Early Black Friday deals on Amazon Echo devices available now: $19 Dot, $45 Show 5 and more – CNET

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As Amazon goes, so goes the rest of retail? Actually, sometimes it goes the other way: Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale is now underway, and we’re seeing some incredible deals on, among other things, Amazon Echo devices. 

And, little surprise, Amazon has matched Best Buy’s prices. Below, you’ll find some Prime Day-like deals on the Echo Show,  Echo Dot, Echo Buds and more. (You’ll also find great discounts on other popular items, including Ring doorbells and Kindles.)

Will any of these products see even bigger price cuts on Black Friday? Doubtful. A lot of these deals match the all-time-lows offered on Amazon Prime Day. If you’re worried, though, consider shopping for these same items at Best Buy, which has a low-price guarantee in place. (Best Buy also has them in stock as of now; Amazon is showing delayed ship dates for many of the deals.)

What’s more, if you wait, there’s a chance the product you want will be sold out — precisely because of all the early sales happening now. Food for thought while you browse these deals.

Don’t see anything you want here? Don’t worry — more Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are coming. 

At this price, the Echo Buds are considerably cheaper than Apple’s stock AirPods, which aren’t sweatproof and don’t offer any kind of noise-canceling capabilities. You get both of those features here and more, including onboard Alexa.

Read our Echo Buds review.

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If you want a display for video chatting, watching Netflix or just using as a smart alarm clock, the Show 5 — the smallest smart display from Amazon — is a great little gadget. Last year on Prime Day, the Echo Show 5 bottomed out at $50. This year, it’s down to $45.

Note that Amazon is currently showing a ship date of Nov. 16, so be prepared to wait.

Read our Echo Show 5 review.

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The Echo Show 8 is simply a larger version of the Echo Show 5, but that makes it a better candidate for the kitchen and other places you might prefer a bigger display. (It’s definitely preferable for video calls.) This is also a Prime Day match of the lowest price on record.

Note that Amazon shows an in-stock date of Nov. 20, so head to Best Buy if you’d rather get this immediately.

Read our Echo Show 8 review.

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The Amazon Echo Auto is a clever little device that ports Alexa into your car, letting the voice assistant speak and play music through your stereo. At $30 off, it’s a solid deal for anyone wanting to smarten up their non-voice-equipped car.

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Amazon’s entry-level smart speaker is back down to $19, which is as low as these things tend to go. Just keep in mind this is not the new 2020 spherical model — that one hasn’t even been released yet.

Unfortunately, Amazon is showing 3 to 6 months (!) before the Dot is in stock. You can get it for the same price from Best Buy, and it’s in stock.

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Normally this Ring doorbell runs $230, and the Echo Show 5 smart display goes for $90. But right now this bundle is just $170, making it an affordable way to jump-start a smart home. You’re basically saving $50 on the doorbell and getting the Echo for a mere $10 extra.

Note that Amazon shows an availability date of Nov. 10. Don’t want to wait? As with many other deals, Best Buy is matching this one.

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Amazon’s Echo Flex is a clever little gadget, adding Alexa to a modular smart plug design. The plug itself can attach various augmentations, like an LED clock, a motion sensor or a night light. To get this little device, plus all of Alexa’s smarts, for only $10, is a solid deal.


If you still pull in live TV over the air, you can record shows and watch them any time with the Fire TV Recast DVR. This version has a 500GB hard drive (a full 1TB version is also available) with two tuners, so you can record two shows at once. 

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This article was previously published as part of our Prime Day 2020 coverage. It has been updated to reflect the latest pricing and deals.