When is Black Friday 2017

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Black Friday will be upon us again here in the UK at the end of November as the tradition of shopping till you drop fails to be forgotten.

What is Black Friday?

If you don’t know by now, Black Friday is traditional considered as the beginning of the Christmas shopping period, well in the US anyway. For us Brits its a relatively new concept, not so long ago we were all getting excited about New Years and Boxing day sales but now were getting our hands on bargains mid November.

Its not all hype. UK consumers, last year spent more than £1 billion on bargains between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the online equivalent of Black Friday and is observed worldwide since the explosion of online shopping.

So when is Black Friday 2017?

This year Black Friday falls on November 24th with Cyber Monday the following Monday.

These two monumental days in the shopping calendar provide extra special deals and bargains for shoppers just before the Christmas period.

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Queues form outside of the Liverpool One shopping centre

Although the tradition has migrated in force to the UK, not all retailers here actually take part, in 2016 Ikea, Asda, Next, and Homebase abstained from the day of bargain bonanza.

Other retailers opted to just have ‘Christmas sales’ that weekend and not say that they were actually partaking in Black Friday such as M&S and Selfridges.

 

Are the Black Friday deals any good?

Black Friday doesn’t have to be an all night affair, waiting around in queues, last year more consumers shopped online in the middle of the night than ever before so maybe its worth at least a late night if your after something in particular.

Last year Amazon took part in the notorious Black ‘FiveDay’ sale as they began their discounts days before the main event in an attempt to nab the impatience in us all.

Throughout their extend sale period Amazon launched further discounts on heavily demanded products for short bursts of time called ‘lightning deals’.

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Last year the Amazon Echo was reduced for the first time ever around Black Friday from £199.99 to £149.99 and the Lenovo Ideapad was discounted from £420 to £299.

Amazon also featured massive discounts on Xbox and PlayStation games consoles and electrical items including the Phillips Sonicare Healthy White + electric toothbrush but we’re not sure what kind of message you would be sending with that kind of Christmas present.

It would be a good idea to scour the site pre-sale period as to know what you want and watch out for the deals. Make sure you check back as we will be having our own Black Friday 2017 deals review soon.

One of the main products consumers pick up on Black Friday is TVs and when it comes to TV Argos usually comes up with amazing deals for their customers.

In 2016 Argo slashed prices on the 43-inch LG 43LH570V Full HD Smart LED TV which was priced at £295 on the day.

Argos also provided customers with price deals on smartphones like £50 off the LG G4 and discounts on tablets and consumers nabbed the iPad Air 2 for £209.

Currys are making early promises to their customers that they can expect even better deals than last year when they were selling Samsung TVs, Coffee Machines and Dyson vacuums at bargain prices.

In 2016 the Currys Black Friday sale began when the offers went live at 12am so you may want to plan to stay up late come Black Friday eve.

If you want some advice on finding a bargain on Black Friday November 24th check out are guide to finding a deal here.

 

 

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Black Friday Retailer Deals.

This time we take a look at what plans the big retailers have for Black Friday this year.

amazonLast year amazon sold more than seven million items on this day alone. They sold an astonishing 86 items per second and it proved to be the online retailers biggest EVER sales day in the UK. Are they going to beat that this year?

The most popular items in their Black Friday sales event were Fifa 16, Kindle Fire, Samsung TV’s and the Xbox One.

Check out the amazon Black Friday webpage here.

 

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For starters Argos have advised shoppers this year to check their Black Friday opening hours, does this mean they are planning some big publicised doorbursting bargains?

The best way to keep check of this is by signing up to their newsletter and of course checking back here.

Last year Argos went big with photography discounts, slashing prices by up to 50% across most brands. Their big deal was wiping £150 off the price off one of their Vax vacuum cleaners.

Check out the Argos Black Friday page here.

 

asos-logoFans of Asos will be hoping that they get some more of the same this year. Last year customers were offered a voucher code entitling them to a 20% discount at checkout.

A good tip – Bookmark items that you know you want to buy a few days before the day – click on “save for later” and you’ll be able to see if it goes on sale on Black Friday.

Check out the Asos Black Friday page here.

 

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Known mainly for selling groceries, Tesco last year cut up to 70% off hundreds of products from TV’s to hair straighteners.

The company may well match their 70 per cent off electrical items from 2015, though this has not been confirmed.

Check out the Tesco Black Friday page here.

 

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Last year the store boasted a 15.5 per cent increase in internet sales during Black Friday and raked up to £187.7 million in one week.

Electrical goods such as TVs and laptops were some of the most popular items which were reduced.

Check out the John Lewis Black Friday page here.

 

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Boots is one of the stores expected to push their Black Friday discounts hard this year. Last year Boots offered great deals on most fragrances but nothing, in our opinion as good as their usual 3 for 2 Christmas offer. One highlight last year was the 50% off Emporio Armani She Eau de Parfum deal. Lets hope we get to see something similar this year.

Visit the Boots Black Friday deal page here.

 

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The popular bike store are getting themselves ready for this years Black Friday and already have details of some deals on their dedicated Black Friday web page. Last year they were offering great discounts of up to 50% on some of the most popular bikes, scooters and toys.

Check out their Black Friday Page here.

 

 

 

 

 

When Is Black Friday 2016?

Until a few years ago Black Friday was an event we all laughed at on the news, watching crazy Americans fight over 70″ TV’s but now its frimly part of the British retail calander.

Shoppers this year are expected to spend an average of £203 each, an overall £3 billion on Black Friday alon, so here is what you need to know to make sure you get the best deals possible.

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It would also be worth looking at our post here showing you what tricks retailers use to make deals look more appealing.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday, as a term, was first used to describe the day in which most shops “moved into the black” – meaning they had reached their break even point but today its a day for massive bargains, well supposedly.

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As a concept it works, customers queue for hours, even days to get their hands on the biggest bargains. Unfortunately, as we see all too often on TV, the mania that ensues can descend into violence as people punch, steal and argue over the latest discounted gadgets and appliances.

When is it Black Friday in the UK?

Traditionally Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving – an American holiday which falls on the fourth Thursday in Novemember.

This Year Black Friday will fall on the 25th November – but while some shoppers continue to fight for the best deals in store, many retailers expect the majority of Black Friday business to be done online.

What else do I need to know?

It’s not just Christmas presents you can get your hands on – many airlines and holiday websites also do great Black Friday deals, with some offering flights for just a few pounds last year.

And if you don’t find what you’re looking for on Black Friday, there’s always Cyber Monday.

 

 

Black Friday Reality

November 25th, make sure its in your diary, as that’s the date set for this years Black Friday Sale. Like the arrival of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve, this once American only tradition has now become one of the most anticipated sales events of the year.

Many of the retail deals are legitimate bargains, but others are nothing more than ordinary sales wrapped in shiny packaging. How can you tell the difference? Well, we have all the secrets to help you decipher all the sneaky trick that retailers use to clear unwanted stock.

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Massive Deals are RARE.

Mega Deals are the staple of every Black Friday sale aren’t they? No? Well, they should be. Blockbuster deals that have people queuing around the block are few and far between and usually offer very limited stock for very limited times.

The products look good, and the prices certainly sound good, but the reality of actually getting your hands on one of these items isn’t so rosy.

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In 2015, for instance, Sears plastered a Kenmore Elite washer and dryer on the front page of its Black Friday ad, with the promise of 51% off on the pair. But the fine print below the deal revealed that there were approximately only four available per store.

Discounts Are Often Inflated.

Black Friday deals aren’t just hard to come by, but most of the time they are just simply over stated. Its common for retailers to hike prices pre sale allowing them to make larger cuts come sale day, making their tiny discounts more appealing.

If you shop this year on Black Friday, don’t pay attention to the supposed percentage of the discounts. Instead, judge the value of a product based on the sale price and how it compares with the item’s price at other stores.

 

Always Read The Fine Print.

Finally, even if you manage to avoid all of the above tricks and traps, you could still be faced with more fine print. Retailers have a way of making some sales difficult to actually claim.

Certain deals may require completion of a mail-in rebate. Other products are available at their advertised sale price only for a few hours and then go up in price. Keep an eye out for such fine print and exclusions — usually located at the bottom of a Black Friday ad or beneath individual deals within the ad — so you aren’t surprised when you get to the store on Black Friday.