Like it or loath it, Black Friday shopping (traditionally something celebrated by those across the pond) has come to the UK - in large part thanks to Amazon and Apple. However, many UK companies tend to focus on the Cyber Monday angle - the Monday following Black Friday.
Black Friday happens on the Friday following Thanksgiving, and sees thousands of people queuing crowding, barging and bashing their way into shops around the US in a bid to get hold of the latest gear. However, you can avoid the shopping horror by staying indoors and carrying out your retail therapy online. Amazon has already started its price cuts (Monday 21) and it'll last up until Friday the 25 November.
Pocket-lint has decided to give a run down of which retailers in the UK are jumping on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday bandwagon, and we'll also be including details of US retailers along the way. The post will be updated regularly as and when we see deals come online, and if you see anything worth shouting about let us know the best in the comments box below.
Update: Apple deals are live and waiting for you to get you grubby mits on; the full line up is here
Update: More Apple goodness can be had from Stormfront, check out its store finder here to pick up a bargain.
Update: Sainsbury's is coming out with a few tech nuggets on black Friday with deals on Nintendo 3DS and a 160GB PS3 for a cut-price £157.99. Thanks MCV.
Update: Lego has a whole load of offers live now and over the weekend, offer ends Monday so fill your boots.
Play.com is running a series of deals over 3 days, with the final instalment finishing on the 25 November - looks like there's plenty to choose from.
HMV has a Black Friday weekend - something that doesn't make too much sense, but if you like your tunes then you can't go far wrong in taking a look.
Update: Rumour has it that Toys ‘R’ Us stores in the UK will open at 9pm tonight to tie in with the American Black Friday, offering huge discounts on video games and in-demand kids’ Christmas toys such as Barbie and Hot Wheels.
Update: Barnes & Noble has announced some offers ready for Black Friday, November 25, both online and in-store. Customers will be able purchase a limited edition version of the award-winning NOOK Simple Touch, for the low price of only $79. Sold only at Barnes & Noble bookstores on Black Friday while supplies last. There will also be a host of NOOK accessories to be had as well as 50 per cent off toys, games, and top-selling books.
Update: 9to5Mac has just got hold of some details of the Apple discounts that can be expected on Friday. Discounts include $101 off Macs, whilst the iPads will have up to a $60 discount depending on capacity. iPods will go for up to $40 less also depending on capacity.
Update: Walmart has started it's Online TV Black Friday sale now, though you won't be able to get the offers in-store until Friday.
UK Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals
Apple - Always confident about the desirability of its products is keeping quiet on details, but has posted a teaser page. It says: "Mark your calendar now, and come back to the Apple Online Store for the special one-day event. You’ll discover amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone on your list."
Amazon - As mentioned Black Friday has come already and Amazon will be updating its site regularly. This includes Lightning Deals - which is where selected Amazon products will go on sale, super cheap, for limited times. Deals at the moment include a Pure Evoke Flow DAB radio for under £100, £350 off Full HD internet plasma TV, 3D ready with Freeview HD and over 45 per cent off selected Lego.
Offering over a million pounds worth of discounted products, the sale will start at 3pm on Thursday 24 November and continue right through Black Friday until midnight on Cyber Monday 28 November, the biggest online shopping day of the year.
Offers include deals across major brands and product categories, including iPads, Xbox Kinect, Dr Dre Beats headphones, large screen TVs, computing products and gifts - for the whole weekend.
Firebox - Nothing specific, but we have a quote from Ryan Collins, head of buying at Firebox saying: "Firebox has recently launched 'Firebox Deals of the Week' – offering our customers amazing and different discounts every Friday. The response has been incredible, and this week we’ll be launching some of our best discounts yet – head to our site each Friday to see what’s new."
BundleBox - If you're in the UK and see an item on sale in the US, then BundleBox will arrange a personal USA parcel forwarding address for you before shipping it out.
HotUKDeals - This up-to-minute deal-sharing website should help to cut through some of the noise related to bargains in and around Black Friday/Cyber Monday. And it's even got its own dedicated community discussion page - follow the link above.
US Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals
Apple - Folks in the US can also shop online for iPads and iPhones starting Friday 25 November.
Griffin Technology - Taking up to 80 pre cent off selected items for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch at the Griffin online website on Cyber Monday (28 November) with a purchase of $19.99 or greater and add a free A-Frame to your order. No code for this one.
The Callet - It's selling these iPhone and BlackBerry cases for $19.99, but enter the code "Callet 30" and you'll get 30 per cent off.
Grace Digital - There's an offer on at the moment for these Eco Extreme protective cases for you smartphone or MP3 player, use the code "bFriday30" for 30 per cent off.
Best Buy - Hosting a Black Friday Doorbusters event with outdoor movie night to keep you entertained. It looks as though this is US-only. Doors will open 12am Friday 25 November. Here's a link to some of the deals you can expect in-store and online.
Walmart - The retail behemoth wil be hosting Black Friday events, with the main event "electronics special" starting 12am Friday along with its online counterpart; and then a further electronics sale starting at 8am. Again only for folks in the US.
iam8bit - Its Black Friday Crazy sale includes T-shirts, books, gifts and original art prints. Its online offers will coincide with its in-store sale at the Echo Park location. However, special deals will be in-store only. Everything is discounted. Deals available Friday; 20 per cent off everything 1 -9pm in-store and online.
Microsoft is offering an array of special offers for people who can’t wait for the turkey to get cold before diving into holiday shopping available from today until Monday. Deals include Free Windows Phone 7 smartphones and money off Kinect for the Xbox 360.
Let us know any Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals in the comments and we'll add to the post.