Black Friday is one of the best times to grab some amazing tech deals. Here we explain what is Black Friday, when is Black Friday 2016, and where you can get the very best Black Friday deals in the UK. Plus, read our Black Friday buying advice and top Black Friday tips.

  • Black Friday 2016 is on 25 November
  • Cyber Monday 2016 is on 28 November
  • Bookmark this page for Black Friday deals live blog throughout November

If you like a bargain, then you've come to the right place.

In November, retailers across the globe will be offering deals and discounts on their products thanks to the growing popularity of 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday' promotions.

Black Friday deals were traditionally a one-day-only affair, but recent years have been huge, with deals running throughout the whole of November right up to Cyber Monday 2016. Here, we'll be explaining what Black Friday and Cyber Monday are, and look into some of the best deals from last year from retailers across the UK. 

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When is Black Friday 2016? When is Cyber Monday 2016?

Black Friday 2016 will be held on Friday 25 November 2016, although consumers will see deals during the week leading up to Black Friday, the weekend following it, and Cyber Monday - 28 November 2016.

What is Black Friday 2016? What is Cyber Monday 2016?

Always the day after the US' Thanksgiving celebrations, or the fourth Friday in November, Black Friday marks the start of the official Christmas shopping season. It's a day on which many US consumers do not work, and when they can expect to see a number of discounts on products.

Traditionally a US thing, Black Friday came to the UK through Amazon and Apple, and in 2016 multiple retailers will offer discounted products for Black Friday and the monday that follows, which is known as Cyber Monday, in the UK.

Where did the name Black Friday come from?

There are two main schools of thought about where the name Black Friday comes from. The first originates from the streets of Philadelphia, where the term was used to describe the heavy congestion on the roads and shopping high streets thanks to frantic bargain hunters. The second explanation is that Black Friday is a day where shops accounts would go from being in debt to being in profit, thus going from red to black, hence the name Black Friday.

What does Black Friday / Cyber Monday mean for the UK?

US high-street stores and retailers naturally began offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on their websites, which meant many were also available to UK consumers. Apple and Amazon, two of the biggest online retailers, then began offering deals worldwide. Now everyone wants to get in on the act in the UK. We like shopping, too.

Black Friday 2016 buying advice: Am I getting a good deal?

While there are lots of amazing tech deals to be had on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's worth pointing out that not everything will be the good deal that it sounds. Here are some tips for buying tech (and other stuff) on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016.

• Always check the market value for a product. Just because a laptop or a tablet has a 'save 50%' label slapped on it, that doesn't mean you'll be getting it significantly cheaper than you would yesterday or next week. The Black Friday sales can begin a week prior to the event and some will last pretty much up until the beginning of January. Plus sale prices are usually calculated from the RRP, and few products maintain their RRP for their lifetime on sale. It's not unheard of for some retailers to raise their prices immediately before a sale.

• The latter tip is particularly true of older products, and many of the 'deals' you'll see on Black Friday and Cyber Monday are previous-gen- or poor-quality products the retailer wants to get rid of. That doesn't mean they are not a good buy, but it's worth checking the specification against more recent devices.

• Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge events in retail, but these days someone somewhere has a sale on every day of the year. If you see a great deal today, don't wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the hope that the price will come down further. It might not be reduced and, worse, it might be out of stock.

• Don't buy a product simply because it's from a well-known manufacturer such as, say, Samsung. Samsung makes many high-end excellent products; it also makes a lot of cheap devices that are cheap all year around. Don't forget to read up on the product you're buying: read reviews from both tech sites such as this and real-life end users.

• To grab a bargain on Black Friday you need to be quick, but in your rush to snap up a deal don't forget to read the small print. Carefully check the item description and delivery requirements before you add a product to your basket. If you're buying for Christmas, make sure that product will arrive in time (and bear in mind that at this time of year, and especially after a big sales event such as Black Friday, postal services will have a lot of parcels to ship and may take longer to do so). Shipping charges can also make your purchase go from a quick deal to an extravagance you didn't really need.

• And do you really need that item? It's easy to be tempted by bargains, but you're not saving any money at all if you're buying something you probably won't use. HotUKDeals suggests writing a list of what you hope to find ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, then looking for deals on only those products on the day. If you don't visit the sale pages you can't be tempted.

• Don't buy anything that you can't afford, and be careful how you pay. Purchasing on credit cards is convenient and offers extra protection than does buying with a debit card, but if you're not going to immediately pay back that money then you may end up out of pocket in the long run. PayPal is another option for making secure payments.

• Always look for voucher codes before buying a product online. If one is available you may get an even better deal.

Check out some of last year's best deals using the links below:

TV deals | Laptop deals | PC deals | Tablet deals | Phone deals
Gaming deals | Headphones deals | Speaker deals
Wearable tech deals | Camera deals | Printer deals

Below is a list of retailers will have Black Friday deals events. Click the links to go straight to their deals pages or read on for our pick of the best deals from each.

Amazon deals | Argos deals | Carphone Warehouse deals | Currys deals
Debehnams deals | eBay deals | eBuyer deals | EE deals | GAME deals
Gearbest deals | Geekbuying deals | Giffgaff deals | Greenman Gaming deals
Groupon deals | IWOOT deals | John Lewis deals | Littlewoods deals | Maplin deals
Microsoft deals | M&S deals | MobilePhonesDirect deals | Motorola deals 
O2 deals | Samsung deals | Tesco deals | Three dealsVery deals 
Vodafone deals | Wowcher deals | Zavvi deals

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals 2016: The best deals from last year

Here's a taster of the kind of discounts you can expect this Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016. All of these offers were available during Black Friday 2015.

Tablet: Amazon offered its Fire tablet for just £34.99

Free TV: An amazing Black Friday deal from Sky meant you could get a free 32in LG TV, a Samsung Galaxy Tab E, an LG Soundbar, 10 movies from the Sky Store or a £100 reward if you sign up to Sky TV. 

£100 off Samsung tablet: The brilliant Galaxy Tab S2 8in 32GB tablet sold for £219 down from £319.99 at Currys, which we thought was an amazing deal as we think the Tab S2 is one of the best Android tablets available.

Money off Macs: You could also get £50 off Macs by entering a code at checkout at Currys. Expect similar this year!

TOP TIP: Don't forget that last year you could get early access to Amazon's Lightning Deals if you're a Prime Member, and as we approach Black Friday its a good idea to check if this will be the case again. You can sign up for a 30 day trial of Prime here.

Come Black Friday 2016, you'll be able to use the below links to dig deeper into Black Friday weekend's best deals. We've broken them down by category, or if you're not sure what you're after we'll have everything in one place on a live blog that week.

TV deals | Laptop deals | PC deals | Tablet deals | Phone deals
Gaming deals | Headphones deals | Speaker deals
Wearable tech deals | Camera deals | Printer deals

Here are some of the best deals we found from last year to give you an idea of what's in store for Black Friday 2016:

Black Friday deals 2015: TV deals

If you're looking for a TV, whether it's a new HD TV or perhaps a 4K or Curved TV, Black Friday and the days after the event could be a brilliant time to grab one with a big discount. Here, we'll list our pick of the best TV deals available. For now though, check out our list of the best TV deals UK.

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Laptops

The HP Intel Pentium 15.6in 8GB 2TB laptop was available from Argos for £379.99 down from £480.

Best Black Friday deals 2015: PCs

Lenovo offered up to £200 off its all-in-one PCs. 

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Tablets

Also at Argos, you could get £70 of the 16GB iPad Air, which was £249. 

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Phone deals

The Samsung Galaxy S6 was £349 down from £399 at Carphone Wareshouse.

See also: Best smartphones available in the UK right now

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Xbox, PS4 and games deals

The 1TB PS4 was £269.99 from Rakuten.

Zavvi offered the Xbox One 1TB console with Halo 5: Guardians for just £299.99, a saving of £90. 

A 3DS bundle from the Nintendo Store got you the Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 and a t-shirt for £99.99.

Batman Arkham Knight was just £21.86 at ShopTo for PS4. 

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Headphones

Currys offered Bose SoundTrue AE Headphones for £64.95 down from £149.95.

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Speakers

The Sony GTK-N1BT Bluetooth Mini System was better than half price at just £79.99 down from £209.99 at Argos. 

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Wearable tech

The Fitbit Charge HR could be got from O2 for £69.99, which was almost half price.

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Camera deals

The Nikon Coolpix L340 20MP was better than half price at £89.99 down from £199.99.

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Printer deals

You could also get the Canon Pixma MG5650 all-in-one wireless inkjet printer for half price at Currys, for £49.99.

Best Black Friday deals 2015: Sat Navs

You could have saved £30 on the TomTom Start 25 with EU Maps, which was ow £69.99 at Argos.

We'll hunt down all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and share them with you right here, from retailers including:

Here's a little on what the UK's top tech retailers got up to last Black Friday, and what we expect from them this year:

Amazon Black Friday deals 2016 UK

Amazon has been doing Black Friday in the UK for years and has an abundance of Lightning deals throughout the whole of November. There are far too many deals to mention here and they each go live at different times.

You'll find the Amazon deals page here.

Apple Black Friday deals 2016 UK

In previous years Apple had been one of the more important purveyors of discounts on this day, but in 2014 and again in 2015 Apple threw a curveball by not offering UK consumers any special deals. In the US Apple offered a Black Friday voucher deal, ditching discounts in favour of reduced gift cards or the offer of a free gift card (worth up to $75) when you purchase an Apple product.

Some Apple reseller stores in the UK were offering very limited discounts in retail stores, but usually on old stock and shop floor models. Don't bank on getting a discount direct from Apple this Black Friday!

However, there will be Apple Black Friday discounts in the UK. You just have to shop with a reseller, such as John Lewis. Our sister site Macworld UK will have full details of all Apple Black Friday 2016 deals in the UK.

Argos Black Friday deals 2016 UK

In 2015 Argos ran its Black Friday deals event all month, with big offers on everything from TVs to headphones. Argos's deals will be here.

Asda Black Friday deals 2016 UK

Asda went pretty big on Black Friday deals last year but most of them were in-store only and it caused a bit of trouble among customers fighting over the stock. This year, like last, Asda probably won't take part in Black Friday. 

Carphone Warehouse Black Friday deals 2016 UK

Carphone Warehouse had a brilliant Black Tag event for Black Friday last year, with 48 hour deals on the latest phones and tablets offering huge savings. 

eBay Black Friday deals 2016 UK

eBay offered daily deals for Black Friday 2015 on tech including tablets, smartwatches and more. Don't miss out this year!

eBuyer Black Friday deals 2016 UK

eBuyer has been offered some great discounts on tech all week, with new deals updated daily. 

EE Black Friday deals 2016 UK

EE offered its 4GEE Action Cam for £12 per month when you share data from your 4GEE phone, and there were some phone deals available too.

It also in previous years has offered 20% off pay as you go phones worth £150 or less, mobile Wi-Fi devices and accessories. Also, tablet buyers got 10GB for the price of 2GB. There were some iPhone deals available too, so look out for those this year when our live blog goes up. 

GAME Black Friday deals 2016 UK

GAME always has amazing Black Friday deals and they could save you hundreds on consoles and games. 

Google Black Friday deals 2016 UK

Google had a couple of offers on its Play Store, including £20 gift card when you buy a Chromecast and £120 off the Nexus 9. 

John Lewis Black Friday deals 2016 UK

John Lewis has today kicked off its Black Friday deals with loads of tech discounts. John Lewis's Black Friday page can be found here.

Maplin Black Friday deals 2016 UK

It's Black Friday all week over at Maplin. Get some great prices on computing and office, gadgets and toys, home electricals and appliances, DIY and hobbies, power, audio, CCTV and security products - best Maplin Black Friday deals.

Mobile Fun Black Friday deals 2016 UK

Last year, Mobile Fun had great deals on phone and tablet accessories, as well as best prices on tons of smartwatches. 

Tesco Black Friday deals 2016 UK

Tesco also had a good Black Friday deals event last year, but it was so popular that the company forced its online customers into a queue system in order to access the deals. However if you're lucky you'll surely grab an absolute bargain. 

Very Black Friday deals 2016 UK

Very will likely be running discounts all week on all manner of tech. Juicy.