Black Friday 2021 is just around the corner, marking the year’s biggest sale and the best chance to bag an expensive piece of tech on the cheap – here’s everything you need to know about the sale, including which date Black Friday 2021 falls on.
It’s definitely getting colder now, which means autumn is well underway and the rush for Christmas shopping is about to begin. Of course, if you don’t fancy leaving it to the last minute or the idea of getting stuck in those long December queues, then Black Friday is your best bet.
For the single-most important sale of the year, the Trusted Reviews team will be on hand during the event to bring you the best deals as they appear, ensuring that you don’t miss out on a timely bargain. There’s still some time however before it all kicks off, making this the best opportunity to get to know what to expect from this year’s event, which retailers are involved and – most importantly – when the Black Friday sale is expected to start.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday always takes place officially on the day after Thanksgiving (owing to its American origins), so get your markers ready because Black Friday 2021 falls on November 26.
Of course, as any Black Friday connoisseur knows, the ‘Black Friday sale’ hasn’t been kept to just a single day for quite some time. Take last year for example, Amazon decided to beat everyone to the punch by launching its ‘Early Black Friday Deals’ campaign in the last week of October. Only time will tell if other companies will follow suit, but the best guess is to assume that the initial crop of deals will appear from the first week of November, ramping up as the month goes on.
What is Black Friday?
If this is the first Black Friday event you’ve ever experienced then allow me to welcome you to the extravaganza. Black Friday is the biggest sale of the year, encompassing both online and in-store events. Black Friday isn’t limited to a particular brand or product type either, with tech, fashion, homeware and more all thrown into the mix.
Originally starting as the unofficial kick-off of for the Christmas sales period in America, Black Friday has since evolved into larger standalone event that is now upheld in several countries around the world. In recent years, Black Friday has also come to be adjoined by Cyber Monday, a primarily digital-only sale with a focus on tech products.
Which retailers will be involved in Black Friday?
Because of the importance of Black Friday as a revenue generator, you’d be hard pressed to find a major retailer that doesn’t take part in its proceedings. All of the usual suspects get involved including Amazon, Currys PC World, Argos, AO and more.
Black Friday can also be a great time to upgrade your phone contract as the UK’s major networks such as EE and Three, tend to push out their best deals during this period.
What deals are likely to appear?
When it comes to Black Friday deals and the products covered, it’s probably easier to ask which items won’t be included in the sale. Almost every tech product under the sun gets some kind of discount, but if you want to know which deals are more worthy of your attention, then I would easily vouch for higher value items which see some of the biggest price drops during the sale.
SIM-Free mobile phones and phone contracts for instance see huge reductions across the board, so if you time it right with the end of a previous contract then you could stand to save a lot of money. TVs and Sonos speakers also incur significant discounts, meaning that if you want to build the ideal home entertainment set-up for binge-watching Christmas movies then Black Friday is the time to do it.
The only items that can be bested elsewhere are Amazon products, and this is entirely due to Amazon Prime Day. For in-house devices like the Kindle, Fire Tablet, Echo speakers and more, Amazon saves its best deals for Prime Day, so if that’s what you’re after then you’re better holding off until next year.