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Bag a bargain laptop in time for Christmas

Black Friday bargains for all

Supermarket sweep

Some electronics companies make a point of offering their goods on a 'get it while it's hot basis'. For example, earlier this week Medion announced its brand-new 5in widescreen personal satellite navigation device for exclusive sale through the Aldi supermarket.

This £180 satnav goes onsale on Sunday at Aldi and is expected to sell out the same day. Medion often does deals of this sort: last year it was selling a £500 Blu-ray desktop PC via Sainsburys on a similar basis.

In fact, supermarkets - and their associated websites, are a great hunting ground for technology bargains - and one of the reasons stores such as Woolies found it so tough to compete.

The temporary VAT reduction is great news, but we don't necessarily expect every retailer to bother printing out new price tags for all their goods. One high street retailer we spoke to told us that while pricing on their website had already been updated to reflect the reduction of VAT from 17.5 percent to 15 percent, high street stores may instead elect to apply the discount at the till.

Technology products are often offered at discount prices - both online and in stores - in any case, so it's entirely possible that the VAT reduction won't lead to any further cost-slashing. We'll have to see how that plays out.

It's far more likely that retailers will treat the run-up to Christmas as cut-throat business as usual: it's always the most competitive time of the year and the most lucrative for the high street. That means that bargains are all-but guaranteed in any case.

Given that overheads are high for bricks and mortar stores in comparison with websites, the faster they can churn through stock and realise their assets the better - hence the fire sale that's about to kick in now that Woolworths has called in the receivers.

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