Looking for some bargains from the Amazon Black Friday sales? Find out how to find the best deals and bargains.
Ah, the Black Friday sales. In a matter of just a few years, this little-known phenomenon has taken the UK by storm. Originally started in the States in the 50’s, Black Friday marked the beginning of the run-up to Christmas.
I first became aware of the sales when I was on a holiday to Florida in 2003. Needless to say, after a lot of wandering around malls and lots of queues, my suitcase was considerably heavier coming back than compared to the way out.
The Black Friday sale isn’t just restricted to one day though and often runs for around a week.
Is everything a bargain?
Not at all. You may remember shoppers fighting each other for large TV’s in ASDA several years ago. The fact is, these weren’t the greatest technology and were probably appropriately priced. Plus you may have got a black eye for your troubles.
Where to start with Amazon Black Friday sales
If you’re serious about bagging a bargain, you need to have a Prime membership. This not only gives you next day shipping, movies and music, but also early access to Lightning Deals. If you’ve never been a member before, you can sign up for a month’s free trial. Some previous Prime members may be entitled to the free trial too, so it’s worth checking. Otherwise, you will need to sign up for a year’s membership. There are people on HUKD who claim that previous customers can sign up for the free trial by just using a new email address. However, this is not something I’ve tried.
Headline Black Friday deals
Amazon will usually offer some of their most popular products at a discount over the course of the week. This often means items such as the Amazon Echo, Fire tablet or their Fire Stick are available at knock-down prices. Unlike Lightning Deals, these offers will last all day, so there isn’t a need to rush.
Throughout the day (well days), Amazon offers Lightning Deals. For a short time only (usually an hour, although sometimes longer), these offers have limited availability and restricted to one per customer. As you can imagine, the more popular items sell out very quickly. This is why early access as a Prime member really improves your chances of bagging that bargain.
You can see items that are due to go on sale 24 hours beforehand. So remember to check in the evening to find any items that might be of interest. There will be a lot to look through, but fortunately, you can by category which should save some time.
How do I know if it’s a bargain?
Do a bit of research beforehand. Find the items that you like and search for them on google to get an idea of prices. Then when the Lightning Deal starts, you’ll know how much of a bargain it really is.
Amazon is one of the better companies, and don’t tend to increase all their prices just before their sales.
One great sight I strongly recommend checking is the strangely named camelcamelcamel. This site tracks prices across Amazon. Just cut and paste the URL of the item you like into the search bar, and you’ll know its complete price history.
Another indicator of how good a bargain an item is how quickly it sells out. Really good Lightning Deals can disappear in seconds. If this is the case, you can usually join a reserve list. If a buyer decides not to complete their purchase, you get a chance to step in.
Cashback is a great way to save money on your shopping. Until recently, it was almost impossible to find anyone that offered cashback at Amazon. However, that has changed and there is a great site that will give you 2% back on all your shopping at Amazon and many other sites. Take a look at KidStart.
Earn a little extra
If you’ve signed up to Prime and you’re not in a hurry, accept the longer delivery option. This means you can opt for some money to digital content, or better still, some money off Amazon Pantry. Find out more about Amazon Pantry.
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