Black Friday is on the way, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can literally do nothing about it, if you like. Anyway, Amazon and Argos have started dropping hints about what they’ll be doing, and there’s going to be a lot of deals indeed.
Amazon have said that they’re going to offer over 7,000 deals for Black Friday 2015, starting Monday November 23rd and finishing on Sunday November 29th.
As ever, there’ll be the usual ‘lightning deals’, where deals will appear for a limited time, and they’ll also have a ’deals of the day’ section, with items available at knock-down prices for 24 hours.
Christopher North, managing director of Amazon.co.uk, said: “Customers love Black Friday. Every year we see more excitement and more demand for great deals. That is why we now have more than 20 times the number of deals than we had back in 2010 when we first introduced Black Friday to the UK.”
“Black Friday looks set to be the biggest sales day of the year. Last year we saw unprecedented demand for deals from the early hours of the morning through to the late hours of the night and we are confident that the trend will continue this year.”
This follows Argos announcing their Black Friday plans. They said that deals will be available every Friday between now and December 25th, as they hope to relieve some of the chaos of Black Friday itself. They’re probably relieving some of their own pressure, and won’t end up making loads of customers angry again, with their doddering IT systems.
Argos has said its Blue, White and Red Fridays will allow shoppers to spread out their shopping and budget over several weeks, and the deals are already underway, with offers on Call of Duty Black Ops 3, an LG 4K Ultra HD Freeview TVs, and offers on Beats Solo 2 On Ear Headphones.
David Robinson, managing director at Argos, said: “Customers just can’t wait to start their Christmas shopping and we want to reclaim Fridays for Brits and celebrate them every week between now and Christmas. Fridays have always been a special day in the minds of the British public, whether it represents fish ‘n’ chips, drinks down the pub or simply the start of the weekend.”
“We are, of course, gearing up for Black Friday like everyone else, but we don’t think getting a great deal should wait until then and this weekend we know our customers will love our famous ‘3 for 2’ toys event and amazing ‘feel-good’ deals.”
Are you thinking of getting away over Christmas? Are all the children grown up and you don’t want anything to do with them for a bit? Or are you just going use up some of your leave from work and have a break?
Well, we’ve got a megathread of all the best hotel stays in December. These are all Travelodges and they’re dotted around the country and, with a code, you can get some rooms for as little as £8! Have a look here.
Half price Tesco Christmas cake – £5 from today
Game of Thrones Blu-ray boxset seasons 1-4 for £35.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for £21.84 with code
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You can get a PS4 console (1TB) with Call of Duty: Black Ops III for £269.99. Not bad at all. You’ll need a code to get it for that price, but thankfully, you can get that by clicking here. Have fun twiddling your nobs.
All the best Christmas toy deals, here
Just Cause 3 for PS4/Xbox One for £33.99
£10 off £15 online spend at Next – see here for more
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Sandisk UltraII 2.5″ internal SSD 120gb for £34.99
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The main bugbear they’ve got, is all that negative publicity, after shoppers in Wembley were filmed brawling over television sets. While customers grabbed bargains, they didn’t stay around to buy groceries, and that’s a problem for Asda.
So this year, it looks like they’ll be focusing on online sales, or spread offers across several days in a bid to stop people going wild in the aisles. However, they won’t be backing away from it completely, as last Black Friday, Asda saw 2m sales, which made it their busiest single trading day. They sold 10,000 tablets within 2 hours of opening their doors.
A source said: “Last year big-ticket items sold at a loss and attempts to ensure safety by forcing shoppers to queue for items meant food sales tanked.”
When 27th November comes around, it looks like Asda will be a very different scenario to last year. Of course, there’s loads of bargains to be found online, and HUKD will have a designated section so you can get stuck in, from the comfort of your phone or computer. Unless you really want to get down the shops for a dust-up with a stranger.
It does look like 2015 will be the biggest of the Black Fridays we’ve had in the UK thus far, and it seems like the shops are really going to push for it, where last year, a number of bigger retailers shied away.
There’s going to be a lot of laptops up for grabs by the sounds of it, so if you’re in the market for one, you’d be wise to wait a couple of weeks. Of course, we’ll be covering it and rounding up the best deals, and pointing you in the direction of the best places to grab a bargain. More on that nearer the time.
It is bonfire night, which means people ignore all the boring political story that the event originates from, in favour of clapping at organised explosions, people setting stuff on fire and eating slabs of cake and apples dipped in sugar.
Of course, you’ll be getting all your fireworks and food from the shops later, so we’ll point you in the direction of Christmas, where there’s a megathread starting, of all the best toys you can get for the festives. Have a look here, if you’re doing your Xmas shopping now.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (32gb, white) for £327
Sensible World of Soccer 96/97 and Cannon Fodder, 99p each
The Walking Dead – seasons 1-4 (15 disc Blu-ray set) for £21.24 with code
Intel i5 quad-core i5-6400 2.7ghz Skylake processor for £129
Two pairs of glasses for £19 (inc delivery) with code
SNES USB controller for PC/Mac for £2.63
Eurostar flash sale £64 returns
You need Guitar Hero Live in your life clearly. You won’t even have to leave the house or talk to anyone. You can get it on the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U for £54.99. It is still over £70 elsewhere, but you can grab it now!
Blitzwolf micro USB cable – reversible both ends – only £1.74
Cyber Wednesday – online only – at M&S, see here for details
GTA V with $500,000 in GTA money, for £19.98 using code
Xbox One 1tb console with 2 games for £299.99
X Files – complete series and movies, for £34.99
Bayonetta 1 & 2 Wii U duo-pack for £24.99
Toy Story 1-3 box set £7.65 delivered
Gran Canaria all-inclusive holiday from £210pp incl flights, hotel, for 7 nights
Fans of sportswear! Lovers of comfort! People who really hate shoes! There’s a fantastic Nike sale where you can get all manner of money off things. This sale is especially good if you’re after some new trainers.
There’s up to 50% off Nike stuff, and you can get an extra 10% off too. You’ll need a code so you get bigger savings than everyone else, but of course, you can get at that, and check out what’s on offer, by clicking here.
Order a SIM, top-up £5 at Asda mobile and get 12GB of data free, 100 mins and 2000 texts. See here
CostCo fuel prices – 99.9p/103.9p per litre
Toshiba Canvio basics 2.5 2TB for £49
LG 42″ smart WiFi full HD 1080p LED TV for £319
Nintendo 2DS with Mario Kart 7 for £49
Transformers 1-4 Blu-ray boxset £10 delivered
7 night 4 star pre-Christmas sunshine break in Gran Canaria for £292pp
Mac Mini i5 500gb 4gb ram £349 with code
Over on HUKD, there’s a great Tesco ClubCard megathread, where you can earn 1000s of points, worth up to 4 times in rewards. Want to get in on that? Then click here for everything you need to know.
Half-price gift set sale – 335 different sets to choose from, prices starting at 50p
Charles Wilson cotton hoody for £11.95
George Foreman 4 portion family grill for £19.99
Two weeks in Tenerife (inc flights, hotel and transfers) for £188.45pp (during school holidays)
Flying Goose sriracha super hot chilli sauce (a55ml) for £1.50
Bosch Tassimo hot drinks machine for £35
Uncharted: Nathan Drake collection on PS4 for £22.90
Advanced professional 8-piece screwdriver set for £7
Halloween is here, and lots of retailers are joining in the fun in a bid to flog their wares. Of course, the sweets industry is coining it in, as are fancy dress shops. You can do all your shopping online, or spot the bargains on here before making your way to the shop.
There’s Halloween video games sales, costumes which you can order now and pick up when you finish work, scary film rentals, and free pumpkins being given out with purchases. Find all the best Halloween deals by clicking here.
Motorola Moto G (3rd generation) PAYG for £99
Gordons gin 1 litre for £13.50
Free Clinique items with the December issue of Glamour mag for £2
128gb USB 3.0 for £21.84
Indiana Jones – complete Blu-ray trilogy for £16 with code
Samsung EVO 32gb microsdhc uhs 48mb/s class-10 memory card for £7.66
Uniroyal Rainsport 3 225/40 R18 92Y XL tyre -fully fitted for £69
Epic trip around Australia for £1,103.57pp
Brita Aluna cool water filter jug for £6.66
Star Trek movies 1-10 Blu-ray boxset for £28
Well, here’s a thing – you can get a FREE Kindle when you buy a selected Braun shaver. This could be a perfect pair of gifts for someone’s Christmas, and you can pretend you paid for them both separately. Anyway, get on the deal here.
LG G3 sim-free smartphone for £189.95
Baileys 1 litre bottle for £10 (limited time only)
Sandisk Plus 120gb SSD for £31.98
Microsoft store £42 cashback on £59.99 Arc bluetooth mouse
LG 43″ full HD smart LED TV for £299.99
Gilbert rugby world cup ball for £4.97 delivered
Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon for £99.99
Big Bang Theory – seasons 1-8 on Blu-ray (region free) for £39.99
However, the implied mayhem and people getting punched in the face for telly, is putting some people off Black Friday.
Blue Yonder have done some research and have been asking people some questions about the whole thing. Three in four shoppers said that they’d had a bad experience on the day in 2014, thanks in part to retailers not having enough stock. They also didn’t like the look of all those crowds, either.
Of course, there were fights shown on TV, but to those who actually ventured out to the shops on the day, it was all pretty civilised (which disappointed Bitterwallet to be honest – we wanted to see someone getting slapped over some rawl plugs, but sadly not). Either way, the coverage is making some people dread this year’s Black Friday.
Markus Juhr-de Benedetti, acting UK managing director at Blue Yonder, said: “Bad experiences can put customers off brands, especially if they leave empty handed due to a product selling out too quickly. We all remember the scenes from last year’s shops.”
Last year, 46% of UK adults went bargain hunting on Black Friday, but this year, that number is down to 38% for people who plan on joining in. It seems millennials are much more likely to be found down the shops on Black Friday, with over 55s trying to avoid it altogether. Of course, you could just trawl HUKD and stay inside, which is miles easier.
Are you in, or out?
If you’re looking at getting yourself a console for yourself, or as a Christmas present, then now’s the time to get on it. The impending rush of Black Friday isn’t far away, but there’s deals around now that’ll be tough to beat.
One such deal will get you an Xbox One console with Kinect, and you’ll also get Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Black Flag, and free earphone thrown in too, for £259.95. Fix up, look sharp!
Toshiba canvio basics mobile-external-drive now £49
Xbox One 12 month EA Access for £16.88
Dell wireless colour laser printer with free 80gsm A4 printer paper, for £99.99
£5 voucher with £50 spend (and £10 voucher with £100 spend) is back at Argos
Amazon HD Fire 7 Kindle 16gb – reduced to clear for £34.75
Nexus 6 for £274.99
LG G3 sim-free for £199.99
Xiaomi 1200mah portable wireless bluetooth speaker for £12.15
Figleaves sale - up to 70% off
Want some pumpkins for Halloween this weekend? Want to start off with the best of intentions, that you’ll carve them up into wonderful ghoulish lanterns, but it actually ends up looking like a series of cackhanded stab wounds?
Either way, you won’t want to waste too much money on them, which is why you should get down to Aldi, where they’re selling large pumpkins for 99p. Of course, the purists will tell you that you should be using turnips…
Inside Out & Minions at Cineworld £1.58 for juniors
Halo 5 and £15 of Xbox Live credit for £45
Lego classic 1500 pieces box for £30
Men’s wetsuits sale – from £3.50
NowTV HD digital media streamer, with a choice of Sky Entertainment, Sky Movies of Sky Sports passes, for £10
Dishonored: Definitive Edition PS4/Xbox One £13.50 delivered
15% off Google Play gift cards
Windows Connect 10 tablet for £99
You can travel for 14 nights around Europe, checking in at Paris, Barcelona, Rome and Prague for £322.30pp. That includes all your flights and hotels, which makes this a good deal indeed. If you want in, click here.
30 cans of Guinness for £20
Google Nexus 7 16gb for £99.99
4 nights in New York for £383.69pp including flights
Daniel Craig James Bond collection for £7.99
Asics men’s gel pursuit 2 running trainers for £19.99
Xbox One 500gb console with Halo 5, for £248.20 delivered, using code
Sony 49″ 4K smart LED TV with soundbar for £719.99
FIFA15 for PS4/Xbox One for £3.99
Fitbit chargeHR fitness tracker wristband for £79
Well, you can get this rascal which will take you to Mexico for 14 nights, which covers everything you need, for 766pp in a four star hotel. If you want in on the deal, start by clicking here.
Megathread of booze offers, covering all the supermarkets – have a look
Lidl half price deals – see here
PS4 1tb console with Uncharted collection and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Watch Dogs for £284.94
South Park ‘Stick of Truth’ for £5.99
Velvet toilet rolls x18 for £5
Minecraft – Xbox One edition for £9.99
Logitech G27 Wheel for £99.97
Karcher K2 compact home with t50 patio-cleaner etc, for £49.99
14 nights Thailand island hopping – only £491pp inc flights and hotels
Jimmy Choo Flash 100ml eau-de-parfum gift set for £29.99