This year will see the first in person Black Friday since the pandemic and many people are looking forward to hitting the shops to get some bargains.
With last year only including online offers due to Covid lockdown restrictions, shoppers will once again be able to scramble for deals in person.
Black Friday deals tend to offer discounts on expensive electrical items such as TVs, games consoles and laptops, all items that regularly make it to the top of the Christmas list.
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But, Why is it called Black Friday? and how can you get the best Black Friday deals?
Why is it called Black Friday?
The origin of the name Black Friday is debated, but the most accepted theory is that came from Philadelphia in the 1960s.
Police officers coined the term to describe the busy day between Thanksgiving and the annual football game.
Swarms of tourist would descend on the city and local retailers decided to take advantage of it and put on some sales to entice shoppers.
Another theory proposes the name comes from the day when retailers finally ‘move into the black’, meaning they are making enough money to reduce prices at a profit.
A more comical theory is that it came from the tradition of retail staff taking the day after Thanksgiving off sick.
Why do we have Black Friday sales?
Black Friday started in the USA and coincided with the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November, with Black Friday falling on the day after, similar to the Boxing Day sales setup in the UK.
The popularity of Black Friday spread, with it becoming the peak pre-Christmas online sales day in the UK.
But now, deals don't just last one day and instead extend throughout November, there's even an additional day dedicated to sales known as, 'Cyber Monday,' which takes place the weekend after Black Friday.
When is Black Friday 2021 in the UK?
Black Friday falls this year on Friday, November 26, 2021.
Retailers will offer plenty of early discounts available from the beginning of November, but some some will save the best discounts and deals for Black Friday itself.
How can I get the best Black Friday deals?
Black Friday is ideally suited for saving money on expensive electronics such as TVs, smartphones and laptops, but it's important to be wary that some deals and discounts might not reflect the true savings and it's best to shop around prior to Black Friday and see how much the items are being advertised for.
Once you know what items you want, to ensure you get the most out of your discounts, create a bookmark wish list in advance, so you can get straight to the items you are interested in and don't have to spend time sorting through the items you don't want.
Saving time is important as some of the best deals will sell out quickly.
How can I get the best deals from Amazon, Curry's and Argos?
Amazon launched their Black Friday deals early on Tuesday, November 9, with online offers across tech and home appliances.
Curry's have also launched their Black Friday deals early, offering big discounts on laptops and gaming.
Argos deals go live on Black Friday, and they recommend setting up an Argos account prior and have the items you want on your wish list.
If you are shopping online they recommend doing this early, if you decide to shop in store, they recommend paying for your order online first and collecting it in store.
When is Cyber Monday 2021 in the UK?
Cyber Monday takes place this year on Monday, November 29, 2021.
Seen as less important now, as many retailers offering online discounts long before Black Friday.
Often the deals you can get on Cyber Monday are similar to those available over the Black Friday weekend.
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