Are you ready for Black Friday? 🥳
Hundreds of UK shops (and brands) are looking forward to celebrating the day with you, and so do we at PriceRunner of course!
Black Friday is actually the largest sales event of the year, it falls on the 26th of November 2021, the day after Thanksgiving. And even though we won't be in a turkey coma, unlike our friends across the pond (it might give us a leg up) we still get to reap the benefits of the now international phenomenon that is Black Friday. And honestly it is the perfect opportunity to find great deals and get your holiday shopping done at a lower cost. But just how do you know if you’re getting a superb deal during the Black Friday hype?
Every year we analyse the most popular products among the largest online retailers. Last autumn, the prices on more than one in ten products increased on average by 22% in the lead-up to Black Friday. On Black Friday itself, around 23% of the products that were “on sale” had previously seen a price increase. This is one way to give a false impression that prices are better than they actually are.
Our data shows that Black Friday is the cheapest day of the year to shop, but that includes keeping track of when prices vary as they do quite a lot.
It’s smart to keep an eye out for online shops with sales on and also to see which products they offer at a discount. Here is where we’ve gathered the best offers from shops. If you’re interested in a specific product, the next step is to compare prices – this is where you can save loads!
Also, remember to check if the product is in stock. Otherwise the sales price may not be the determinant factor for your purchase, especially in cases where there’s a much longer delivery time to consider. Use our price history feature to ensure that the price you see is as good as it seems.
Find the product you’re interested in and scroll down the page to find the "Price History"
Select a time period and whether you wish to include international prices. Price history for the past three months is shown by default, but if you want to find sneaky price-increases, it’s smarter to examine a longer time period. Tip – compare the price with the sale price from last year.
If you then want to determine if a deal from a specific shop is as good as it seems, or perhaps do some comparing of your favourite shops, you can click on "Choose retailer" above the price graph to show an individual shops' pricing history.
The shopping day was first started in the US during the 1960s, and has since become a calendar event for the Friday after the American Thanksgiving holiday (which always falls on the fourth Thursday of November). In the UK, Black Friday has become increasingly popular annually since the 2000s.
Both online shops and physical ones participate in the Black Friday sales in the UK. During the 24hr period when the offers are on, searches and traffic to online shops spike by close to 100% compared to a regular day. Black Friday campaigns are very popular indeed!
Nicklas Storåkers, CEO of PriceRunner, notes that PriceRunner’s assessment for this year is that the growth of sales this year will be bigger than ever, given that the global pandemic has massively driven e-commerce penetration and growth. Nicklas Storåkers explains, "Ongoing advice from public authorities on exercising caution will affect consumers willingness to go out and take part in traditional shopping centre and Christmas shopping activities. I wouldn't be shocked if online retailers report that Black Friday will be 50% larger this year compared to Black Friday 2019."
I wouldn't be shocked if e-retailers report that Black Friday will be 50% larger this year than it was in 2020, said Nicklas Storåkers.
Nowadays, in order to capitalise on sales interest in the lead-up to Black Friday, many shops have extended the length of their offers and we talk more about “Black Week” than in the past. 2021 is set to be special compared with last year since the shopping day is occurring noticeably late within November. This means we’ll likely see Black Week deals, sales and offers potentially starting earlier than ever before.
Black Week is a phenomenon that even physical shops are gravitating towards more. It’s a bit more manageable to spread the sales period out over the course of the week for both the shops, that have to handle increased demand from customers, and for the delivery and freight services who need to deliver packages prior to the Christmas holidays.
Even if Black Friday and Black Week mean loads of great offers and deals, not all products will be discounted. Data shows that there are some product categories where there’s a higher likelihood of finding great bargains and deals.
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It’s easy to get wrapped up in the Black Friday deal-hype - and Britons spend around £350 on average during Black Friday. To avoid getting stressed out or anxious when your order confirmations begin flowing in, you should keep an eye on how shop smarter and get the most out of each deal!
Think about what you want to buy, what you need and at what price. Set yourself a budget so that you don’t overspend, which will also help you avoid falling into the trap of impulse purchases. Having a predetermined plan will also save you from having to deal with loads of returns, which is also better for the environment.
Let us do the hard work for you. If you’re interested in a product, you can simply create a price alert and get a notification when the product is discounted. You can choose if you want to be notified the precise moment the price is lowered, when the price falls beneath a set amount or when it goes under a desired price threshold. You can also include the shipping cost to your alert as well so that no extra thinking is required.
There are many who do the bulk of their Christmas gift shopping on Black Friday and of course, you want the gifts to be under the tree in good time. To avoid receiving gifts too late, we recommend that you carefully check the last delivery day of online shops so to ensure you’ll receive your gifts before Christmas Eve. You should also be sure to check that the product is in stock to begin with, so that the delivery time isn’t extended even further.
Last year just like the year prior, there was increased logistics pressure and issues, which meant that in hindsight many consumers didn’t get their orders and gifts before Christmas Eve. Bearing this in mind, you should place your orders in good time in order to avoid delivery problems. Our advice is to grab products earlier on in Black Week instead of just waiting until the Friday.
Black Friday will be very different this year when compared to previous years. Although black Friday is largely centered around e-commerce physical stores have also had similar offers attracting hordes of people. This year however we recommend that you do your shopping online both for your own and others safety. There are many benefits to shopping online, you won’t have to elbow your way through masses of people, you can create wish-lists and easily monitor different products all while sitting comfortably in your sofa with a cup of tea.
What many forget is the precautions to take after receiving the physical package. There are no set guidelines for this, but we recommend either wiping down your package with disinfectant and then making sure to wash your hands after handling. Alternatively you can leave the package outside for 24hr as the germs shouldn’t survive more than 24hr on cardboard. Note that these are only recommendations, take whatever precautions you feel are necessary.
We grabbed a coffee with PriceRunner’s CEO, Nicklas Storåkers to get his take before this year’s Black Friday…
Without a doubt, I’ll be doing Christmas gift shopping during the sales. Toys are among the things you actually find the best deals on during the Black Friday sales. On the one hand I know that I’ll save money on what I shop for at that time, then on the other hand I know I’ll have the gifts in good time before Christmas.
A robotic lawnmower from Husqvarna. It was definitely not the season to start using it of course, but I used our historical price graph and could see that it was several hundred pounds cheaper than it was before.
Buying something totally unnecessarily like butter that you don’t need is something everyone has done at one point or another. I’m a proper gadget-geek, so that’s something I need to think about. I have two primary recommendations prior to sales. The first is to jot down a shopping list in advance so you don’t buy more than you intend to. Buying unnecessary things – regardless of the price - you’ll barely save money on those kinds of items. The second piece of advice is to compare the price with what it has been in the past, for which PriceRunner has an awesome feature on all product pages. Otherwise it’s all too easy to end up buying something more expensive than it may have been at other times during the previous year.
Loads! We’ve been working tirelessly on making PriceRunner a service that all users love. If I were to choose one thing to highlight that I really like, it would be our page for discount codes. That’s where we gather and update valid discount codes so you can save even more money when shopping online. Be sure to check it out during Black Friday, there's sure to be some really awesome discount codes.
Our ambition is that our users feel that we really help them. PriceRunner compares over 1.6 million products from 4,000 retailers. That’s notably higher than any other comparison-shopping site, which means you’re able to find better deals with us than with anyone else. Happy shopping!
Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year in the UK, with loads of discounts and offers. The day was originally an American concept that started in the 1960s. During recent years, this huge shopping day has spread around the globe with Black Friday kicking off the annual holiday shopping season.
Black Friday lands on Friday, the 26th of November 2021. Black Friday always coincides with the Friday after the American Thanksgiving holiday, which is observed on the fourth Thursday of November annually. This means that the date for Black Friday varies annually just as it does with Thanksgiving.
Black Friday 2021 in the UK begins at midnight on Friday, the 26th of November. Sales will take place during the subsequent 24 hours and ends at 23:59 on the same day. Many stores still continue with special offers during the entire weekend following Black Friday, and also on the following Monday, which are called Black Weekend and Cyber Monday, respectively.
The term Black Friday was first used in 1961, in Philadelphia, USA. Police in the city used the phrase to describe the chaos that would occur on both highways and with pedestrians on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the 1980s, the term Black Friday was also used to describe that on the same day, for some companies, this would be the time would become profitable and their numbers in their financial reporting would go from "red" to "black". Nowadays, it is more commonly associated with shopping and sales.
Many British stores have special offers during Black Friday and this includes e-stores, physical stores, markets and shopping centres. That includes everything from clothing and electronics chains to grocery stores and even travel companies in some cases. On this page you can find stores that have Black Friday offers.
During Black Friday, lots of stores offer discounts of around 20%. You can also find superb deals on toys, headphones and headsets, TVs, mobile phones and game consoles from the previous year. Tip: always check the price history on the item you're interested in buying to see if the sale offer is actually as good as it seems.
Have you missed the biggest shopping day of the year and all the Black Friday offers? Fret not, you can still take part in Cyber Monday, which lands the Monday after Black Friday. Cyber Monday is the day when you can find great deals in electronics online. Cyber Monday is also growing like Black Friday in the UK and of course we also list the best Cyber Monday campaigns you can find!
To wrap up a long season of shopping days and super sales there is Boxing Day; the last great sale of the year. During this day you'll find special offers both online and in physical shops. And of course, you'll find the best Boxing Day deals right here at PriceRunner.