21 discount), 16GB flash drives for $3.99 (a $9 discount), and a 24-pack of multicolored Sharpies for $9 (a $15 discount). Standard printer paper will be on sale too for $27.99 a box, which includes 10-reams (a $32 discount), and Brother HL-L2320D mono laser printers will be 50 percent off (with a sale price of $49.99).