The biggest shopping event of the year is nearly here, with less than one week to go until Black Friday 2020.
The event originally hails from America, and always falls on the day after Thanksgiving, with sales running across the weekend into Cyber Monday, which is traditionally the online-only part of the event.
Things are looking a little different for the sale this year, of course. As England continues its second national lockdown, the event will be exclusively online this year as shops will remain closed, and we’re expecting retailers to ramp up the discounts in a bid to make up for lost revenue during the pandemic.
We’ve already seen pre-sales launch earlier than ever before this year, as Amazon kicked off its early bird sale a whole month ahead of the main event, with other retailers following suit.
Here at IndyBest, we’ll be doing all the hard work for you by compiling deal guides on everything from tech, home appliances, TVs and laptops to kids’ toys, fashion, beauty and games consoles. Make sure to bookmark our Black Friday page for daily updates on all the best offers.
Read on for everything you need to know about when the sales start and what date to put in your calendar for the day itself.
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When is Black Friday 2020?
The big day is Friday 27 November. The sales will then continue into the weekend and mostly end on Monday 30 November, aslo known as Cyber Monday, although some retailers continue their deals later into the month.
When do Black Friday sales start?
Good news: they already have started. Last year we saw some retailers launch pre-sale deals a couple of weeks ahead of the event, with most starting just a week before 27 November.
But this year, Amazon set a new precedent by launching its early bird sale a whole month early.
Other retailers quickly followed suit, as the likes of Boots and Superdrug launched their sales in early November, and Currys PC World, AO, John Lewis & Partners, Virgin Media and O2 also started offers, just to name a few.
This is the earliest we’ve seen the sales start to date, and we’ve already seen some brilliant deals on big-ticket items such as Apple AirPods, the Nintendo Switch, KitchenAids and Shark vacuum cleaners.
Read more on Black Friday 2020
Best Amazon Black Friday deals – There will be millions of deals, so check in here for our pick of the best
Best Currys PC World Black Friday deals – For everything from TVs to laptops, and kettles to coffee machines
Best John Lewis & Partners Black Friday deals – With great deals on fashion, beauty, tech, kids and homewares it will be a go-to for many
Best Argos Black Friday deals – Covering everything from kids to homewares and fitness to DIY
Best Apple Black Friday deals – The tech giant is notorious for not participating in Black Friday, so how can you find deals on Apple products? Find out in our guide
Best Black Friday tech deals – Whether it’s a new phone contract or noise-cancelling headphones, you’ll find the best deal here
Best Black Friday TV deals – Update your at-home cinema experience without paying full price with our featured deals
Best Black Friday laptop deals – There’s hundreds of pounds to be saved on laptops from big-name brands such as Apple, Microsoft and HP
Best Black Friday gaming deals – Struggling to choose which console to buy, or after a new controller or game? Here's our expert guide
Best Black Friday home appliances deals – Now’s the time to upgrade your vacuum cleaner or coffee machine
Best Black Friday fashion deals – Whether its a pair of boots or a coat, treat yourself to new season essentials
Best Black Friday beauty deals – Stock up on your favourites across make-up, skincare, haircare and fragrance
Best Black Friday kids’ toys deals – Get your Christmas shopping done and dusted, with deals from Disney, Lego, Playmobil and more
Best Black Friday mattress deals – Rest easy with big discounts for brands such as Emma, Eve Sleep and Simba
Best Black Friday furniture deals – There's no need to wait until the January sale to get a bargain sofa, wardrobe or armchair
The stores taking part in Black Friday – Our predictions based on last year, which we’ll be updating as the deals begin