It used to be that Black Friday - mostly in store in the US - was focused on consumer electronics, and Cyber Monday more on clothing and jewellery, but the lines are pretty much fully blurred now. What that means in practice is that having a trusted guide is even more important than in previous years. With that in mind, it's good that you've popped your head in here to see what's going on with this year's sales. Apple kit is so rarely discounted that even a little bit off is a really big deal. After all, it's much easier and far less backbreaking, especially if you're after a new large kitchen appliance.
Cyber Monday was originally unconnected to Black Friday — the term was coined to mark the date when everybody went "Yikes! It used to be that Black Friday - mostly in store in the US - was focused on consumer electronics, and Cyber Monday more on clothing and jewellery, but the lines are pretty much fully blurred now. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are overwhelmingly online phenomena. After all, it's much easier and far less backbreaking, especially if you're after a new large kitchen appliance.
There were some really good bargains among the best Black Friday deals , including money off the then-rare Nintendo Switch , the cheapest iPhone 7 deal ever, a massive discount on the iPhone X and deep discounting on the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8. Of course, we tracked the best Cyber Monday deals in too.
We saw the lowest-ever price of the Samsung Galaxy 8 on contract, massive discounting on VPN services, Xbox Ones sold with a bunch of free games and huge discounts on Dysons. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday season is going to be longer than ever before. In Black Friday went from a weekend to a week and in some cases a month, and you can expect that trend to continue.
It makes sense for lots of reasons: What that means in practice is that having a trusted guide is even more important than in previous years.
One thing we noticed in and again in is that in many cases the available discounts changed as the month progressed.
Headline-grabbing stuff aside, the best-value deals tended to appear later in the month on more expensive products, where retailers could still make a profit while knocking a hefty amount off the price. While there's no way to know for sure what Black Friday and Cyber Monday will bring, we can take some educated guesses, and based on those the following are worth looking out for…. Apple kit is so rarely discounted that even a little bit off is a really big deal.
For those hoping for savings on the latest Apple devices, we're unlikely to see any significant reductions for the new iPhone XS , XS Max and iPhone XR - they have simply not been out for long enough and Apple's kit is some of the best tech when it comes to holding its value. The new iPad has been around long enough to attract decent discounting too, so keep your eyes peeled for that — it's a brilliant devices at any price, but particularly worth looking at if you can get any money off.
As with iPhones, so with Galaxies: There will be deals out there, though — OLED tech in particular is still incredibly expensive and improving fast, which means that, much to the chagrin of early adopters, there will be massive discounts on relatively recent sets.
The competition in that market is absolutely fierce, and that means sets that cost more than a car last year will be much, much cheaper this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There are sure to be similar deals this year, and with Amazon expanding its smart speaker lineup with the Echo Show and Echo Spot , Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be the perfect time to create a multi-room Echo setup without breaking the bank.
The first known mention of Black Friday was in November , when the journal Factory Management and Maintenance used it to describe the issue of people calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving so they could have an extra day off work. At the same time, police in the US were using the phrases 'Black Friday' and 'Black Saturday' to describe the horrendous traffic jams that occurred at the beginning of the pre-Christmas shopping season. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman, and it was a deliberate move to promote online shopping back in , when the internet was made of wood and powered by steam.
It was intended to help smaller retailers compete with the big names who were banging on about Black Friday, although of course those big names promptly jumped on the Cyber Monday bandwagon too. Oooh, the big question: In , consumer magazine Which? If you avoid the slightly-shifty stuff, though, you can get some really great deals. With consumer tech a huge focus of Black Friday, we're hoping for some big discounts on our favourite console.
Other big tech bargains expected this year include laptops, televisions, mobile phones and PS4s. Littlewoods - While it may not be your usual gaming retailer Littlewoods does get fully involved in the Black Friday spirit. GAME - We're assuming that the aptly titled store will no doubt have a huge range of offers up for grabs - so stay tuned at Game.
Amazon - Whether you're after some new headphones or some extra controllers for group playing, Amazon - a pioneer of Black Friday - will no doubt be hosting some of the best deals out there. Currys - Last year the high street tech specialist increased stock to deal with the huge demand on Black Friday and this year, we're expecting even more delicious Xbox offerings. We all know how easy it is to get carried away with spending when it comes to buying the latest gadgets and gizmos.
Always look around for voucher codes on sites such as vouchercloud. You can use your existing phone or tablet to download branded apps such as Amazon as they will have will have dedicated Black Friday tech landing pages so you can scan through deals quickly on the day. Panic normally sets in and most people will try and purchase all of their tech goods on the Friday, but remember that deals will nearly always last the whole weekend.
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. Video Loading Video Unavailable. Click to play Tap to play. The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now. Get money updates directly to your inbox Subscribe See our privacy notice More newsletters.
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