2018 Black Friday is on the 23rd November, followed Cyber Monday on the 26th, however Cyber Week starts well before Black Friday and can continue for a week after Cyber Monday.
Cyber Week emerged from the US with an almighty bang a few years back. We have Amazon to blame or thank, depending on what side of the fence you sit on. Cyber week is almost here again and many of the UKs leading retailers are already gearing up with huge Black Friday offers to tantalize consumers taste spuds yet again.
A lot of retailers will launch sale during Cyber Week to minimise the financial hit while still giving retailers that feeling that they have snagged a bargain during Cyber Week. However, retailers will ultimately succumb and offer great cyber offers and discounts, they can’t resist. Some retailers even make a loss offering Cyber Week offers just to stay in the game which is great for consumers like us!
Cyber Week has become the busiest shopping week of the year with some big retailers and marketplaces turning over in excess of £1M per day! In total retailers turned over around £2Billion during the week. It sure beats the excitement of the January Sales that used to cause a shopping frenzy.
Make sure you don’t overspend and overbuy though as this is counterproductive. It’s always tempting to bag a bargain but not if you don’t need one. Some good advice is to shop around for what you need, make a list then check out the deals during Cyber week to see if they’re cheaper. Moneysavingexpert.com advises shopping around and researching the items you want to buy rather than relying on discount promises from retailers. They may be offering “70% off” their own price, but it doesn’t mean the same item isn’t cheaper elsewhere.
The big retailers like Amazon.co.uk and eBay.co.uk launch early on and make the most of the frenzy before Cyber week officially begins. Amazon.co.uk make huge cuts on their own merchandise, typically tech stuff like laptops, tablets, Echo Dots, Blue Tooth speakers, game consoles and TVs.
Amazon leads the way when it comes to Black Friday steals, albeit that it tends to reserve the largest savings for its own products. So, if you’re in the market for an Echo, Dot, Fire or Kindle, you could make a huge saving. It’s advisable to sign up for the 30-day Amazon Prime free trial, as this will allow you to access the best ‘lightning sales’ 30 minutes before non-Prime members, and you will also get everything you order delivered for free!
Here’s what the independent.co.uk newspaper says: “For 2018, we expect that Amazon’s sale will include major discounts on everything from electronics to this year’s must-have toys, games, fashion, jewellery and beauty products. The site usually also has new “Deals of the Day”. Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/best-black-friday-amazon-deals-a8029976.html
Amazon.co.uk launched a whole load of massively discounted products in 2017 which it coined “Lightning Deals” which launched on Cyber Monday and ran for a short period. Details on Amazon’s UK Cyber Monday sale can be found here
Argos deals during Cyber Week are excellent, last year they slashed their prices with a 20% Argos voucher code, they were quite literally giving it away at cost according to some reports. Their prices rose steeply immediately after though and were pretty much back up to full price in the run up to Christmas. Argos Cyber Monday, Argos Black Friday and Argos Cyber week deals will be posted on this page: https://www.argos.co.uk/events/cyber-monday
ASOS launched a 20% off everything in Cyber Week 2017 - wow! Keep an eye on this page to check out ASOS 2018 Cyber Offers, voucher codes and deals: https://www.asos.com/discover/black-friday-cyber-monday-deals/
Boden sale sometimes starts during Cyber Week. Check out boden.co.uk for more details on Boden voucher codes and offers during Cyber Week. They currently have 25% off:
The Body Shop slashed up to 40% off hundreds of items in Cyber Week 2017 - and free delivery if you spend over £5 which is pretty generous. Check out https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/sale/black-friday-deals for more details on Body Shop Cyber Week Deals 2018.
Last year boohoo offered up to 50% off everything! Check out Boohoo Cyber Deals 2018.
Clarks always have some pretty cool savings during Cyber Week. Clarks 2017 Cyber Week deals consisted of Clarks promo codes. Clarks 2018 Cyber Week offers will be revealed here
For a premium brand Cath Kidson sale and Black Friday offers tend to be pretty generous. Last year they had some big discounts with up to 50% off some items. Cath Kidson Cyber Week 2018 offers and deals can be found here: https://www.cathkidston.com/cyber
In 2017 Debenhams slashed beauty and fragrances by up to 15% and up to 50% off other ranges. Debenhams Cyber Week Deals 2018 can be found here on their main site: https://www.debenhams.com/content/black-friday
Habitat 2017 Cyber Week offers consisted of up to £300 off dining room sets, they term their sale ‘Habitat Super Savings’. Habitat.co.uk don’t appear to have a Habitat Cyber Week and Black Friday deals page so just check out their main page nearer the time at habitat.co.uk
Last year Halfords Cyber offers kicked off on 21st November with some kids bikes reduced by up to 60%! Halfords Black Friday offers can seen here https://www.halfords.com/advice/cycling/brands/black-friday
Sex toy superstar Love Honey launched their Black Friday deals on their blog last year so check for more information on Love Honey Black Friday deals in 2018 https://www.lovehoney.co.uk/blog/2010/11/24/black-friday-blog/
Britain’s most loved store Marks and Spencer Black Friday offers in 2017 consisted of a wide range of discounted products with some star buys and 3 for 2 offers. Marks and Spencer 2018 Black Friday deals may be launched on their offer page so check for more information
High street staple Miss Selfridge Black Friday Deals 2019 included up to 60% off everything. Miss Selfridge Black Friday Deals 2018 can be found here
Your favourite high street shopping brand TopShop had up to 50% off partywear in Cyber Week 2017. Find out more about TopShop Cyber Week 2018 offers here: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/category/black-friday-at-topshop-6097274/home?geoip=noredirect
Mobiles.co.uk 2017 Cyber Deals included the Apple iPhone X with a low up-front cost of £50 on the Vodafone network, and a SIM-free iPhone 8 deal for £679. Mobiles.co.uk Black Friday deals for 2018 will be posted on the Mobiles.co.uk Black Friday Deals page can be viewed here
Wiggle Black Friday Deals 2017 consisted of up to £15 when you spend £100 using code ‘save15-1’ and £40 off £200 with the code ‘save40-1’. Let’s see if wiggle.co.uk will top last years Black Friday deals in 2018.
Even the Government has spoken out about Black Friday in this article published on https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-warns-online-sellers-about-price-fixing where it warns retailers about price fixing and says in a quote:
“Online markets are a hugely valuable tool for consumers to shop around and find the best value products, making the most of effective competition. But these benefits for shoppers are put at risk if the suppliers seek to restrict competition between them.”
Miranda Coombes, mother of 2, passionate about the environment,
keen horse rider, marathon runner and a business owner
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