Black Friday descends on our shops next week and, with that, stores are pushing their wares. Here, we list but a few of them, with offers aplenty both at home and abroad.
Black Friday is to shoppers what Pancake Tuesday is to pancake eaters, an opportunity to gorge on an overflow of deals on offer. It is the day that stores put up often incredible offers on a range of products, pioneered in America to help shift stock after Thanksgiving, in time for the Christmas rush that follows.
Irish consumers will spend an estimated €109m on Black Friday, up a third on last year. The event gradually made it across the Atlantic as shopping started going more and more online, with people all over the world trying to avail of offers – with the Cyber Monday that follows slowly consumed into a weekend shopping extravaganza in certain stores.
But, away from the headlines of store stampedes and fighting, it’s often best to sit down in advance and plan your purchases – you may never need to leave your couch.
Online giant Amazon is no stranger to Black Friday and will start tomorrow, on Friday 20 November, releasing its offers in waves. The best way to keep on top of this is either checking out the website quite regularly, or using the app.
It also has 150 “lightning deals” going live the day before Black Friday, continuing well into December.
Argos has taken a different approach to Black Friday, running a bunch of preliminary, colour-coded deals for the four weekends leading into the real deal. They have had a red, white and blue push already. Another is due tomorrow (20 November).
Asos has already put in place some of its Black Friday deals, with up to 70pc off some of its clothing. You can order now, too.
“Whether you’re treating yourself to some perfume or aftershave, or looking for that special Christmas electrical beauty gift; there’s something for everyone this Black Friday at Boots.”
Deals are already up on Carphone Warehouse it seems – 60pc off home entertainment appliances, wearables and tablets – phones up to half off.
That means TVs and game consoles from €99.99, and wearables, tablets and phones from €39.99.
Currys PC World
But for us, the Irish offers are here. There’s a Black Tag Event running for the week leading into Black Friday, too.
It might be worth following @curryspcworldIE or check out the Tech Talk blog to keep an eye on any changes, but those voucher offers show a few new deals every day, it appears.
Debenhams is offering up to half price off women’s products, 40pc off toys and the same again off gifts and games.
It looks like a new range of offers will come on stream for Cyber Monday, with other stores doing the same, but again, it’s best to think of it all as one big monstrosity of shopping. We need not divide to conquer.
EBay already has tonnes of offers up for Black Friday, with 100,000 people having viewed their specific page already. Keep an eye out as, given it’s eBay, the odds are the choice here will be remarkable.
Harvey Norman is, like many retailers, trying to communicate with customers far in advance. It has set up an email newsletter specifically for the event, with a dominant countdown clock on its website, to boot.
House of Fraser
House of Fraser has been tight-lipped with its plans for Black Friday, with a newsletter set up to inform customers of the offers at some stage in the coming days. There will be something, though, trust us.
Top Shop is joining the up to 70pc off’ brigade, with customers again advised to keep an eye on the website. Deals are already crammed in there.
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