Black Friday 2019 and how to shop, spend and save big with vouchercloud
Get ready, Australia - Black Friday fever is set to hit, and this year’s sales are going to be bigger than ever! Whether you’re looking forward to a Sephora haul, need a new laptop or want to stock up on Summer essentials, Black Friday is bound to bring down the price of all the items on this season’s wishlist. Shop savvy with a helping hand from vouchercloud - we’ve got all the advice you need to have a stellar Black Friday shop.
What is Black Friday (and the best ways to save)
Black Friday is the shopping event of the year, where the christmas shopping period commences and major retailers drop their prices to staggering lows. This tradition began in the US - Black Friday falls on the Friday following Thanksgiving every year, and is a public holiday in more than 20 US States. It has now grown to be an international sensation, with Australia jumping firmly on the bandwagon, too - sites like eBay and Amazon have launched Aussie versions of their US Black Friday promotions in the last few years, which saw plenty of home grown retailers following suit.
When is Black Friday 2019
This year, November 29th will be the day that the whole world will celebrate Black Friday, with heaps of online shopping and money saving on brilliant things. Don’t wait until then to start shopping, though - as the day’s popularity has grown, many sites and stores start their Black Friday sales days or even weeks before. Last year, Dell, Amazon and Apple ran longer Black Friday sales, and we’re expecting the same again for 2019. The vouchercloud Black Friday page is your go-to for sale updates and info to help you plan ahead and find the best deals.
The best Black Friday deals of 2018 - and what we’re expecting in 2019
The 2018 Black Friday sales were bigger than ever before, and we’re expecting this trend to continue for 2019. Black Friday TV deals, tech discounts and clothing sales offered some of the biggest savings, with department stores and e-commerce sites slashing prices on some items by 50% or more.
TVs, appliances and all the best home accessories
Black Friday TV and appliance deals were big in 2018 with The Good Guys and Kogan offering huge discounts on selected items. We’re expecting a similar savings bonanza this year, with Smart TVs and high tech cleaning tools at the top of our wishlist. In particular, keep an eye out for branded appliances from the likes of Dyson and Samsung, which are likely to see big price drops in the Black Friday sales!
Gadgets and gizmos for the gamers out there
Smart speakers, gaming consoles, e-readers - we’re expecting big things from Amazon, Steam and eBay this year when it comes to tech and gaming accessories. Keep an eye out for the Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals - last year, we saw huge discounts on this popular console, which is likely to be repeated for 2019. Our money is on Amazon to offer big savings on its own Echo devices and Fire Sticks, through the Black Friday ‘lightning deals’ - make sure you snap them up before they sell out! Steam will likely roll out its legendary discounts on a range of games once again, so make sure you’ve got your wishlist sorted in advance.
Wardrobe overhauls for the fashion-conscious
Get new-year-ready with a helping hand from the Black Friday clothing sales. Big names like ASOS and Myer are sure to deliver on festival looks and summer must-haves - last year, Myer offered 50% off a range of womenswear and menswear items, and ASOS has promised great savings from the 29th right through ‘til the weekend. We’re also expecting big things from brands like Assembly Label and Nike this year - use the opportunity to stock up on workout essentials and wardrobe basics that don’t often go on sale.
Smartphones, laptops and the best tech
If you’re in need of a tech upgrade, Black Friday is set to see some great discounts on phones and computers this year. We’re hoping the new iPhone 11 will see a price drop in the Apple Black Friday sales, alongside the latest Macbook pros which were updated earlier in 2019. Dell offered huge savings on a range of items last year, including a whopping 40% off selected monitors and accessories - keep an eye out for similar savings on laptops and desktops this time around! Kogan and Amazon are likely to bring together some great tech deals on big name brands like Microsoft, Sony and Lenovo, so make sure you get in quick to make the most of these savings!
How to shop smart in the Black Friday 2019 sales
With so many great sales on offer, it’s easy to get carried away with the Black Friday fever - or to miss out on the items you really want! We’ve got a few handy tips to help you nail your Black Friday shopping spree
Plan ahead to enjoy the best shopping experience with vouchercloud
It sounds simple, but a bit of forward thinking will help your Black Friday shop go as smoothly as possible. What items are you looking to get, how much are you willing to spend, and when does each brand’s sale start - these are the questions to think about to help make the most of your money. Get all of this sorted beforehand, so you don’t end up walking away with a heavily discounted vacuum cleaner when what you really wanted was a new Xbox. Register for Amazon Prime to ensure you’ll be first in line for the legendary ‘lightning deals’, and sign up to the mailing lists of your favourite retailers for the inside scoop on their Black Friday offerings. If you’re looking to buy from international sites, make sure you’re on top of the time differences so you know when the sales will be starting at your end.
You can compare prices with the experts across so many brands
One of the best things about Black Friday is the degree of choice available - with so many stores getting involved, you’re sure to find amazing offers on all of your wishlist items! Keep this in mind when you’re shopping and do a bit of research to make sure you’re getting the best price before you hit that “buy now” button. Here at vouchercloud, you can find an extensive overview of the deals on offer, so make sure you come here first to compare prices! It’s worth checking the sale and return conditions for each retailer to make sure you’re getting the best deal. In 2018, some UK sites offered a “lowest price guarantee” on sale items to ensure shoppers were getting the biggest discounts - while it’s not clear whether this will be rolled out in Australia, it’s worth double checking and shopping around!
As tempting as the ‘treat yo’ self’ mentality may be, Christmas is just around the corner -
And Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to get your festive season shopping done and dusted. Keep an eye out for items your loved ones might be after- last year, Sephora had a store-wide discount, and Woolworths always offers great Black Friday bargains. Apple and eBay also both offered discounted gift cards last year, which are great stocking stuffers when you’re not sure what to get! Whether it’s the latest lippy, a new piece of tech or some tasty Crimbo treats, Black Friday is a great time to spread the festive cheer with gifts that won’t blow your Christmas budget.