The Ultimate Black Friday Deals Guide

Looking to bag a bargain this Black Friday? Then make sure you swot up on our essential tips and tricks. Whether you plan on braving the crowds or just want to shop online without your boss catching on, our guide has everything you need to survive the pre-Christmas chaos and grab those eye-watering deals.

Handy excuses to shop

You’re ready and primed to grab a bargain. Unfortunately, none of your loved ones – nor your boss – understand the importance of nabbing a half-price dishwasher. Here are some handy excuses to keep them at bay as you shop:

Tell your boss: “I’m just doing some research on consumer behaviour.”

Tell your partner: “I won’t shop for the rest of the year, I swear!”

Tell your parents: “Look how much money we’ve just saved!”

Tell yourself: “Just one more item and then I’ll stop…”

Food and hydration tips

Black Friday shopping can feel like a marathon, so make sure you approach it like a true athlete. Refuel with plenty of food and drink throughout the day to help you stay energised, focused and alert.

Mindfulness expert, John Lingley , recommends taking regular breaks from all that shopping and tucking into a couple of treats. Enjoying a few of your favourite snacks can also help keep your stress levels at bay.

The ultimate Black Friday playlist

Listening to calming music while you hunt for deals can really work wonders on your stress levels. Just add the following music to your playlist, and enjoy a less frazzled shopping experience.

Queuing tips

Even through the sales chaos, don’t let anyone fault your queuing etiquette. Here's how to remain calm amid any terrible queuing behaviour by other shoppers.

  • Escape into headphones: Listen to some calming music, an engaging podcast or riveting audiobook.
  • Get some exercise: Do stretches or squats and use your sale goodies to work out your arms.
  • Spark your imagination: Invent quirky backstories for your fellow shoppers to stay entertained.
Stress-busting tips

Want to stay zen while you battle the crowds? Try these stress-busting tips from mindfulness expert, John Lingley:

  1. Focus on your breathing : When you start to feel stressed, bring awareness to your breath and focus on the rising and failing of your chest. This should help restore feelings of calm.

  2. Accept the present moment : Stuck in a long queue? Instead of thinking, “Why don’t they have more people serving”, repeat the mantra “It is what it is!”

Busiest times of day

Can’t face the crowds? Avoid these peak times for a calmer shopping experience

Hottest Deals From Previous Black Friday Events

£700 off samsungs
£700 off selected Samsung 4K TVs
£200 off HP laptops
£200 off selected HP laptops
Tablets from £29.99
Tablets available from only £29.99

Highlights from previous black friday events

Over half a million visitors to the website before 6am
tv's height 28 shards
If you lined up all the 32” TVs ordered, it would match the height of 28 Shards
kettle 25,000 cups tea
Enough kettles sold to make over 25,000 cups of tea

Black Friday Deals

Listening to music on mobile phone through headphones

When is Black Friday?

In 2018, Black Friday will be on 23rd November.

Black Friday traditionally follows the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday of every November, and the following Friday is an excuse to flock to the shops and get Christmas shopping started. What was once a distinctly US tradition has swept across the UK and become a staple shopping day in Ireland, the Netherlands, Mexico, South Africa, Canada and other regions too.

Looking to get your Christmas shopping done early? Why not check out our awesome gifting guide designed for the entire family. You'll find great products at great prices.

How long does Black Friday last?

Black Friday lasts for 24 hours, typically kicking off at midnight with deals running throughout the day. But, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might spot a few deals in advance of the 24-hour window. The good news is that once that window is closed, Cyber Monday offers one final opportunity to make a saving. This year, Cyber Monday will take place on 26th November.

Why is it called Black Friday?

One theory is that the term "Black Friday" was coined by the Philadelphia police department in the '60s to describe the heavy traffic on the roads and the crowded sidewalks every Friday after Thanksgiving. A later theory is that Black Friday plays on the accounting term "to be in the black", used when a business starts turning a profit. The implication is that this window of trading is so good it keeps retailers healthy for the rest of the year.

Get the best Black Friday deals online or in store

Heading out to the shops this Black Friday, or braving the traffic online? Our number one tip is to prepare early. Start populating your most wanted list using the tool at the top of the page and identify the products you'd most like to save on.

If you're heading into the fray and visiting a physical store on the day, you'll benefit from a sales assistant to help you along, though you might want to pack a good book or playlist to keep you company amidst the queues. Avoid the lunchtime rush if you can help it and try and go as early (or as late) as possible.

If you're shopping online, bookmark your favourite pages and pick a window of time to do your browsing. Another option is to keep the Currys PC World site open throughout the morning, afternoon and evening so that you don't miss spur of the moment Black Friday bargains. You never know: you might stumble across a product you didn’t know existed, or didn't think you needed, at a price you’d never imagined would get so low.

Once again, if you somehow miss out on the best Black Friday bargains, check back on Cyber Monday (November 26th ) for more big savings.

Black Friday TV deals

With the help of our handy tool at the top of the page, it’s easier than ever to get in the Black Friday spirit and plan what you’re going to buy – or request – come the big day.

Why not start with TVs? You'll be pleased to know that we'll have Black Tag deals running in the lead up to the big day, which will see prices reduced across many major television brands. On Black Friday itself, you can expect to find yet more awesome promotions.

If you've been delaying getting yourself a new TV, the Black Tag period is the perfect time to snap up a 4K bargain. "4K" denotes the nearly 4,000 pixels – or dots – that make up the horizontal plane on the TV display, an innovation that leads to a clearer, crisper image. With the biggest names in film and video games releasing new and exciting 4k-ready content, there's no reason to wait until 2019.

The PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X are specifically designed with 4K viewing in mind while the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime are bumping their shows from HD (1080p) to Ultra-HD (4K). Classic films are being remastered and shipped on UHD Blu-Ray discs and new movies are now being displayed at the sort of resolution once reserved only for the cinema.

In short, there's more than enough 4K goodness to make your new 4k TV your viewing mode of choice for the next few years.

Black Friday console deals

Historically, Black Friday has been a great time to pick up a console, and with so many great games coming out in this latter half of the year, you'll have no shortage of titles to choose from. Whether you want the grunt of the Xbox One X – the world's most powerful games console – or fancy taking advantage of Sony's excellent first-party games on the PS4 Pro, you can't go wrong with either. For gamers looking to brighten their morning commute, the jack-of-all trades Switch works on-the-move or plugged in to the living room TV.

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Black Friday PC deals

In need of an entry-level machine, or are you wanting something with more grunt? Shop the PC of your dreams with the world's premier brands including Alienware, Apple, Asus, Dell, LG, Lenovo and Samsung. Whatever your model, gear up for 2019 with an unbeatable Black Friday laptop deal .

If you're worried you're going to miss out (why did your loved one pick Black Friday to get married?) check back on Cyber Monday (November 26th ) when prices will once again go under the knife.

Shopping Black Friday deals on a laptop

Get your personalised credit account approved before Black Friday

With Your Plan you can get your credit limit pre-approved online before you go shopping, once approved you have 30 days to spend it on any purchase of £99 and over.

Plus once you have opened an account, you can use it to spend again on any purchases of £99 and over, both in-store and online.