So, you may or may not be aware that this Friday is Black Friday! Black Friday was originally a tradition in America, but now UK retailers are getting heavily involved. On Black Friday, shops drop their prices on many of their products. In America, this day takes place a day after Thanksgiving. It is known that the name of ‘Black’ Friday came along because this date was supposedly a date when retailers were going ‘into the black’. ‘Going into the black’ means to make a profit. These profits were shown in the retailers financial records. In the records, where red ink has been used it meant there were losses, black ink meant a profit. Black Friday initiated the first day of the holiday season where there was only profit.
Black Friday takes place on November the 25th this year! However, the deals have no longer been restricted to just the one day, some retailers begin them as long as a week in advance. Also, following on from Black Friday, there is Cyber Monday which is full of tech deals. We are going to take a look at where you can find the best deals this year.
Amazon are probably the biggest retailer within Black Friday. Last year they sold more than 7.4 million products on just Black Friday. This year, Amazon has started their deals 12 days earlier! The deals launched on the 14th of November. These will include the likes of HD TVs, phones, home accessories, fashion, toys and beauty products – so there is something for everyone! They even have something called ‘lightning deals’ these are offers on top of deals and are available as often as every 5 minutes. If you are an Amazon Prime member you will get early access to all of the deals too! If you are not, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial, which after will cost you $79 per year. Amazon will have some of the best deals so make sure to keep an eye out on their website!
Last year, Tesco’s knocked 70% off their electrical items! This year they are back for even more – by opening their shops as early as 5am for shoppers on Friday! They have also begun their deals yesterday, Monday 21st and they will carry these deals on until the 1st of December. If you visit the Tesco Direct website, this is where you will find all the deals opposed to the general Tesco site. Expect to see large discount on electrical appliances, gaming, kids toys and much, much more.
Argos are another retailer who are beginning their sales early. The deals will run for 13 consecutive days in the run up to Black Friday and will follow on through to Cyber Monday. You will find toys, electrical items, home appliances and more. However, comparing the electrical product prices to Amazon, Amazon still come out on top. However the toy sale is massive so get yourself to Argos if you have some little ones to shop for! Argos are telling customers that there will be no larger discounts on Black Friday than there is on their other days of deals and if a customer finds something which seems to of been discounted, then they will refund them the money back.
Currys begun their deals late last week in order to keep up with the competition of all the other retailers. They will have even larger reductions on Black Friday itself. Currys have called this the ‘Black Tag Event’. You can find money off speakers, laptops, TVs, wearable tech and more. But this year it seems that Currys are putting their largest reductions on their TVs, so visit their website to see what bargains you can grab yourself this year.
John Lewis cut prices on so many items last year which included iPads, MacBook products, household items and more. Due to John Lewis’ commitment to being ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ this means that they will match any price on a product that another store may be selling it at. The benefit of purchasing through John Lewis is their great warranties. So this year, expect to see designer handbags, household electrical items, furniture and toys. If you sign up to a Partnership card too, you can receive double points on items at certain times of the year.
Black Friday is not just subject to these retailers, many highstreet stores will be joining in on Friday to deliver you some great deals. Throughout all these retailers, you will find deals online for those who do not want to fight the masses in store. So if you decide to get involved on black Friday, make sure you keep safe online and in-store – take a look at our top tips for Black Friday to find out how you can do that!