What is Best Buy Drops? Here’s why it’s one of the best holiday shopping hacks


UPDATE: Nov. 22, 2023, 1:50 p.m. EST This post has been updated to track the products dropping in the coming week and a note on the Shark FlexStyle, which sold out mere minutes after it dropped.

When it comes to shopping, a scarcity mindset is just as convincing as that one friend who always enables you to buy something you don’t need. It’s why there’s often a timer breathing down your neck from the corner of the screen during a sitewide sale. It’s exactly why Amazon’s invite-only Prime Day deals and Black Friday deals popped off, and why Walmart lets Walmart+ members get their hands on new groups of big shopping event deals hours before the general public can.

And it’s probably why Best Buy conveniently announced Best Buy Drops just ahead of full-blown holiday shopping season. And after two-ish months of Drops of seeing what Drops has to offer, we can confirm it’s a seriously cool tool.

Best Buy Drops is a shopping hack dedicated to giving shoppers a heads-up about upcoming high-profile items and deals in categories like gaming, cheap TVs, popular toys, high-profile hair tools, and more dropping at Best Buy in the next week. As long as you have the Best Buy mobile app, you can preview what’s coming on what day so that you’re ready to click “add to cart” when the item or deal goes live.

If a Drop is currently live while you’re on the app, a status bar showing the percentage of inventory that has been claimed can give an idea of how fast you need to act. Once inventory for a certain Drop is gone, it’s gone.

Drops section of Best Buy app showing deals on gaming controller and GoPro bundle

Drops can include a huge price slash on a popular item or availability of product that wasn’t up for grabs before.
Credit: Screenshot / Mashable

The Drops tab also keeps a list of past Drops, which have included a limited-edition PlayStation 5 Marvel’s Spider-Man bundle, Pokémon Squishmallows, a super cheap 50-inch TV, and the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Even if you missed these, you at least have an idea of what similar items could pop up in the coming weeks. To look ahead, check the upcoming tab.

For extra cushion, you can opt-in to Drop Alerts for an extra reminder right before the drop of a product you care about goes live. Joining My Best Buy Plus or My Best Buy Total will unlock even better discounts on Drops than what the general public is getting.

What’s dropping at Best Buy Nov. 28 through Nov. 30

Best Buy is only revealing the names of the upcoming products — not their actual Drop prices — in the Drop preview tab, so any prices listed below are the current price of the said product as it is on Best Buy’s site pre-Drop. Drops go live around 11 a.m. ET on the specified day (usually a string of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in any given week), and inventory is typically fully claimed by 5 p.m. that day. (Or if you’re the Shark FlexStyle, fully claimed in *checks watch* 20 minutes.)

Dropping: Nov. 28 (100 percent claimed as of 11:19 a.m. ET)

UPDATE: After less than 20 minutes at its live Drop price of $199.99, inventory for the Shark FlexStyle has been 100 percent claimed.

The internet’s favorite Dyson Airwrap dupe is about to look like even more of a steal when it gets the Drop treatment. Even at its Cyber Week pricing of $479.99, the latest Airwrap still costs almost $200 more than the Shark FlexStyle at full price. With the FlexStyle’s $199.99 sale price at Best Buy, you could buy two FlexStyles for the price of one on-sale AirWrap.

This discount is even more major when you consider that the FlexStyle didn’t really get the big Black Friday treatment everyone was expecting. A fleeting Amazon coupon dropped it to $239.99 the week before, and then during Black Friday Shark didn’t do much more than give away free air purifiers with the purchase of a full-price FlexStyle. Best Buy’s Drop pricing of $199.99 might just cement the FlexStyle as the hot air styler to snag this holiday season.

Dropping: Nov. 29

Here’s a gift idea for anyone whose wallet situation is so chaotic that it makes you uneasy to watch them dig around in it. The Ridge Wallet is an RFID-blocking aluminum wallet with an elastic expander that organizes cards that can be flipped out as if there’s a hinge on one end. The minimalist design can hold up to 12 cards and also features a money clip.

Dropping: Nov. 30

An Apple product being featured as a Drop feels major, especially when it could mean that Best Buy’s price tag on the cheapest iPad is going to beat Amazon’s best price of $229.99 from Black Friday. This is the WiFi-only 9th generation of the classic iPad, outfitted with an A13 chip and 10.2-inch Retina display that’s enough for average tablet tasks like social media perusing, shopping, email checking, and falling down YouTube rabbit holes.

Dropping: Dec. 1

PC gaming isn’t a cheap hobby to get into… or a cheap hobby to keep up. Whether you’re upgrading from a more basic gaming desktop or ensuring that baby’s first real gaming desktop comes correct, this Drop might be the one to make your move on. The Corsair Vengeance i7400 is a pre-built beast with components like NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 FE graphics, a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7 CPU, 32GB of memory, and 1TB of storage. All of that normally has this Corsair tower costing over $3,000.

In terms of sale pricing on this bad boy, let’s look back to a previous Drop on another gaming desktop. On Nov. 1, Best Buy dropped the MSI Codex R from $999.99 to $779.99 — about a 22% discount. 22% off of the Vengeance i7400’s $3,199.99 would be more than $700 off, so we’re hoping for something similar here.

Dropping: Dec. 5

Switching gears to gift ideas, a smart digital picture frame is one just about anyone would enjoy. They’re a genius way to ensure all of the moments you’ve captured over the years get their time in the spotlight rather than just one or two — and the 1,280 x 800 resolution looks stunning compared to a photo printed on paper.

The Nixplay model featured in this Drop not only has a touchscreen, but automatically flips pictures based on whether the frame is sitting in portrait or landscape mode. It’s already $20 off at Best Buy, so but we could see the Drop price pushing it to the $149.99 mark.

Dropping: Dec. 6

After two very indoorsy Drops, Best Buy is giving the outdoorsy corner of the internet some attention. The Solo Stove line contains several beloved smokeless firepits, including the already-affordable Mesa XL featured here. Unlike the larger Solo Stove Bonfire 2.0 that we reviewed and loved, the Mesa XL sits on a tabletop, but still heats with 360-degree airflow by burning either wood or pellets.

From the $89.99 sale price the Mesa XL is already seeing, we could see it dropping to $49.99 on its big day.

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