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When Is Black Friday? What Is Black Friday? And Why Should I Be Excited About It?

When Is Black Friday? What Is Black Friday? And Why Should I Be Excited About It?  - Black Friday is a shopping extravaganza that takes place every November. Here's everything you need to know about this annual sales event.

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What Is Black Friday?

Black Friday is now a day that most consumers have written in their diaries as it's a time when stores of all shapes, sizes and varieties offer discounts on a huge range of goods. 

Originally, it was an American event that took place the day after Thanksgiving but now, it's definitely a day the UK embrace. In fact, it's now not even a day with many retailers running week-long discounts that take consumers right through the sale weekend into what's known as Cyber Monday (26 November 2018). 


When Is Black Friday?

Black Friday takes place in November and this year, it falls on Friday 23 November 2018. However, some retailers, both online and on the high street, do start sales earlier so do keep an eye out for posters, emails and online ads which have Black Friday Deal details on them. 

Amazon UK already has their Black Friday Sale landing page ready to go but deals won't appear on the page until nearer and/or on Black Friday. 


What Time Does Black Friday Start?

The time offers become available will change from store-to-store but generally, it's midnight online and high street retailers often open earlier (around 6 am). Different deals may also go live at different times. For example, as well as 'deals of the day', Amazon offers 'Lightning deals' which are discounted products available in limited quantities, for a short period of time. 'Lightning deals' are introduced throughout the sale, with new deals becoming available as often as every five minutes.


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Where Can I Get The Best Black Friday Deals?

All major stores and even some independent retailers offer Black Friday deals so it's more of a case of knowing what you're looking for and shopping in the right place. 

For ease, most people actually do their Black Friday shopping online and if you're going to be one of the millions of customers who do this, don't forget most stores also have apps you can use that make it easier and quicker to shop. 


How Can I Ensure I Get The Best Black Friday Discounts?

To get the best Black Friday discounts, you often need to shop early as stock flies off shelves quickly and do your research beforehand so you know if you are really getting a bargain or not. This could mean checking the average price of things that you want before the discounts are applied as well as comparing discounts from store-to-store. You also need to factor in P&P when shopping online as this will add more money to your total. 

If you don't already have accounts with stores online, create them before Black Friday arrives so the order process is quicker and if you have voucher codes, put them all in one place so you can quickly refer to them (if applicable). You can also sign up for email alerts so you don't miss any deal announcements. 




What Is Cyber Monday? 

Once the dust has settled on Black Friday, Cyber Monday arrives for tech fans and this year, it's Monday 26 November 2018. Originally, it was an event that took place online but even high street retailers are jumping on board now. Basically, it's another day you can take advantage of big discounts before Christmas arrives. 


When Will My Black Friday Goods Arrive?

Due to the volume of orders stores receive, they may be a slight delay on when your new purchases will arrive but a lot of stores do work hard to ensure delivery deadlines are met. 


Amazon Prime And Black Friday Deals

PrimeIf you're an Amazon Prime member, even one who's enjoying a free Amazon Prime 30-day trial, you are usually given a 30-minute early access period to all Lightning Deals on Black Friday and Prime Now, a service which offers 2-hour or even 60-minute delivery windows in some postcodes, also usually offers special Black Friday deals. We will, of course, confirm this as soon as we know this will be happening this year.  

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Find The Best Deals With ePHOTOzine 

ePHOTOzine wants to help you find the best deals on cameras, photography accessories and more so like last year, we'll be updating the website with posts on the very best photography related deals. The deals will be posted in one feature so they're easy to find and you can even bookmark the page once it's live on site.  


Christmas Gift Guides

As well as Black Friday, many retailer Christmas Gift Guides have also launched for those who have started their Christmas shopping. You can also take a look at Amazon UK's 'Today's Deals' page which show deals that run for 24-hours (unless stock sells out), as well as Lightning Deals.

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