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Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a shopping weekend that’s been brought to the UK from the USA. Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving, and retailers heavily discount their products around a month out from Christmas. It’s basically marketing to get people to spend money, but you’ll quite often see market-leading prices and deep discounts in every store.
When is Black Friday 2019?
Black Friday 2019 falls on Friday 29 November and Cyber Monday on Monday 2 December, although you can expect sales to start popping up a few weeks in advance.
Black Friday 2019 deals
Read on to discover where to find deals from the top online retailers. This section will be updated when new deals become available.
For more deals, visit our best Black Friday gin deals guide, plus if you’re planning a getaway, the team at olive have rounded up the best Black Friday travel deals.
Lakeland has released some early Black Friday deals on products recommended in our product reviews.
If you’re looking for a stand mixer, Lakeland is offering a £250.99 saving on the black matte version of the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer – buy it now for £299.
Our bean-to-cup coffee machine review recommends the Sage The Barista espresso machine. Lakeland has offered a £150 saving for Black Friday – buy it now for £399.99.
John Lewis is offering £200 off the KitchenAid Artisan featured in our stand mixer review – buy it now for £299.
Currys is also offering money off the KitchenAid Artisan. Save £220 on the ‘latte’ colourway – buy it now for £279.
All offers correct as of Thursday 28th November. Please get in touch at email@example.com if you notice anything has changed.
Amazon Black Friday deals
Bookmark this page to keep up to date on deals on kitchen products like coffee machines, pan sets and homeware – we’ll be running more information closer to Black Friday.
Visit the Amazon Black Friday 2019 page
Argos Black Friday deals
Argos usually has great discounts on tech, toys and appliances. It typically matches competitors on items such as NutriBullets and KitchenAids.
Visit the Argos Black Friday 2019 page
Currys Black Friday deals
Currys isn’t usually the strongest when it comes to deals on small kitchen appliances. Its deals on bigger appliances, such as fridges, dishwashers and ovens, tend to be better.
Visit the Currys Black Friday 2019 page
John Lewis & Partners Black Friday deals
One of the leading retailers on Black Friday. In the past, John Lewis & Partners has had sub-£150 Kenwood mixers and market-leading prices on NutriBullets (which led to their website crashing a few years back). It also has the perk of an extended two-year warranty on selected electrical items, which may make it the best place to buy.
Visit the John Lewis & Partners Black Friday 2019 page
Selfridges Black Friday deals
Selfridges usually runs the same offer most years, which is a 20% off code that can be used both online and in-store.
Lakeland Black Friday deals
Lakeland encourage signing up to its newsletter to be directly mailed Black Friday discounts.
Visit the Lakeland Black Friday page
Where do you go to find deals?
Most high-street retailers have a Black Friday sale. More recently, a lot have had a whole week of deals starting 19 November and leading through the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.
All the usual suspects, such as John Lewis & Partners, Currys, Amazon and Argos, will have deals both in-store and online. It’s not unusual for retailers to compete on price in order to attract the most attention. Prices have been known to drop or be matched as Black Friday plays out.
Remember that it’s only a deal if you were going to buy that item in the first place – don’t get sucked into the hype if you don’t really need anything.
How do I know whether a Black Friday deal is worthwhile?
It’s a good idea to do your research. If there’s a specific product you need to buy or want to give as a gift for Christmas, start looking at prices in advance. It’s important to gauge pricing early, so you can work out what’s a good deal when the sales roll around.
It has been reported that some retailers increase prices for Black Friday sale items two weeks before, only to then reduce them on the day and show a bigger saving.
If you’re shopping on Amazon, price tracking website CamelCamelCamel will show you how much items have cost in the past, so before you buy anything, be sure to check it’s not been cheaper.
Black Friday vs Cyber Monday – is it better to shop online?
Based on consumer rights, it’s much better to buy online. If you purchase something in the Black Friday sale and then decide you don’t want it or find it cheaper after you bought it, you have a 14-day period in which you can choose to return your item, and 14 days to send it back – no questions asked. Obviously, there are exceptions to this such as personalised goods and perishables.
You don’t have these same protections when buying in-store. You can’t always return for a refund if you change your mind – only if the item is faulty.
The deals found both online and in-store are generally the same. Some supermarkets, such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s, decide to just hold their sales in-store, although you can view the offers online beforehand.
How to find the best bargains online
To find the best price for your product, Google Shopping is a great way to compare. It lists the price from all major retailers and includes information on postage costs, to work out which is cheaper.
Established deal websites such as MoneySavingExpert.com and Groupon are on the case for the whole of Black Friday, too, sifting through to tell you what the deals are, highlighting the duds and sourcing the cheapest prices on the most popular items. You’ll also find an analysis of each store.
If you’re interested in stocking up your spirits supply on Black Friday, read our guide to finding the best gin deals and find handy tips.
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