THERE'S still two weeks to go until the biggest shopping bonanza of the year – but some retailers have already launched their Black Friday deals.
Shoppers can bag up to 50% off at Sky and 20% of on eBay in the early sales, which aren't officially meant to start until November 27.
This year, many retailers have kicked off pre-Christmas sales earlier than ever as they continue to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
All non-essential shops in England will remain shut for the sales season this year due to lockdown measures that won't be lifted until December 2.
Big brands will be relying on online sales to keep their cash flow in check, and kicking them off early reduces the risk of the delivery system becoming overwhelmed.
Many retailers are still running click and collect services, which will help you save on delivery fees.
How to compare prices to get the best deal
JUST because something is on offer, or is part of a sale, it doesn’t mean it’s always a good deal.
There are plenty of comparison websites out there that'll check prices for you – so don't be left paying more than you have to.
Most of them work by comparing the prices across hundreds of retailers.
Here are some that we recommend:
- Google Shopping is a tool that lets users search for and compare prices for products across the web. Simply type in keywords, or a product number, to bring up search results.
- Price Spy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, including Argos, Amazon, eBay and the supermarkets. Once you select an individual product you can quickly compare which stores have the best price and which have it in stock.
- Idealo is another website that lets you compare prices between retailers. All shoppers need to do is search for the item they need and the website will rank them from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
- CamelCamelCamel only works on goods being sold on Amazon. To use it, type in the URL of the product you want to check the price of.
But remember, it's still worth shopping around to make sure you're really getting a good deal.
You're also only really making a saving if you were planning on buying that item anyway.
Here's a round up of some of our top early Black Friday deals that are actually worth taking advantage of.
50% off Samsung Galaxy S20 5G with Sky Mobile
- Was: £46 a month, Now: £23 a month. Save: £23 a month or 50% – buy now
Sky Mobile has slashed the price of its 30GB mobile phone plans for Black Friday, including on the latest Samsung and iPhone handsets.
Until November 30, you can take out a contract for 12 months or 24 months for half the price.
The cheapest deal you can get for the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G is for £23 a month over 24 months, with no up-front fees.
Over the term, you'll pay £552 for the contract and handset compared to £1,104 outside the deal.
You can get the same phone on a 24 month contract with 30GB data with O2 also for £23 a month, but you'll need to pay £366.99 upfront.
Altogether you'll pay £918.99 over the term, including the handset.
20% off Unlimited data SIM-only with iD Mobile
- Was: £20 a month, Now: £16 a month. Save: £4 a month or 20% – buy now
iD Mobile has cut the cost of its £20 a month unlimited data SIM-only deal to £16 a month.
The contract is over 12 months and there are no upfront costs for the 4G SIM.
iD Mobile piggybacks off Three Mobile, meaning it uses its network. It has also launched a SIM-only plan for £16 a month.
If you’re looking for more data, but not to change your phone this Black Friday, then an Unlimited data deal is a great option.
Our tips for finding the best deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday
IT might be tempting to dive in and snap up LOADS of items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but here’s how you can guarantee you’re getting a good deal.
PREPARE Research the items you want to buy and find out the cheapest price. Websites like PriceSpy, PriceHistory and CamelCamelCamel will give you historical data on prices so you can see how much you should pay.
GET FOLLOWING Follow your favourite shops on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and sign up to its deals newsletter to get the latest on any offers. We post the best deals in our Sun Money FB group too.
CHECK FOR CODES Take a look at The Sun Vouchers, and see if you can get extra savings with discount codes.
20% off Nintendo Switch Lite on eBay
- Was: £194.99, Now: £155.99. Save: £39 or 20% – buy now
eBay has kicked off Black Friday with a 20% off code that can be redeemed across a millions of products.
It takes the price of a Nintendo Switch Lite down to £155.99, from £194.99.
You will need to add the item to your basket and enter PURCHASE20 in the discount code box at the checkout and the money will be knocked off the bill.
The next best price we could find for this product was at John Lewis where is costs £199.
The code lasts until 11:59pm on November 19.
40% off JVC Ha-A10t True Wireless Black earbuds at Tesco
- Was: £50, Now: £30. Save: £20 or 40% – buy now
Looking to buy a new set of earphones? Then you might want to take a look at these wireless ones by JVC, reduced by £20 at Tesco.
The earphones come with a total of 14 hours battery life, and an integrated mic and buttons so you can control your music.
Argos is selling the same earphones for £49.99, so you're better off by shopping at Tesco.
35% off Fitbit Inspire 2 with free Google Nest Mini at Currys PC World
- Was: £138.99, Now: £89.99. Save: £49 or 35% – buy now
Currys PC World's first batch of early Black Friday deals include savings across big name brands such as Fitbit and Google.
Shoppers can save £49 on the FitBitInspire 2 and Google Nest Mini bundle in the early sales.
We couldn't find the bundle available to buy anywhere else and buying them separately will set you back at least £98 (Fitbit Inspire 2 on eBay, £49, Google Mini from John Lewis, £49).
10% off Apple iPad mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) on Amazon
- Was: £376.05, Now: £334.80. Save: £41.25 or 10% – buy now
You can pick up a renewed Apple iPad mini, wi-fi, 64GB, for £334.80 in the pre-Black Friday sale on Amazon.
You'll be saving £41.25 in the deal, which is the same as around 10%.
The same gadget will set you back £377 on AO.com, eBay and at Currys PC World.
40% off Adidas Originals Continental 80 trainers at Office
- Was: £74.99. Now: £45, Save: £30 or 40% – buy now
Shoppers can snap up a pair of Adidas Originals Continental 80 from Office for £45, instead of £74.99.
The trainers are also in the Black Friday sale at JD Sport but they'll set you back an extra tenner.
The kicks costs £55 instead of £75, a saving of £20 and only 27%.
33% off Ziggy the Robo Dog at Smyths Toys
- Was: £59.99, Now: £39.99. Save: £20 or 33% – buy now
Customers can bag £20 of the Ziggy the Robo Dog from Smyths Toys ahead of Black Friday.
The price has been reduced to £39.99, down from £59.99, making it the cheapest deal on the toy. The next best price is £45 from Argos.
It's a popular offer and no longer available for home delivery but many branches still have it in stock so you can order it for click and collect.
If you're looking to get ahead on your Christmas shopping, Tesco has launched early Black Friday deals with 40% off Paw Patrol and Babyliss.
Smyths Toys has also launched its Black Friday deals ahead of time – and it includes LOL Surprise and Disney.
Retailers including Amazon, Boots and Superdrug are already slashing prices as part of early Black Friday sales.
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