Black Friday online deals in the UK: Here's how to find them
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is one of the most significant shopping days in the US. It’s when retailers price-drop many of their goods, causing a pre-Christmas rush of epic proportions. Like fast food and dodgy grammar, Black Friday has now bled into the UK. Several UK retailers – online and on the high street – now offer sales worth checking out.
But what is Black Friday? Its traditional significance is being the day in which companies go ‘into the black’ and start making profit in terms of their annual financials. However, its position as one of the most frenzied shopping days of the year (in the US at least) has since eclipsed this meaning.
Black Friday 2014 takes place on November 28. Most UK retailers are keeping schtum over precisely what they’ll be offering come Black Friday, but a few have confirmed that they will be running deals. We also know from experience which are likely to do so, and how good they’re likely to be.
Here are the retailers to check out in the UK.
Looking for the best US deals? See our round-up of the best Black Friday deals in the US
UK phone outlet Carphone Warehouse is running a flash sale from Black Friday until 11:59PM on Tuesday December 2. This includes the following deals, among others:
Hot UK Deals
One of the best places to find a bargain, voucher codes on daily deals, Hot UK deals is already rolling out some of the best Black Friday deals and you can see some of the best below.
Smartphones and Tablets
PS4 DriveClub Bundle £289 at Tesco - or £279 with a new account using coupon TDX-7KPG
Previously, prospective OnePlus One owners had to cross their fingers and hope for an invite to grab the affordable Android phone with high end specs. For the next 72 hours though, you can grab the 16GB Silk White model (£229) or the Sandstone Black version (£269) from the company's website.
Additionally, the company is offering discounts on a bunch of accessories, including the JBL E1 Earphones. The twist here is that you, the customer, will determine how much you pay - the more people who share the offers on Facebook, the cheaper the accessories will become.
Click the link below to keep an eye on the counter that expires on Friday, and to start sharing those accessory deals.
Over on the Google Play Store right now you can pick up the original Android Wear smartwatch, the LG G Watch, for just £79. That's £80 less than its RRP, or half price. You won't find a cheaper Google-powered wearable this Black Friday, we'd wager.
The deal will last until December 1, or until stocks last, so be quick. Google is also offering extended return rights for Christmas, pushing this into classy stocking filler territory.Link: LG G Watch Black Friday deal
Undoubtedly one of the tastiest deals so far is from Motorola. On Cyber Monday (which is the online-focused sales day on the Monday following Black Friday), you'll be able to get £100 off the second generation Moto X when you purchase it through the Motorola website. This is the best way to buy the phone anyway, because it grants you access to the extensive Moto Maker customisation tool.
This deal means that you can pick up one of the more stylish Android flagship phones on the market for as little as £320. Bargain!
You'll need to sign up for the deal on Monday December 1 from 8am, with registration ending at 12pm pn Tuesday December 2 - though with stocks limited, you'll probably want to get in early.
The stylish headphone maker has made reductions on a host of on-ear and in-ear cans from its DNA range, which include the black DNA in-ears for £49.95 down from £79.95 and the on-ears down from £169.95 to £129.95.
The UK’s biggest video games specialist started announcing its Black Friday deals starting from 6pm on Thursday. These deals will include some of the hottest games of the year at unbelievable prices as well as consoles and accessories.
The first deal announced is a doozy - an Xbox One with Assassin's Creed Unity, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Forza 5, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and £5 of Xbox Live credit - all for just £299. This will go on sale at midnight tonight.
If you after a way to record gameplay from your PS4 or Xbox One, the Elgato is currently offering its Game Capture HD6 for £119.99 down from £139.99 so you'll make a saving of £20.
The UK's biggest mobile network has announced its own Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. These include 20 percent off all PAYG smartphones worth less than £150. This means that you can pick up the Huawei Ascend Y550 for just £55.99, making it one of the cheapest 4G smartphones around.
You can also get 20 percent off PAYG 4GEE mobile Wi-Fi devices, such as the EE Osprey, and all accessories to boot.
Finally, any tablets bought on a 4G pay monthly plan will come with the benefits associated with EE Extra plans, at the rate of 4GEE standard plans. That means you'll save £5 on your monthly bill and get 10GB for the price of 2GB, among other perks.
These deals will be live in EE shops and online on Friday, and online only on Monday.
Link: EE Black Friday deals
PC component specialist Overclockers has some very tempting deals going live from now until Tuesday morning across a variety of components, PC bundles, and tablets. For example, if you pick up a 32GB Nvidia Shield tablet on Friday or Monday, you'll get a controller bundled in free - a deal that reflects Nvidia's own offering, as you'll see below.
There's also a tasty PC bundle worth £1000 going for £700 from 9am Friday, which includes a Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force motherboard, 8GB of 2133 Orange memory, a 780Ti Zotac Orange graphics card, and an 850W PSU. So keep your eyes peeled for that.
You will have to wait until Friday for Nvidia's Black Friday deal but if you like your gaming then this could be one for you. If you pick up the 32GB model of the Nvidia Shield gaming tablet (£299) you will get the Shield controller thrown in for free, access to the Nvidia Grid cloud gaming service when it goes live in December and the Green Box bundle, which includes Half Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2 and Portal.
The online phone accessory has a host of Black Friday deals that will go live on Friday November 28th between 9am and 5pm. The pick of the deals include the getting the LG Watch R for £200, which is normally priced at £225. The Pebble Steel smart watch is also on sale for £150, down from £180 and the original Jawbone UP in large and small versions will be available for £60. You see the rest of the deals by clicking the link below.
If you are after some cheap in-car entertainment, Halfords is even getting in on the Black Friday action. Along with savings on its Apollo bikes, you can save 20% on its range of Nextbase DVD players if you need to keep the little ones in the back occupied over the Christmas period.
Apple isn’t usually one for sales, but even this snooty tech giant gets into the spirit of Black Friday, such is the day’s pulling power.
We don’t know what Apple will be offering just yet, but last year it gave us modest savings of between £15 and £81 on many of its iPad, Mac, and iPod touch models. Not massive amounts, but then getting Apple to drop any money from its RRP whatsoever is an achievement.
Argos’s Black Friday deals start on the day itself, and the retailer promises “a huge sale on stock from our ranges of tech, toys, TV and more.”
There are no preview examples just yet, so check it out nearer the time.
Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world, and it’s proudly US-based, so as you can imagine it goes in for the whole Black Friday thing pretty enthusiastically.
In fact, Amazon offers new deals every hour throughout the Black Friday week, starting on Monday. These offers cover the full spectrum of what Amazon has to offer, which is pretty much everything.
In the past you’ve been able to get great deals on electronic goods such as laptops, consoles, cameras, smartphones, and the like.
You’ll need to be quick though, as all the best deals sell out very quickly. As always, we recommend that you stick around at least 15 minutes after the deal starts. Many people who put products in their basket as soon as the deal starts then leave them to time out after 15 minutes, making deals that previously appeared ‘sold out’ available once more.
Amazon has started early this year with a Countdown Event (this is getting silly), which is essentially an excuse to jump the gun even more than it already does. These aren’t the best deals that it’ll have to offer, of course, but one interesting example at the time of writing is a Nikon D7000 DSLR with 18–105mm VR Lens Kit for £599.99.
Currys PC World
Currys PC World will be opening its stores at 8am on the day itself. There are no specifics, but on the web page set up for the day (pictured) the company does state that we can expect “incredible savings online & across the store on everything from cookers, TVs and tablets to washing machines, fridge freezers & speakers.”
You might not think that hotels have much to do with the traditional concept of Black Friday - and you’d be right. Yet here we are with Hotel Tonight, talking about cheap rooms.
This one’s pretty good though. From 7am on Black Friday, you can use the Hotel Tonight app to book hotel rooms in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, and Birmingham for just £7. Expect them to be limited, though.
One of the UK’s most established retailers, John Lewis makes no bones about it - it’s only doing Black Friday because its competitors are doing it. We respect its honesty.
Fortunately for us, that means you’ll be getting “great value offers available across hundreds of electrical products including; tablets, laptops, televisions, small and large electrical appliances” - and all with those lovely extended guarantees.
The company will be opening its stores early on Black Friday itself, so get there at 8am if you’re after a bargain.
The pink-branded online retailer Very is running its own Black Friday deals. Again, we don’t know what any of those will be right now, but you can sign up for email alerts, or just check them out on the day.
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If you spot any great Black Friday deals in the UK, let us know in the comments.