Kicking off at midnight on Friday 27 November and carrying through until Cyber Monday on 30 November, this is the weekend when you can grab yourself an astonishing bargain on gizmos, gadgets, and essential home appliances.
Last year's record beating Black Friday might not be repeated, however, as big-player Asda announced it will not take part in this year's event following hectic scenes at its stores last year.
Time to spend, spend, spend
With Asda stepping back its plans for Black Friday, competitor Tesco has revealed the deals it will offer customers across the country.
- Digihome 49” large screen LED TV with Freeview, at £199, saving £150
- Beats Solo 2 On-Ear Headphones, at £69, saving £100
- 15.6" screen Acer laptop with 1terrabyte hard disk drive, at £179, down from £279
- Tassimo T20 Coffee Machine, at £29.50, saving £70
- Babylis Curl Secret Hair Styler, half price at £59.50
- 10" Samsung Android Tablet, at £99, saving £60
Many, many more deals will be available both direct from Tesco's website and in its stores across the UK.
Rob Hattrell, general merchandise director for Tesco, said: “We’re doing all we can to help customers have a fantastic Christmas and we’re excited to be offering so many great Black Friday deals this year. Our Black Friday event will include over 200 different products so we hope customers will find something for all the family.”
Other stores' opening times
Following hectic scenes at branches of the Walmart-owned retailer last year, Asda has announced it will not take part in this year's shopping bonanza, saying "shopper fatigue" has set in.
The supermarket said shoppers were no longer as interested in "flash sales on big-ticket, non-essential items at Christmas". The move comes one year after shoppers were said to be acting like "animals" in "war-zone"-like scenes. Previously, the store opened at 8am on Friday and added a whole extra day.
Sainsbury's usually dedicates a special section in its stores to Black Friday deals, with in-store only offers this year. The supermarket has a geolocator tool on its website so that you can find shops near you taking part in Black Friday. Main, front-of-store deals on electrical household items will run from the 27th until the 29th, while stocks last. Additional non-food deals will be available from the 25th November until 1 December.
The Oxford Street shop will open an hour and a half early at 8.30am, and stay open late until 10pm. Any additional opening hours for other shops will be announced online. The store is promising to stand by its commitment to being Never Knowingly Undersold with its Black Friday web page.
GAME has a series of Black Friday 'countdown deals' online already, and will kick off still more deals at midnight on Thursday. It has a detailed guide to Black Friday opening times for individual stores on its website.
CURRYS PC WORLD
Currys PC World is expecting such a surge of interest on Black Friday it's inviting customers to register their interest weeks in advance. An online queueing system is in place and if you leave, you'll lose your place. Shoppers planning to visit stores on the day can reserve items online, and are reminded to get there early and to "bring plenty of coffee to keep you awake before the doors open." Shop opening times vary and can be found on the Black Friday Currys site.
Argos recommends registering for an online account ahead of the big day and advises that 3am-4am is the quietest and thus optimum time to snap up deals and beat the cyber rush. Physical opening times can be found here.
The home improvement retailer is expected to offer in-store-online deals from Friday morning, and online from midnight, but hasn't revealed any early opening times. Shoppers are encouraged to browse online ahead of the day.
Amazon is promoting a series of Lightning Deals in the run-up to Black Friday. The deals are live for a limited period only and can be accessed through the website's Today's Deals section, by following the online store's social media accounts and signing up for deals emails. Shoppers can also install a mobile app for easy access and advance warnings.
There's no news yet of just when Apple plans to start its Black Friday sales, but last year deals started at one minute past midnight and if the store follows the 2014 pattern, they'll continue until one minute to midnight 24-hours later, both online and in store.
B&M has been revealing products in its Black Friday sales from 23 November and sales are set to continue through until the 30th. Closing times will vary depending on which shop you visit, so check your local information.
Boots is taking part in Black Friday, though shoppers are advised to check the website for extended opening times and special deals.
Halfords will open its event at midnight on Friday online, and will operate standard opening times at its physical stores. Sales of bikes are expected to be strong, and the retailer is advising customers to be prepared ahead of the event.
Homebase and Habitat kicked off Black Friday early by launching a 25% off sale on selected items on Thursday. It will continue a broader sale, beginning Friday and lasting until Monday 30 November.
Matalan will continue its half-price sale week, adding new lines on Black Friday. All its deals will end on Sunday 29 November, though, so shoppers are advised to get in early to bag those Christmas gifts and comfy winter clothes.