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November in the UK heralds Bonfire night, fireworks, the beginning of Christmas shopping season, and dark, cold evenings. It has also adopted the US tradition of Black Friday in relatively recent years, and November, as a result, is also associated with huge discounts and exciting deals from a huge number of retailers. Black Friday always falls on the day after the US holiday of Thanksgiving, which is usually on the third Thursday of November. In 2018, Black Friday is on 23rd November – in 2019, the 29th, and in 2020 it will be on the 27th.

While Black Friday began as a single day of discounts, many retailers will now offer sale events which go on for a number of days over the Black Friday week, some even starting prior to the day itself.

Keep an eye out for Black Friday promotions

Keep your eyes peeled when you’re out and about, shopping at the supermarket or browsing in your town centre. Shops usually start to advertise their Black Friday deals after Bonfire Night on November 5th, and it can pay to know exactly what is on offer ahead of time. This way, you won’t waste time queueing for items that you may be able to get cheaper elsewhere. Asking at customer services or enquiring with a store manager could also give you less well-known information about what may be put on sale, especially if you’re really polite.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts and extras

Not all businesses will be outwardly participating in Black Friday sales, but this doesn’t mean they cannot offer some one-off deals. Depending on the type of product or service offered, asking for Black Friday discounts can yield great results. You never know until you ask!

Here at VPS Evander, we offer a huge range of home improvement options with millions different sizes, colours and extras available. Each job is priced according to the unique choices of the homeowners and the challenges of the work to be done, and so it’s difficult to offer a ‘one size fits all’ Black Friday discount. For this reason, we welcome you to ask us what we can do for you this Black Friday. We may offer a certain discount, throw in something extra, or perhaps even both. Call us on 0345 145 0130 to discuss what we can do for your home.   

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Keep an eye out for the best deals on and around Black Friday

Do some online research

There are plenty of sites which track Black Friday deals and which can help you spot the best bargains. If you’re looking for specific items, Amazon is usually a good place to start. Their Black Friday bargains are usually released over a number of days, with some being announced prior to the sale day itself, and others being released with no warning. Most websites hosting a Black Friday sale will have some kind of countdown or indication as to what time their sales are launched. Make sure you set your alarm to get the best bargains and to get ahead in the queue. 

Prepare to be patient

If you’re shopping in a physical store, be prepared for long queues, both into the shop and at the cash registers. Supermarkets, department stores and electronic goods retailers may only let a certain number of people in at a time in order to avoid things getting out of control. If you have your eye on something specific, you may need to queue for a number of hours to get a good spot – it’s up to you if it is worth the wait.

Similarly, some websites may only let a certain number of people ‘in’ at any one time, in order to prevent the site from crashing. You will usually be directed to a screen which will let you know that you’re in a queue, and may even give you a rough time scale on when you’ll be allowed to shop on their site. Keep your batteries charged and make sure your internet connection is good – you wouldn’t want to lose your place.

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Set an alarm, stay up all night, whatever you have to do to grab a bargain

Set a budget and make a list

When doing your research, make a note of the deals you want to go for and budget accordingly. If you can, it’s always a good idea to set aside a little more than you think you’ll need. This helps if you are too late for the best deals on things you planned to buy, or if something is unveiled at the last minute that you want to buy. No deal is a good deal unless you can answer ‘yes’ to all of the following:

  • Is it something you need and would have bought anyway?
  • Is it something that you really want?
  • Can you afford it?
  • Will it make your life easier and/or bring you joy?  
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Stay safe this year, your health is more important than a good deal.

Stay safe

Most importantly, it’s essential to keep your wits about you during the Black Friday season. As the event becomes more and more popular in the UK, the more people there are vying for the same bargains as you. This can cause some issues, particularly when you are shopping for deals in a store rather than online.

Be prepared for large crowds at popular Black Friday sales events at supermarkets and retail parks, as well as in town and city centres. The US has experienced more than its fair share of Black Friday violence over the sheer demand for sale items, and the UK has seen smaller incidents over the last few years. Thankfully, fights and stampedes are very rare, but it’s always best to keep your wits about you as you shop. Always make sure someone knows where you are, and be prepared to queue for the check outs!

When shopping online, stay safe by remaining vigilant of whom you are giving your card details to. Black Friday provides rich pickings for scammers, so beware of strange links, spam emails and copycat sites.

If you’d like to talk to a real person about Black Friday discounts from VPS Evander, we’d be happy to have an informal chat about your desired home improvements. Simply call our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0345 145 0130, or use our online contact form and we will get back to you. 

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