Shoppers around the country are counting down the days until the thrilling, yet terrifying, Black Friday event. Originally, the tradition started in 1950’s America the day after Thanksgiving as a one-day event to kick off the Christmas shopping season. It has now proved popular on this side of the pond and has grown into a four-day shopping extravaganza which additionally spills over into the surrounding weeks. So, when is it and when do the deals start?
This year Black Friday is earlier than normal on Friday 23rd of November and Cyber Monday will follow on Monday 26th. Today, the two days are pretty similar in regard to sales, but originally Black Friday was solely instore and then when Cyber Monday was introduced (much later in 2005) it was aimed at online sales only. But, as the internet has become more common place (and faster), the Black Friday deals have found their places online too. On the other hand, Cyber Monday deals typically remain online rather than in store. These are the main two days, but many store discounts now begin in the events run up.
Last year’s biggest seller has now started releasing its early deals and you’re not short of options. As one of the first major retailers to bring Black Friday to the UK, Amazon never shies away from offering deals, and as its an online store you can receive all the best discounts from the comfort of your own sofa.
Curry’s PC World
The tech super store is already into its second round of discounts under the Black Tag Event, so there is plenty to go around. They’ve got offers from the Google Home Mini, HP Pavilion Intel powered laptops with superfast SSD to money off all built-in appliances over £399.
Last year John Lewis went all out for Black Friday, to the extent that they had their own dedicated page for all of their deals. With your John Lewis Gift Card you can get even further discounts on everything from sofas to trousers. The company has already confirmed that it will be launching discounts across the departments and will be relaunching their Black Friday page.
Been admiring a new jumper, sizing up your next pair of shoes? Now is the time to get them with an amazing 50% off selected lines. That’s right New Look are going half price with their biggest Black Friday Sale ever.
Argos already have offers up and running on their website, but as with all Black Friday offers once they’ve gone, they’ve gone so you’ll have to be quick. Argos will be continuing its Click and Collect service which also gives you the option of reserving the item in over one of their 1000 locations and then pay when you arrive. You can even make use of their same delivery, even on Black Friday if you order before 6pm they will deliver for 10pm same day.
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Black Friday Tips
1. Decide what you want beforehand
Before the big day decide what items you actually want. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the offers and to buy stuff you don’t really need or want, resulting in you spending more money than you would have originally saved.
2. Set a budget
Even if things have big discounts, they might still be out of your price limit so don’t be depended to go overbudget.
3. Know your rights
Just because you’ve bought an item in a mad dash sale doesn’t mean your rights are any different. It still has to be of satisfactory quality and to last a reasonable amount of time.
4. Avoid scams
Black Friday attracts all sorts of scam, often through your emails. Make sure that if you’re buying online you order from trusted websites with a secure padlock icon before the URL.
5. Don’t be fooled
There are loads of great offers over the weekend and in the days surrounding it, but not all deals are as great as they seem. “Which? also discovered that 60 percent pf products they investigated were available for the same price or cheaper at other times of the year, proving research in advance and on the sales day is key to saving cash”.
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