The ultimate student guide to Black Friday weekend

The ultimate student guide to Black Friday weekend

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.

What is Black Friday?

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.

When is Black Friday 2016?

This year, Black Friday Weekend will begin on Friday 25th November. However, some online stores, including Amazon, have already begun their annual sale.

What’s on sale on Black Friday?

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.

Can I also use student discount cards on Black Friday?

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.

What products will be most in demand this year?

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.

Which are the best retailers to buy from on Black Friday?

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:

  • Tesco
  • Argos
  • Currys PC World
  • John Lewis
  • House of Fraser

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.

Black Friday 2016 – Your plan of action

 

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:

  • Sign up to retailer newsletters in the days leading up to Black Friday, so you can get info on their latest deals straight to your inbox
  • In addition to checking each retailer individually, one website to use to keep on top of details about where to find the best bargains is Hot UK Deals. This website relies on users who have stumbled upon amazing offers to upload and share with other users.
  • If you’re planning on heading out and doing your shopping on the high street, double check store opening times. Some retailers even open earlier on Black Friday. But you’ll need to get there early, even a few hours before opening, to beat the queues.

 

  • List the kind of items you want and research. For example, if you’re in the market for a new tablet, familiarise yourself with different models and their specifications. You don’t want to hit ‘buy’ in a hurry before realising you’ve ordered the wrong product.

 

  • Check social media. Your friends on Facebook might post a status bragging about something they’ve bought – find out where they got it from! Similarly, use the search bar on Twitter and keep on top of trends to see what users are tweeting about and where some of the best offers can be found.
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