For shoppers looking for a seasonal bargain as the year rolls on inexorably towards Christmas, the question on everyone’s lips is when is Black Friday 2019?
Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping events of the year falling conveniently just after Thanksgiving in the US and Christmas.
And the fun doesn’t stop there as Cyber Monday falls only a few days later.
If you want to bag a bargain online, you have got to make a note in your diary of these key dates.
In 2019, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 28, so Black Friday falls on the next day – Friday, November 29, 2019, followed by Cyber Monday on December 2.
These key shopping days have stretched into a much longer consumer phenomenon.
Some retailers are already unveiling their discounts and deals, while many will last until Christmas.
But watch out because many of the best deals are limited to just a few items of stock or to a few hours at a special price.
Why Black Friday?
The story goes that many retailers do not make a profit until November 29. For the money men, in the red means making a loss and in the black making a profit, hence the name Black Friday.
What’s the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
The lines are becoming more blurred year after year, but Black Friday started as a consumer electronics sale and Cyber Monday was more about clothing and jewellery.
Are the deals really money savers?
Consumer groups warn that stock prices are often lower before Black Friday and Cyber Monday then inflated for the weekend. Check out the prices with an online comparison site before buying
Where can you find the best deals?
You must be quick for the best deals as the shopping is fast and furious on Black Friday weekend. In the UK, Amazon is one of the places to keep an eye on, together with department store John Lewis.
Argos, Curry’s and Pc World also have decent deals.
Start looking now for what you want and if you can’t find the item at the right price, don’t despair because you could pay less in the January sales.