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Black Friday 2020 will there be deals or not ?

When is Black Friday in 2020?

This year Black Friday is on 27.11.20, so a day after Thanksgiving as that is how originally this even started in the US. This means that Cyber Monday falls on 30.11.20.

In the past, Black Friday was a huge offline focused event, whereas Cyber Monday was exclusively online. This year it’s a bit different and many Black Friday sales have already started… Amazon started as early as on 26.10.20…

Will Black Friday 2020 be different from the previous ones?

Yes, as the competition is fierce as it moved largely online due to the lockdown. We have started seeing more and more ‘early deals’ starting in November. People look more for ‘early Black Friday deals’ as the online retailers start their sales much much earlier this year to make up for lack of access to physical stores.

Are Black Friday deals real?

I tried to answer this question in my Black Friday experiment I run in 2017. In my old post, I analyzed the prices of random items (albeit popular ones) during Black Friday 2017, Boxing day in 201, and on a random day in January 2018. The verdict is: yes Black Friday deals are REAL. Many retailers will offer ‘click and collect’ services – that will help save money on delivery fees.

How good are Black Friday deals?

A good question. I would say its wise to keep an eye on the desired item in a run up to Black Friday, so that way you may know if the Black Friday discount is good.

How to compare Black Friday deals prices to get the best deal?

Not all items on sale are always good deals even though most of the items sold during Black Friday is a good deal.

I normally :

  1. Google the item I am after and see what prices appear in Google results and their table:
garmin vivosmart 4 smart compare prices Google
Google Shopping Prices Comparison

2. Use price comparison site such as Idealo or PriceSpy:

Idealo price comparison
Idealo price comparison

I like that both sites show you its historical price (top right corner of teh product page analysed):

IDEALO historical price change and price alert

3. When shopping on Amazon I always use CamelCamelCamel to see how ‘real is the deal’ (pun not intended :-). You may get a browser extension called Camelizer and it will automatically show you the price history of a given product you consider buying on Amazon.

4. Check retailers outside of Amazon–? John Lewis, Curry’s, AO.com as many do as good deals you may get cahsback on or price match offers :-)–> always check T&Cs for details.

What usually sells well each Black Friday?

I am sure the flagship Amazon products or some of the analysed by me in the past will be still bargains this year. So

– Phones

Sky Mobile is offering 50% off 30GB data phone contracts for Black Friday

Where Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, 128GB costs only 23 GBP per month for 24 months contract so it works out £552 for the handset if you take low allowance calls and texts and Internet package..

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, 128GB

If I was to go for this phone I d of course pay only for the handset as I normally have my phone for free…so it would have worked that way:

Sky Samsung Galaxy S20 with allowance
Sky Samsung Galaxy S20 with allowance

However before you get a new phone check its features, for me the memory, storage and battery life alongside a decent camera were top specs to check. I got my Huawei Mate 10 in December 2018 on ebay.co.uk and I am still very happy with it – having spent £365 and on a contract which is free every month, I can’t complain as there is a huge ROI when buying just a handset and sorting a mobile phone contract for FREE if you manage 🙂

– Games and consoles

Check Nintendo Switch as its discounted every year 🙂 if you don’t care about colour turquoise is at £199 on Amazon.

Nintendo Switch Neon is at £278.48 whereas Nintendo Switch (Neon Red/Neon Blue) + Minecraft at £298.47 on Amazon. Historically so in 2017 Nintendo console with Mario Rabbit was at £289.00

Xbox One S 1TB is at a rather good price at Amazon –>£249 (14/11/20) – 3 years ago Xbox One 500GB Minecraft Complete Adventure Console Bundle was at £169.99 (RPP £229.99).

Fitness trackers

I am in love with my Garmin so this year I want to buy one for my mum. I have GARMIN vivomove 3S – Black & Gold and love it. I paid slightly over £118 as I used my Vitality discount to get it cheaper. Always check if you have any other perks at your disposal be it health insurance rewards or work discounts to see if the deals on gadets are the best ones for you.

This year I am after Garmin vivosmart 4 Smart Activity Tracker and it was at £71.99 since Amazon Prime Day on Amazon so I am hoping that price stays as low or goes even down maybe? We will see.

I will also research Fitbit as there is 35% off Fitbit Inspire 2 (£89.99 now from £138.99 )with free Google Nest Mini at Currys PC World. However, I am a bit skeptical about it being owned by Google – don’t want them to discontinuous trackers support next year…

– TVs

Check Currys for a multitude of deals and nice price comparison between them Amazon, Jon Lewis and Argos – they will save you some time and hopefully some money too.

– Health gadgets

Amazon usually has Oral-B toothbrushes at great prices (currently £109.99) , the same goes for hair removal devices from Phillips, this model ( I have it and recommend it) cost now £489.00.

– Alcohol

Johnnie Walker usually is at a good price on Amazon. Now 42.89 in 2017 its price was as low as £28.99

– Amazon gadgets

Typically Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon Firestick or Amazon tablets will be at amazing prices during Black Friday. Usually, they cost the same at John Lewis or Curry’s so ensure you get your cashback before headed there. If you gonna use Topcashback you may use my referral code.

Apple Products

Currently, iPad mini 65GB costs £334.80 on Amazon which is 11% cheaper than normal. When Googling this product be careful that for example cheaper iPads at ARGOS have different specs and yes their iPad mini is at £315 but has only 32GB memory not 64GB as that one cost there £399.

Apple iPad mini 11% cheaper on Amazon
Apple iPad mini 11% cheaper on Amazon this Black Friday!

Things I will look forward to analysing prices this Black Friday:

  1. Books
  2. Dog toys, supplements and accessories
  3. Kindle Paperwhite
  4. Health tracker for my mum and a new tablet
  5. Replacement Blades for Nutribullet 900w
  6. Robot Hoover – I recently bought one for my mother in law so will analyse if that deal was even better than those during Black Friday!
  7. Hairdryer – checking if the Remington Hydraluxe Pro Hair Dryer which costs now (14/11/20) £99 will be cheaper and is worth that money at all…as nothing comes close to our current THAIRA-DRY INFRARED HAIR DRYER but its hard to find and its RPP is $180.00

I started my switch to Natwest bank on 2.11 and was moved there on 12.11 so now when transfering some money and using that bank I will count on a free £125 to cover some of my Black Friday shopping 🙂

I also have some FREE Amazon codes to turn into codes as I do Shop& Scan my grocery weekly. So, all in all, I shall have about £190 extra to finance my shopping – should I find the deals I am after. I will report back – so stay tuned!

Black Friday analysis

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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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