Black Friday

Black Friday this year welcomes everyone looking to grab some advantageous bargains. As we head towards the Christmas period in high speed, everyone’s looking out for discounts, special offers and deals on gifts for family, friends and of course for ourselves.

But what is Black Friday, when is it this year and what shops are getting involved? Here’s what you need to know.

Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the United States for years, following Thanksgiving when major retailers offer promotional sales. Black Friday began in the UK in 2003 as an event hosted by Currys, a retailer that sold laptops and electronic devices. The event has now been followed by other major retailers such as Amazon, Apple, and AO retail.

This year Black Friday is on 27 November followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. With less than a week to go, bargain hunters should get ready for a marathon shopping day in stores and online with the following retailers:


Online only. Offers a wide range of products from clothes and jewelry, to laptops and electronic devices. Amazon is also promoting a series of Lightning Deals as a welcome to Black Friday. The deals are limited for a certain period of time and can be accessed through the deals.


In stores and online. Includes low price laptops, electronics, games, and even toys. A good tip would be to check Argos’ Facebook and Twitter social media channels to be certain of not losing any early bird deals.





In stores and online. With their legendary three for two offers, Boots will have great deals on fast approaching Black Friday including beauty, perfume, beauty electrical equipment and baby products.




In stores and online. The best Currys has to offer includes TVs, home electrical equipment and kitchen deals. Currys advises its customers who like online shopping that the quietest time is between 3-4 am, if one can stay awake until that time.



In stores and online. With a wide range of deals from home and furniture to fashion and beauty, Debenhams advises everyone to get online early in order to avoid desirable products to be sold out.




Online only. Shoppers looking for bargain deals will find a range of goods such as electrical equipment, toys, and beauty products. Early bird offers will start on Monday 23 November initiating the start of eight days of great deals.


John Lewis

In stores and online. The retailer supplies a large amount of items, including electrical appliances, home entertainment, furniture, and fashion.

John Lewis

Marks & Spencer

In stores and online. Huge savings are expected at M&S’ fashion collections, home and furniture, and on their food ranges too. Their offers will start with 26 November on their Black Friday deals page.


River Island

In stores and online. With prices sliced by up to 70-80%, River Island will offer discounts for ladies, mens, and kidswear for winter clothing and latest trends.




In stores and online. Their deals feature TVs, electrical equipment, furniture, and up to half price toys. Tesco Supermarket offers beneficial deals and new opening hours for better customer service.



Quick Tip – shoppers should sign up to receive newsletter updates sent by the shops they would like to buy products from.

Warning – in order to avoid previous years Black Friday’s chaos, you should make sure that you’re able to do your shopping online.