Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK tech deals so far

Lula Sharp
November 20, 2018

Black Friday's origin story is shrouded in mystery, with numerous competing myths circulating around the internet.

"The LG 60UJ630V, a 60" 4K TV, was advertised at £799 by Amazon on Black Friday but this wasn't its cheapest price.

Tech insiders have put the Huawei MateBook X Pro in the running for the best laptop in the world this year, but its £1k+ price tag has alienated some buyers.

Almost nine out of 10 of last year's Black Friday "deals" were cheaper or the same price at other times in 2017, an investigaton has found.

Offers on individual desktop PC deals are fairly inconsistent, but companies like HP and Dell nearly always offer discounts exceeding 20 per cent off across all models.

Black Friday is nearly upon us and the bonanza of sales are starting to take hold. Is anyone surprised to hear that something might be available cheaper in the January sales than it is before Christmas has happened? For just $599.99 on Black Friday - $200 off - you get a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6-inch full HD display, and an GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory. However, it was £50 cheaper on at least 62 occasions after the event and dropped a further £150 for at least four days at the end of December and beginning of January.

Although there are some bargains out there, Which? advised shoppers to do some research before rushing out to buy on Black Friday.

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Currys PC World customers were told they could save £10 on a Sony compact camera advertised as £189 on Black Friday.

Gone are the days when Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals could only be available on those two shopping days.

The consumer watchdog found that waiting until after the Black Friday period would have resulted in a better deal as it was cheaper on at least 60 occasions after, starting with a further £20 discount in mid-December and even dropping to £39.99 for at least 21 days during March and April 2018.

Amazon said its Black Friday deals represented "millions of pounds of savings" for customers. "While our prices - like all retailers" - can fluctuate throughout the year, we're proud to offer our Price Promise across our entire range - and this covers the Black Friday trading period'.

A John Lewis spokesman said its Never Knowingly Undersold pledge means it cuts prices to match competitors. This does not exclude these products from other promotions'.

Find out about offers in advance - sign up to your favourite retailers' newsletters for inside tips, or check their social media pages ahead of the sales for any clues or hints to what will be on offer. But, except for a few retailers that only sell electronics and gadgets, most big stores out there also have a ton of deals a wide variety of products.

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