When is Black Friday 2019? The information you need to know about the biggest sales period

We’re perilously close to Black Friday 2019 and, by extension, Cyber Monday. So when exactly can we expect the good deals to start? Allow us to enlighten you.

Remember, remember, the month of November. With deals that will save you a lot. No, that’s not a real saying. But it ruddy well should be.

Black Friday and its little brother, Cyber Monday, have long been the biggest sales period of the year in the US. It’s now pretty much at that point here in the UK.

Basically, you don’t want to miss out. Here’s a brief guide to ensure that you don’t.

When is Black Friday 2019?

Black Friday has its origins in the US, and is inextricably linked to that country’s Thanksgiving celebrations. Just as sure as night follows day, so Black Friday follows Thanksgiving Thursday – which is always the fourth Thursday in November.

This year, that date falls on November 28th, which is a little later than usual. As a result, Black Friday is set to take place on Friday November 29th.

Related: What is Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

While you should definitely mark it up on your calendar, however, it would be a mistake to leave it at that. As retailers have cottoned on to the fact that there’s a huge appetite for Black Friday, the day itself has essentially expanded to the whole month of November. Take a look around and you’ll already see a number of online outlets running discount campaigns.

When is Cyber Monday 2019?

While Black Friday has continued to spread across the calendar, now unofficially commencing in early November, Cyber Monday is when the festivities come to an end. It’s an online, tech-focused version of Black Friday which takes place the Monday after the big day.

A rare occurrence, Cyber Monday is falling in December this year. More specifically, Cyber Monday 2019 is taking place on December 2nd.

This will be the last big opportunity of the year to bag some tech at a good price before Christmas arrives, so keep reading if you don’t want to miss out.

How long does Black Friday last?

That’s a hard question to answer precisely, the answer to this will most likely continue to change during our lifetimes, as companies keep lengthening the sales. When they started, Black Friday and its more recent offshoot, Cyber Monday, were merely single days: bargain hunters had only 48-hours to seek out an capitalize on the best deals. Now it’s more unpredictable, but many deals will start to emerge from November 1st onwards.

Initially growing into a weeklong celebration, as Black Friday has become a more universal event, greater numbers of retailers have gotten involved and the celebrations have continued to grow. Retailers feel the need to start setting up deals earlier and earlier to try and undercut their competition.

Similarly, Cyber Monday is a much larger affair than it used to be, and the distinction between it and Black Friday has blurred. No longer just a day for purchasing tech online, you will now find Cyber Monday deals in brick and mortar stores as well. They will also likely be available for the entire week. This will truly be a good time to get the Christmas shopping sorted, with deals to be found well into the start of Advent.

When do the Black Friday Sales start at different retailers?

  • Amazon recently announced the exact dates when it will be running its take on the Black Friday experience. The Amazon Black Friday sales will run for eight days (starting and finishing at midnight, for those not prepared to sleep on a good deal). The dates in question are 22nd to 29th of November, so the event will be running exactly a week before Black Friday and finishing, most likely in dramatic fashion, on the day itself.
  • If you’re in the capital, you can also head to Amazon’s pop-up store, the ‘Home of Black Friday’. From 28th November to 1st December, this store of sales will be home to exclusive bargains, along with some extravagant experiences ranging from cocktail-making classes to beauty makeovers.
  • Currys PC World likes to start the party early and has just, as of 13th November, begun its annual Black Tag event. The retailer is kicking things off with truckloads of savings available on all kinds of gadgets from 4K TVs to cake mixers. Now that they’ve begun, we expect the deals to flow thick and fast for the remainder of the month.
  • John Lewis is yet to reveal itsBlack Friday dates, so sadly there’s little we can tell you on that front. We do know that last year, the store began its sales period the weekend before Black Friday and the deals continued into the week of Cyber Monday, however. Assuming the retailer doesn’t make any drastic changes to its strategy (which it might do in light of its recent troubles), you can expect the bargain hunting to begin around 22nd – 23rd November.
  • eBay is currently giving outmoney saving codes that can bag you discounts on anything under the sun. There is bound to be a lot more than this on offer from the online marketplace once we get closer to Black Friday however, so keep an eye on our eBay hub for the latest news.
  • While we don’t have the exact dates for Argos’ Black Friday celebrations, we’re prepared to bet the retailer won’t be saving all its best deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday themselves. We’re likely to see good special offers coming from the company at least a week ahead of the official schedule.

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