Black Friday and Cyber Monday

by Super User
What can we expect from Amazon this BLACK FRIDAY- and will the new Echo be available? BLACK FRIDAY is the perhaps the most hotly anticipated sales event in the shopping calendar, with unprecedented amounts of deals made available by a raft of retailers. It originated in Philadelphia, USA in the early 1950s but it was online giant Amazon who disrupted the UK shopping scene by introducing it to the UK in 2010. Amazon has since been at the forefront of BLACK FRIDAY over here, last year holding a two week-long sales event. Thousands of Amazon Prime members took advantage of the lightning deals on the retail giant's website for quick access to the latest products. Most of the BLACK FRIDAY action now takes place online and the original UK BLACK FRIDAY e-tailer continues to slash prices during the sales bonanza. This year the action falls on 24 November, while sales will continue until CYBER MONDAY on 27 November. If you want to be in line for the latest offers but don't fancy standing in a queue all afternoon, follow our comprehensive coverage to keep up with the latest offers. Check back on this page when BLACK FRIDAY arrives to find our hand-picked selection of the best deals from online giant, Amazon. How to prepare for bagging the best Amazon deals on BLACK FRIDAY Amazon, as one of the champions of BLACK FRIDAY in the UK, is understandably one of the top-searched sites for shoppers to grab a discount online. The web giant has its own dedicated BLACK FRIDAY deals page where you will be able to find all the offers first. Amazon also has a daily deals page where you can find the best offers today, email newsletter sign ups for Amazon's latest news and the dedicated Amazon app. It's also worth signing up to Amazon Prime, which costs £79 per year or is available for a free month-long trial, if you just want to get the best offers for Black Friday. Amazon Prime gives you free next-day delivery on thousands of items and early access to lightning deals - offers which run for a limited time only.  Amazon's Black Friday history Amazon was the frontrunner for Black Friday in the UK in 2010 and has since tried to stay ahead of the game on its rivals. Black Friday was previously its biggest ever UK sales day but has since been eclipsed by its own-branded Prime Day over the summer.  Last year, Amazon began cutting prices two weeks before Black Friday, so many predict a similar sales event this year. Rivals such as Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World also ran longer sales, such as a 10-day 'Black Tag' event on Currys. The Telegraph recommends... Amazon will offer price cuts on a wide range of items, from video games to consoles, home electronics to fashion, toys to toiletries. But you can also expect great deals on a whole host of Amazon's own items, including the Fire Tablet, Kindle and Amazon Echo range of smart home speakers. Amazon has recently updated its range of home speakers in addition to its original Echo and Echo Dot. All the speakers use its AI Alexa and can be used to answer questions, read the news, play music or manage other smart home appliances. Amazon normally slashes its prices around Black Friday on its own items - so here are the deals to look out for. Black Friday | Shop smart tips Sign up for email newsletters so you can get a heads-up on the deals in advance. Loyal customers often get first dibs on deals. Think long term about presents - especially ones you might need to give next year and snap them up for less. Stay indoors and shop from your sofa. Much better than trailing around the shops with a huge television and you know instantly if something is in stock. Make a list of what you want and target specific websites accordingly. Sometimes sites crash due to the volume of people shopping. Some retailers offer deals earlier than Black Friday, so don't forget to keep your eyes peeled all week.

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