2016 will see Black Friday falling on November 25 and, as ever, shops online and offline are ramping up their deals to entice customers to spend their Christmas shopping budget with them.
If you want to bag a bargain, you might have to be ready at the stroke of midnight with mouse poised to click – or you might find yourself leisurely checking the online shops that utilise the whole of November to tempt you to part with your money in return for Christmas presents.
Here’s our guide to which shops you should be stalking now, and which you’ll need to wait until the day itself dawns.
What is Black Friday?
In the run up
Amazon's Black Friday sale boasts 50% off thousands of products with new deals appearing every hour, from electronics and gardening supplies to fragrance and even cleaning products. If you don’t fancy logging in regularly to see if something grabs your attention, you can have a sneak preview of upcoming deals.
In 2016 Argos are starting their Black Friday deals on Friday 18 November and, as with all purchases, they’ll hold your order for 7 days so you can pick it up in your own time and hopefully avoid the queues.
Boots have offers in the run up to the day; whether these expire and are renewed each day is unclear.
Clarks will be running daily deals presumably in the week approaching Black Friday, and suggest signing up to their emails to find out about the savings on the day.
Debenhams have asked online shoppers to swing by their website from Monday November 21st onwards; there are various deals each day offering savings of up to 50% on more or less everything you might need for Christmas. You can also sign up to be the first to hear about their Black Friday offerings.
Halfords have Countdown Deals throughout November, with bigger deals implied to be happening on Black Friday itself. Plus, they’re running a competition where if you log into your account or create a new one before November 22, you’ll be in with a chance to win up to £2000 of Black Friday deals.
Lakeland's Black Friday event starts a day early, on November 24th.
Get ready for Black Friday spending
On the day
Currys don’t start their Black Friday event until 6am on the day, but you can register your interest with them via a form on the website that will keep you updated of the promotions they will be running.
House of Fraser
House of Fraser suggest you open your account with them in advance to save time on the day, but don’t appear to have a registration list. So you’re best off visiting the site as early as you can on the day to see if there’s anything fancy you fancy in the sale.
John Lewis’ Black Friday event launches around midnight, and as per their Never Knowingly Undersold motto, they’ve pledged to respond to competitor promotions.
Top tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
A word of advice
Don’t be drawn in by something that looks like a good price – decide what you’re after, check the prices in the run up, and make sure you’re not distracted by the worry of missing out.
Some companies have been known to actually hike the prices up on Black Friday, relying on the blind panic of shoppers to get what they mistakenly see as a good deal – so be wary.
Do your homework, and don’t lose yourself to the Black Friday fever!
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