Black Friday is only just over two weeks away - and, what's more, the festival of pre-Christmas deals is well-timed for your November payday this year.
As ever, we'll round up the best UK deals for you on this page including offerings from all the major retailers including Amazon UK, Currys PC World, John Lewis, AO and Argos.
Our curated list picks 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.
In the US? Check out our US Black Friday deals page
Below are quick links straight to the Black Friday deals pages for the top retailers, just in case you're looking for something that we haven't covered.
Here's everything you need to know about Black Friday 2019 in the UK.
When are Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019?
This year, Black Friday is Friday 29 November 2019 so Cyber Monday is Monday 2 December 2019. 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, including Amazon UK which we now know is starting its sales a week beforehand on 22 November.
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 up to 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.
Deals by category
- Best Bluetooth speaker deals
- Best electric toothbrush deals
- Best fitness tracker deals
- Best games deals
- Best headphone deals
- Best iPad and tablet deals
- Best laptop deals
- Best robot vacuum deals
- Best smartwatch deals
- Best TV deals
Deals by brand
Amazon said that last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday were its biggest days ever. Big sellers were the Amazon Echo Dot, an AncestryDNA genetic testing kit, Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker and Bose’s QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones.
In the first eight hours of Black Friday 2018, Amazon UK says its customers ordered more than 100,000 toys and 60,000 beauty products during this time.
Other best-sellers included Nintendo Switch, Hive Thermostats and selected Lego sets.
Which retailers offer Black Friday UK deals?
Amazon will be starting its Black Friday sales on 22 November running through to 29 November. Last year it sold over 2 million items, with an estimated saving of 40 per cent across the range.
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. It runs its Black Friday bargains for 24 hours, both instore and online.
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.
TalkTalk's recent Black Friday deals included a TalkTalk Fast Broadband package for £19.95 a month.
Tesco'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 in 2019
AO.com’s Commercial Analysis Manager, Peter Gregory, sent us these top tips to get a great deal this Black Friday.
1: Do your research. To make the most of Black Friday offers and to ensure you get the best possible deal on the day, make a list of all the items you’d ideally like to buy, prioritise them and most importantly stick to your list. Be strict with yourself. This means you won’t overspend but you can still purchase everything you ideally need whilst saving the most amount of money – hurrah! And, a lot of the online retailers have will online reviews, so you can do your homework and make sure you choose the best products too.
2: Sign up. Register for online accounts with retailers ahead of the event so you can be the first to know about the best deals around. Most retailers offer a sign-up service so that you can enter your email address and be notified as soon as the bargains go live, saving you time and giving you a gentle reminder so that you don’t miss out on the best deals.
3: Get on the retailer’s apps and social media. Follow the retailers you want to hear about for their upcoming discounts and offers during Black Friday. Also, download the app and set up a notification so you are aware of any new deals that launch. This way you will avoid being disappointed and will get first dibs on the deal.
4: Timing is everything. Due to the large volume of visitors, some websites couldn’t handle this last year and crashed before customers could grab their bargain. Be ahead of the game and shop at times that would be typically quieter to avoid this happening and enjoy a smoother online shopping experience.
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.