Originally, the biggest Black Friday discounts would be found at fashion retailers as well as on electronics like televisions, laptops, tablets, handheld gaming devices and smartphones. Tech retailers like Currys, John Lewis and ao.com were the go-to places to do your Black Friday shopping, offering huge discounts on big brand names such as Apple, Samsung, Toshiba, Sony PlayStation and LG.
While you can still find fantastic savings on fashion, electronics and gadgets, the Black Friday phenomenon has outgrown these sectors in recent years and surged into , homeware, lifestyle and travel markets like an unstoppable riptide. Big brand fashion retailers like New Look, Footasylum, Very and Debenhams hopped aboard the Black Friday train and began to offer huge discounts on clothing, accessories and footwear.
It’s not just tech and fashion you can bag yourself a great deal on either. Those wanting to book a holiday can get their hands on cheap flights and travel bargains during the Black Friday sales. Airlines and package holiday operators like TUI, Jet2, and Thomas Cook often offer limited travel Black Friday deals such as fantastically cheap flights, hugely discounted summer holidays and low cost hotel rooms.
Based on 2017 stats, you can expect to find huge Black Friday discounts of up to 70% at tech, fashion, beauty and travel retailers. We’ve rounded up last year’s biggest savings from across the retail sector below to give you an idea of the types of amazing deals that will be on offer this year.
According to TNT, overall price drops and buy one get one free offers proved most popular with savvy shoppers in the UK last year, hinting that we can definitely expect more of these in 2018. Don’t just look out for the biggest price drops this year but keep your eyes peeled for great free gift offers too to get more great savings for your money. Whichever type of Black Friday deal you manage to get your hands on this November you’re sure to make a fantastic saving regardless.
In 2017 Argos reported over 78.5 million visits to their website on Black Friday alone. Argos’s Black Friday discounts launched at 9pm on the Thursday night. This year make sure you’re prepared early if you’ve got your eye on any electricals, tech, or home and kitchenware.
Last year Argos had Black Friday deals on big tech brands such as the Sony PS4 Slim 500GB Console Bundle, LG’s 43 Inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV, Apple Watch S1 38mm, and the Philips SHB3075 Wireless On-Ear Headphones were the biggest crowd pleasers last year but the big savings don’t stop there. Find huge discounts on a range of toys, games, home appliances, fragrances and beauty products.
Tip: Got your eye on specific products? Make a wishlist before the big day so they’re in one handy place ready to snap up as soon as the prices drop. Just look out for the heart icon on the product page and give it a click to add it to your wishlist. Argos takes the stress out of Black Friday shopping. Do your shopping online and choose the Fast Track Collection option to collect your order in store. You’ll have seven days to collect so you can wait for the chaos of Black Friday to die down before setting off to pick up your goodies!
Black Friday bargains will be flowing fast and hard over at ao.com this year. Expect some pretty hefty discounts on a range of electricals and home appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and fridge freezers from the likes of Bosch and Hotpoint.
Being an online only retailer ao.com boasts all of the best deals on white goods and home gadgets without the queues. For example, last year keen shoppers could bag huge savings on the Nespresso by Delonghi Pod Coffee Machine and the Hisense RS723N4WC1 American Stainless Steel Fridge Freezer.
Tip: It’s worth remembering AO.com offer a price match promise throughout the Black Friday period. Simply have the product number and price to hand as well as the website of the other retailer and get in touch with the customer services team to get the difference refunded. With such a dizzying amount of deals and discounts ao.com have created a handy guide full of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of their Black Friday sale event. Don’t forget to check out their buying guides before you hit the sales to make sure you’re getting a fantastic deal on a product that’s right for you.
Electronics giant Currys PC World certainly didn’t hold back on the discounts last year. They ran offers across almost every category from 4K ultra HD televisions and printers to laptops, vacuum cleaners and tablets. The best Currys Black Friday deals last year included a whopping £2,500 off the ultra-thin LG OLED TV and £300 off the Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB.
With over half a million visitors to their website before 6am back in 2016 it goes without saying there’ll be some fantastic Black Friday deals for 2018. Currys PC World will also be running a price match promise so you can rest assured you won’t find your tech cheaper anywhere else.
Tip: It’s advisable to head to the Currys PC World website in good time to get up to speed with their ultimate Black Friday survival guide. Wise up on the quietist shopping times and read up on how to get the best deals on electricals and the latest tech to make this Black Friday the best yet.
Debenhams definitely didn’t disappoint last year. The department store slashed the price of hundreds of items across all categories by up to 50%. Plus there were a limited number of online exclusive deals such as 50% off the Stella McCartney ‘POP’ eau de perfume 50ml and more than 50% off the Kenwood Multi-Pro Food Processor. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for more of those this year.
Some of the best deals last year were on handbags, electricals, furniture, toys, beauty and fragrances, making it the idea place to get great deals and Christmas presents for the whole family. This year, Debenhams’ Black Friday deals will start online on Monday 19th November and are set to continue throughout the week and into Cyber Monday. Kickstart your Christmas gift-buying season in style.
Tip: To make your Debenhams Black Friday shopping experience super easy and pain-free this year make sure you take a look at their size guide beforehand so you don’t have to waste time figuring out sizes as you add items to your basket. Remember to subscribe to their newsletter to be the first to know as soon as the offers go live.
Typically Very packs their Black Friday sale with mammoth deals on furniture, electricals, homeware and fashion – and last year was no different. With over half price knocked off some of their biggest brands like Samsung and Sony, we’re certain their offers won’t disappoint this year. Previous price cuts have started at the 8pm mark on Thursday night so preparation is key.
Back in 2016 Very reported an average of 1.7 orders every second and a games console, a perfume, and a smart watch being sold every three seconds. Some of the top picks from last year included 40% off the Nespresso Latissima coffee machine, £120 off the Toshiba 42 inch Ultra HD Smart TV, and 50% off the Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. The savings weren’t just limited to kitchen and home gadgets though with fantastic discounts on a range of women’s, men’s and children’s fashion too.
Tip: This year make sure you’ve downloaded the Very app before the sales begin to make your Black Friday shopping a breeze. They’ll be dropping fresh offers every hour with a ‘live feed’ of fantastic deals so you can see what huge savings are coming next. The easiest way to keep prices at a minimum is to choose the free click and collect delivery service.
This high street stalwart pulled out all the stops around Black Friday last year to offer bargain hunters unmissable discounts across fashion, electronics, furniture, and gaming. 2017 was a record-breaking year for them as they recorded their busiest ever online hour for trading. Some customer favourites included £400 off the Lenovo Yoga 910 Convertible Laptop and £120 off the Pure Evoke C-F6 DAB WiFi speaker.
Tip: The John Lewis brand is synonymous with their iconic ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ policy – their price match promise that’s been in place for almost 100 years. It’s no different during Black Friday. They’ll happily match any better offer you come across online so you know you’re always getting the best deal. There’ll be plenty of tempting offers across the site this year with the added bonuses of a minimum two year guarantee of all electrical goods. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and find something for all the family in the John Lewis Black Friday event.
Gamers get set for the biggest and best gaming deals of the year. Whether you’re team PlayStation or Xbox it goes without saying that you’re going to love the fantastic GAME Black Friday deals on a huge selection of consoles, games, phones and accessories this year.
Last year keen gamers snapped up some eye-watering discounts on bundles with the latest games including Call of Duty: WWII, FIFA 18, Gears of War 4, and GT Sport. There were also enormous savings to be had on the Nintendo Switch, VR headsets and official Sony DualShock controllers.
GAME’s Black Friday page states the company is preparing even bigger deals for 2018 – so it’s pretty certain that the deals are going to be unmissable this year. GAME stores across the country stayed open until midnight last year, but remember to shop online to beat the crowds and have access to all of the best gaming discounts without leaving your house.
Last year’s Footasylum ‘A Week of Darkness’ Black Friday campaign took the sneaker world by storm. Every day of Black Friday week trainer enthusiasts were invited to unlock a bundle of sweet savings on big name brands like Adidas, Nike, Reebok and The North Face.
There was 50% off the price of Adidas Climacool trainers as well as fantastic deals on a range of branded sports track tops and joggers launched urban fashionistas into a world of frenzy.
While the Footasylum Black Friday campaign of 2018 hasn’t been released just yet, you can be sure it’ll include some truly incredible savings across a wide range of footwear and clothing.
Black Friday’s arrival on British territory is partly thanks to this online retail giant. Despite recent efforts to get their Amazon Prime day off the ground, there’s no denying its Black Friday sale remains the biggest shopping day of the year for savvy bargain hunters.
Last year, the best price cuts started a week before the big day. The all-new second generation Amazon Echo, which the Daily Express voted the favourite consumer tech product of the year, was going for just £69.99 instead of the usual £89.99. On top of that there were huge discounts on the Amazon Fire tablet, as well as 4K TVs, Kindles and more of the latest tech – a trend we can expect to see in this year’s Black Friday sale too.
Expect Daily Deals all week, running for as long as the stock lasts each day. Also keep your eyes peeled for Lightning Deals – huge discounts for those quick enough to snap them up before they’re gone. New Lightning Deals could come out as often as every five minutes.
In 2017 a huge £1.4billion was spent online on Black Friday alone. That’s a year on year increase of 11.7 per cent and is a higher amount than both instore and online sales back in 2015 (£1.1billion). - Online retailer’s trade body IMRG. High streets, shopping centres and retail parks saw decrease of 3.6 per cent in footfall figures last year, proving that you don’t have to brave the high street to get a good deal. – Retail Intelligence firm, Springboard The most popular items bought during the Black Friday sale last year were iPads, speakers, video games, consoles and televisions – Argos and John Lewis
In 2017, traffic on both desktop and mobile devices to retail sites in the UK saw a jump of 52% on Black Friday and an increase of 81% for the four days leading up to Black Friday when compared to figures from 2015 – Market Intelligence firm, Similar Web
84% of females aged between 18 and 34 in the UK believe Black Friday is an opportunity to treat themselves – “Black Friday in the UK" - Statista, 2017
In November 2017, almost 1.85 million people searched for the term ‘Black Friday’ on Google. Of these, 57.5% of searches were made on a mobile device while 34.6% were made via desktop. – Google Keyword Planner
Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year with hundreds of retailers cutting their prices and offering bargain hunters the chance to snap up some truly unmissable deals. It’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping and take advantage of the huge price cuts.
A few years ago Black Friday may have conjured up images of long queues, armies of shoppers scouring the shelves and crowds of people waiting for shops to open their doors. Luckily that’s not so much of a reality in recent years as savvy shoppers are saving money, time and energy by choosing to partake in the Black Friday sales from the comfort of their own home.
This year retail giants like John Lewis, Argos, Currys and Debenhams are set to slash their prices and offer consumers a selection of huge limited-time discounts. Join in with the Black Friday frenzy and get your hands on some fantastic savings without lifting a finger. Bypass the queues and chaos and nab the best Black Friday vouchers and offers right here. Hurry though, the bargains won’t last long!
Black Friday originated in the US where Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The following day has been recognised as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season since the 1950s. It’s believed that the term ‘Black Friday’ was first coined in Philadelphia in the 1960s by police officers who were frustrated by the heavy traffic caused by shoppers on the hunt for pre-Christmas bargains in store sales.
However, in the early 1980s it’s said that businesses began to push back on the negative images painted of Black Friday and so began circulating their own positive explanation to how the name of America’s biggest shopping event came about. Their alternative interpretation stated that the ‘black’ in Black Friday refers to the fact that it’s the day of the year that businesses begin to see a profit for the year – also known as being ‘in the black’.
Despite originating across the pond the Black Friday phenomenon has found its way further afield, gaining popularity with seasoned bargain hunters in the UK in 2013. In recent years, what’s become the biggest shopping event of the year is increasingly becoming more and more of an online concept with hundreds of top brands offering bigger and better online exclusive discounts every year.