Top Black Friday UK Deals
What is Black Friday UK?
Black Friday is one of the biggest retail shopping events of the year. It originated in the US and was successfully imported to the UK around 2010, when Amazon started offering Black Friday discounts to UK shoppers. In the last couple years, with retailers rolling out savings all over the UK from Argos to Amazon and Argos, Black Friday has become a favourite occasion to kick off their Christmas shopping.
Where does Black Friday come from?
Though some might have us believe that the name is inspired by the popular retail phrase of being "in the black" (making a profit), the history is a lot more interesting than that! The first recorded use of the term is a market crash that happened in the US on Friday, September 24, 1869. The crash happened when two Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, tried to manipulate the marketplace and drive up the price of gold. Almost a century later, police in the city of Philadelphia revived the term in an attempt to (unsuccessfully) dissuade the public from participating in the retail frenzy that always followed Thanksgiving. Over time, the phrase earned a positive spin that most of us are familiar with today, as the day when retailers can move their ledgers from "red" to "black" and turn a profit in the lead-up to Christmas.
When does Black Friday UK start and end?
Black Friday 2018 starts on November 23rd this year. The date always falls on the day after American Thanksgiving. The retail "holiday" has grown from a one-day frenzy to a four-day (sometimes week-long) event with businesses opening earlier on Friday and even extending online deals into the wee hours of the morning. From Thursday night door-crashers, to weekend carry-overs, to Cyber Monday's online shop-a-thon, Black Friday has turned into a retail holiday that keeps on giving. We will be posting the latest Black Friday deals here in the lead-up and during the weekend itself from your favourite participating retailers.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the Monday following American Thanksgiving weekend. Cyber Monday 2018 falls on November 26th. The event refers to an online-only shopping event offering discounts on electronics, home appliances, personal accessories, and clothing. Some retailers wait until Cyber Monday to announce their online deals, saving in-store deals for Black Friday, but with the popularity of online retail, both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become online extravaganzas. There aren't really any hard and fast rules either, because these days, the event often extends past Monday to the whole week. Visit our Cyber Monday Deals and Vouchers page for updates.
Is Black Friday worth it?
Black Friday is well worth it as hundreds of retailers slash thousands of prices and there are genuine bargains to be had. The best way to prepare is to research the items you want in advance, noting their price now, so you know the true value of a Black Friday deal price.
Where can I find the best Black Friday Deals in the UK?
Playpennies will have all the best Black Friday deals in the UK. We'll post all the best deals across every department and from every store. No matter what you're after, you can be confident we'll hunt down the very best prices and bring them straight to you as soon as they go live!