Black Friday Deals

‘Black Friday’ began in the United States as the shopping phenomenon that occurs on the Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday, which is the fourth Thursday in November. There are various theories about how the name came about, ranging from the traffic jams to the fact that higher sales finally pushed stores into ‘the black’, or profit, for the year.

Black Friday in the UK

Black Friday deals first appeared in the UK in the mid 2000s, but have only taken off in recent years. In 2013, Black Friday UK online sales were up 41% compared to the previous year, and in 2014 they were up again by a massive 37.5%.

Black Friday Electrical Goods

Electrical goods, such as TVs, laptops, games consoles and tablets are a favourite of the Black Friday bargain hunters. Sales, both in shops and online, were up 32% overall on Black Friday 2014 compared to the previous year, reaching four times the level of a normal trading day.

Black Friday in Numbers

The unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday UK always throws up some remarkable statistics, including:

  • £810m spent on online Black Friday deals
  • 404,000 Black Friday online orders
  • 181m visits to Black Friday websites

Black Friday 2015

With Black Friday sales growing year on year, both on the high street and online, you’ll need to plan carefully to get the best eBay Black Friday bargains. Many Black Friday online deals start at midnight, or in the early hours, and it is worth saying up, or getting up early, to get the best of the Black Friday offers.

That said, despite the Black Friday tie in, many offers run throughout the weekend and into the Monday. This is often referred to as Cyber Monday, and last year attracted 267,000 online orders worth £650m on its own.