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Walmart Black Friday 2018 deals start tonight: $250 iPad, $100 Google Home Hub, $60 Instant Pot and more

The store's actual Black Friday sale starts online earlier than ever, while the deals on game console bundles are available now.

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For serious Black Friday deals hounds, tonight's the night.

Walmart's Black Friday sale prices will go live online tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time (7 p.m. PT). That means you won't need to visit the store to take advantage of its discounts. And you won't need to wait till Black Friday proper, or even Thanksgiving. 

If you're more of a Black Friday traditionalist and enjoy going to the store, sales in the physical stores kick off at 6 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving. 

With that in mind we broke down this post into three sections:

  • Deals available now (online and in-store). This includes mostly game consoles and bundles that have been on sale for awhile, including at other stores.
  • Deals starting tonight online (Wednesday, Nov. 21, 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT) This includes most of Walmart's best deals, including deals available elsewhere, like the $250 iPad and $100 40-inch TV. Note that Walmart's ad is unclear whether all of the deals in this section will actually be available online, and we expect them to sell out fast tonight anyway.
  • Black Friday deals available in-store only (starting Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 22, 6 p.m. local time). This section consists of the phone deals, which Walmart says you'll need to visit the store to activate.

Scroll down to see a few of our favorite Walmart Black Friday deals, starting off with the ones available now -- and check out more deals in the slideshow below

See the full Walmart Black Friday ad here

A few notes to keep in mind:

  • We linked to the current listing at Walmart's website when one was available, but those sale prices won't be available until the sale begins tonight.
  • CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

Walmart Black Friday sale prices available now

Xbox One S Minecraft bundle for $199 (save $100)

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This bundle pulls together a 1TB Xbox One S with Minecraft, the megapopular building game that's suitable for all ages. 

See at Walmart Read the CNET review

Xbox One X for $399 (save $100)

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Want the more powerful Xbox One X? It's available for $100 off, too. This console delivers a full 4K gaming experience, and it plays 4K Blu-rays, too (the similarly priced PS4 Pro can't do that).

See at Walmart Read the CNET review

Note that you can also get the Xbox One S or One X with some other, newer games by paying just $30 more. That's still a net savings, because you'd likely be paying $60 for these games if purchased separately.

Xbox One S bundles for $229 at Walmart:

See the Forza Horizon 4 bundle
See NBA 2K19 bundle
See Battlefield V bundle

Xbox One X bundles for $429 at Walmart: 

See the PUBG bundle
See Fallout 76 bundle
See the NBA 2K19 bundle

PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB) + Spider-Man bundle: $200 (save $100)

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If you haven't bought a next-generation console yet, here's one of the best prices yet to convince you to pony up. This is the 1TB PS4 Slim version with the excellent Spider-Man, all for $200. 

(Update: As of 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday Nov. 21 it's sold out, but was in and out of stock all day yesterday so it might reappear soon. If it's out when you read this, try Gamestop, Target, or Best Buy. It may also be available for pickup at local stores of those retailers.)

See at Walmart Read the Sony SplayStation 4 Slim review

PlayStation VR + 2 Move controllers + Creed, Superhot bundle: $249 (save $100)

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If you already have a PS4, this bundle kickstarts your virtual reality experience. It includes the PlayStation VR helmet, 2 Move controllers and 2 compatible games: Creed: Rise to Glory and Superhot VR. It's widely available at most other major retailers, too.

See at Walmart Read the PlayStation VR review

Walmart Black Friday deals available starting tonight online (Wed., Nov. 21 at 10p.m. ET / 7p.m. PT)

2018 iPad, $250 (save $80)

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This deal will be widely available during Black Friday week, but Walmart will have the 2018 iPad on sale first -- a great price for a great gift.

$250.00 at Walmart iPad review

Google Home Hub, $99 (save $50)

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That's a whole 33 percent off the extremely handy Google Home Hub, which was just released. And it's got no camera, so it's a more comfortable bedroom and kitchen companion that other smart displays.

$99.00 at Walmart Google Home Hub review

Save $40

Instant Pot 8-Quart Pressure Cooker for $59 (save $40)

Instant Pot via Amazon

Mate, who doesn't want to make soup in like 15 minutes? Discounted Instant Pots seem like they're everywhere this year, but this one is a whopping 8 quarts -- and it's $10 cheaper than many rival deals, too.

$59.00 at Walmart 5 reasons you should own an Instant Pot

Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $300 (save $70)

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The hottest game console on the planet, the Nintendo Switch is normally $299 by itself. This bundle includes the system's best party game, a $70 value.

Note that this deal is available now at Best Buy and elsewhere.

Read the Nintendo Switch review

That price is not a misprint

65-inch 4K smart Roku TV: $398

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This is an insane price on a big TV with Roku, the best smart TV system CNET has ever tested. Walmart's ad says the TV is either the TCL 65S4 or the Sharp LC‑65Q7300U. We haven't reviewed either model directly, but TCL tells us it has "similar form and function" to the S405 we reviewed in 2017 (pictured), which costs roughly $350 more at 65 inches.

See at Walmart Read CNET's S405 review

Cheapest. 40-inch TV. Ever.

40-inch Hisense 1080p TV: $99

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Neither have we reviewed this Hisense (model 40EU3000), but we're guessing its image quality is on the bottom end of "acceptable," at best. But this is the lowest price we've ever seen for a 40-inch TV. Just last year we were excited about 32-inch TVs for $99. Insanity.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, $99 (save $50)

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The Bose SoundSport earphones are already reasonably priced, $50 off makes them well worth a look. 

See at Walmart Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones review

Google Home Mini for $25 (half price)

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Amazon doesn't sell Google Assistant products because they directly compete with its Alexa-powered Echo speakers. And while this great half-price deal on the Google Home Mini is widely available almost everywhere else, it'll be available earliest online at Walmart.

See at Walmart Read the CNET review

Roku Ultra for $48 (half price)

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The highest-end Roku improves on our favorite 4K streamer, the Streaming Stick Plus, with a headphone jack on the remote, a remote finder and, new for 2018, JBL headphones, a $30 value. This price is also available at Target and elsewhere, but Walmart throws in a $35 credit for Sling TV, a $5 Vudu credit and one free month of Showtime, an $11 value, to get you to buy it there. (Disclosure: Showtime is a division of CBS, parent company of CNET.)

See at Walmart Read the CNET review

Retro Arcade Machine (Pac-Man or Galaga), $249 (save $50)

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Who wouldn't want an arcade machine in their house?

It's only $50 off, but $249 isn't too bad for Galaga! And Walmart had the exclusive on this Pac-Man machine, for some reason.

$249.00 at Walmart Arcade1up preview

Deals available in-store only starting on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. ET

iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: $400 gift card

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From the cheapest TV to the most expensive iPhones...of last year. You'll pay full price for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, but a $400 gift card (that's four Insignia 40-inch TVs!) is hard to pass up if you're a frequent Walmart shopper. You'll need to activate through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. 

This deal is in-store only: Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

Read CNET's iPhone X review

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR: $300 gift card

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Wait, you want a new iPhone? That'll cost you even more, and net a lower-value gift card. But if you get the cheaper XR ($750) it's a solid deal and might be worth heading to Walmart to make it happen.

This deal is in-store only: Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

Read the iPhone XR review

Samsung Galaxy S9, Note 9, S9 Plus, S8, S8 Plus: $300 gift card

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Similar deal where you have to pay full price in-store, but with a cheaper phone. The S9 from 2018 starts at $650, while the S8 models from 2017 are even cheaper. If you're not wedded to the iPhone, these Samsungs are pretty sweet bargains with the gift card.

This deal is in-store only: Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

Read the Galaxy S9 review
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