Black Friday: Shop smart and safely

The biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner, so what and when is Black Friday, and how can you get the best deals and discounts?

When is Black Friday 2015?

Very soon! The great shopping bonanza takes place the day after Thanks Giving, which is the fourth Thursday in November. This year it falls on November 27. Some retailers have kicked off things early and have many discounts and deals available to buy already.

What is Black Friday?

The event was traditionally a US thing, but it has now taken the UK by storm. People waiting for the Boxing Day sales are now doing it all wrong it seems, dive in now, Black Friday has quickly become the biggest shopping day of the year. Retailers knock prices down across much of their stock to kick-start the gift-buying season.

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For the first time in UK history internet sales are predicted to surpass £1bn over the 24 hour period alone this year. Ebay is anticipating upwards of 9 million Brits to visit their website on Black Friday, buying 25 items every second.

How to do Black Friday like a pro

If you’re shopping online play it safe. If you have a card with Purchase Protection then use it. It can be found on most credit cards and also on a Prepaid MasterCard®. Paying with PayPal is also a safer alternative to shopping with a standard debit card.

Research conducted on last year’s shopping spree found that out of the £21.6bn spent over the period, 0.005 per cent was taken by fraudsters – amounting to a massive £12.4 million.

Common tricks include creating false listing on genuine websites, fake or insecure payment systems, email and text message scams outlining false retail offers and trying to entice people to transfer their hard earned cash online for purchases.

Remember, it can get a bit messy – and Asda, which made Black Friday mainstream in the UK, has washed it’s hands of the 24 hour frenzy this year.

Last year, British consumers spent £810m on online purchases alone. That works out at £9,375 every second.

Where can the best deals be found?

The Daily Telegraph have put together a fantastic list of the best deals that you can find here. Here’s a small teaser:

  • Amazon, which received orders for more than 5.5m goods on Black Friday last year, selling 64 items per second, is kicking off its week of “lightning deals” as the clock strikes 12 on Monday 23rd November.
  • Argos, which saw 660,000 visits to its website within one hour of launching its Black Friday deals, is offering deals on the three Fridays running up to the big day as part of its “Red, White and Blue Fridays” campaign.
  • Asda, which saw 660,000 visits to its website within one hour of launching its Black Friday deals, is offering deals on the three Fridays running up to the big day as part of its “Red, White and Blue Fridays” campaign.
  • Ebay, is expecting 9m Britons to visit its website over Black Friday. Upcoming deals include 23pc off a GoPro Hero 4 8MP Action Camera, 41pc off a Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR DSLR and 70pc off a Samsung 55 inch 4K Ultra HD 3D smart TV.
  • Halfords, will be offering children’s bikes at up to half price from Friday 27 to Monday 30 November.
  • John Lewis, as launched its Black Friday website and, like last year, when the retailer sold a NutriBullet every 30 seconds, has promised to honour its Never Knowingly Undersold pledge and match its competitors’ prices.

Stick to a budget

With so many sales going on it can be tempting to spend more than you planned. Remember, you are there to save money not overstretch. Give every present a maximum budget and stick to it, if you go over, even by a few pence, you have over spent!

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