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What is Black Friday?

What is Black Friday

Black Friday is now the biggest shopping day of the year in the UK. It sees shops’ prices plummet for 24 hours in an attempt to get people spending in the run up to Christmas as they hunt down the best deals on electrical items, beauty products and fashion.

The day is widely thought to be when shops ‘move into the black’, although the term ‘Black Friday’ long predates the shopping extravaganza and was originally used to describe a day of commercial carnage or financial crisis.

Media reports in 1966 reveal that police officers in Philadelphia first referred to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday because of the increased traffic jams and large amounts of pedestrian traffic in the city’s shopping district.

Until a few years ago, Black Friday was a tradition exclusive to America, with Amazon introducing the concept to the UK in 2010, while ASDA - owned by America’s biggest retailer, Walmart - followed suit in 2013. The move saw brawls break out in supermarket aisles, with police called to numerous locations as people fought to get their hands on a bargain.

These days, it is much more civilised and largely an online affair, so charge your laptop, pour yourself a cup of tea and make sure you get yourself the best deal possible by earning cashback when you shop through TopCashback.


When is Black Friday 2016?

So, what date is Black Friday? Well, traditionally, it is always the day after Thanksgiving - an American holiday which falls on the fourth Thursday in November - and is seen as the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Many people believe that the parades featuring Santa Claus held on Thanksgiving first heralded the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Department stores like Macy’s in New York frequently sponsored the holiday parades, giving them the opportunity to begin advertising sales.

This year, it falls on Friday, November 25th, although various retailers will be offering their deals earlier than this.

Indeed, for most retailers, Black Friday is not a one-day event, with many merchants starting their discounts days or even weeks ahead of the big day. Amazon has launched some deals already and has vowed to end them at 23:59 on Black Friday itself.


Where to find the best Black Friday deals online

Most high street chains and supermarkets will take part in the sales, though there will be a few notable exceptions. Apple, for instance, do not usually get involved, although shoppers can snap up discounted iPhones and MacBooks, as well as Black Friday iPad deals, from other stores.

More than 1,000 Amazon marketplace sellers will be taking part in the Black Friday sale, offering customers deals on everything, including HD TVs, audio products, home accessories, popular toys and more.

The items on offer will only be on sale for as long stock lasts, with thousands of ‘Lightning Deals’ introduced throughout for a short period of time.

Argos have planned for a successful Black Friday, with their ‘13-day shopping bonanza’ having begun last Friday. The sale will also take in Cyber Monday and the high street giant will be offering deals across its extensive range of products.

Last year, Tesco cut the price on hundreds of products, such as televisions, phones, coffee machines and hair straighteners. They may well match their 70% off electrical items from 2015, so watch out.

John Lewis boasted a 15.5% increase in Internet sales during Black Friday 2015, with electrical goods such as TVs and laptops being some of the most popular items to be reduced.

Halfords, the go-to bike store, will be gearing themselves up for another busy day having offered 50% off some of their most popular children’s bikes, scooters and toys last year. They have a designated Black Friday page, which has details of all their offers.

It is not just Christmas presents you can buy this Black Friday as many airlines and holiday websites, including the likes of Thomson and First Choice, also have great deals, with some offering flights for just a few pounds last year.

Black Friday Deals


What to buy on Black Friday

You can expect the usual big discounts on technology and electronics, with older models going cheap if new ones are coming out.

If you are after a games console, you will probably find some good Black Friday PS4 deals, as well as Xbox One offers, as both have new models in the pipeline.

Black Friday phone deals were popular last year as there were plenty of good mobile contract offers around. Expect to see good Black Friday iPhone deals on the 6 and 7 handsets.

Currys, meanwhile, are well known for their Black Friday TV deals and usually have a huge range of models on offer. If you are gadget mad and intend to shop for a discounted GoPro, Fitbit or Kindle, you could be in luck, while you should also keep an eye on outdoor toys which retailers could not shift in the summer, including drones and trampolines.

While Black Friday is mostly known for discounted gadgets and tech, some fashion retailers get in on the act, lowering prices on items which have not sold.


Top Black Friday Tips

Make sure you sign up to store emails so you get all the latest deal information first for free, while it is also worth following stores on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

If you are wanting to buy something from Amazon, it is worth signing up for Amazon Prime as members can enjoy anBlack Friday Products exclusive 30-minute early access period to all their Lightning Deals.

Black Friday Products

If you are after a certain product, decide which model you want before the big day, reading customer reviews and making sure you are happy with the specifications, while visiting price checker websites to see how much the item currently costs so you know if you are getting a good deal.

As people will be scrambling to grab the best deals, you should make a list of different retailers selling the product you want to get your hands on. In this case, if one sells out or you cannot get on their website, you can try others to ensure you don’t miss out.

Experts are also predicting that many Black Friday sales will be completed via mobile this year, so download store apps and get your payment details loaded up in advance.


How much is spent on Black Friday?

Black Friday has become the biggest shopping day in Britain, with various sources estimating anywhere between £1bn and £2bn was spent in shops and online in just 24 hours last year.

Amazon said that at 9.10pm, Black Friday 2015 became its biggest sales day ever in the UK, with more than six million items ordered.

Shoppers this year are expected to spend around £3bn on Black Friday, which will be music to merchants’ ears.

If you are planning on joining in with the Black Friday spending frenzy, remember to do so through us, so you can earn cashback while getting great deals.


Posted on 21 Nov 2016  |  Posted in  Tips & Updates
I'm going to better prepared this coming year for BlackFriday - now that i'm signed up with Topcashbacks
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