With all but essential shops still shuttered for lockdown in England and other parts of the UK, there will be no scenes of bargain-hunters fighting in the aisles over discounted flat‑screen televisions today.
Instead, the battle for Black Friday deals this year is a cyber one — with consumers heading online as they look to save money.
Experts predict record sales — £750 million today alone — and record price cuts, with shops trying to avoid being stuck with a mountain of unsold stock as the year’s second shutdown has robbed them of four weeks’ peak pre-Christmas trading.
‘This Black Friday has the potential to be the biggest yet, sitting one week closer to Christmas and coming just after pay day for a lot of people,’ says Kyle Monk, head of insight and analytics at the British Retail Consortium. ‘Nonetheless, it poses a dilemma for retailers this year, who must weigh up whether significantly reduced margins are worth the additional volume when deciding on the discounts they will offer, particularly given that stores are closed this year and that online performance this golden quarter might be make or break for some.’
And that is not the only way that lockdown is likely to influence the bargains for which we are looking.
Gadgets are top of the UK’s wish list, followed by fashion, toys and home products.
The first lockdown saw sales of bread-makers and freezers boom as panic buying set in, followed by working-from-home kit such as printers and webcams.
But now it’s all about home entertainment and shopping for Christmas presents. Indeed, online electricals retailer AO World says it is expecting to more than double the amount of televisions it sells during this year’s Black Friday event compared with last year. Chief executive John Roberts predicts his firm will sell more than 100,000 TVs, with customers able to get more than a third off some sets.
Meanwhile, eBay is expecting traffic to its website to eclipse last year, when 18 items were sold every second. Murray Lambell, general manager of eBay UK, predicts toys and entertainment items the whole family can enjoy will be particularly popular.
Inevitably, the move from physical shops to online purchases also increases the risk that shoppers may fall foul of fraudsters.
Consumers are being advised to only buy from official websites, rather than to click on links sent in scam emails designed by fraudsters to look like they come from big-name companies. Consumers are also being told to shop around for the best deals.
According to a survey by Lloyds, nearly two-thirds of consumers who intend to shop in the sales this year have actively delayed a purchase to see what discounts become available. But Which? advises that if customers don’t like the deal on offer, they would do well to wait a little longer. Research by the consumer rights’ champion found that some ‘deals’ are not all they seem, with prices actually dropping further in the weeks after Black Friday. Ahead of the sales, some firms also inflate prices to make the Black Friday discount look greater still.
Websites such as Pricerunner, PriceSpy and CamelCamelCamel (Amazon only) can be used to check a product’s price history, revealing if what has caught your eye is a genuine bargain. Feast your eyes on these welcome discounts on toys and tech.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES FOR HER
BEAUTY, GROOMING AND PAMPERING
Philips Lumea Prestige IPL the home laser hair removal alternative. Lumea Prestige is a long-lasting IPL hair removal solution offering up to 92% hair reduction in just 3 treatments. Easy to use, its attachments are uniquely designed for optimal results in each body area, including facial and bikini hair removal.
Designed with a rotating action, the BaByliss Big Hair styler is an ideal way to add optimum volume and shine to your hair. Easy to use, the Big Hair styler features a rotating styling brush with a 700 W hair dryer that lifts and shines your hair for a high volume look.
Covers all bases, containing everything a makeup bag could ever need, including powder, sculpting, foundation, eye, and brow brushes, each crafted with soft, fluffy, vegan and cruelty-free bristles and hand finished in a chic marble design. The set comes complete with a chic marble makeup bag, great for stylishly organising brushes or fitting in a handbag on the go.
The perfect all-in-one palette comprising of a blush, bronze and highlighter suitable for all skin-tones that will contour and add radiance to the complexion. With a combination of past iconic favourites including Hoola, Benefit’s legendary matte bronzer, Sugarbomb combines four skin-enhancing hues to give a rouge-pink finish and Georgia – an iconic shade that has been upgraded and modernised – is a peach blush with a sheer golden undertone. Finishing with a dusting of Cookie highlight along the cheekbones.
Gathering all the Givenchy makeup essentials. This palette offers 6 eyes shadows, 4 shades of lipstick, a blush, a face powder, a concealer, and even a mini mascara Noir Couture. This Makeup Essentials Palette, wrapped in a velvet pouch, is an essential travel accessory and the perfect stocking filler for Christmas too.
This luxurious finishing powder will brighten your complexion instantly blurring the appearance of small imperfections and sets foundation with a sheer and weightless finish that feels barely there. Skin appears perfected with a naturally radiant look and feel. Each pastel shade sphere is infused with the delicate fragrance of violet.
RevitaLash, is everyone’s favourite lash enhancing Serum. Original, one-of-a-kind, ophthalmologist developed eyelash conditioner that enhances the look of lashes and protects against breakage, while improving health, flexibility and strength, for lashes that thrive, naturally!
The ultimate kit that is gentle enough for at home use whilst doing the same job as in the salon for that Brow Wow/Insta-ready Lamination look! The 6 piece kit contains everything you need to laminate your brows in the comfort of your own home in less than 30 minutes.
Enjoy fresh, instantly brighter-looking skin with this full-size revitalising facial ritual. Prep skin with multi award-winning Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser and Gentle Face Exfoliator for a soft, smooth, clearer-looking base. Fast-acting Brightening Treatment Mask, enriched with white clay, camphor oil and witch hazel, imparts a natural-looking glow within minutes, before hydrating Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic tones and soothes. Finally, relax while Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion works to refresh and revive tired eyes.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES FOR HIM
A soft, faux fur lining and a tartan design make this slipper worthy of its namesake. The Ewan is all comfort, thanks to a strong sole and a classic check design, meaning you’ll never want to take this mule off.
HOUSE & GARDEN
Feed the whole family, with guilt-free fried food and home-cooked meals. Perfect for busy households, The Ninja Air Fryer max is a healthier way to enjoy your favourite meals and snacks.
The simple and modern furnishing style in Nordic design stands out for its discreet elegance and simplicity. Very often even small accentuated elements, such as our wall clock, are enough to perfectly emphasize the Scandinavian furnishing style.
Sit back and relax in our garden bean bag chairs! The cover is water-resistant for easy care and maintenance, making it perfect for the outdoors, and the unique design and polystyrene bead filling perfectly moulds to your body shape, supporting your back and keeping it in a comfortable, ergonomic position.
Purposefully designed for homes with pets, this powerful corded upright vacuum cleaner is great on carpets and hard floors, with adjustable suction and swivel steering, and transforms into a portable vacuum cleaner to easily clean stairs and soft furnishings.
A stunningly Art Deco side table with a satin brass frame and honed black marble top highlighted with white veining. Rufus includes a walnut drawer and bottom shelf for a little extra storage space. A dramatic piece with intricate marble detailing. In true 1920s style, Rufus is perfectly suitable for resting your cocktail glass as you pull out a long cigarette.
The four person Lay-Z-Spa Havana Airjet features 81 all-surrounding AirJet massagers, a 40°C rapid heating system to help you relax and unwind in style, and is the only Lay-Z-Spa to feature a remote control for you to control the pump features.
Imagine the freedom to set up a game of table tennis anywhere in your home! With Tekscore’s Table Tennis Tops, you can do exactly that.These tops convert your existing pool table, dining table, desk or other flat surface into a tennis table in seconds.
A lovely gift for anyone who feels the cold, or a little touch of luxury to make your moments of ‘me’ time even more relaxing, our wonderfully snuggly Soft Touch Cream Throw will add extra warmth on chillier nights, and is perfect for cuddling up underneath on the sofa at any time of day – you’ll soon forget it’s cold outside!
A stylish addition to any kitchen, the Lumi Chiller provides cold, filtered water at the touch of a button. Ideal for those setting new year’s resolutions to drink more water or stop buying bottled water!
The Quick Dry Luxury Towel features exclusive Nanospun technology. This innovative technology spins extremely fine cotton yarns, allowing for a higher density weave with an incredibly light weight feel. The result is a highly absorbent and exceptionally quick drying, light weight towel with a luxurious soft and plush feel. Saving time and energy, this towel is perfect for active lifestyles.
Short product description Lumie Halo is a multifunctional light therapy lamp for your wellbeing am-to-pm, all year round. Halo simulates sunlight in Day Mode to improve mood, energy, focus and to help treat the symptoms of winter blues. Reduced-blue light content in Evening Mode promotes rest and relaxation.
This Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven has all the benefits of a wood fired pizza oven but without the faff. Ready to go in as little as 15 minutes the Fyra will reach temperatures of up to 500°C and cook an authentic stone baked style pizza in just 60 seconds
Glide from carpets to hard floors with DuoClean’s unique double brush-roll design, combining a bristle brush-roll to clean deep into carpets and a soft front brush-roll to actively pull in debris and lift dust from hard floors.
Family sized Multi Cooker with large 4L non-stick inner pot, designed for easy, versatile cooking. From steaming chicken, to stews and soups, cook delicious dishes to perfection. With 6 functions and a handy delay timer, you can cook at your convenience.
GADGETS & TECH
This stylish, silver 46mm model boasts up to 7 days of battery life, so you can take calls and read messages on the go without worrying about running out of juice. Whether you’re sweating in the gym or sleeping, you can monitor every step and heartbeat. Track your runs using built-in GPS, and sync everything to Samsung Health where you can view all your stats in one place.
The TomTom Start 52 5″ Sat Nav UK and ROI Lifetime Maps has everything you need to ensure a smooth and safe journey. You can easily find where you want to go from the search menu or just by touching a point on the map.
ASUS VivoBook S14 is an unconventional take on daily computing, with unique colour-blocking design that tells the world that you go against the grain. It features the innovative ASUS ScreenPad™ 2.0 to improve multitasking and change the way you work with your laptop.
The GoPro HERO6 Black makes sharing life as you live it, easier. It boasts 4K60 video, voice sound control, one button simplicity, touch display, optimised GP1 processor and incredible QuikStories right on your phone. It also offers ultra-smooth stabilization, crystal-clear audio and pro-quality photo capture, with faster offload speeds to create and share while on the move.
Combining everything you need for work and play, the elegant and powerful Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 delivers extreme portability, a premium FullView display, cutting-edge performance and smart connectivity. The perfect companion to remote working, the device is equipped with a sensitive touch screen allowing you to scroll, zoom and interact efficiently. Thanks to the new EMUI 10.1 operating system, you can also simply touch your smartphone to your laptop to create one collaborative device to easily transfer files.
Lucky Voice’s at-home Karaoke Kits are the ideal antidote to nights stuck at home – with singing scientifically proven to boost the mood and get those endorphins pumping. Each one contains a fancy microphone, you simply connect your laptop and speakers to the kit, create an account and start singing.
Get friendly guidance and serious motivation to build healthy habits and embrace your weight and fitness goals with activity and sleep tracking, calories burned & more on Fitbit Inspire HR.
Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming. Launch and control your favourite movies and TV shows with the Alexa Voice Remote. Use the dedicated power, volume and mute buttons to control your compatible TV, soundbar and receiver
With four times the resolution of Full HD, this 55-inch 4k TV from LG delivers pictures bursting with vivid colour and striking details. The Quad Core Processor enhances the colour and contrast, upscaling images to near 4K quality.
This SONY car stereo will impress you with its smooth and simple control, it is equipped with a fast and responsive 7″ touchscreen and provides immersive audio by powerful amplification with 4 x 55w dynamic reality amp 2 for clear and detailed sounds.
The Galaxy watch from Samsung boasts up to 4 days’ battery life, so you’re free to take calls and messages on the go. Pay for your morning coffee using Samsung with the tap of the wrist, or order an Uber using the built-in GPS. Do all this while listening to your favourite playlists.
The Hive Thermostat works seamlessly with your existing heating system. Control it with your voice or from your phone. So wherever you are, it’s easy to make sure your home’s warm when it needs to be, without wasting energy.
The durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening, provides brilliant sound anywhere. Control with your voice, the Sonos app, and Apple AirPlay 2 at home, and stream via Bluetooth when WiFi isn’t available.
The new Apple iPad 7 features the powerful A12 Bionic chip as well as iPadOS 14, so you can work, create and edit on the go like never before. It’s compatible with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard too (sold separately), which means you can jot down notes and sketch easily.
The Nextbase 322GW Limited Edition Bundle includes Emergency SOS. In the event of an accident, an alert can be sent to the emergency services with your location, which can include important medical data such as blood type and medical history to speed up efficient treatment.
Cinderella is a vision of fairytale grace in her glittering ballgown. Your little royal can create their own rags-to-royalty adventures with the posable doll. Includes horse-drawn carriage to take her to the ball in style.
We love remote control vehicles, we love wall climbers, we love clever transforming gadgets…what else were we to do, but combine them all?! Thats right, this awetastic, megasome treat of a toy is an all-wheeling, all-climbing robot hero and he’s looking for his next vertical challenge.
Let your kid get totally immersed in adventure action play with LEGO® Friends 41380 Lighthouse Rescue Center playset. This rescue center toy has a multitude of features. Rescued sea lions access the LEGO lighthouse clinic using a clever hinged pool that swings through 180 degrees to bring the sea lions into the clinic.
Become the ultimate Jedi and feel the force with this Star Wars Scream Light Saber. Recreate amazing battles from a galaxy far, far away by challenging friends to epic Light Saber battles. Little Jedis will be completely mesmerized by the exciting electronic sound FX inspired by the epic Star Wars saga.
Large Peppa Pig Glow Friend! The perfect bedtime friend! Press Peppa’s tummy to see her face light up and to hear her talk! Supersoft and cuddly toy. Says classic Peppa Pig phrases. Measures 22cm tall. For ages 18 months and over.
Giddy-up, partner! Enjoy the best playtime ever with the Woody The Sheriff Action Figure from the Disney Pixar Toy Story range. Designed using Disney Pixar digital data, this Woody action figure looks so realistic. There are so many interactive features too. Pull his string to hear classic Woody phrases, or listen as he responds to you as you talk to your favourite deputy!
Ideal for both beginner and experienced chapter book readers, Kindle Kids Edition is just for reading, which means no distractions from apps, videos or games. The bundle includes a brightly coloured cover, 1 year of Amazon Kids+ and a 2-year worry-free guarantee.
It’s a super intelligent robot! Control it with hand gestures or the radio-controlled handset. Has speech, dancing and singing functions. Programmable with over 50 actions. Charge via USB (cable included). Stands approx 27cm tall.
Keep the little ones entertained for hours with this 7-in-1 Dolu Playground. This versatile set will grow with your children, as the baby swing can be removed to access a pull up bar. Whatever their age, there is bound to be something to keep your children occupied. This playground also features a water table/sand pit, drawing table and stool, football goal, basketball hoop and a slide.
The three story house gift set is a large spacious house for the lovely Elephant Family. The top floor has a large arched window and a small balcony to look out of over the picturesque landscape of Sylvania. The second floor can be removed and used to expand the ground floor room. Reversed, it acts as a lawn or garden. All the furniture you need for a fun living room & bedroom scene is provided.
FOOD & DRINK
Cotswolds Dry Gin is a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals, including local lavender and freshly-peeled pink grapefruit and lime zest. Due to the unusually high volume of botanicals used, the gin causes a beautiful pearlescent cloud to appear when ice or tonic is added. The Cloudy G&T is the signature serve, mix with premium tonic water, lots of ice and garnish with a slice of grapefruit and bay leaf.
Adnams has carefully curated a collection of Christmas goodies to see you through the festive season. We’ve got every occasion covered, with this super selection of beers, wines and spirits. All that’s left is for you to decide when to open them and share. From celebratory Prosecco and meal-matching reds and whites to after dinner drinks and our latest craft beer case, it’s all here, ready to go. You’ve got Christmas all wrapped up in one festive bundle.
A star-studded showcase of Hotel Chocolate’s most-loved chocolates. Selling recipes include Champagne Truffle, Caramel Cheesecake, Cherry Deluxe, Eton Mess, Mousse au Chocolate, Going Nuts, milk Caesar, Raspberry Smoothie, Peanut Butter, Billionaire’s Shortbread, Florentine Isabelle, Fudge Sundae, Carrot Cake, The Brownie and Dizzy Dark Praline. Perfect for gifting or keeping all to yourself!
Source: Daily Mail |World News