On Friday 23rd November, one of the year’s biggest sales events will be upon us. As Black Friday approaches, stores will slash their prices, particularly on tech and gadgets. In this post, we’ll take a look at what Black Friday is, some of the best deals from years gone by, and predict what we’ll see in the sales this year.
What is Black Friday?
Originally popular in America, Black Friday came into mainstream British consciousness about five years ago. It’s particularly popular with people looking for deals on tech gadgets, with some savings of up to £1,000 or more available.
In the UK, Black Friday is relatively civilised, but in America, the savings can be so great and the competition to get products can be so high that there are riots and fights.
Best Black Friday Deals from Years Gone By
Last year, technology discounts led the way, particularly the PS4 bundle, the Nintendo Switch and the iPhone 7. Amazon offered the new FIFA 18 game for a mere £19.99, while Argos reduced the Nintendo Switch to £269.99, according to figures from The Sun.
In 2016, deals included 76% off an Oral B Pro rechargeable toothbrush. Philips wireless noise-cancelling headphones were also available at less than half price, according to The Guardian.
Best Black Friday Deals This Year
This year, Black Friday looks set to be bigger and better than ever before. As well as being popular with tech products, Black Friday seems set to branch out this year, with deals on everything from skateboards to holidays.
It’s hard to predict which items will see the largest discounts, so your best bet is to be prepared for every eventuality. For example, Apple traditionally only offer minor discounts on their phones, but some online retailers will offer discounted contracts, so it’s best to shop around if you’re looking for something like an iPhone XS.
How to Find the Best Deals
The key to finding the best deals is preparation. By researching items you’re looking to buy beforehand, you’ll have a good idea whether the price you’re quoted on Black Friday really is a great deal.
In addition, it’s wise to follow shops that offer the product you’d like on social media, as many will tweet or post about their best deals on the day. By following them, you’ll be the first to see.
Finally, remember to also check for discount codes. You may find your item is reduced by 20% or so, but an added discount code could give you even more of a bargain. These aren’t always applicable, but it’s always worth a try.
To conclude, Black Friday is a great way to get discounted products. So plan ahead, do your research and be prepared for a mad scramble for savings on the day.