Officially, Black Friday is on 27 November, but eagle-eyed shoppers will have already noticed that sales have started in earnest. Whether or not these early Black Friday deals will get bigger and better remains to be seen, but based on last year, here’s where you can expect to bag the best bargains.
US shoppers have enjoyed Black Friday deals for decades, but it was Amazon that brought Black Friday to the UK back in 2010. Since then, Amazon has been a stalwart in our household for pre-Christmas deals and discounts.
The online behemoth might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they offer some of the best reductions. Amazon also has a huge range and is reliable and efficient – especially if you also have Prime membership.
This year, Amazon has kicked off with some early deals. These started on 26 October and will end on the 19 November. Whether they’ll extend these deals, pause then resurrect them, or come up with brand new offers for Black Friday itself is anyone’s guess right now.
Amazon is particularly good for small electricals. Last year, impressive savings were applied to robot vacuum cleaners (down by £299). You could also save big on men’s electric shavers (the Philips series 9000 was reduced by £83).
Savings on early-bird deals this year focus on personal electricals. There’s currently up to 70% off electric toothbrushes and 60% off haircare products (although there’s a 64% saving on Remington ceramic straighteners).
Argos is another firm favourite in our household for children’s toys and board games in particular. Last year, they also a had some cracking offers on laptops (with savings of more than £100), as well as deals on more than 400 gaming products.
Argos is offering some discounts now, but these look like regular campaign offers rather than early Black Friday deals, so you’ll need to wait for the 27th for any meaningful savings.
You can still order online at Argos.co.uk and collect in certain stores. In England, that includes standalone stores and concessions in Sainsbury’s, but orders must be placed and paid for online. The rules are slightly different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland but you can find details on the Argos website.
3. Currys PC World
Definitely one to watch if you’re after new tech. To be honest, we’re not frequent Currys PC World shoppers unless we need to replace a computer or laptop.
In-store shopping has also always been our preferred choice because of the advice on offer. Clearly, that can’t happen in person this year, but the company is offering a click and collect service. If you need advice, they’ve launched a new ShopLive service where you can video chat with an expert.
Black Friday deals last year were impressive, with over £100 off Hotpoint washing machines. There was also a whopping £300 off the HP Pavilion 14″ laptop. So, if you’re after anything vaguely techy, it’s well worth doing your homework on what you really want and then making this your first port of call.
Currys PC World has also launched special deals under their ‘Kickstart your Xmas‘ banner. If you need a new mixer, the Kenwood kMix is currently reduced by £200. It’s a time-limited deal, but it isn’t clear when the offer ends. If this is on your Christmas list, it might be something you don’t want to miss.
4. Smyths Toys
Like Argos, Smyths Toys is excellent for, well, toys. Smyths is especially good for big names and what us grown-ups call fads (although our children would beg to differ).
Smyths currently has some early Black Friday deals, though none are standout. Last year, they offered 25% off selected items, which bodes well for the big day on 27 November.
Boots has already launched some Black Friday deals and is offering products for up to or better than half price. Savings can be had across their ranges, including fragrance, beauty, gift sets and electrical.
Highlights include the No.7 Perfect Party Collection, which is now just £75, down from £198.50. Plus, if you fancy his ‘n’ hers electric toothbrushes, you can pick up the Oral B Genius 9900 for £145, down from £450 – that’s a ginormous £305 saving!
Black Friday deals 2020
Most high street and online retailers offer Black Friday deals, even if they don’t officially brand their discounts as such (we’re looking at you, M&S). Generally, you can expect to see reductions of around 20% to 30%, particularly at clothing retailers.
Of course, whatever’s on your Christmas list for 2020, remember to try and spend wisely. If you’re trying to get to grips with money this holiday season, take a look at these top Christmas budgeting tips.
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