Black Friday kicks off Tuesday for Amazon

FILE - This Sept. 28, 2011, file photo shows the logo for Amazon during a news conference, in New York. Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Amazon Handmade on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, hoping to capitalize on shoppers’ appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Amazon announced the launch of its Black Friday Deals Store, which will last Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Dec. 22, 2016.

Amazon’s experts say this year’s holiday gift trends will include electronics, and home and handmade items. An Amazon spokesperson told News Channel 8’s Lila Gross there will be tons of exclusive deals just for you “Alexa” voice shoppers this holiday season.

Amazon’s Package X-Ray is a new technology customers are buzzing about on social media. Beginning Nov. 15, customers can use their iPhones to scan a code and see what’s in a box that has been delivered without opening it and spoiling the surprise. Also, customers can now use the camera icon to search for almost anything. Just point, snap and see.

Finally, if you’re a little unsure of what to get your loved ones this year, Amazon has you covered. The company launched a Holiday Gift Guide specifically to help customers find the perfect present.

What’s on your Black Friday shopping list? Chat with New’s Channel 8’s Lila Gross on Facebook about it now. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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