The biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday is almost here – but the deals have already started pouring in.
From bargain homeware items, to cut-price Christmas gift sets, the epic sales event is a great chance to fill up your shopping basket without forking out a huge amount.
Black Friday will reportedly be very different this year due to logistics issues across every sector, with problems such as imports from areas like South East Asia affecting the supply chain – so it might be worth planning ahead and checking our pages for early deals to avoid disappointment.
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What is Black Friday?
Originating in America back in the 1950s, Black Friday is widely regarded as the unofficial curtain raiser to the Christmas shopping season.
Taking place on the Friday following Thanksgiving, an official public holiday in the United States, many Americans take the day off to digest their meals, visit family and friends – and go shopping.
it is a critical time of the year for retailers, with many stores seen slashing prices as they compete for business in the run-up to Christmas.
Deep discounts are often found on popular items including clothing, footwear, appliances and electronics as ‘doorbuster’ deals drive millions of customers online and into stores.
Why is it called Black Friday?
While there are several competing theories as to why it is called ‘Black Friday’. The most popular one relates to an old bookkeeping practice of recording losses in red in and profits in, you guessed it, black ink.
The theory goes that, for many retailers, Black Friday was an opportunity to generate enough profit for them to move ‘into the black’ in their financial accounts.
When is Black Friday 2021?
Black Friday is on Friday 26th November 2021. this year. However, as always, retailers will be more eager than ever to launch their Black Friday deals and many stores have already launched their preview sales.
Is it better to wait until Black Friday for the best deals?
“I’m better off waiting until the day itself, the best deals won’t be revealed until then”.
With Black Friday sales starting earlier and earlier the argument for waiting until the big day is getting less convincing each year.
This is, in part, due to the fact that more of us now shop online than ever before. Driven by increased competition for clicks, retailers can’t afford to sit on their hands and let digital competitors steal a march on them.
This was particularly true last year, when we saw retailers begin their Black Friday sales much earlier than usual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currys, for example, have an annual Black Tag event which takes place in the lead up to Black Friday.
If you buy something during this event, and Currys lowers the price further on Black Friday, it will refund you the difference on your purchase.
With this sort of price guarantee, an argument can be made that it makes little sense to wait and risk potentially missing out on a great deal.
That said, however, there are still plenty of reasons to wait until Black Friday. Despite the fact that some deals will trickle out in the days and weeks leading up to the big day, the majority of deals are, in fact, only revealed on the day itself, so it still pays to be patient.
How popular is Black Friday in the UK?
It turns out that Brits love a bargain, so much so that we spend more than any other country in Europe on Black Friday. In fact, we spent an incredible £8.6 billion online and in-store in 2019.
Since it first appeared as a recognisable event on retail calendars back in 2013, Black Friday has exploded in popularity in the UK and is now firmly cemented as one of the busiest days of the year – with little sign of its popularity diminishing anytime soon.
To help shoppers ensure they get exactly what they want for the best price we’ve pulled together some top tips below:
Do research ahead of time – preparation is key and getting some background knowledge on items you intend to buy will save you time and effort ahead of the big day. Don’t forget to read the reviews and expert round ups for an independent recommendation.
Register your interest – Sign up to specific retailer newsletters to stay in the loop and get the latest news on what they will be offering for Black Friday. Most retailers will be regularly updating shoppers on all the exciting promotions and the latest deals on thousands of products in the lead up and during the shopping bonanza.
Bookmark pages of products you want ahead of time , that way when the clock strikes midnight you won’t have to waste time scrolling through thousands of products.
Get online early – online demand last year was unprecedented, and we expect this year will be no different. It’s worth burning the midnight oil if you really want to score huge deals.
Compare prices across a number of retailers and look for free delivery options to maximise your savings. This will help ensure you get the best possible discounts on all your coveted items.
What are the most popular products on Black Friday?
According to the numbers, the most popular products on Black Friday last year included sought-after items such as the Nintendo Switch, Dyson vacuum cleaners and pretty much everything made by Apple.
If you’d prefer not to wait until the day itself, there are plenty of deals on offer:
The Nintendo Switch was, by far, last year’s most searched-for item – a trend we expect to continue this year. Production issues and a surge in demand during the pandemic made it almost worth its weight in gold, and it became next to impossible to get hold of one.
Apple’s iconic AirPods are consistently among the most popular items on Black Friday. With the AirPods 3 scheduled for release later this year, now is a great time to pick up a deal on the 2nd generation.
Dyson Vacuum Cleaners
If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, Black Friday is a good an opportunity as any to grab a deal on a cordless Dyson. The V15 may have just been released, but there’s still plenty to love about older models.
Looking to upgrade your iPhone, but don’t necessarily need – or want – the latest handset? With the release of the iPhone 13, you can expect to find some good deals on the iPhone 12,11 and SE.
Apple’s range of iPads are always popular on Black Friday, and we’re expecting some great deals on older iPad models in the coming days and weeks following the release of the latest generation of the iPad (9th generation), iPad Pro (5th generation) and iPad Mini (6th generation)
Can Black Friday items be returned?
Before you make any purchases on Black Friday, it’s important to known where you stand and know your rights as a consumer
Shopping in-store? As Citizens Advice explains: “Unless you made your purchase online, shops aren’t legally required to accept returns for unwanted goods”
Additionally, it’s worth checking the store’s individual returns policy some retailers offer more generous returns policies than others.
If you’re buying online, however, it’s a different story. The bureau adds: “If you buy online however, unless it’s bespoke or made to measure, by law you will get an automatic 14-day cooling off period.”
“This starts the day after you receive your order, and there doesn’t need to be anything wrong with the item for you to get a refund”
What sales and deals can you shop now?
Can’t wait until Black Friday? There are plenty of deals live right now where you can grab yourself a bargain:
What to expect on Black Friday 2021?
Based on previous years we’ll see offers all across the board, from tech gadgets to furniture to home and beauty products. Due to the newest iPhone 13 model dropping this week, we expect to see huge price drops on older models like the iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and many more.
In terms of tech we can look forward to major price drops on smartphones, laptops, TVs, tablets, headphones, wearables, smart speakers, games consoles and more. Just about every category of gadget should be involved in the Black Friday 2021 sales extravaganza.
Other categories that we’ve covered in previous Black Fridays include deals on home, kitchen, beauty and jewellery items, so there really is something for everyone when it comes to picking through the discounts you can get hold of.
What is Cyber Monday and when is it?
The huge sale bonanza is a chance for shoppers to pick up hugely discounted deals across all categories, ranging from electrical appliances and technology to fashion and beauty.
Why is it called Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday was first coined back in 2005 by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman of the US’ National Retail Federation and Shop.org.
The general premise was for it to be a secondary sale event following Black Friday for smaller retailers. However, nowadays all the key players in retail also participate in Cyber Monday discounting too.
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