As the UK prepares itself for the weekend that's becoming the biggest shopping event of the year, we give you the lowdown on how to scoop the best bargains.
It’s the weekend that’s quickly become an annual shopping frenzy in the UK – will you be getting involved this year?
Items popular with students, such as Apple Macs and games consoles, will see their prices cut for one weekend only, so you need to be prepared if you’re hoping to take advantage in time for Christmas.
With just over a week to go until Black Friday, the biggest event in Britain’s shopping calendar, we’ve compiled of the all things you need to know, the best items on offer this year, and a plan of action to help you ensure you don’t miss out on any of the bargains you want to bag.
Black Friday is the day when high street stores and online retailers massively slash their prices to mark the start of the Christmas holiday season.
It’s been a big event in the US for decades, traditionally falling the day after Thanksgiving. But in recent years the craze has reached the UK, and has also morphed into an entire weekend, meaning shoppers can take advantage of widespread price cuts from Friday to Monday.
This year, Black Friday Weekend will begin on Friday 25th November. However, some online stores, including Amazon, have already begun their annual sale.
Anything and everything! From student favourites such as TVs, Apple Macs and tablets to Xbox consoles, hairdryers and even holidays, retailers reduce prices on a whole host of items.
This will depend entirely on the place you’re buying your items from. Some may, but others may be reluctant to let you apply further discounts to items already priced well below their RRP. Before purchasing check the retailer’s terms and conditions.
As usual, you can expect HD TVs, games consoles and laptops to be among the most popular items in 2016.
However, according to The Telegraph, some experts believe clothes retailers may ramp up their efforts this year, meaning you might be able to buy a new wardrobe at a fraction of the cost it would be at any other time of the year. Also look out for deals on hot gadgets such as GoPros and FitBits.
Last year Amazon reported its biggest ever sales day on Black Friday, selling more than 7.4 million items.
The online retailer should be one of the first places you go to when hunting down the best deals. Also on your list should be:
And many more!
Don’t forget: If you’re a Vita Student resident, it might also be worth checking to see if any of our Vita Student VIP brands are running their own Black Friday campaigns.
To ensure you get all the items you want on Black Friday, and, crucially, at the right price, here are some helpful tips to follow: