Black Friday 2019 has been and gone and it's time to look forward to Black Friday 2020.
As ever, we're rounding up the best UK deals for you right here including offerings from all the major retailers including Amazon UK, Currys PC World, John Lewis, AO and Argos.
Our curated articles pick out the best tech deals without any of the dross, so you won't find non-bargains on dodgy TVs, underpowered laptops or terrible phones on Pocket-lint.
That's unlike some other sites who just post up anything they can find to make a quick buck.
When is Black Friday 2020?
Black Friday is Friday 27 November 2020 so Cyber Monday is Monday 30 November 2020. And yes, that means the weekend coincides with payday for a lot of people.
What are Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Originally a US-only event, Black Friday has stretched across the pond and to other regions too. It is a day in November, the day after the US holiday of Thanksgiving, where retailers heavily discount thousands of items in the build-up to Christmas.
It lasts an entire day traditionally, but some retailers start their Black Friday deals early.
Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday - an online event the Monday after that essentially carries on the bargains for an extra day.
In reality, the bargains can begin a week before Black Friday and carry on until the end of November with retailers making the most of the opportunity to sell more products in an ever-more competitive market.
What are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK deals?
There are deals across so many areas. On Pocket-lint we round them up by category to help you find what you're looking for. Here's where you'll be able to find all the deals - we'll expand this section quite drastically in the lead-up to the day itself.
Amazon said that during the first 16 hours of Black Friday 2019, Amazon UK says its customers ordered more than 180,000 video games and accessories and over 170,000 kitchen products while the best-selling tech was its own products, Phillips Hue Smart Bulbs, Sony's wireless noise-cancelling headphones, the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 speaker, Sonos One as well as the Shark Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner. The Nintendo Switch also sold well.
We will be updating highlighted deals across retailers and brands as and when they go live, both in the buildup to Black Friday, the day itself and throughout Cyber Monday.
Quick links to deals
In the US? Check out our US Black Friday page
Below are quick links straight to the deals pages for the top retailers, just in case you're looking for something that we haven't covered.
Direct links to retailer pages
- Amazon UK deals
- AO deals
- Argos deals
- Carphone Warehouse deals
- Currys PC World deals
- GAME deals
- John Lewis deals
- Very.co.uk deals
Selected deals by brand
Which retailers offer Black Friday UK deals?
In 2018 Amazon sold over 2 million items, with an estimated average saving of 40 per cent.
Argos runs deals all through the year, but Black Friday is a time to get something special. There are great bargains on tablets, TVs and games consoles but there are cheaper goods to be had in almost every category it covers.
Carphone Warehouse always offers a range of deals on mobile devices, tablets and accessories.
Currys PC World runs deals throughout the year and Black Friday is no exception when it has some super offers available.
eBay is the land of deals for many, be that new from store outlets, or from individuals who have something that you want, but they don't. Traditionally, there a full range of deals available through eBay, and although they haven't specifically been positioned as Black Friday deals, it's always worth looking. Games consoles, in particular, were very cheap last year.
EE's Black Friday usually takes the form of some major deals on handsets, although you can also get bargains on price plans and PAYG deals too.
John Lewis has a commitment to be "Never Knowingly Undersold" so, as the site points out, it has to "match competitors' prices". The advantage with John Lewis is that it offers aftercare and often guaranteed cover for five years for many products, which is ideal for big gadgets like TVs or laptops.
Game starts pushing a range of offers on consoles and games early, but you can expect some even bigger deals come Black Friday.
Mobiles.co.uk is part of the Dixons Carphone group and a strong competitor when it comes to price. It will have some great offers on the day.
O2 isn't a big Black Friday participant but could be tempted to offer some major discounts this year considering its competitors will.
Tesco Mobile's Black Friday deals usually last a week or so.
Three always has something planned for Black Friday.
Vodafone will be taking part in Black Friday, we expect.
Dyson always slashes prices for Black Friday.
Samsung always offers plenty of bargains across its online store. There's no indication that this year will be any different.
Tips for bagging a Black Friday bargain
PriceSpy has the below tips for consumers looking to get the best deals this Black Friday.
1. Check out the competition
The first thing to check is if an offer really is as good as it sounds. Is the same TV available at an even better price elsewhere?
2. See through the ‘normal price’ bluff
Shops often dress discounts up to look bigger than they are. They do this by raising the price shortly before the sale and then compare the sale price to this elevated standard price.
3. Compare the features
If shoppers don’t know exactly what they want, it’s common to just buy up the biggest bargains during a sale. However, they may not be getting the best deal. Be sure to compare product features and characteristics of similar models.
4. Preparation is key
Create a wish-list of products and try not to deviate from it too much. A good price on something you don’t need is not a bargain. Setting price alerts will notify shoppers as soon as the prices drop, so they don’t miss the boat.
5. It’s not just gadgets
A lot of people still associate Black Friday with electronics. This is no longer the case. In fact, a diverse range of shops discount their products. Last year, PriceSpy saw an average saving of 15% off its home and garden category.