Black Friday 2016 is not all about the latest tech. We track down the best deals on furniture, appliances and accessories that will transform your home for less. Why not start saving now?
Black Friday 2016 isn’t just for techies after the latest discounted Apple iPhone and iPads – this post-Thanksgiving sale goes beyond the infamous Black Friday TV deals, and can be the ideal discount shopping day for savvy home birds too. After all, who wouldn’t want to transform their living room, kitchen or bedroom with an iconic piece of homeware or longed-for appliance that just might become affordable overnight in the pre-Christmas sales?
If you can’t get erase those images of the Great Asda TV Stampede of 2014, shop for Black Friday deals online instead of in-store. Brits might be well known for their queueing skills, but there’s no need to stand in
line for hours or face a scrum of sharp-elbowed bargain hunters; you can just purchase that favourite fridge-freezer, coveted cushion or treasured table online in the comfort of your own home.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is on Friday 25 November 2016.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is a day of discounting that originates from the US and marks the start of the pre-Christmas shopping season. It falls on the day after Thanksgiving Day and the Friday before Cyber Monday (originally an online version of Black Friday). The sale day is so popular that it has become a public holiday in some states and has now migrated across the pond to become an annual sales event in the UK, too.
After witnessing the media coverage of the scenes of chaos at a north-west London branch of Asda in 2014, many Brits have been put off shopping in-store for Black Friday bargains. So much so that last year the Mirror reported on empty aisles at Tesco as Brits chose to shop online instead.
While deals on sites such as John Lewis sold out, on the high street security and staff outnumbered shoppers. ‘No-one, aside from journalists, turned up to Boots’ flagship store on Oxford Street in London as its doors opened at midnight…’ But where bargain-hunters did brave the elements there was a more civilised situation – shoppers were given team talks before entering the store!
However, shopping online for Black Friday deals can have its issues too. Last year eight online retailers suffered outages between midnight and 8am, according to the Mirror, quoting statistics from traffic-defender.co.uk. Shoppers were left in limbo as sites crashed or queuing systems and performance management software kicked in under the weight of heavy traffic.
Many Black Friday shoppers are now finding that a combination of online and store shopping reaps the best rewards. According to the Guardian, Black Friday helped John Lewis record its biggest ever week of trading in 2015, as online sales were boosted 15.5 per cent on the previous year. Shoppers preferred hunting out deals online on the day itself, but visited shops over the weekend when retailers continued offering discounts.
While it’s a bit soon to be digging out Black Friday specific deals, we’ve had an early look at the retailer sites it’s worth keeping an eye on for the best deals on home furnishings and accessories – you can even start saving now!
Argos Black Fridays have seen customers bag bargains on home appliances, accessories and TVs. The store has been hampered in the past by technical glitches on its website and pricing issues in-store that it will be keen to right this time around. Buy online and you’ll get quicker access to the biggest deals and faster in-store collection at the Argos Fast Track counter. If you can’t wait until November, look for current Argos Non Stop Price Drops.
Everyone’s favourite kitchen storage company Lakeland was founded in the 1960s and is best known for its creative kitchenware, from everyday utensils and preserving basics to never-seen-before cookware. But it also sells an innovative range of practical products for the home and garden. Past Black Friday Lakeland deals have included in-store and online discounts of up to 50 per cent on its kitchenware. Check out the Lakeland Summer Sale now.
Last year Marks & Spencer knocked 60 per cent off products across all its departments ahead of Black Friday. Best deals on the day included 40 per cent off its Nantucket sofas, 50 per cent off mattresses plus big discounts on bedding, towels, glassware and dining sets. If you can’t wait until November to grab a bargain, check out the Marks & Spencer Home Sale with up to 70 per cent off furniture, bedding and home accessories.
Last year Debenhams offered big savings on household electricals – everything from coffee machines and blenders to washing machines and fridges. Furniture and beds were reduced by 60 per cent, cookware by 50 per cent and bedding 30 per cent. For 2016 Debenhams is promising ‘the biggest deals and best prices across the UK and Ireland’. As for current bargains, check out Debenhams Fabulous Offers for must-have savings across a range of must-have homeware and furnishings.
Last year John Lewis doubled sales of ‘connected home’ products, such as smart washing
machines, fridges or thermostats that can be controlled on the internet. John Lewis says that its commitment to being ‘never knowingly undersold’ means that it matches its competitors’ prices all year round, so ‘even when it’s not Black Friday, we’ll have deals you can enjoy.’ See the current John Lewis discounts on Bosch appliances.
Amazon’s own shopping holiday Amazon Prime Day took place on 12 July and, says Business Insider, ‘saw customer orders around the world shoot up by 60 per cent, making it the largest-ever day of sales by volume for the online retailer.’ But it was no slouch at last year’s Black Friday either, with its UK site selling over 7 million items. Until November swings around, check out Amazon’s Deals of the Day.
House of Fraser is promising ‘some exciting offers for you throughout the weekend, so keep an eye on our website and emails’. In the meantime, take a look at House of Fraser’s Clearance Sale.
Last year Currys PC World offered big discounts across household electricals as well as tech products. Take a look at Currys’ massive savings on large kitchen appliances and save hundreds across a range of products.
Images: Online Shopping with Touchscreen Ultrabook by Intel Free Press, Marks & Spencer by Ewan Munro, Debenhams Oxford Street by Alex Liivet, Box by Mike Seyfang and Currys PC World by Elliott Brown are all licensed under CC by 2.0. Lakeland by Small Back Room