A guide to Black Friday
We’ve now got less than 24 hours to go before this year’s Black Friday kicks off – a spectacle which has gained cult status, as much for its excitable scrums and frenzied madness as its great discounts.
Granted, the Youtube videos of bargain hunters jostling and going to battle over cut-price TV’s are entertaining stuff, but it’s a bit of an injustice that Black Friday’s comedy reputation has, at times, overshadowed the fact that it’s a great way of grabbing some incredible bargains.
So, Black Friday… tell me more
In case you’re new to it all, Black Friday – a recent import from our American cousins across the Atlantic, and a long-time post-Thanksgiving holiday sale – is, quite simply, the world’s biggest shopping day. This is probably, in-part, down to where it conveniently sits on the calendar – what better time is there to do your Christmas shopping and treat yourself than a sales bonanza the month before Christmas, after all?
While there will be early morning queues and large crowds of bargain-hungry shoppers, waiting impatiently to get first dibs on the best deals, the fact that the Black Friday sales start on a weekday means that most of us will be forced to do our sales shopping online. Predictably, the anticipated online sales figures which experts are suggesting are staggering, with analysts predicting that we Brits alone will spend in the region of £1billion on everything from TV’s and laptops, to home appliances like fridges and washing machines, and clothes – everything will be fair game.
As you’d expect from a day which is expected to generate record-breaking levels of online spending, to the extent that shoppers are expected to be spend up to £12,000 a second on the big day, all of the biggest retailers will be offering great deals as they seek to part you from your money. Well, all except for Asda, that is – the scene of the crime for many an undignified video of Black Friday chaos.
Big name retailers to keep an eye on
The list of big names, both from the high street and online, who will be offering huge discounts is a who’s who of retails A-listers. In their bid to win your custom, you can expect to potentially save hundreds upon hundreds of pounds
Here are some of the key big-hitters to keep your eye on, and links to their Black Friday discount catalogues:
While Apple aren’t directly throwing their hat into the Back Friday ring to the same degree they did last year, you’ll still be able to pick up some of Apple’s goodies at a discount, albeit through one of their stockists.
You can pick-up a cheeky £50 discount on a Macbook Pro & Air at Currys by entering the code 50MAC on their website, while John Lewis have offered to price-match their competitor’s prices and Groupon are offering iPad Airs from £299.99.
Keep an eye out for other Apple deals which are out there waiting for you.
If you’re on the lookout for home appliances or technological knick knacks, Currys’ Black Tag catalogue of discounted goods is worth a look.
Whether you’re looking for laptops, tablets, washing machines, hoovers and so on, there are some large discounts to be had at Currys outlets or its online store.
As you might expect, Amazon is offering a week long sale with huge discounts to everything, from Kindles to clothes to Johnnie Walker whisky.
Have a look at their Black Friday range – it’s pretty much a given there will be at least something great or small you want on sale.
In addition to its price-match policy on all Black Friday goods it stocks, John Lewis is also offering a vast catalogue of Black Friday sales items. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’ll likely find something that interests you, either in John Lewis stores or online.
The laminated book of dreams just got even better – Argos has slashed the price of a huge number of goodies and treats, all of which can be found in its Black Friday promotion.
If your wardrobe is looking decided tired, bear in mind that ASOS is offering 20% off the price of absolutely everything over the course of its Black Friday promotion
In addition to these retailers, Marks & Spencer, River Island, Debenhams, Body Shop, GAME, Tesco, Boots and many other well-known retailers are all offering their own promotions and deals for intrepid bargain hunters.
Perhaps you’re looking to get your Christmas shopping done on the cheap, or instead you just want to reward yourself with a much-needed treat. Whatever your reasons for shopping, Black Friday, and the following weekend onto Monday is a good opportunity to shop savvy and save some money.
So, switch on your computer or tablet, dust the cobwebs from your debit card, and get ready for tomorrow morning – a festival of sales and discounts awaits you.
Your wedding doesn’t have to cost the earth
We look back at a few blockbuster classics and their budgets from years gone by.
What hidden costs are involved when buying a house?
Money Life explores exactly how much premier league promotion is worth