9 best 'Black Friday in July' sales

"More deals than Black Friday."

That's what Amazon promised in a press release in July 2015, when the company launched its first ever Amazon Prime Day.

By hosting a "Black Friday in July" event, the e-commerce giant inspired other major businesses to follow with sales of their own. Determined to keep up with Amazon, retailers such as Macy's, Kohl's and Dell slashed prices on electronics, apparel and more.

Today, the Black Friday in July tradition lives on. Every July, Amazon and other top stores unveil humongous sales with savings that rival Black Friday's deals. This year, Black Friday in July sales are set to be bigger than ever, with retailers vying to outdo Amazon deals.

Without further ado, here are the nine best Black Friday in July sales for 2017.

[See: 12 Shopping Tricks to Keep You Under Budget.]

1. Macy's
July 11 to July 17

Macy's held its first Black Friday in July sale in 2016, taking 25 percent off sitewide and launching special offers on apparel, accessories and more. Macy's is going big again this year, offering the following deals:

  • An extra 25 percent off most orders, plus free shipping with promo code JULY.
  • An extra 15 percent off select departments, including jewelry and shoes.
  • 50 percent off select dresses.
  • 50 percent off select designer brands.
  • 40 to 50 percent off select handbags and accessories.
  • 60 to 80 percent off select fine and fashion jewelry.
  • 50 percent off select women's swimwear.
  • 70 percent off select bras.
  • 60 percent off select kids and baby clothing.
  • 50 percent off select women's sandals and shoes.
  • 40 percent off select men's shoes.

2. JCPenney
July 9 to July 16

Taking a slightly different approach, JCPenney is hosting a "Cyber in July" sale with deals available exclusively on JCPenney.com. The online-only sale will include the following offers:

  • An extra 30 percent off most orders with promo code 24FORYOU.
  • An extra 15 percent off select watches, salon products, furniture, mattresses, custom blinds and shades with promo code 24FORYOU.
  • Free shipping on orders of more than $49.

[See: 10 Money-Saving Websites to Check Before Shopping.]

RELATED: Always follow these rules when shopping online:

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6 rules to follow when shopping online
1. Make sure that the website you are ordering from is secure
"Many websites will have a seal at the bottom stating that the website is indeed secure and will not make your information public under any circumstances. A site that has 'https://' at the beginning of their web address as well as a padlock symbol is typically a site to trust." -My Broken Coin
2. Search for product reviews beforehand
"Returning items to online stores can be a major hassle. So why not find out what others think of the product before you purchase it online? For example, before buying a new laptop, search for comments and complaints associated with the brand. If there are more negative reviews than positive, and the same problem is reoccurring, then it may not be a brand worth investing in. This will save yourself from buying something that would have to be returned to the store soon after receipt." -My Broken Coin
3. Look for promo codes before checking out
"Who doesn't like saving money, especially on necessities? Almost every retailer will have some sort of promotion available, so ensure you look for one before purchasing. You may not find every code useful or relevant to your purchase, but there are plenty out there that could save you money. So, before you check out ensure you search your retailer for voucher codes and see how much you could save." -My Broken Coin
5. Check and double check your shopping cart
"When shopping online, it's incredibly easy to get side-tracked and accidentally add things into your shopping cart. For example, you may double click on an item and not notice that you've order two of it until it's too late. As well as this, if you've visited a site before but abandoned your cart before purchasing, the site will sometimes have saved your items when you visit again. Thus, it's incredibly important that you double check what you're buying." -My Broken Coin
6. Track your order
"Many sites give you the option to track you orders. This is especially handy when you need your order by a specific date (before Christmas, in time for a birthday party, etc.). Stay on-top of your order's location at all times, including the cities that it is arriving in and departing from every day. A lot of online trackers go through FedEx or UPS and are typically very accurate." -My Broken Coin
4. Price-match whenever possible
"Price-matching and price-comparison is the one of the best strategies for saving money while shopping online, as you will be able to purchase items that you otherwise would not have been able to afford. Retailers are in constant competition with each other to offer the best price and product to customers, so find the one that's offering the best deal." -My Broken Coin

3. Belk
July 10 to July 15

Like JCPenney, Belk is offering savings exclusively online. The Belk Black Friday in July sale features these deals:

  • An extra 20 percent off most regular and sale purchases.
  • An extra 15 percent off home and shoes.
  • An extra 25 percent off fine jewelry.
  • Up to 75 percent off more than 200 "Bonus Buys," including select apparel, accessories, home goods and more.
  • Up to 75 percent off summer clearance items.
  • Up to 70 percent off fashion jewelry.
  • Up to 60 percent off fine jewelry.
  • $40 off $150 worth of select designer handbags.
  • $60 off $200 worth of select designer handbags.
  • $100 off $300 worth of select designer handbags.

4. Forever 21
July 11 to July 12

This year, Forever 21 is rolling out online-only savings on select sale items and beauty gear. The Forever 21 Black Friday in July sale includes these deals:

  • Up to 70 percent off select sale items.
  • "Beauty Blowout" deals on select items.
  • Free shipping on all orders.

5. Kohl's
July 11 to Sept. 26

Just like Amazon, Kohl's ran a 30-hour sale that ended on July 11. However, the retailer will continue to offer select deals all summer long, including:

  • 15 percent off orders of more than $100, plus free shipping with promo code OFFERS15.
  • 10 percent off orders of more than $75, plus free shipping with promo code SAVES4.
  • Up to 60 percent off select women's swimwear.

6. Target

Target revealed to reporters on CNBC that it will feature back-to-school deals both in store and online during the week of July 9. The sale will include "season-low prices" on school gear and clothing.

7. Nordstrom
July 21 to Aug. 6

While not technically a Black Friday in July sale, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will feature some of the biggest savings of the year. Nordstrom cardholders can access the sale early starting July 13. The event will feature "super-sale prices" on new arrivals from top designers.

[See: 10 Signs You Shop Too Much.]

8. Dell
July 6 to TBA

In honor of Black Friday in July, Dell is rolling out "the best prices of the season. " In addition to offering savings of up to 50 percent, Dell will release daily doorbuster deals over the course of the next few days. These offers will be available for a limited time while supplies last. Top doorbusters include:

  • $749.99 for an Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 laptop (regular $929.99). Starts July 12 at 11 a.m. EST.
  • $629.99 for a New Inspiron 15 3000 laptop (regular $729.99). Starts July 13 at 11 a.m. EST.
  • $529.99 for a New Inspiron 15 5000 (regular $749.99). Starts July 14 at 11 a.m. EST.
  • $179.99 for a Inspiron 11 3000 (regular $249.99). Starts July 14 at 1 p.m. EST.
  • $299 for an Inspiron Desktop (regular $479.99). Starts July 14 at 3 p.m. EST.

9. EBay
July 11 to TBA

In response to Amazon Prime Day, eBay is throwing a summer sale, emphasizing that there is no membership needed to access deals. Highlights from the sale include:

  • Up to 79 percent off featured items.
  • 39 percent off a Google Home and Chromecast Video bundle.
  • 31 percent off the Apple Macbook Air Core i5 8 gigabyte 13.3-inch.
  • 44 percent of an iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum.
  • 54 percent off Ray-Ban Wayfarer Classic Sunglasses.

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