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Are the Black Friday deals as good as the retailers make them out to be?

As you know from my latest post I have teamed up with Ingenico Payments to research and compare prices Black Friday deals for about 20 products at 5 different retailers such as: Currys, Amazon, John Lewis, Argos and Tesco.

Are Black Friday Deals real

Are the Black Friday deals as good as the retailers make them out to be? Check it out yourself. As I didn’t capture pre-Black Friday prices for all of the researched today products I will do another price follow up in the middle of December to see if the prices have risen ever since Black Friday. And now let’s get over to


1.Fridge Freezer –KENWOOD KNF60X17 60/40 Fridge Freezer – Inox

RRP: £539.99 Currys

Black Friday Price: £299.99

10% Black Friday discount : £29.99

New discounted price:  £299.99-29.99=£270

TOTAL saving: £269.99

2.Washing Machine – BEKO WTB841R2W 8 kg 1400 Spin Washing Machine – White

RRP: £349.99 Currys

Black Friday Price: £179.99

TOTAL saving: £170.00

3.Dish Washer – BEKO DIN 15X10 Full-size Integrated Dishwasher

RRP: £349.99 Curry

Black Friday Price: £199.00

TOTAL saving: £159.99

4.Hoover  –DYSON V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

The cheapest cordless ANIMAL v6 was for £179 from £184.99, however the biggest DYSON V6 discount at CURRYS was for the one mentioned above:

RRP: £469.99 Currys

Black Friday Price: £229.99

TOTAL saving: £240.00

5.OLED TV – one of the cheapest at Currys and Award winner at Which.co.uk- LG OLED55B7V 55″ Smart 4K Ultra HD OLED TV

RRP: £2999.99 Currys

Black Friday Price: £1349.10

TOTAL saving: £1650.89

Summary: Currys was believed to have held the biggest Black Friday event ever. They definitely were matching prices against their competitors. When you were highlighting any given product name a price comparison box appeared straightaway showing you that you shouldn’t be really leaving as their prices were:

  • either the same
  • or cheaper once various discount codes mentioned on product page were applied

Before buying at Curry’s always check which site TopCashback or Quidco will save you a few more ££ when offering a bit of cashback on your purchase. Use chrome extension called Pouch to be kept informed of any possible discount codes. Many workplaces offer Currys discounted gift cards and finally they appear often at Card Yard.


1.Electric Toothbrush – Oral-B Genius 9000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, Black

RRP: 279.99

Black Friday : £84.94

TOTAL saving: £195.09

2.Smart Thermostat – Nest 3rd Generation LEarning Thermostat

RRP: 219.99

Black Friday : £149.94

TOTAL saving: £70.99

3. Smart Fitness Watch- Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

RRP: 159.99

Black Friday : £106.99

TOTAL saving: £53

4. Spirits – Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Premium Blended Scotch Whisky, 70 cl

RRP: £44.00

Black Friday : £28.99

TOTAL saving: £15.10

5.Hair Removal –Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device for Body, Face, Bikini & Underarms – BRI956/00

RPP: £575.00

Black Friday : £289.99

TOTAL saving: £285.01


Amazon deals were released in the whole week prior to Black Friday(wc 17/11) and some items had actually better prices on the given DEAL DAYS than on Black Friday, e.g:

Oral-B Smart Series 6500 (RRP: £229.99) as it pre-Black Friday (22/11)price was £54.99 and today its price was £40.11 higher and was £95.10.

Some deals pre-Black Friday were exactly the same like today, e.g.:

On Thursday- 23/11 they were selling : ECHO £34.99 from £49.99 + FitBit Charge 2 £109.99 from £139.99 cost £134.98 when bundled together 

Not all AMAZON deals are real deals – you can check that when googling products found on Amazon to check its price elsewhere, go to CamelCamelCamel for historic prices or check the actual RRP prices displayed in Google Shopping feed. You can also check historic prices on price comparison sites such Price Runner or Price Spy.

My today research proved that many Amazon own products were slightly cheaper at John Lewis. There is no cashback on Amazon products in neither of the biggest cashback sites. You can always try to get a gift card from your workplace if it is being offered to you at all and save a few ££ that way , for example my work offers 4% discount cards.


1.Amazon Tablet –New Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, Quad-core, Fire OS, 7″, Wi-Fi, 8GB, 7″, with Special Offers, Black

RPP: £49.95

Black Friday: £29.90

TOTAL saving: £20

BONUS: Coupon Code Available –> Purchase this Tablet and get £20 off price shown on Microsoft Office software (click here to view the range). Use Coupon Code TABOFFICE20 at the checkout. Both Tablet device & Office software must be purchased at the same time.

2.Amazon Kindle Paperwhite – Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader, 6″

RPP: £109.00

Black Friday : £79.00

TOTAL saving: £30

3.Amazon TV Stick –Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa

RPP: £39.95

Black Friday : £24.95

TOTAL saving: £15

4.Speakers –Amazon Echo Dot

RPP: £49.00

Black Friday : £34.00

TOTAL saving: £15

5. Toys – Doll House

RPP: £33.65

Black Friday : £25.89

TOTAL saving: £7.76

1.Fridge Freezer – Liebherr CN3033 Comfort NoFrost Freestanding Fridge Freezer

RPP: £549

Pre Black Friday: £399

Black Friday: £299

TOTAL saving: £250

Summary: John Lewis was highlighting that they keep checking competitor’s prices, so their customers don’t have to. I struggled to find any product they were selling at discounted prices today cheaper elsewhere. If you did feel free to tweet me. They were selling many Amazon own products at slightly cheaper prices, shame they are not on  any popular cashback site such as TopCashback or Quidco to attract more customers that way.


1.LEGO: LEGO Nexo Knights Aaarons Stone Destroyer

The best cashback : TopCashBack 7% on Toys atm

RPP: £49.99

Black Friday: £19.99

TOTAL saving: £30

2. Xbox One S Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Complete Adventure Console Bundle

RPP: £229.99

Black Friday: £169.99

TOTAL saving: £60

3. Toys : Glimmies Rainbow Friends Glimwheel Playset

RPP: £24.99

Black Friday: £12.49

TOTAL saving: £12.50

4. Habitat Lamp –Habitat Constanza Glass Table Lamp

RPP: £25.00

Black Friday: £10.00

TOTAL saving: £15

5.Tablet- Alcatel 10 ” Tablet

RPP: £99.99

Black Friday: £69.99

TOTAL saving: £30

Summary: decent deals on the day, however when googling the Habitat lamp I discovered that the search result returned another URL with the original price!!! A bit deceiving…


1.Consoles  – Nintendo Switch console with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

RPP: £323.99

Black Friday: £289.00

TOTAL saving: £34.99

2. Experience Gift – Dinner Cruise on the Thames for Two

RPP: £164.00

Black Friday: £123.00

TOTAL saving: £41

3. Board Games –Monopoly World Edition

RPP: £25.00

Black Friday: £12.50

TOTAL saving: £12.50

4. Furniture – Dressing Table Stool

RPP: £49.00

Black Friday: £29.00

TOTAL saving: £20

5.Curling Tong – BaByliss 2663GU Curl Secret Simplicity Hair Styler with Pouch and Mirror

RPP: £120.00

Black Friday: £49.00

TOTAL saving: £71

6. Steam Cleaner – Karcher SC1

RPP: £79.99

Black Friday: £45.00

TOTAL saving: £34.99

Summary: Tesco had some really good deals on many products not just the one’s tracked by me. Furthermore they are on TopCashback site and offer Clubcard points on their purchases so 2 more money saving wins here.

Watch out my next post describing which items were bought by me today. I shall describe it all by Monday – as Black Friday may be soon over yet many retailers hold the generous discounts until Cyber Monday, so in many cases there is no need to rush and get it all today.

As said by me I will revisit all the mentioned above products sometime in December to check out if today was a great shopping day as we kept hearing and if the deals were real.

About admin

I am not Martin Lewis but Martyna aka Money Saving Girl. When I first came to the UK I was on a super tight budget, so I know how hard it is not to have money or how to get creative to get 'more for less'. I share with you my money saving tips about anything which worked for me. Be it free samples, shopping tricks, iTunes, various discount apps, websites and reward programs. Occasionally I write about traveling or insurance.

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