2018 Black Friday Deals & Discounts

‘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 and has really taken off in recent years. Online Black Friday sales are a huge focus due to the significant discounts that online retailers are able to provide, and the perception that they are greater than those offered in brick and mortar stores. In 2018, Black Friday UK online sales are estimated to be up a further 13.2% on the massive sales of 2017.

Electronics Sales on Black Friday

Electronics, such as TVs, laptops, games consoles and tablets are a firm favourite of the Black Friday bargain hunters. Sales, both in shops and online, are expected to comprise roughly 50% of the total Black Friday purchases in 2018.

Black Friday in Numbers

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

  • £1.54bn to be spent on online Black Friday deals in 2018
  • 30% of UK shoppers plan to buy during Black Friday sales
  • 94% of consumers are tempted by Black Friday promotions

Black Friday 2018

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. So, it is worth staying 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 more than 250,000 online orders on its own.