It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has come back to give customers all over the world the opportunity to splurge without question.
Whether you’ve been putting off a big purchase or are just looking to score some deals this year, there are plenty of discounts to be had on this momentous day for retail. However, with so much choice available, it can be difficult to figure out where to start.
To help you figure out where to put your cash, we’ve created this Black Friday guide. We’ll run through deal spotting, purchase planning, and even include some of the discounts we’ll be running in our own Black Friday Sale.
When is Black Friday?
The Black Friday sales event runs on the last Friday of November every year. This year, the sale officially begins on the 25th of November, but some sales may begin up to two weeks earlier.
Despite all the financial difficulties that consumers face in recent times, the event brings in millions of transactions every year… and this year is no different.
Shopping Tips for Black Friday
With so much variety on offer, you’ll need to put a plan in place. Here are our top tips for Black Friday success:
Check Price History
On Black Friday, it’s quite common for retailers to increase prices a few weeks prior to sales, to then offer a “discount” when the day finally arrives. Thankfully, there are tools available to help you gauge how much an item costs at various points in time to avoid being duped.
Browser plug-ins like camelcamelcamel can provide you with a graph of historical pricing data for various products on sites like Amazon, and websites like PriceSpy even work with high street retailers on a product-by-product basis.
Keep these in your bookmarks and when you finally come across a deal, check its history before taking the plunge.
While it is good to avoid impulse spending on Black Friday, sometimes flash deals can happen that are sold out in a matter of minutes.
When you spot a deal that’s within your budget, or at a historically low price, your best bet might be to grab it while you can. All too often consumers will hold off to only miss out moments later. Avoid the disappointment and grab the deals while they’re hot.
Set a Budget
This tip often gets overlooked during the Black Friday madness, but it’s one that is absolutely essential. Sticking to a firm budget allows you to control excess spending, helping you be wiser with your choices.
It can be very easy to get lost in a sea of discount signs and percentage labels on Black Friday. However, zooming out and taking five minutes to review your overall spend is a good practice to employ.
Prepare Your Accounts
Picture this: an item you’ve wanted for a long time has finally gone on sale. You frantically click the link to buy, fill out your purchase details and, all of a sudden, the stock is depleted. Defeated, you leave the page full of woeful regret.
Because of how cookies and website tracking operates, from time to time, websites will sign users out after a period of inactivity. This can mean having to wait in a login queue, or completely missing out on flash sales. The best way to avoid this? Update your sign in status ahead of time. Think of things like PayPal, Klarna and maybe even your mobile banking. Get signed in and jump the queue.
Around the holiday season, retailers will often neglect to inform customers that return periods are extended. While this isn’t mandatory, a number of companies will offer this service as a goodwill gesture. Afterall, the last thing you’ll want when gifting something is to be disappointed.
Before buying anything, check return policies. Some online retailers will follow the standard process of there being a 14-day no questions asked return and refund, while others may increase this to 28 days to account for the holidays. Knowing this before buying can instil some serious peace of mind on those slightly riskier purchases.
Black Friday Gardening Deals
If you’re looking to kit out your garden or fitness room this year, we have a whole host of discounts on offer to help you save while doing so:
Palma Grande Rattan Corner Set with Fire Pit Table – £1,350 Off
As one of our greatest discounts this year, the Palma Grande Rattan Corner Set is an absolute steal with over half off the regular asking price. It comes with a central fire pit table to add an extra layer of ambience to your late-night garden parties, while being made of a robust rattan material that can withstand years of use.
Outdoor Heating – 50% Off
Of course, no garden is complete these days without an adequate heating system in place. Not just for indoors, outdoor heating is a much-welcomed addition to the party that keeps things going well beyond the night has settled. Why stop your parties early?
Even better, there’s up to half off across the entire Kalos outdoor heating range this year. From pedestal heaters to floor standing oscillating models, the perfect heating duo for your garden is ready to add some warmth to your outdoor life.
Table Tennis Tables – Up To £30% Off
Anyone for a round of tennis? Whether it’s indoors or out, we have professional quality table tennis tables for the whole family to enjoy. Foldable, weather resistant and built with strong materials, we’ve discounted some of our tables by up to 30% this year.
Need Black Friday Inspiration?
If you’re stuck for ideas for the gardener in your life; we’re here to help. At Kettler, you can find all sorts of equipment to spruce up and enhance the tranquillity of your garden.