T3 is something of an old hand when it comes to the phenomenon that is Black Friday and, with it once again rapidly approaching, we're here to help you make sense of this frenetic retail period before it gets away. Year after year, we try to source the best deals amongst the flurry of Black Friday offers that hit the internet – and this year is no different.
What is different, however, is the ongoing supply situation hitting retailers' stock levels. With footfall expected to drop across all UK retail destinations this year during the key six-week Christmas trading period, Black Friday sales are set to surge as shoppers worry over rampant stock issues and get their shopping done earlier.
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All these years, T3 has covered the Black Friday sales and this year we’ve started even earlier, with our early Black Friday deals and best Black Friday deals pages. Not only have we rounded up the very best in all the early bird deals we've come across, but we’ve also included our very own pick of hints and tips accrued over nearly half a decade's worth of diving headfirst into the frenzied sales period. To snag that deal that you've had your eye on all year, you'll need to be quick but most of all prepared to act at a moment's notice. The tips we've included should help prep you for the big occasion.
This is especially true of this year's Black Friday sales where fellow online shoppers will be equally cognizant of the supply crisis engulfing the retail sector. A report from data experts Springboard predicts that footfall will be boosted in November as a shortage of labor, namely lorry drivers, has lead to a petrol crisis in the country and a subsequent knock-on effect that's impacted major supply chain issues for many sectors.
The report tips an increase in footfall of 7.9% “as shoppers take advantage of widespread discounting to visit stores to ensure they secure the gifts they want". To put that in perspective: This is more than the average uplift in footfall for the week, which was 5.1% between 2014 and 2019, and 1.7% in 2018 and 2019.
So, whether you're looking for the best 8K TV Black Friday deals, the best Black Friday 2-in-1 laptop deals, or even the best Black Friday gaming chair sales and deals, our BF hub covers all areas of possible interest, receives regular updates, and is the only place you need to be as the retail bonanza strikes. It'll save you time, effort, and a whole lot of stress as you avoid being swamped by deals.
Reports like the Springboard one increasingly refer to this year's Black Friday as a resurgence. The annual Black Friday shopping period has no doubt shrunk in importance over recent years, seeing small footfall boosts of just 1.7% in each of 2018 and 2019. And while the pandemic brought significant changes to our shopping patterns, it's this latest supply choke that's reigniting interest in Black Friday once again.
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We should stress that it's not the end of the world if you do miss that astonishing cut-price deal, but we'd much prefer you to hit the jackpot with some careful pre-planning!
Remember that you can also take a look at our best Cyber Monday deals guide to get ahead of the rest on what's become the biggest online shopping day of the year. Once again, it's all in the preparation: use our guide to look for the best deals, what's hot, and much more.
Lastly, if you're hoping to find some holiday gift shopping inspiration head on over to our best Christmas gifts guide today! We'll be covering the hottest products and trends picking up this holiday season.
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