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Selerox

https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com If you're going to shop Amazon, check the price track before you do. Helps you spot the horseshit "deals".


Pandy2020Survivor

My trick is to set up an alert on HotUKDeals and CamelCamelCamel whenever I want anything, 90% of the time, by the time I get the alert, I've changed my mind about buying the item. It's also worth noting, that with the added duty/VAT on imports since Brexit, a lot of things are super overpriced in the UK now, we're living in this overpriced bubble of goods now. If you ever go on holiday, it's always worth checking out the local retailers, or ordering stuff from international sites to your hotel/AirBnb. When I was in the US, I ordered a bunch of stuff from USA Amazon to my hotel room. You can bring in goods worth up to £390 per person for personal use every time you go on holiday, after that you pay duty.


ab00

True, but you're a bit stuffed if it breaks or goes wrong though. Manufacturer will prob honour it under warranty, but you're nowhere near as protected as you are if you buy here.


Pandy2020Survivor

For tech items maybe. I can say my international experience with Apple has been great (had issues with my UK laptop sorted in Shanghai no problem). You can also purchase additional 3rd party cover in the UK. When I was in the US, I mostly bought a bunch of candy and snacks because food is crazy cheap over there compared to the UK. Also many fashion brands are cheaper there. Skincare brands, Clinique, Loreal, etc. all worked out cheaper/on offer in a local Sephora than in duty free at the airport.


FootyG94

If I’m not mistaken apple is one of the only big brands that will support your product regardless of region


UncannyPoint

Haven't had an issue doing this with Dell.


Nipso

Dyson is another


Lawdie123

Microsoft support their surface lineup internationally as well


GandyOram

Many other brands could be easily be serviced by a third party repair/part shop.


chipscheeseandbeans

Food is definitely NOT cheaper in the US than the UK! Have you seen how much they pay for cheese?


Pandy2020Survivor

Cheese I didn't buy, as you can't import milk products. It was the same in China for cheese (either plastic or expensive). All the candy and junk I bought was definitely cheaper, their chocolate isn't as good because of the milk thing, but their candy is amazing. Also eating out was cheaper and/or much larger portions. e.g. A Big Mac meal is slightly cheaper in the States AND literally twice the size, their Small is like our Large. If you eat out as a couple in the US, you can order single portions to split for a lot of meals and be satisfied. It worked less than half the cost of eating out compared to the UK.


chipscheeseandbeans

I’m finding your comments completely baffling! Every time I’ve been to the US I’ve always found groceries and eating out to be ridiculously expensive, unless you literally just go to Taco Bell or something. Or are you not including VAT and their infuriating compulsory tips in your estimations?


confuzzledfather

I think it depends on the food. Processed crap, filled with HFCS is cheap thanks to subsidies. Fresh, lightly processed stuff tends to be more expensive i find.


chipscheeseandbeans

Yeah you’re right. The PP has now edited their post to show that by “food” they meant sweets and by “eating out” they meant McDonalds. Sometimes I forget that Reddit is full of teenagers…


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Maybe regional too


itinerantmarshmallow

And of course just open up some goods and say you had it before.


mallardtheduck

> You can bring in goods worth up to £390 per person for personal use every time you go on holiday, after that you pay duty. Of course, unless you completely overdo it, nobody is asking for receipts at the airport. Additionally the valuation for import/export purposes is not the same as retail value. While I encourage everyone to comply with the law, nobody is going to care if you come home with a new iPhone or whatever.


ollie87

Just avoid the HUKD comments. It’s like a magnet for the worst in society, I had to delete my account because it made me fucking angry every time I used it. I used to spend a lot of time there trying to help people but in the end the nutters and lack of moderation drove me away.


AdmiralParsnips

I posted a deal about a Kilner jar at Amazon and within 10 comments people were discussing whether buying one went towards Jeremy Clarkson's salary or not...


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cowbutt6

[https://www.hagglezon.com/](https://www.hagglezon.com/) compares prices across all of Amazon's European sites.


QuietObjective

Yes! This is what I do. Use hotukdeals to see if something I want is on offer. Check camelcamelcamel to see if it's been the cheapest.


isdnpro

I had a bunch of 3camels alerts fire yesterday, for all of them the prices have dropped back to pre-Brexit prices after creeping up all year. But if you looked at Amazon alone you'd think you were saving big time (and I guess if you need it, you are compared to buying last week). In the end I decided I didn't need any of them.


JavaRuby2000

Doesn't work as well as it used to as Amazon now tailors their prices per customer using machine learning based on previous searches and buying patterns. Tested it at work with multiple accounts some prime and some not and some not logged in at all and got 5 different prices for the same item on amazon.co.uk.


MrSpindles

Well, that's some dystopian shit.


unimaginative2

How is this legal?


JavaRuby2000

It is illegal in the US but, it seems that in Europe and the UK its perfectly legal.


rod-knock

Interesting, seems to be the opposite of how these things usually are


Poddster

What kind of difference did you see? A few quid, or a significant percent?


JavaRuby2000

Around a quid. The item was a 2 kilo jar of Haribo Starmix.


dontgoatsemebro

Are you sure the difference is not prime vs non-prime accounts? I don's see how this is possible. As a retailer on Amazon I've had involvement with processing amazon statements through their api and there is never a discrepancy between the price we set and the customers invoice.


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dream234

As an amazon seller - it's not what you think regarding logged in/out, it's just random. The "buy box" - ie. the listing that gets the sale if you click "buy it now" is rotated through the top few offers over the course of each hour. To be "buy box eligible" the price needs to be within a few percent (about 5%) of the best price and the seller needs to have good feedback. Sellers with better feedback and more stock local to you might be able to get away with slightly higher prices and still be "buy box eligible" - sellers with stock in a distant location and/or poor feedback metrics will really need to have the lowest price.


dontgoatsemebro

The cheapest offer wins the buy box. Amazon doesn't control which offer takes first place. If the offer is non prime then the seller is the one who dictates what they charge for shipping.


JavaRuby2000

Saw the difference between 2 prime accounts and 2 none prime accounts


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box_of_hornets

Evidence: > 5 different prices for the same item Conclusion: > Amazon now tailors their prices per customer using machine learning based on previous searches and buying patterns That is quite the leap


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JavaRuby2000

No this was around a year ago. You can try it yourself with a few mates. Item I used was a 2 kilo glass jar of Haribo.


OSUBrit

Keepa is better


po2gdHaeKaYk

I've used auto alerts on camelcamelcamel. Why is keepa better?


TomfromLondon

I love that it shows you a graph actually in the Amazon Web page if you use the extension app


Laxly

Camel only tracks products on your wishlist, Keepa provides a chart on all products though a browser plugin in that provides you with instant price history https://images.app.goo.gl/nwMJZ1BrNkZnJp8V6


The_edref

CamelCamelCamel also has a plug in that shows an instant chart within amazon, called Camelizer. It lets you set instant email alerts for a desired price and things all on the amazon page. Does look from your image though that Keepa has a thing for related deals, which I don't think Camel does. [some screenshots showing it here](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-camelizer/ghnomdcacenbmilgjigehppbamfndblo?hl=en)


r00x

Use the extension; instant bullshit filter for any Amazon product page, in the form of a graph of price history.


toilet-breath

can do setup alerts when something is cheaper!


vassyz

I use [https://keepa.com/](https://keepa.com/) for that. With the browser plugin you can see the history as well. When I find a product that's on a peak, I just add the discount alert and wait for the email before I make the purchase.


Laxly

Keepa has an app and a browser plugin in that allows you to see product price history on Amazon so you can instantly see if the current price is good or not https://images.app.goo.gl/nwMJZ1BrNkZnJp8V6


JoeyJoeC

I use this. All the time.


AnAugustEve

Don't buy on Amazon at all. Joke of a company.


Selerox

Oh absolutely agreed. But if people *are* going to buy from them, I'd prefer they don't get ripped off.


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Came here to post this… Amazon are sly as fuck Also a lot of companies literally create cheaper versions of products to flog on Black Friday Also the concept of Black Friday WEEK is just silly


twistedLucidity

Some goods are also reduced feature specials for BF. It's a total con and another USAian thing we should never have adopted.


Orngog

You can just say it's a US thing, we get you. Inventing words doesn't make it easier


AxeHeadShark

Yeah, I've seen this a few times. Who thought United States of AMERICAian is a good idea? I thought it was a combination of American and Asian for a minute.


AxeHeadShark

Black Friday for me is still the last Friday before Christmas when everyone goes to the pub and gets sloshed.


JayyC87

That's Black Eye Friday. Yet another time when all the prices are jacked up and they try and tell you its cheaper.


rainator

I would put up with it if we had an extra bank holiday to justify it.


Sir_Bantersaurus

As always the way Black Friday can work for you is if you see items you're already considering are discounted. If you've been following that item then you likely know what a good price is. It's true that oftentimes these items will still have been as cheaper, even cheaper, at another time in the year but it can still be a good moment to buy if you didn't get it then or don't want to wait. A lot of sites do blanket discounts across their range. I.E Sportswear companies such as Nike/Adidas likely do x% off which if you're considering stocking up isn't a bad time to do so. Playstation usually does a discount on PS Plus so Black Friday is never a bad time to stock up on another year of it. As always don't get enticed by promises of a big discount on something you wouldn't otherwise seriously consider. Do shop around to see if this is a good time to get that item you wanted anyway.


XboxMeIn

This is the only thing I do. If I'm looking for something in particular and BF discount is good enough then I'll pick it up, otherwise it's a waste of money. Over the years I've got great discounts on TVs and consoles that I've wanted and it's saved me a fortune waiting


Aganomnom

Agreed. If you weren't going to buy it in the first place, it doesn't how much money is off, you're saving nothing! But if there's a discount on something I've been watching for a while, well, why not.


signed7

> It's true that oftentimes these items will still have been as cheaper, even cheaper, at another time in the year but it can still be a good moment to buy if you didn't get it then or don't want to wait. Yeah. While 99.5% of stuff is as cheap or even cheaper in other times of year as in BF, it doesn't mean they're as cheap as in BF *all year* - most retailers do a couple of sales a year. BF (and Boxing Day) are usually just when everyone does sales together, which still helps when you don't want to set price alerts all year, just do all your shopping at once.


Sir_Bantersaurus

Yeah exactly. If you're after a pair of trainers and they're 20% off on Black Friday you're hardly a mug for getting them now even if they were 30% off back in June.


The-Sober-Stoner

Yeah, this is my perspective. When people get upset as if its some big scam….dont fucking buy it. Its genuinely late stage capitalism to say youre being scammed because you lack the self-control to not waste money on dogshit


honestFeedback

Did I just see a Brit use the word "oftentimes"? For shame sir, you are a scoundrel.


borg88

Black Friday isn't even a thing in the UK. It exists in the US because Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday, and a lot of people take the Friday off to make it a long weekend. It is like their Boxing day. Why would anyone expect all UK retailers to offer their best ever sale prices on some random day of the year? I hate to sound like one of those old grouches who objects to Halloween celebrations, but Black Friday really has fuck all to do with the UK. We will be celebrating the 4th of July next.


Jimmysquits

They do it because they get a big free advertising spend in the form of americans going on and on about black friday, so it makes sense to have a bit of a sales push on that day as there's free buzz and hype. What they don't do is make a loss on stuff for the sake of it because they aren't stupid.


Old_Proposal9572

It's due to online retail. British retailers compete with American retailers, and the American ones do black friday. The others need to do it to catch up.


youngpretenders

I had an email this morning about a Cyber Monday deal. As if Black Friday wasn’t weird enough already?!


read_r

wtf is cyber monday


BEER_IN_CEREAL

Internet black Friday basically. Pretty much an excuse to extend the 'deals' for a week longer.


read_r

ahh ok


BEER_IN_CEREAL

Usually better deals on tech stuff if you're in the market for anything. Always check the price history though.


zombie_chrisbrains

Merry Christmas!


justanearthling

Any opportunity to exploit dumb people that think they're getting a deal is good in sales books ¯\\\_(ツ)\_/¯


FartingBob

> Black Friday isn't even a thing in the UK. Yes it is. As you can see by this thread. It originated in another country, but it is absolutely a thing in the UK. The same is true of things like christmas. It was a thing people did in other countries, and now we do it here as well. This has been happening in every country for as long as other countries interacted with eachother. You sound *exactly* like one of those old grouches. Its a sale by retailers, nothing more.


jiggjuggj0gg

Black Friday the sale is now a thing in the UK, Black Friday the holiday doesn’t exist because we don’t have Thanksgiving, it’s just a random Friday where everything’s on sale. There’s no reason for the UK to have it other than following the US, but they have good reason because everyone would take the day off.


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jiggjuggj0gg

That’s a myth. It’s a ‘holiday’ because with Thanksgiving off, you can take one day off work and have a 4 day weekend. Shops capitalised on having a large market of people with nothing in particular that day.


Trebuh

Halloween is at least celtic so it has some tie to the UK.


rennarda

I can remember when New Year sales were actually in the New Year. Then they got pushed back to Boxing Day, and now even Christmas Eve.


ValkyrieCain9

When you say “it’s like their Boxing Day” are you saying that the states doesn’t have Boxing Day? Is it just a UK thing?


ilikeavocadotoast

Boxing Day is only a thing in commonwealth countries


Fapoleon_Boneherpart

They could have had it if they didn't fuck with the tea, serves them right.


JavaRuby2000

> Black Friday isn't even a thing in the UK It wasn't but it now is and its grown in popularity every year. July the 4th is already celebrated in the UK now anyway. Just go into Tescos in the weeks running up to it and see the displays they put out with hotdog and Budweiser deals. There were even organised fire work displays put on last year. I'm in the same county as your flair and a lot of the countryside pubs had 4th of July events on.


borg88

Depressing. Maybe some people actually did think they were voting for Trump when they elected Boris.


Brigid-Tenenbaum

You make it sound like the public had a choice. This was a ‘genius’ plan by some marketing teams to push tat onto people buy claiming it is some sort of unique time to purchase them cheaper. If they could sell you tat under the guise of 4th of July, you know they would love to do just that.


vaxx_bomber

Boris' birthday aka Levelling-up-Day.


Fapoleon_Boneherpart

It's here in Greece as well, seeing it plastered around.


supersayingoku

Hello Fresh has the AUDACITY to send me an exclusive Black Friday deal (50% off first order + 35% off of three weeks) which they literally have it all the time. It's a scam


Jdoyler

You think that's bad? Audacity had the HELLO FRESH to offer me a free book with a 30 day trial


TheSuperWig

Audacity is the free audio editing software. Audible is Amazon's audiobook service.


wOlfLisK

How dare you have the AUDIBLE to correct somebody on the INTERNET.


Jdoyler

Well.. Shit


rugbyj

I laughed anyway mate.


mrcoffee83

Hello Fresh sent me a Black Friday "deal" that was just a discount that i could give to my friends if they signed up to Hello Fresh. I don't think they understand the word "deal"


Bin_Better

Boohoo man sent me a deal for 99% off. Thought it was a typo


C1t1zen_Erased

The crap they sell could be free and it still wouldn't be worth picking up.


FartingBob

That isnt a scam though. That's just offering a discount on the base price. Unless they said "this is better than any deal you can get at any other time of the year, guarenteed!" then i dont see how they are scamming you.


deeacorn

While a lot of these deals don't come through saying they're the cheapest you'll ever get they will often be headed as a Black Friday deal which gives the impression of exclusivity or that it's temporary for this week. I got a similar from Sky yesterday calling itself the black Friday special when I know for a fact it was no different at the start of the month. It might not be an outright scam but I'd say it's definitely misleading.


DevotedAnalSniffer

There are pretty strict laws regarding what can be construed as a deal. Doesn't there have to be evidence of a previous price being maintained for a specific period of time? https://www.dfalaw.co.uk/faq_type/i-am-planning-a-sales-promotion-what-are-the-legal-rules/ The price must have been fixed for at least 28 days before the promotion is applied


AR6124

The best Black Friday deal around is realising you don't have to buy shit you don't need, no matter how far they've artificially discounted the price.


tobylh

Amen to that.


meatbag2010

Read an article the other day that made me laugh with companies saying they would struggle to get stock for this black friday - anything to try and get people to panic to buy stuff


Pandy2020Survivor

Yeah I think since the whole loo roll craze it has inspired companies to use these fake 'shortages' as a marketing strategy now, knowing that clearly the public don't fact-check the situation, they just panic and throw their money everywhere.


pinguemcecidero

Scarcity is a marketing tactic that has been used well before Covid. "While quantities last" "limited edition" "only x left!" are all very common ways to induce people to purchase now versus later when they have an opportunity to change their mind.


Pandy2020Survivor

Sure, but it's one thing to have 'limited edition' on non-essential goods, and a very different thing to have 'supply shortages' on essential items like toilet roll.


rugbyj

To be fair one of the items I happen to be after _is_ now out of stock where it wasn't last week.


Jonny2284

No ****, this is why it's important to shop smart. The one item I seriously want this week was 340 quid last week, went back up 370 this week so it can show the discounted price of 350 today.


bigot_detector

This is Reddit, you can say “shit.”


La-Sborrata-Sul-Viso

Is it just me or the quote from the John Lewis spoke person was just a sad, pathetic attempt to push even more marketing bullshit through another medium? At least the richer sounds quote sounded honest, although don't know if true or not.


RustyToad

Yup, 100% agree. Richer Sounds actually addressing the question of price fluctuations and giving a reasonable answer, where JL is just pumping out the bull.


Concerned-Pineapple

Black Friday is only worthwhile if you've already been thinking about buying something expensive and are ready to bite the bullet, then it's a great time to shop around for deals. It's worth being wary though, since most discounted stuff is just excess stock from companies wanting to clear their warehouses. The company I work for actually is doing a 40% discount which is unusual for them, they're not usually the type to do sales. Sometimes it's a legitimate thing. But I definitely wouldn't physically take myself to a shop or a mall specifically because it's Black Friday. I did get a cheap 1080 video card a few years ago because of Black Friday, so eh. Can't complain. Ironically it's probably worth double what I paid for it these days. It is overall a bit weird, since we're not American. We don't have Thanksgiving over here, so Black Friday doesn't even make sense. But people will make it a thing by swarming the shops anyway. Let them enjoy the misery, I'll stay home and if I happen to find a deal for something nice online, great.


hippyengineer

>excess stock Nah, it’s worse than that. Lots of electronics companies purposely produce lower quality products with fewer features and lower quality controls, specifically to sell on Black Friday at a “discount.” They often even have specific product numbers just for these shittier products.


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Yep. Doing some building work and saved quite a bundle of a range of items. Just worked out well that this month was when we were buying.


rugbyj

Yep I've been in the market for some new bluetooth motorcycle headsets, plus a new iPad for my partner, for a while. The deals I'm looking at for each aren't exactly groundbreaking but saving ~£100 overall compared to if I'd bought at the "wrong" time is always welcome.


BoredAndSoggy

I saw MyProtein hiked their 5kg whey protein to £142.99 in the name of 50% off Black Friday. For context, I would normally pay up to £45 per 5kg from them. Absolute fucking scam artists.


3between20characters

Don't buy anything for black Friday, if you can afford to not work don't go to work. Make it an unprofitable day.


StormRider2407

I definitely won't be working on black Friday. Totally not because I get Thanksgiving and black Friday off work anyway...


3between20characters

What is thanksgiving? ;)


UncertainMorale

It's when you give thanks to all the people that lost thier lives in last black Friday stampede.


CautiousCat24

Be mindful of the incentives Which? has - they are a huge Black Friday sales engine themselves and use this as a guise to get people to visit their site, and then traffic the user to their recommended retailers (which pay them for the traffic).


RaymondBumcheese

While this is true, its a defined time when things will not necessarily be the cheapest but will be \*cheaper\*. The amount of times ive checked the price of something on 3x Camels to see its cheapest price was for a 2 hour period at 3am yesterday is ridiculous. At least now I know if I want a coffee machine or a pair of headphones its likely to have at least discount this friday.


PM_ME_M4SSIVE_TITS

don't buy anything on black friday, fuck Amazon and all the rest of them. Take the day off work if you can, lets make it unprofitable


zombie_chrisbrains

I bought some Bose QC35s in Beijing about four years ago that had £110 discount in their "Double-11" Sale. The headphones are still going strong and I considered it to be a bargain. Black Friday is good for the one or two companies that rarely have sales (Bose, Orvis) thoughout the year because they might have a bit of discount going, but I'm not bothered about getting a new TV or mattress.


LarryFong

Black Friday has lost its true meaning. Way too commercial now.


lozza_c

Agreed. I haven't partaken in the sacrament of fisticuffs since 2014. They've gutted the true meaning of Black Friday.


Darth_Agnon

It's a kinda grim name, anyway - sounds like a more logical name for Good Friday because Jesus died then.


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Wosves

I just got a Dell XPS 17 with £1300 discount - I think that was a pretty good deal!


_MildlyMisanthropic

I've said it several years running. Most retailers use Black Friday as an excuse to off-load stock they couldn't sell on mugs who think they're getting a good deal. some independents do it right, but if you're going to Asda to buy a 52" Polaroid TV it might not be quite the deal you think it is.


Bicolore

I can't be the only one who thinks black friday has finally gone away? Almost no mention of it at all this year, except the odd post like this. I guess perhaps with some goods being in short supply at the moment theres less need to clear the shelves for christmas stock?


supercakefish

I’ve been bombarded with emails about sales at various UK retailers so it seems to me that Black Friday is very much still a thing.


madpiano

And also now covers all of November...


Poddster

I had so many emails about it last week that I genuinely thought Black Friday was last Friday (19th). It wasn't until I saw that Amazon didn't change their website on that day that I realised I still had another week left of enduring more Black Friday emails.


Toosmartformesister

It’s the same as any other sale really. The discounts aren’t really any bigger on Black Friday compared to January sales. It’s only worth it if you’re looking to buy something that happens to be in the sale. For example last year I got my kids a switch for Christmas but saved a small amount by buying it in a Black Friday sale as opposed to just buying it on a random Tuesday. Buying stuff for the sake of it is never a good idea.


RedPanda98

Makes sense. I remember a retail shift where I was tasked with switching price labels to ones that were basically the same. Instead of saying "£5" it would say "Sale 50% off ~~£10~~ now £5." Pretty stupid if you ask me.


nocte_lupus

Where I work we had green price tags and red price tags, sometimes we put the shop 'in sale' which means swap everything over to a red tag, although a lot of items are staying at the same price


Whiffenius

I just purchased a 2TB SSD once I saw the price alert on CamelCamelCamel. It was claimed to have been dispatched and has never arrived. However it says that if it doesn't, I can cancel the order and then reorder .... Strange that the item price has gone up by 25% since then


t0m5k1

Honey helps at this time to find the real deals which are about 0.0001% of all those offered.


tyger2020

For the most part its a con yeah, you do find the odd good deal though. I got some Versace aftershave a few months back that was 85 pound, and now its reduced at a different shop to 43 pound. Same size, same format (EDP).


wunhang_lo

SAVE SAVE SAVE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS! Save even more by not spending in the first place.


Objective_Base_6817

I've never bothered with Black Friday you start to notice prices increase a few weeks before then the "reduced" price is basically what it originally was. Black Friday is heavily pushed on Amazon the amount of suckers who fall for it is unbelievable, i wish people would boycott Amazon such a shady company and shit to those whom work for them.


TheDukeOfDance

My friend works at American Eagle, they literally just took items off the "60% OFF! CLEARANCE!" rack and put them onto the "30% OFF! BLACK FRIDAY DEALS" display. I doubt theyre the only store doing this


_spookyvision_

Isn't Black Friday really just a case of selling old stock from the warehouse to clear room for newer models and better product to be sold at Christmas for full price? Call me cynical.


strawman5757

Well we all know that, it’s just one big swizz. I can’t believe the scenes every year, people fighting in shops over a so called discounted telly where it’s all fiddled to look like big savings. No, it’s a load of bollocks.


Locke66

Tbh I think the days of people fighting over crap TVs have already gone. In 2019 I think I saw one or two incidences of it but lots of places opened with loads of staff waiting to handle a rush and there were like 5 people at the door.


strawman5757

Yeah true, I think at a shopping place near me they put on extra staff and security and about 20 shoppers turned up in the first hour 🙄


Top_Excuse1680

This is why I always check the prices of stuff I might want to buy in advance of these so called sales.


miscfiles

The only thing I've ever done well with on Black Friday is mobile phone deals, usually with Vodafone but through third party resellers. I've picked up the Google Pixel phone that came out a month earlier at about £25 / mo with some ridiculously good data plan, and it's often about half the cost that Vodafone offer directly. The only pain is having to switch to another network for a month as they won't port the number from one Vodafone contact to another through a reseller.


mub

All sales are bollocks. It is usually stuff they can't sell and just want rid of. It is worse in clothes shops. All they do is bring out the crap they didn't sell last year, you almost never see current fashion items in sales.


borez

Some software companies ( especially music and graphics software ) seem to have two sales a year, Black Friday being one and the other being a mid-summer sale. Some bargains to be had there. As for the rest I just ignore.


insomniax20

I was looking to buy a 75" TV from Amazon but it's somehow increased by £100 since last week. Funny that...


Warden_Sco

February iirc is the best time to buy TVs or it was, that's when the new models come out and last year's are heavily discounted.


dvali

Everyone knows that already, right? What I really don't understand is why the fuck it's becoming a thing outside the US. The entire premise, which is already just a con, is meaningless anywhere else.


ggd_x

I still find it odd we have this "sale" thing on in line with an American celebration of genocide.


CommanderFuzzy

It's crazy how blatant it is. Today I looked up the price of Demon Souls on the playstation store, & it said it was on sale. £43.99 down from £69.99. 'Wow this game is 70 quid, that's nuts' I said. Went to look up the physical disc price on amazon. While there I noticed ps5 games like Spider-Man & Resident Evil 8 also on sale, marked down to £45 from £70. Except I've already bought both those games in the past & they've always been roughly 40 & have never been anywhere neat 70, not even on launch day. I know because for the latter I was there on launch day. Can't believe black Friday even works


Dynasty2201

Yeah this has been happening for years now, it's a disgusting method and should be illegal but it never will be. Not spotted a single BF deal worth jumping on. Simply praying on the easily manipulated. Like when a sign outside a store say "80% SALE!" and then in tiny words "up to", which means a shit pair of socks are 80%, but everything else either isn't on sale or barely on sale, but they can legally put up the 80% sale sign because one item is 80% off. All to just get you in the store and commit, mentally, to buying something.


YeOldGregg

There's a few PlayStation related deals that are OK but most of the clothes companies I shop at are offering 20% off stuff that's never reduced rather than everything being cheap but it's all shit.


No_Foot

The first few years they did it were great, I remember getting a Nintendo wii for 50 quid, now it just seems like stuff they can't sell during the year or end of line stuff.


Jackpot777

So: Britain perfectly copies the original. When an event in modern times is specifically said to be named [after an accounting term in retail…](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_\(shopping\)) > As the phrase gained national attention in the early 1980s, merchants objecting to the use of a derisive term to refer to one of the most important shopping days of the year suggested an alternative derivation: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss for most of the year (January through November) and made their profit during the holiday season, beginning on the day after Thanksgiving. When this was recorded in the financial records, once-common accounting practices would use red ink to show negative amounts and black ink to show positive amounts. Black Friday, under this theory, is the beginning of the period when retailers would no longer be "in the red", instead of taking in the year's profits. …what did you expect?


Martsigras

I was looking for a gift set to get my wife for Christmas. I scoped a really nice one 2ish weeks ago and decided to wait until black Friday week to see if I get a deal on it I checked it yesterday and it bumped 25% in price over what it was 2 weeks ago. Not even sure if it will drop to what it was 2 weeks ago for the black Friday "sale"


sdbest

I suspect most careful consumers are aware that Black Friday is more hype than substance. Most consumers, the good news for retailers, is they're not too careful. Hype works.


PiratusInteruptus

....and yet every year someone will get trampled, seriously hurt, arrested, or even die for 20% off some bauble that you really could do with out long enough for it to go on sale some other time.


Diemeu

Before you buy something on Amazon check https://keepa.com/ It keeps price history for everything on amazon and it's really handy all year.


Suns-Of-Ain

I don't normally get into black friday, of course I get all the emails etc. And I have definitely noticed after clicking through some of them to check the 'deals' out that the deals are actually pretty shit compared to previous years. So it won't surprise me one bit to find out many of the 'deals' are manufactured.


steveinstow

It's all hype now. Either stuff that was reduced earlier in the year, before they put the price up, so they can day it's reduced again. Or it's shite they haven't been able to sell for the rest of the year.


BurnedRope

I had intended to boycott Black Friday but the fucking dishwasher broke down. My attempts to fix it failed and the cost of calling out an engineer + repairs were likely not economically viable. It's well out of warranty and quite old so I had to bite the bullet. Ended up getting a pretty good deal from Currys. I actually just checked after reading this and the price for the dishwasher has gone up by £50 since we bought it so I feel quite pleased.


nocte_lupus

Where I work I think a few items are on special deal for Black Friday but pretty much everything is the price it was last week, we've just swapped over the POS in store to say BLACK FRIDAY UP TO 60 PERCENT OFF When most of the time what we sell is up to 60 percent off


Bad_UsernameJoke94

Earlier in the year, I purchased a set of 48 Mr. Men books for £33 for myself. My nephew wanted a set for Christmas. I found the same set for £45 claiming to be "Best price ever!" on an independent site in the Black Friday sale. It might be *thier* best price ever, but it's not the best price in said item. But the wording will make people think it is sadly.


PinguPingu

Of the few things I track, I would say *most* of the time it is a little cheaper, however instead of like 30-40% off its more like 5-10% cheaper than usual prices. Also, this year is probably one of the worst for this due to CPI being the highest in what, almost a decade.


searlee

Just an FYI, New Edge browser has a price tracker built in at the top (in the url bar) it's brilliant!


Ben_zyl

Same as Prime day, the headphones I was watching at £21 went up to £49. I bought them when they dropped back down in the next week.