If you're looking for tips on where to find the best possible Black Friday deals, you've come to the right place. Black Friday has been a fixture of the American retail calendar for decades, and now UK shoppers can enjoy huge discounts and limited-time offers on a wide range of products for themselves.
Black Friday 2014 saw spending reach £810 million - more than double the total of the previous year and the equivalent of £9,375 every second. Black Friday 2015 is expected to be bigger still and see spending reach well over £1 billion for the first time. If you want to make the most of this incredible opportunity, the following guide will ensure your money goes as far as possible on the single biggest shopping day of the year.
Best Black Friday Deals
Currys PC World: If you want to grab bargains from Currys PC World, you need to prepare in advance. To help manage the huge numbers expected to visit its website during Black Friday, the computer and electrical appliance retailer will introduce an online queueing system and give customers just ten minutes to select their items before they have to return to the back of the queue.
Marks and Spencer: Joined in with the Black Friday fun for the first time in 2014, offering savings of up to 30 per cent in its home and furniture departments, along with a range of reductions in foodstuffs. This year’s deals are expected to be announced on November 26th.
The Tattoo Shop: You can also make big savings at The Tattoo Shop, leading suppliers of tattoo equipment and supplies. Sign up for their newsletter to get access to their full range of offers.
Boots: Last year Boots slashed the price of beauty products and perfumes as well as toys and tech in its Black Friday sale. Visit the Boots Black Friday page (www.boots.com/en/Black-Friday/) or sign up for their newsletter to ensure you don't miss out.
No Need to Wait
Officially, Black Friday takes place on 27th November, but not all retailers wait until then to start dishing out some amazing deals. Some outlets will start listing bargains as early as Monday 23rd, and many of the deals will continue until Cyber Monday, which takes place on November 30th.
Function18: Golf clothing specialist Function18 are offering up to 50% off selected items no online here. Sign up to their newsletter for updates!
Argos: Argos will be offering a series of daily deals in the run-up to Black Friday for those who just can't wait for the big day itself. (www.argos.co.uk)
Gerrard International: Currently offering a free gift worth over £15 when you buy one of their Kissed by Mii instant shimmers!
Zoggs: One of the UK's leading swimwear suppliers Zoggs is offering a full week of bargains, starting from Monday 23rd and ending on Cyber Monday. On Black Friday itself Zoggs will be selling pairs of Predator Flex Mirror Goggles for just £13 - half their usual retail price.
Amazon: Shoppers have the chance to join the company's Prime service at a discount price until November 18th. From midnight on Monday 23rd it will release a series of 'Lightning Deals' that will only be available for a limited period of time. Prime members will enjoy early access to all Black Friday deals and will be able to see the Lightning Deal 30 minutes earlier than regular customers.
Best Last-Minute Deals
John Lewis: Last year John Lewis kept its cards close to its chest by only releasing details of the items that would go on sale at the very last minute. The same is likely to happen this year.
Apple: Anyone wanting a bargain price on a new iPhone, iPad or Macbook in time for Christmas will have to log on to the Apple online store at one minute past midnight, as that is when its Black Friday sale will start, ending exactly 24 hours later.
It's not just consumers that need to be in the know: if you're running an online business of your own, we recently shared some great tips on preparing your e-commerce store for the biggest Black Friday ever! Read this blog post today and make sure your own Black Friday sale is a successful as possible!