Best Black Friday deals 2022: Best early live deals in the UK

This content originally appeared on Mashable for a US audience and has been adapted for the UK audience.

We’ve rounded up the best early November 16 Black Friday deals – here are our top picks:


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The Christmas shopping season feels like it starts earlier and earlier every year. Black Friday-worthy deals start trickling in around mid-October, and things move up a few levels from there until stores start officially announcing deals with Black Friday and holiday terminology around early November.

It always feels a little preemptive, like those neighbors who insist on putting up their Christmas lights while the trees are still green. But the usual fall 2022 shopping spree was more intense than anything we’ve seen in recent years, with Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale falling on October 12 and 13. A second Prime Day in all but name, the Prime Early Access Sale (PEAS) was technically designed to give shoppers a super head start on holiday shopping and featured some of Amazon’s lowest prices of the year.

Right now, modern Black Friday is a full season in itself.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday started in the US but seems to take on greater significance in the UK every year.

Since the 1950s, stores across the US have offered impressive deals the day after Thanksgiving to kick-start the holiday shopping season. In 2013 Asda had a Black Friday sale this side of the pond offering deals on a wide variety of goods. Other retailers jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon the following year, and the rest is history.

We spent £435 million together in 2013 when the concept was still in its infancy in the UK. Today we spend billions – the highest total in Europe. Black Friday is clearly a very different beast than it was a few years ago, and this trend will continue into 2022.

When is Black Friday in 2022?

While Black Friday falls on November 25 this year, retailers will start trickling out their deals much sooner. Black Friday really lasts from mid-October to December.

Black Friday vs. Cyber ​​Monday – what’s the difference?

Scoring a great deal on Black Friday once meant camping out at a retailer in the middle of the night, right when the store opened. But as online shopping became mainstream, online retailers wanted a piece of the Black Friday pie. Cyber ​​Monday was born thanks to people from the early 2000s who wanted the best internet connection possible to do their shopping. At the time, computers in the office had a better broadband connection than at home, so people had to wait until Monday to make all their online purchases. In 2005, the NRF debuted the term Cyber ​​Monday and we’ve been shopping online ever since.

Last year’s Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday sales effectively merged, as in-person shopping wasn’t really a thing. We will almost certainly see that repeat this year.

What should you buy on Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday?

There will be a lot of deals around Black Friday, and finding the best deals can easily get stressful. However, there are certain types of products that you should prioritize right now because they offer the biggest discounts and the best deals.

We know everyone will have a different wish list this time of year, but these are the products to look out for during Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday:

  • Appliances: Retailers like Argos and Currys always go big on Black Friday, slashing prices on pretty much everything they stock. You can expect deals on washing machines, fridges, freezers, kettles, toasters and much more. If you’re looking to stock up on appliances for your home, these sites should be your first stop.

  • Game consoles: Finding console availability has been a total nightmare for the past few years, but things seem to be improving. That means there should be opportunities to close deals this year for the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5. Your best chance of success is finding bundle deals on sites like Amazon, Argos, GAME, and Currys, in addition to games, controllers, and gaming accessories.

  • Smartphones: Retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Mobiel.nl always offer plenty of impressive deals on all types of smartphones.

  • Toys: Black Friday is the best time of the year to buy toys. The most in-demand toys will sell out quickly in the run-up to Christmas, so Black Friday offers a great opportunity to get your hands on the prized item before the rush. We recommend checking out Amazon and Argos for the best deals on Lego, including those hugely popular Star Wars and Harry Potter sets that always cause a stir.

  • TVs: Black Friday is all about big deals on the biggest products, and that means TVs. We expect virtually all leading retailers to offer fantastic deals on TVs of all sizes from top brands such as Sony Bravia, Samsung, LG, Philips and Panasonic. It’s best to shop around for the best TV deals as there will be so many of them, but you can’t go wrong with Currys and Amazon.

  • VPNs: Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, are a fairly new addition to the Black Friday shopping scene, but they’re making a big impact. More and more people are concerned about cybersecurity and VPNs provide online protection for your identity and data. All the leading services are likely to offer discounts on Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, and you should be able to find good deals on the likes of NordVPN, ExpressVPN, PureVPN, and CyberGhost VPN.

Also keep an eye out for offers on travel, subscription services, and laptops, as these are likely to be common during this shopping season.

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