UNTIL a few years ago, Black Friday was a tradition exclusive to our friends across the pond.
But now, UK retailers are getting involved - slashing prices both on and leading up to the big day.
Shoppers this year are expected to spend an average of £203 each, an overall £3 billion splurge, so here is what you need to know to make sure you get the very best deals possible.
On Black Friday, shops’ prices plummet for 24 hours in an attempt to get people splashing the cash in the run up to Christmas. The day earned its name as it’s often the day shops ‘move into the black’ – meaning they have enough money to cover their costs.
And it works – as customers often queue for hours, even days to get their hands on the best bargains.
Unfortunately, the shopping mania can sometimes descend into violence, as people argue over discounted gadgets and appliances.
Traditionally, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving – an American holiday which falls on the fourth Thursday in November.
This year, Black Friday will fall on Friday 25 November, however various retailers will be offering their deals earlier than this, including Amazon who launched their Black Friday deals 12 days early. Tesco have also kicked things off ahead of schedule by starting their sale bonanza on Monday 21 November.
While some shoppers continue to fight for the best deals in store, many retailers expect the majority of Black Friday business to be done online.
Here are some of the retailers you should be looking out for:
Last year the online retailer sold more than 7.4 million items on Black Friday alone.
In total 86 items were sold per second and was Amazon’s biggest sales day ever in the UK.
Popular items which were snapped up by bargain hunters included Kindle Fire, Xbox One, Samsung televisions and Fifa 16.
This year the online retailer launched its Black Friday deals 12 days early.
The extravaganza will will include HD TVs, phones, beauty products, home accessories, fashion and toys, with “lightning deals” becoming available as often as every five minutes.
Prices of cameras were slashed by more than 50 per cent and a Vax vacuum had £150 wiped off as part of Argos’ deals last year.
This time around, the retailer followed the example of Amazon by launching their 13-day sale early.
Shoppers are being advised by the chain to check store opening times and keep track of everything in your basket if you are purchasing online.
Last year, the online fashion giant offered customers a special code entitling them to a 20 per cent discount on their shopping bag.
Bookmark items that you know you want to buy a few days before the day – click on “save for later” and you’ll be able to see if it goes on sale on Black Friday.
The clothing giant has started its Black Friday sales early, with a themed discount each day leading up to November 25.
Discounted themes have included winter warmers and partywear.
They are most known for selling groceries, but last year the supermarket cut hundreds of products such as televisions, phones, coffee machines and hair straighteners.
This year, the supermarket giant is set to open their doors to Black Friday shoppers from 5am. Tesco Direct launched its Black Friday sale on November 21, giving shoppers five days of bargains.
The company may well match their 70 per cent off electrical items from 2015, though this has not been confirmed.
Last year the store boasted a 15.5 per cent increase in internet sales during Black Friday and raked up to £187.7 million in one week.
Electrical goods such as TVs and laptops were some of the most popular items which were reduced.
The beauty store cut the price of a number of different fragrances last year.
Highlights included the cost of Emporio Armani She Eau de Parfum being halved.
The go-to bike store are getting themselves in gear for a busy day of sales both online and in store – last year, they offered 50 per cent off on some of their popular children’s
They have a designated Black Friday page, which has details of all their offers. You can browse the bikes, accessories and gifts ahead of the big day.
MARKS & SPENCER
A spokesperson for Marks & Spencer told The Sun Online: “We don’t share results of promotions in isolation.”
However experts have predicted what they expect to feature in the retailer’s Black Friday event later this month.
Last year, Marks & Spencer offered big reductions Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Heart Rate & Activity Wristband which was £66.49 down from £95.
This year GAME will be slashing the prices of their products on Friday 25 November., Last year the tech store stretched Black Friday out into a five day sale extravaganza.
MoneySavingExpert.com Deals Editor Gary Caffell says: “Game last year was an exciting player offering one-hour only sales on selected games and consoles – some being the best on the market.
“This year we expect to see big discounts on consoles and games.”
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s told The Sun Online, “Our customers are looking for great value ahead of Christmas and shoppers know that Black Friday is the perfect moment to find a bargain.
“Like last year, there will be a select number of products on offer throughout the weekend.”
Last year the supermarket had offers on the popular Nutribullet blender, Dyson vacuums and Sony headphones.
It’s not just Christmas presents you can get your hands on – many airlines and holiday websites also do great Black Friday deals, with some offering flights for just a few pounds last year.
And if you don’t find what you’re looking for on Black Friday, there’s always Cyber Monday a few days later…
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