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It is becoming as big as the Boxing Day sale when retailers slash prices for one day only – and Black Friday is happening in Nottingham next week.
OK, it’s supposed to be for one day only but many retailers have realised the benefit of extending it and there are numerous deals available NOW.
The shopping chaos of a few years ago seems to have subsided as more of us buy online but there are still a few essential tips to help you find the best deals and shop safely.
We’ve put together an essential guide to the day of big discounts including a list of the key retailers taking part.
Friday, November 24.
Originally an American tradition, dropping on the day after Thanksgiving each year when our stateside cousins were given an extra day off work.
Retailers offer massive discounts on masses of products in an attempt to persuade you to spend your hard earned in the run-up to Christmas.
But UK retailers have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years thanks to the likes of Amazon and Wal-Mart-owned Asda , so bargain-hunters over here get the chance at some festive deals.
Nobody’s entirely sure, but most suggestions are based on how businesses and retailers detail their finances. Many shops see the biggest profits of the year on Black Friday. Many businesses will detail their gains in black ink (and losses in red ink), hence the name.
The high street chain is a great destination for shoppers looking for discounted toys and tech and electronics like laptops and TVs. Check out what’s on offer during the Argos Black Friday.
Expect a huge range of tech and gaming items including the retailer’s own-branded items like the Echo speaker and Fire tablet in the sales.
Over the last few years the brand has also featured Black Friday discounts on branded jewellery and fashion items too. Check our Amazon’s Black Friday deals here.
With they’re ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ tag line, the retailer will be price matching rivals on popular tech, home and fashion lines. You can keep up to date with the latest developments at johnlewis.com.
We’re expecting huge discounts on the latest console bundles and top games like FIFA 18 and Football Manager. For the latest news shoppers can sign up to the retailer’s newsletter.
Last year the supermarket giant rolled out 11 days of deals slashing the price of thousands of toys, electricals and homewares by half price.
This time the supermarket is having a SEVEN day Black Friday sale starting on November 20 so look out for the details here.
We’ve already spied a Nintendo Switch console bundle deal too good to pass up – a clear sign the retailer is gearing up for even bigger deals when Black Friday officially gets underway.
The high street giant will offer eager shoppers huge savings on tech gadgets and electrical items – watch out for discounts on top branded products like Fitbit activity trackers, Apple laptops and tablets and Dyson appliances.
In 2017 we’re expecting the same fashion brands to take part as they did last year. These previously included Topman, Asos , Matalan and Dorothy Perkins .
Most retailers are quiet on what deals they’re releasing, but we expect to see savings of around 20 – 50%.
Asos has already released a 25% off deal on dresses.
During Black Friday it can be tempting to buy items because of the exaggerated savings being advertised, but, sometimes these items can be of poor quality with merchants putting them on offer just to clear stock.
This isn’t always the case, so always check reviews before purchasing, especially for electrical items such as televisions and washing machines, to ensure the deal is worthwhile.
Some online deals will sell out in seconds, so be prepared and be quick.
Black Friday deals can start any time during the week before the event so keep an eye out for details of when and where the discounts will be.
In 2015 Amazon launched its Black Friday sale a week before – and this year it’s likely some major retailers will launch deals early to beat competitors.
Elevated savings are common during Black Friday but always check for hidden costs, such as shipping, which can reduce the discount.
Think about what items you want to buy and find out if and where you can get them in good time.
A shopping list is a good idea. With Black Friday’s biggest deals set to be online this year, it’s worth bookmarking what you’re after now, and keep refreshing in the run up to the week.
When purchasing Christmas presents online during Black Friday always check estimated delivery times so you know they will arrive in time.
Everyone gets excited to receive items when they order a great deal online but after Black Friday some parcels may take a little bit longer to arrive than usual due to the vast number of people purchasing items. If you’re shopping in-store during the sales event be patient with staff who will be dealing with an increased number of shoppers.
As well as offering a Black Friday discount retailers may have a code for free shipping or an extra 10% off.
Search for these codes on deal sharing communities and forums to see if you can use them in conjunction with the original Black Friday discount to save even more money.
If you’re shopping online use a credit card or use PayPal. If you do use a credit card, use one that offers you rewards such as air miles or vouchers for money off your shopping to save even further.
Retailers sometimes increase the price of an item before a sales event to make the sale look better. Check deal threads on sites like HotUKDeals where deal savvy members will share their knowledge of sale prices and RRP’s to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
Some savings will be for lesser-known retailers who may not be Google approved, so always check that you’re purchasing from a safe site. Check forums where people discuss retailers and customer experiences to ensure you don’t get caught out.
Some retailers like Amazon.co.uk will most likely release Black Friday deals to their VIP members first, so it’s worth signing up to receive their emails. If you’re not a fan of marketing emails set up an email account specifically for these sorts of things.
When shopping online, retailers must guarantee a 14-day returns window for non-faulty goods, however on the high street your rights can vary by store.
If you change your mind about something you buy, it’s important that you know where you stand in the eyes of the law.
Here are Which’s? tips to protecting your cash and exercising your rights:
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