Black Friday seems to get busier every year. In 2017 it got a whole two weeks busier and we’re expecting an even bigger spectacle for Black Friday 2018.
This year, Amazon started its sales with the early Amazon Black Friday deals on 13 November, in which the new Amazon Echo went on sale for £69.99 and the Echo Dot was a steal at £34.99. Argos, AO, John Lewis, Currys PC World similarly got involved ahead of time and there were some great bargains to be had.
If you’re new to Black Friday, or just want to know what all the fuss is about, we’ve got you covered.
When is the Black Friday sale 2018?
The official Black Friday 2018 event is due to take place on 23 November, with Cyber Monday falling on the Monday after. However, the deals are likely to run for at least a fortnight both before and after these dates. Black Friday was such a huge event in 2017, many brands labelled the extravaganza a “Black Tag” event, rather than limiting it to one or two days.
The official Black Friday, and subsequent Cyber Monday, take place one month before Christmas Eve, meaning it’s perfectly timed for picking up some great savings on this year’s Christmas presents.
What is Black Friday?
Just like Boxing Day and Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday is one of the most exciting shopping days of the year – especially if you love a good bargain. That’s because many retailers will try to outprice each other, often knocking tech and other products down by up to 70% to grab the attention of Christmas shoppers and general bargain-hunters. For many retailers, it’s now the single biggest day for sales throughout the entire year, taking the top spot from the post-Christmas January sales and other major shopping events. It’s absolutely stuffed with bargains and we’ll be helping you find the best ones.
As Black Friday continues to get bigger every year, so do the deals. Black Friday has always been associated with rock-bottom discounts on laptops, TVs and other tech, so it’s the perfect time to upgrade or pick up a Christmas present for someone special, but that’s not all you can expect: we’re looking forward to discounts on everything from power tools and mobile phone contracts to fitness equipment and kitchen appliances this year. Basically, you’ll find great deals on pretty much everything during Black Friday and the period leading up to it, so if there’s something you’re looking to buy, it’s worth waiting to see if it gets discounted.
Black Friday began in the US but has made its way overseas in the last few years – so we can enjoy those amazing discounts too. In the UK, Black Friday is still a little bit tamer, but it’s certainly gaining traction with Black Friday sales hitting the likes of AO, Amazon, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco Direct, John Lewis and Currys PC World over the last few years.
The full range of Black Friday deals won’t be announced until closer to the date, but we expect to see some particularly juicy offers on some of the best games of 2018, along with the best laptops, smartwatches and smartphones. Amazon Prime members can usually also benefit from specific deals, so it’s worth signing up to Amazon Prime if you’re not already a member. And if Prime Day was anything to go by, there will certainly be some deals worth signing up for.
Where did Black Friday come from?
Most sources agree that Black Friday’s name came about thanks to the Philadelphia Police Department. Having seen the enormous traffic jams, violence and outright mayhem of the first sale events, it was dubbed Black Friday – and that depressing name has stuck ever since. While the day after Thanksgiving has always been a huge shopping event in the US, the ever-growing craze of Black Friday hasn’t abated and Black Friday 2017 is sure to see more shops mobbed, websites taken offline and friends and family falling out over stock shortages.
How big is Black Friday?
Despite coming over to us from the States, Black Friday is now very popular in the UK and its popularity has only been growing year on year. In 2014, digital consultancy Salmon estimated that the UK spent £810 million during Black Friday last year, and it should tip well over £1 billion this year.
Over the next few months, we’ll be telling you more about Black Friday, and once it’s upon us, we’ll also be finding you the best deals on all the tech and gadgets you might want. Stay tuned!
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