Black Friday 2019
12 July 2019
What is Black Friday?
A commercial tradition that started over the pond in the United States, Black Friday is a shopping event held on the last Friday in November when big-ticket items across many stores have their prices dramatically reduced (think tablets, smartphones and the latest must-have toys), giving savvy shoppers the opportunity to snap up deals in time for Christmas.
What began as a simple post-Thanksgiving sale quickly became known as Black Friday due to the stampedes often caused by shoppers in order to bag the best bargains. As Black Friday’s popularity has grown it has become a much broader event, with sales on a huge range of items, from clothing to electrical goods, toys and everything in between.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is, not all that surprisingly, the Monday after Black Friday. Whilst the concept is very similar (expect big reductions on sought-after goods), it is more specifically focused at online retailers and aimed at those last-minute Christmas shoppers who hate the hustle and bustle of the high street.
When is Black Friday 2019?
This year, Black Friday will be held on 29 November.
How long does Black Friday last?
Good question! Though the answer is a little more vague than you might like. Traditionally, Black Friday was a one-day-only sale held on, you guessed it, a Friday. However, as its popularity grew, savvy retailers started dropping prices ahead of the event and prolonging the discounts long afterwards too. This has resulted in Black Friday becoming more of a concept than a specific day, so anyone after a bargain will want to keep an eye out well ahead of the 29th November and well into the week after too.
“I recommend you start looking at the start of November as retailers have been doing 'Black November' recently.”
Are Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals any good?
With discounts here and prices slashed there, it can be difficult to keep track of the real bargains, which often leads people to wonder are Black Friday deals worth it. However, you only need to take a look at last year’s “big hitters” to see that there were serious savings to be had on much sought-after products:
- Laptops – From the Acer Chromebook for £139 (was £179) to the Lenovo Ideapad Cloudbook for £119.99 (previously £179.99), there were significant savings to be had on laptops during Black Friday 2018.
- Vacuum Cleaners – Perfect for all the post-Christmas mess, vacuum cleaners were a popular item from last year’s Black Friday with the MIELE Blizzard Bagless Vacuum for £99 instead of £169, and the Vax Power Nano Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner for an impressive £65 (was £129).
- Games Consoles – Always a popular Christmas gift, there were huge deals to be had on games consoles during the 2018 Black Friday sales. The price of the ever-popular Nintendo Switch dropped to £249, whilst XBox One X bundles were available for £399.99.
- Amazon Devices – Smart devices were another success story of Black Friday 2018 with the Echo dropping by £30, the Echo Dot being reduced to half price, and the Kindle Paperwhite for £99.99 instead of £129.99.
“My inbox has been flooded with 20% discount codes for websites that I was going to be buying Christmas presents from anyway. I won't say no to a discount code.”
“We bought our TV in Black Friday last year having researched the sales for a year (it was a big ticket spend!). It was definitely the best sale for what we wanted.”
“I got the Amazon Echo 2nd gen for £54.99. It was £89.99 yesterday. The Dot is down to £24.99!”
“I bought a Morphy Richards Spiralizer for £10.99 down from £79.99!”
Where can you get the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals?
We know that Black Friday sales can be more than a little overwhelming with so much on offer, which is why Mumsnet is here to help you get the best possible deals. Simply follow our live thread (coming soon) and let us know what you’re looking for. We’ll then scour the sales to find you the best deal. We’ll also be posting more general deals that we believe offer good value and may be of interest to Mumsnetters.
As well as following our own live thread, here are a few tips to get the most out of Black Friday 2019:
Make a list of what you want. Mumsnetters say it helps to focus their bargain hunting and prevents them from getting carried away!
Keep in mind that many online retailers won’t launch their Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages until closer to the event. It’s a good idea to add the sites you’re most interested in to your Bookmarks bar and check back regularly.
Take a look at the sites below, which are often recommended by Mumsnetters for their Black Friday deals:
Am I protected on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Absolutely. Your statutory rights are exactly the same as with any other online purchase, and you’re covered by Consumer Contracts regulations. It’s worthy of note, however, that if you’re dealing with a retailer outside of Europe, it may be a little more difficult to enforce those regulations. You can also add an extra layer of protection to your online shopping by using a credit card.