The countdown to Black Friday, arguably the biggest shopping day of the year, has officially begun. A sales frenzy that has seen queues stretch into shopping centre car parks and fights break out over televisions in previous years, Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on some of the best deals as retailers promise to slash prices on a wide range of products.
Last year, 91 per cent of stores took part in the UK and we predict the same for 2018 with the very best discounts to be found online. So, whether you’re after a new television, a laptop or even a new phone, here’s everything you need to know about Black Friday, including how to get the best deals.
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But, whether you’re shopping in-store or bargain hunting from the comfort of your sofa, it’s important to shop around and research items you want to buy well in advance rather than splashing out on a whim.
We suggest sticking to a shopping list of items that you know you actually want, setting yourself a budget and watching out for additional discount codes online.
It’s also a good idea to check retailer’s returns policies before buying and to check terms and conditions for sites you’ve not used before.
For your one-stop shop of all the very best deals, make sure to keep checking our Black Friday pages where we will be constantly updating the best deals.
How long will the discounts last?
Black Friday 2018 looks set to be one of the longest-running yet. Last year, it went from just one weekend to an entire week, so you can expect that trend to continue this time round.
What were the best deals last year?
Last year, there was some impressive deals on the then-new Nintendo Switch and a number of discounts on mobile phones including the iPhone 7 and X, the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8.
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Amazon’s own product range – including Echo devices, Fire tablets and Kindles –had massive discounts too, as did PS4 and Xbox One bundles, OLED TVs and 2-in-1 laptops.
Can I get cashback on Black Friday deals?
This all depends on your debit or credit card provider. During the Black Friday period, a number of companies offer cashback on purchases while websites such as Quidco also offer cashback for new customers of big brands.
What is Cyber Monday?
A continuation of Black Friday, Cyber Monday is an online-only sale – hence the name.
It always takes place on the Monday following Black Friday which this year falls on 26 November.
What’s the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
There isn’t much of a difference between the two at all. Originally, Cyber Monday was completely unconnected to Black Friday as it focused on all of its deals being online.
However, with the growing popularity of Black Friday, both in store and online, the lines have become more and more blurred.
Am I protected on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
As well as genuine deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday can bring out fraudsters so it’s important to be vigilant.
Make sure you check any emails you receive properly before clicking links to make sure they’re legitimate.
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If you’re shopping from a computer, it’s also a good idea to ensure your anti-malware software is up to date.
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