The main action happens on the Friday itself but in order to get some breathing space retailers increasingly push out deals across Black Friday week and the Black Weekend leading up to Cyber Monday.
Originally a US-only event, Black Friday has stretched across the pond and to other regions too. It is a day in November, the day after the US holiday of Thanksgiving, where retailers heavily discount thousands of items in the build-up to Christmas.
It lasts an entire day traditionally, but some retailers start their Black Friday deals early, including Amazon in the US and UK, which often starts its sales period a week beforehand. Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday 8211; an online event the Monday after that essentially carries on the bargains for an extra day.
In reality, the bargains can begin up to a week before Black Friday and carry on until the end of November with retailers making the most of the opportunity to sell more products in an ever-more competitive market.
There are deals across so many areas. On Pocket-lint we round them up by category to help you find what you8217;re looking for. Here8217;s where you8217;ll be able to find all the deals on the day itself.
- Black Friday UK smart home deals
- Black Friday UK smartwatch deals
- Black Friday UK tablet deals
- Black Friday UK Xbox One deals
- Black Friday UK PS4 deals
- Black Friday UK Games deals
- Black Friday UK Nintendo Switch deals
- Black Friday UK Phone deals
- Black Friday UK Fitness tracker deals
- Black Friday UK Camera deals
- Black Friday UK TV deals
- Black Friday UK laptop deals
- Black Friday UK Headphone and speaker deals
- Black Friday SIM-only deals
- Xbox One S 500GB with Shadow of War Bundle + Star Wars Battlefront 2 for £199.99
- Amazon Echo Dot for £34.99 (save £15)
- Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for £99.99 (save £40)
- Google Home for £79 (save £50)
- Huawei P10 for £400 (save £170)
- LG OLED55C7V 4K Ultra HD TV, for £1,699 (save £800)
- Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance 27 starter kit, for £159.99, online exclusive price
- Find all Amazon.co.uk Black Friday deals here
Last year, Amazon started its Black Friday deals on 17 November and ran them beyond Black Friday itself, to Sunday 26 November. There were daily deals, as well as long-running deals.
Argos runs deals all through the year, but Black Friday is a time to get something special. There are great bargains on tablets, TVs and games consoles but there are cheaper goods to be had in almost every category it covers.
Boots might not be top of your list for the latest electronic, but if you8217;re after grooming products or something else healthcare related, it8217;s a good place to start Christmas shopping. It generally has sales for just the one day, so you need to be quick.
Carphone Warehouse always offers a range of deals on mobile devices, tablets and accessories. It runs its Black Friday bargains for 24 hours, both instore and online.
- Find Currys/PC World Black Friday deals here
Currys PC World runs deals throughout the year and Black Friday is no exception when it has some super offers available.
eBay is the land of deals for many, be that new from store outlets, or from individuals who have something that you want, but they don8217;t. Traditionally, there a full range of deals available through eBay, and although they haven8217;t specifically been positioned as Black Friday deals, it8217;s always worth looking. Games consoles, in particular, were very cheap last year.
John Lewis has a commitment to be 8220;Never Knowingly Undersold8221; so, as the site points out, it has to 8220;match competitors8217; prices8221;. The advantage with John Lewis is that it offers aftercare and often guaranteed cover for five years for many products, which is ideal for big gadgets like TVs or laptops.
Game starts pushing a range of offers on consoles and games early, but you can expect some even bigger deals come Black Friday. Generally, these take the form of extra games added to bundles, if you8217;re looking for a new machine.
Marks & Spencer generally jumps on board the Black Friday bandwagon, although there doesn8217;t tend to be that much technology on its site. However, it does sell a range of activity trackers and other items, and has formerly offered great deals on Fitbit, for example.
Mobiles.co.uk is part of the Dixons Carphone group and a strong competitor when it comes to price. It has some great offers on the day and will no doubt soon add a page where you can be notified of any deals.
Last year TalkTalk took the unprecedented step of starting its Black Friday deals a month early. It heavily discounted its fibre and standard broadband packages. A TalkTalk Fast Broadband package with 17Mbps was available for £19.95 a month.
Tesco usually has a countdown time on a dedicated Black Friday site long before the day kicks off. Last year, it also gave you the opportunity to the latest offers in advance, as well as register as a new customer to make sure you8217;re ready to go when the clock hits zero.