Black Friday Predictions: Walmart Black Friday Hours & Ads For 2018

Black Friday Predictions: Walmart Black Friday Hours & Ads For 2018
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Walmart's Black Friday ad is the hottest of the hot. Every year, when Black Friday season starts to heat up, we get comment after comment, email after email, begging for information about Walmart's elusive Black Friday ad. While this frenzy can be fun, the truth is that you don't need the Black Friday circular to plan for your holiday shopping at Walmart. Why? Because the old ads tell us everything we need to know. 

When will we see the 2018 Walmart Black Friday ad?

I get it, you wanna see what exciting new deals are on sale this year. To figure out when, exactly we're going to see the 2018 ads, let's take a look at the Walmart Black Friday ad publication dates from the last few years:

  • 2013: Monday, November 11
  • 2014: Tuesday, November 11
  • 2015: Wednesday, November 11
  • 2016: Wednesday, November 9
  • 2017: Wednesday, November 8

Walmart was previously super into 11/11 as an ideal ad release day, but last year we saw them stick to a Wednesday release on November 9. This year, we expect it to arrive on Wednesday, November 7 so long as they stick to the new pattern.

Once the Walmart ad arrives, you'll find it in our 2018 Black Friday Shopping Guide.

What time does Walmart open on Black Friday?

Walmart has been opening its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the past six years, and we expect it to keep that up in 2018. It's interesting to note that, while Black Friday sale start times have been steadily increasing from 2007 on, last year, a few stores, like Staples made a statement by reversing their stance on Thanksgiving Day hours and reverting back to early morning Black Friday bonanza sales. While we don't expect Walmart to do anything this drastic, if they DID, it would be a game changer for the Black Friday industry. We can dream, but the reality is likely going to be that Walmart Black Friday hours will begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

If you're not feeling the idea of ditching your loving family on Thanksgiving Day and dealing with frantic crowds of deal chasers, you probably won't have to. Last year marked the first time that most of the big box store's doorbuster deals were available online, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. We expect to see a similar online sale happening this year, so stay up late while you're marinating the turkey, and hop onto Walmart.com to skip the lines.

What should you expect from the 2018 Walmart Black Friday Ad?

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Small kitchen electronics for under $10
Black Friday at Walmart always features small kitchen electronics, like a crockpot, a coffee maker, a toaster and a skillet, on sale for under $10. Last year they were going for $9.76, the year before, $9.72, and in 2013, these items were sold for $9.44. We don't expect to see much of a change in price this year, so you'll likely see same stuff on sale for under $10!

Chromecasts from $20
In 2014 and 2015, we saw the Chromecast for $20 in the Walmart Black Friday ad. In 2016, we saw the Chromecast 2 for $25, and then the $20 deal was back for 2017.

Pyrex set for $19
These sets vary from 24 to 28 pieces, but they've been at $19 for the past several years, so we predict we're going to see it back there come Black Friday.

More encore Black Friday Deals at Walmart

These are just a few of the deals we expect to see return for Black Friday at Walmart. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. We've linked to the last four years of Walmart Black Friday ads at the end of this article so you can compare for yourself.

HP Wireless Printer
2013: $29
2014: $29
2015: $19
2016: $19
2017: $19
2018 Prediction: $19

Xbox One or PlayStation 4 Controller
2014: $39.96
2015: $39
2016: $39
2017: $39
2018 Prediction: $39

Select DVDs 
2013: $1.96
2014: $1.96
2015: $1.96
2016: $1.96
2017: $1.96
2018 Prediction: $1.96

Select Classic Board Games
2014: $4.88
2015: $4.88
2016: $4.88
2017 Prediction: $4.88

Pogo Sticks & Scooters
2013: $13
2014: $15
2015: $15
2016: $15
2017: $15
2018 Prediction: $15

Ride-On Vehicles
2013: $99
2014: $99
2015: $99
2016: $99
2017: $98
2018 Prediction: $98

Shark Navigator Vacuum Cleaner
2015: $97
2016: $98
2017: $98
2018 Prediction: $98

RCA 37" Soundbar
2016: $29
2017: $29
2018 Prediction: $29

Sanyo Blu-Ray Player
2016: $39
2017: $39
2018 Prediction: $39

32GB Flash Drive
2015: $7
2016: $5
2017: $5
2018 Prediction: $5

20K Power Bank
2016: $15
2017: $15
2018 Prediction: $15

Netgear Router
2016: $89
2017: $89
2018 Prediction: $89

Skullcandy Uproar Bluetooth Headphones
2016: $25
2017: $25
2018 Prediction: $25

RC Truck or Car
2014: $20
2015: $15
2016: $15
2017: $15
2018 Prediction: $15

Monster High Doll
2014: $5
2015: $7
2016: $5
2017: $4.94
2018 Prediction: $5

Mini Trampoline
2015: $29
2016: $25
2017: $25
2018 Prediction: $25

Giant Plush Bear
2016: $20
2017: $20
2018 Prediction: $20

2-pc  Sleep Sets
2014: $4.50
2015: $4.75
2016: $4.75
2017: $4.75
2018 Prediction: $4.75

Women's Riders by Lee Plaid Fleece-Lined Shirt
2015: $8
2016: $9
2017: $10
2018 Prediction: $10

Adult Sharper Image Slippers
2016: $6.50
2017: $6
2018 Prediction: $6

Stanley Stainless Steel 4-Gal. Wet/Dry Vac
2016: $19.97
2017: $20
2018 Prediction: $20

Hotel Style 1,100 Thread Count Sheet Set
2016: $25
2017: $24
2018 Prediction: $25

Mainstays Barstools 3 Pack
2016: $50
2017: $50
2018 Prediction: $50

Serta Massage Recliner
2016: $169
2017: $169
2018 Prediction: $169

Crock-Pot 5-qt Slow Cooker
2014: $9.77
2015: $9.72
2016: $9.76
2017: $9.88
2018 Prediction: $9.97

Rubbermaid 36-pc Food Storage Sets
2015: $7.50
2016: $7.60
2017: $7.60
2018 Prediction: $7.60

Compare for yourself!

The deals we've called out above are far from a complete list. Check out the last five years of Walmart Black Friday ads below to make your own comparisons and to help plan this year's holiday shopping budget.