Black Friday might have started as an event for retailers in the USA but it is now a firmly established part of the shopping calendar this side of the pond.
What and When is Black Friday?Black Friday falls on the 25th November, this year – the day after the Thanksgiving celebrations in the US - with total sales expected to exceed £1 billion pounds in 2016 and up to £5 billion in the ensuing seven day period. It’s clearly no coincidence it falls on, what is for many of us, the last payday before Christmas.
Typically, a limited amount of a particular item will be discounted at a a given time, often at headline grabbing prices to attract attention and internet traffic. In other words, some deals are definitely worth picking up more than others so you'll need to act fast to get them!
While, predominantly, Black Friday is an online event, increasingly bricks and mortar stores are getting in on the act with some opening up their doors early to allow frenzied shoppers to go wild in the aisles. In terms of high street retailers, ASDA famously boycotted Black Friday in 2015 but the likes of Currys PC World, Sainsburys, Tesco and Argos will all likely participate.
When and What is Cyber Monday?Aside from a pretty bad marketing term, Cyber Monday follows the Black Friday weekend and, therefore, falls on 28th November 2016. It's pretty much the same thing, in all honesty, only with a supposed bigger emphasis on online shopping and technology based products, so if you're looking for deals on a PS4 (Pro), Xbox One (S) or even an iPhone 7 or Google Pixel you may be in luck. The technology sector, in general, is always catered for, in fact, so expect generous reductions on Android TV Boxes, tablets, smartphones and more.
It also could be a good time to improve your Hi-Fi experience with a wide range headphones, earphones and turntables all likely to be available at bargain prices.
Black Friday Home Cinema dealsAs far as AVForums members are concerned it’s a good time to go shopping as technology, gaming and movie sectors are ones that attract generous discounts. It should be a good time to look for a 4K and/or HDR TV, although the major name brands such as Sony, Samsung and LG don't tend to see those kind of special deals. There might well be discounting on Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and players to watch on them, however.
We will be keeping our eyes peeled for the best deals and you can find our threads using this link to Black Friday Bargains and we’ll be updating the article with specific details closer to the event.
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Click here for our Amazon Black Friday lightning deals page.
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