Hitting the high street has long been the tradition for those searching for the best Black Friday deals. Unfortunately, this year is anything but normal, and Lockdown 2.0 means that the high street is well and truly off-limits for Black Friday 2020.
But we won’t let that stop us from finding the best deals this Black Friday, and most, if not all, high street retailers will have their Black Friday deals online well in advance of the day.
Online Black Friday deals will be all over the internet by the end of November, with many deals available either exclusively or in advance to VIP customers. If you have a favourite retailer you were looking forward to visiting this Black Friday, head over to their website early to sign up for email alerts of exclusive discounts and offers.
Heading to a department store is often standard practice for Christmas shopping, and Black Friday is the perfect time to head to John Lewis to see the Christmas decorations and start filling the stockings of your family and friends.
Fortunately, John Lewis & Partners is also great for online shopping, upholding its commitment to quality service and customer care while still managing to offer some of the best deals around on everything from clothing to homeware and technology.
Argos has always established itself as a rather unique shopping experience, opting for a catalogue-centric approach even when in-store. Therefore, the jump to online shopping wasn’t so much a jump as a slight side-step.
Argos is one of those stores where you can find pretty much anything, even things you didn’t realise you wanted like Retro Gift ideas and Retro Tech, which would be the perfect Christmas gift for the millennial in your life.
Black Friday deals are traditionally heavily focused on technology and gadgets, and the tech retailer Currys PC World has long been the high street destination for all things tech.
Though it started as a bicycle shop in the 1920s, Currys is now a great place to shop for anything from TVs to DSLR cameras as well as laptops, smartphones, smart home tech, cameras and drones.
Even though gadgets and technology tend to be the main focus of Black Friday deals, that doesn’t mean the fashion industry will be missing out on the shopping frenzy that weekend.
H&M is an incredibly popular high street clothing brand and often offers some heavy discounts across its line during the Black Friday weekend. In 2019, H&M Black Friday deals gave customers 20% off everything online, with H&M Club members able to access the Black Friday sales early.
H&M also has one of the fastest websites of fashion retailers, meaning you won’t miss out on any last-minute deals. Earlier this year, Uswitch tested a wide range of top brand websites to find out how quickly they loaded and became interactive (the point when enough of the page has loaded that you can click on links and select things).
H&M was the number one fashion retail website in the Uswitch Website Speed League, scoring 97 out of 100 which is more than 20 points ahead of the nearest rival, Missguided.
If you’re looking to get fit during lockdown, then you’ll probably need some new workout gear. And even if you don’t necessarily need it, you could start browsing Reebok’s Black Friday deals now with 30% discounts on certain items already in place.
Whether your sport of choice is running, dancing, yoga, or CrossFit, you can sign up for email notifications for Reebok Black Friday deals and make sure you’re kitted out for the new year.
Shopping in the Apple Store has always been an experience in itself. With no cash registers or queues to speak of, instead, you mingle with a crowd of fellow tech nerds and ask questions of Apple “geniuses” in order to find your next Apple purchase.
While it may not be the same this year, you can definitely get some great deals this year on everything from iPhones iPads to Airpods and Apple Watches, either directly through Apple or by comparing the latest iPhone deals from the UK’s top networks.
Shopping the high street during Black Friday may have been great exercise, but it also made it quite difficult and time consuming to compare prices across stores and brands. Since Black Friday shopping will all have to be done online this year, you can more easily compare prices from different websites just by having multiple tabs open on your browser.
Just remember to shop quick, as other savy online shoppers will be quick to scope out the best deals too. Check out our guide on Black Friday shopping tips for more advice on how to get the best deal over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend.
With all this online shopping taking place over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend –– and probably well on into the lead up to Christmas –– make sure you don’t miss out on a great Black Friday broadband deal.
Most of the UK’s top broadband providers will be joining the fun offering great deals on their broadband and TV packages, meaning you could get great broadband speeds that are ideal for online shopping and save money on your monthly bills.