Black Friday 2017: Amazon, boots, Tesco set for HUGE deals, here’s how to not miss out
Black Friday shoppers will want to plan ahead to avoid disappointment
Last year, eight out of 10 Britons took part and reckoned they saved £100 each on the busiest shopping day of the year, according to research from TSB.
Whether you love or hate it you can no longer ignore it.
However, you need to plan ahead to avoid ending up with the Black Friday blues.
It is swiftly followed by Cyber Monday, when retailers slash their prices online, which shoppers may find more relaxing than sharpening their elbows on the high street.
Black Friday britons reckon they save £100 on shopping
Forward planning and having a specific shopping list could make all the difference
Electronic gadgets top our shopping lists, with more than two thirds looking to buy items such as smartphones, tablets and computers, followed by clothes, movies, beauty products and toys.
Craig Bundell, director of personal current accounts at TSB, warned it is easy to throw money away and go over budget.
“Forward planning and having a specific shopping list could make all the difference.”
The most popular search term is Argos Black Friday, according to research from LoveTheSales.com, with retailers Currys, John Lewis, Debenhams and Boots also generating a huge number of web searches.
As usual retailers like Amazon are heavily geared up for the Black Friday mania
Amazon, Clarks, House Of Fraser, The Body Shop, Tesco and many others will be popular.
You can check top deals on sites such as HotUKDeals.com, TrustedReviews.com, MoneySavingExpert.com and VoucherCloud.com.
LoveTheSales.com founder Stuart McClure said: “Make sure you only buy items you were looking for anyway and not because you fall for the marketing hype.”
Compare prices carefully because they can fluctuate wildly from retailer to retailer.
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The Black Friday sales are not just limited to the shops. For example, Legoland Windsor Resort is offering a Kids Go Free deal on 2018 bookings made this weekend, while BT is offering savings on TV, mobiles and broadband.
Anthony Wong, marketing director of MoneyGuru, said do not panic if you cannot get to the shops on Friday: “Last year £968million was spent on Cyber Monday, only slightly less than the £1.1billion on Black Friday.”
He urged shoppers to beware fraudulent emails and websites. For security, check website addresses for the prefix https:// before keying in card details.
Wong also recommends using a credit card where possible for purchases between £100 and up to £30,000, which are protected under the 1974 Consumer Credit Act.
Consumer blogger Helen Dewdney at The Complaining Cow suggests signing up to sites such as Quidco.com or TopCashBack.co.uk to earn cashback on your purchases: “Check several sites, as they have different retailers and different percentages.”
Dewdney said keen shoppers should log on just after midnight on Friday morning to bag bargains before things go out of stock.
Be patient and you may pick up better bargains either side of Christmas.
“Things like winter coats and toys could be discounted further when retailers want to get rid of stock in the January sales,” she said.
Be careful when driving, as the number of traffic accidents and theft claims jumped by 18 per cent last Black Friday, according to Co-op Insurance.