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Black Friday is the sales event of the year - the one day you're guaranteed to see the best prices on TVs, laptops, games consoles and mobile phones. Doorbuster sales from the likes of Sky TV and BT Broadband are already live and kicking, and this year we're also expecting sensational deals at fashion sites with '30% off everything' sales at Adidas and Nike to name just a few.

The early Black Friday deals in the UK are already starting to filter through now though, with most retailers starting to ramp up their sales activity. It's going to be an interesting Black Friday this year - retail in the UK hasn't been doing amazingly well this year, with many sites and stores forced to run sales and promotions regularly throughout the year in order to encourage cautious Britons to spend some money.

So for Black Friday this year it's possible that retailers won't be able to discount as much as we'd normally expect. It's also possible it'll go the other way, and that the immense competition in every category forces prices down anyway.

We'll have to wait and see on that one - but rest assured TechRadar has a team of 30 journalists on station this year to search out all of the best Black Friday deals on all of the best products - so if you want to know what's worth buying then bookmark this page!

Black Friday takes place on 23rd November - but you can consider this entire period as a sales period - welcome to Black Week!

The best Black Friday deals in the UK:

The best Black Friday deals

Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobiles.co.uk | Vodafone | £90 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £23pm
Android fans have been laughing at iPhone prices for some years now, and considering Apple's newest flagship phone will cost you more than a grand on contract nowadays, this excellent S9 deal blows us away every time we see it.
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EXCLUSIVE Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobiles.co.uk | EE | £70 £50 upfront with TECH20 code | 9GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £28pm
We know, we know - EE is the fastest 4G UK network and you won't settle for anything less. Well, you don't have to. It may be a fiver more a month than the Voda deal, but use our TECH20 discount code and the upfront spend is exactly half while the data allowance is more than doubled.
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Sky TV | FREE 43-inch 4K TV | Sky Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Netflix, Box Sets £65 £55 a month at Sky (18 month contract)
A free 4K TV always catches our eye, but Sky has also knocked £10 off the monthly fee, saving you a further £180 off the contract price. There are a few one-off fees to get all set up - the roomy 2TB Sky Q box and its powerful 4K broadcasting skills costs £75 to set up and there's a £9.95 delivery fee, too. Your new FREE 4K TV will be delivered to you within 40 working days.
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EXCLUSIVE Onestream Flow Unlimited Broadband | 12 month contract | 11Mb average speed | Line rental inc. | FREE activation | £9.99 delivery | £9.99 per month
This one's just for you, dear TechRadar reader. We've never seen broadband bills for less than a tenner a month - it's an absolute cracker of a Black Friday deal. But there are only 500 to claim, so you'd better get in quick if you want it.
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BT Superfast 1 Broadband | 18 months | 50Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | £9.99 router delivery | £29.99pm + £120 Reward Card
The rapid speed of BT's best value fibre broadband package equates to roughly 6.25MB per second. That means super fast downloads and silky streaming. When all's said and done, this is our favourite of BT's broadband deals and it's even better for Black Friday.
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Moto G6 £239 £195.99 at Amazon
Our favourite cheap phone is even less right now thanks to Amazon's deals. A cut of £40 is a significant discount, so if you're after an affordable phone this time is a great time to buy.View Deal

Sony Bravia 55-inch 4K HDR TV £2,499 £1,899 at Currys
When we reviewed the Sony Bravia KD55AF8BU, we were impressed by its outstanding picture processing, stunning black levels and clever audio system that provides rounded, detailed sound. With £600 off, it's a brilliant buy.
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Samsung 55-inch 4K HDR LED TV £699 £499 at Currys
The UE55NU7020 was already one of Samsung's most affordable 55-inch models, and with a further £200 off, it's a whole lot of TV for your money. It boasts a high refresh rate and fast processing to keep action scenes sharp.
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Samsung 65-inch 4K HDR LED TV £999 £799 at Currys
This is the same TV as the model above, with an extra 10 inches of screen real estate. The UE65NU7020 has the same great picture quality, the same smart design with pulled-back bezels, and the same £200 saving pre-Black Friday,
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Sky Sports 9-month pass £306 £179 at Now TV
Fancy saving a huge £127 on access to every Sky Sports channel without tying yourself down to a multi-year deal? Then this is the ultimate Black Friday Now TV deal and you can order it right now. This'll see you straight through for the rest of the footy season and you'll get to see those England matches that aren't on regular TV. Naturally you're also getting the exclusive coverage for cricket, golf, F1 and a lot more besides.
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Sky Cinema / Entertainment 12-month pass £215 £99 at Now TV
That's the best deal we've ever seen and better than half price for a whole year of access to Sky Cinema and Sky Entertainment and its excellent selection of channels, box sets and movies that gets bigger every day.
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Google home Mini £49.99 £29 at Argos
Argos has all three main colours while some stores don't stock the coral option. The Google Home Mini is an excellent addition to any home, especially if you're heading into smart home territory with coloured smart bulbs, smart thermostats and camera-sporting doorbells. Plus the voice-activated assistant has all the smarts and syncs up nicely with your existing Google account if you have one already.
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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 £249 £134.99 at Amazon.co.uk

Premium style and sound at a not-so-premium price, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 are at a particularly attractive price at Amazon, so long as you pick up this snazzy charcoal colour option.View Deal

Free Nintendo Switch with 10GB of data on select Huawei and Nokia phones 
EE is so ahead of the curve that this deal actually ends before Black Friday itself! It's is offering a FREE Nintendo Switch with selected phone contracts including the Huawei P20 Pro, Nokia 7.1 and more below...

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Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 | £39.99 Now £14.99 a year
63%. That's the saving that Bitdefender is throwing at you for Black Friday this year. So that means that the awesome Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 is down to £20 for an entire year of PC protection. A real bargain, this.
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ExpressVPN | $9.98 NOW £5.15 per month
With fast speeds, 24/7 live chat, and best-in-class encryption, ExpressVPN is TechRadar's #1 trusted offshore VPN for privacy and unblocking content worldwide. Black Friday see a massive 49% discount off suggested retail price AND 15 months for the price of 12. The pricing is in dollars, but above are the rough GBP prices.
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PureVPN | 5 years | 88% off | £60.92
This is a price you just can't miss. PureVPN is offering secure access online and the ability to work around a number of restrictions online associated with IP addresses including country restrictions, bandwidth throttling and so much more. Again, we've converted the default USD price to GBP above.
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Google Pixelbook £999 £699 at Currys
This Pixelbook comes loaded with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB hard drive, a quad HD display and an i5 processor. We're surprised to see such a big discount, as we thought the previous best price of £799 would be as good as it got for some time. It's also available to at the BT Shop if this deal sells out.
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Amazon deals of the day

WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive £69.36 £52.99 at Amazon
This external hard drive is designed for both PCs and games consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox One, and ups the capacity to a huge 2TB of storage. It connects via USB 3.0 for speedy file transfers. This deal expires midnight November 25.View Deal

WD Blue 3D NAND Internal SSD M.2 SATA 2TB £369.99 £289.99 at Amazon
If you want to give your PC a serious speed increase, then an M.2 SSD is the way to go, offering much faster speeds than standard SSDs. This deal has had £80 knocked off, and offers a huge 2TB capacity. This deal expires midnight November 25.View Deal

WD My Passport Portable SSD 512GB £144.99 £109.99 at Amazon
This My Passport model has a solid state drive, which means it's much faster to move files between your PC and this drive. While the 512GB capacity isn't huge, it should be enough for many people, and its price has been cut by £35. This deal expires midnight November 25.View Deal

WD My Passport Portable SSD 2TB £540.44 £389.99 at Amazon
Fancy a larger capacity version of the above? This still features an SSD, but ups the capacity to a huge 2TB. The price jump is quite high, but Amazon has dropped it by £150. This deal expires midnight November 25.View Deal

WD My Passport Portable 4TB £133.14 £91.99 at Amazon
Give your PC, laptop or console a huge storage increase with this My Passport external hard drive. It provides 4TB of space, which is enough to hold thousands of photos, videos and more. This deal expires midnight November 25.View Deal

Kindle Paperwhite (2018) £119.99 £89.99 at Amazon
The new Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, can play audiobooks (via Bluetooth headphones), and the display is flush with the bezels meaning hair and dust have nowhere to get trapped. This really is the best-value ereader on the planet, and it's cheaper than ever. This offer will expire November 26.
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Nintendo Switch | Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu | Just Dance 2019 | £299.99 at Amazon
This is a very cheap Nintendo Switch bundle considering you're getting two very new games included for just £20 more than the RRP of the console. Buying these two games on their own would cost you £75.
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Honor 9 Lite: £169.99 now £129.99 at Amazon
This great Honor 9 Lite Black Friday deal is available from Amazon if you're looking for a one-click buying experience and speedy service.View Deal

Huawei P Smart: £229.99 now £149.99 at Amazon
The Huawei P Smart is our second best cheap smartphone right now, and you can pick it up for even less thanks to this Black Friday deal from Amazon taking it below the £150 mark.View Deal

Moto G6 £239 £195.99 at Amazon

Our favourite cheap phone is even less right now thanks to Amazon's deals. A cut of £40 is a significant discount, so if you're after an affordable phone this time is a great time to buy.


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Echo Plus 1st gen with Hue bulb £148.99 £89.99 at Amazon.co.uk

There's a new generation Echo Plus in shops, but at this price, and with a Philips Hue smart bulb thrown in for free too, you'd be hard pressed to find a better spot at which to enter the smart home fray.View Deal

Asus C101PA-FS002 Chromebook Flip £349.99 £269.95 at Amazon
The Asus Chromebook Flip is one of the best Chromebooks in our view, and Amazon has cut the price by around £79. It features some great specifications for a Chromebook, including 4GB RAM and a design that allows it to be used as a tablet. This deal ends at 11:59pm November 28.View Deal

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 £249 £134.99 at Amazon.co.uk

Premium style and sound at a not-so-premium price, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 are at a particularly attractive price at Amazon, so long as you pick up this snazzy charcoal colour option.View Deal

Huawei Band 2 Pro fitness tracker £49.99 £35.99 at Amazon

One of the best fitness trackers money can buy is even better at this lower price. Huawei may have already announced the Band 3 Pro, but that doesn't make this one obsolete and with this low price it's a great choice ahead of Black Friday.


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Huawei Watch 2 Sport £179.99 £149.99 at Amazon

The cheapest version of the Huawei Watch 2 doesn't have the most premium design, but for under £150 this is a great deal for a Wear OS watch to track your fitness stats and more.View Deal

Huawei Watch 2 4G £228 £179.99 at Amazon

This is a touch more expensive than the Huawei Watch 2 model above, but it comes with 4G internet so you can use the watch without your phone. For under £170, that's a great price for the Huawei Watch 2 4G.View Deal

Huawei MediaPad M5 8.4: £299 now £219.99 at Amazon
Save almost £80 on this mid-range Android tablet which now boasts a more budget price tag thanks to this early Black Friday deal. It's a premium slate that's a great alternative to the iPad Mini 4.View Deal

Huawei MediaPad M5 10: £346.48 now £258.99 at Amazon
Save over £85 on this big-screened Android tablet which has now become highly affordable with this early Black Friday deal. There's plenty of power, a big 2K screen and a premium design to be had.View Deal

Transcend 4TB USB 3.0 StoreJet External Hard Drive £148 £107.99 at Amazon
This huge external hard drive offers a whopping 4TB of storage - more than most people will ever fill - and comes with a robust military-grade body to protect it.View Deal

Trust Gaming 21726 GXT 164 Sikanda Gaming Mouse £37 £19.99 at Amazon
If you're looking for a new gaming mouse, then this excellent programmable mouse that's ideal for MMOs has had £17 knocked off its price just before Black Friday.View Deal

Trust GXT 155W Gaming Mouse £38.99 £24.99 at Amazon
Here's another decent saving on a gaming mouse from Trust. This one offers you loads of customisation options, giving you complete control over how it feels and performs. Note that this deal expires midnight December 16. View Deal

Phone deals

Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobiles.co.uk | Vodafone | £90 upfront | 4GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £23pm
Android fans have been laughing at iPhone prices for some years now, and considering Apple's newest flagship phone will cost you more than a grand on contract nowadays, this excellent S9 deal blows us away every time we see it.
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EXCLUSIVE Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobiles.co.uk | EE | £70 £50 upfront with TECH20 code | 9GB data | Unlimited mins and texts | £28pm
We know, we know - EE is the fastest 4G UK network and you won't settle for anything less. Well, you don't have to. It may be a fiver more a month than the Voda deal, but use our TECH20 discount code and the upfront spend is exactly half while the data allowance is more than doubled.
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£40 Currys PC World Gift Card | Carphone Warehouse | On  iPhone XR, XS, XS Max and X
iPhone's X series of phones are some of the best handsets out there right now and well worth getting your hands on if you can bear the massive price tag. Carphone Warehouse has sweetened the deal by offering a £40 Curry's PC World Gift Card when you buy an iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, X  from them. 
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Moto G6 | £199.95 Now £179.95 at Argos
There are very few smartphones you can get at a price like this, especially when the G6 only came out earlier this year. For this price you are getting an attractive screen and a surprisingly premium design.
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Moto G6 Play: £179.99 £139.99 at Amazon
For this price you're getting a surprising amount of features. The G6 Play has a good battery life, a strong screen and is overall a great phone for the price, especially with this £40 saving.
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Google Pixel 3 at Three + FREE Google Home Mini | £99 upfront | Unlimited minutes and texts | 100GB data | £48 per month
This deal really is full of bonuses - not only do you get the Pixel 3 but you also get a Google Home Mini and a whopping 100GB of data! And all for under £50 per month. 

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EXCLUSIVE OnePlus 6T at e2save | £115 £90 upfront with TECH25 code | Unlimited calls and texts | 9GB data | £28pm
We love this OnePlus 6T deal, we really do. It's the best on the UK market at the moment, in our view. 9GB is a healthy place to be in terms of data, £28 per month for a phone so new is ace and our TECH25 code to apply at the checkout brings the upfront spend to under £100.
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Huawei P20: £599 now £399 at Carphone Warehouse
Save a whopping £200 on the excellent Huawei P20 which boasts dual rear cameras, a premium design, 5.84-inch screen and 128GB of storage.View Deal

Free Nintendo Switch with 10GB of data on select Huawei and Nokia phones 
EE is so ahead of the curve that this deal actually ends before Black Friday itself! It's is offering a FREE Nintendo Switch with selected phone contracts including the Huawei P20 Pro, Nokia 7.1 and more below... 

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Sony Xperia XA2 at Virgin Mobile | PlayStation 4 + FIFA 19 | FREE upfront | 1000 minutes | 1GB data | £19 per month
Virgin is offering up a great bundle deal here. Not only are you getting the Sony Xperia XA2 getting the PlayStation 4 bundle as well (which would normally be worth around the £250-mark. An astonishing freebie to celebrate Black Friday.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: £329 now £199 at Amazon
It's hard to find a phone with flagship power that comfortably fits in one hand, but the Xperia XZ1 Compact offers just that. It may be over a year old, but a sub-£200 price tag makes it great value.View Deal

Huawei P Smart: £179 now £149 at AO.com
The Huawei P Smart is our second best cheap smartphone right now, and you can pick it up for even less thanks to this Black Friday deal from Amazon taking it below the £150 mark.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S9 at Carphone Warehouse | EE | £99.99 upfront | 9GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £28pm
Plenty of data, the UK's fastest 4G network and a delicious balance of upfront spend and monthly bills. There's nothing not to like with this S9 deal.  Total cost over 24 months is £771.99
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iPhone 8 at Carphone Warehouse | O2 |£79.99 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £34pm
This one's already selling like hotcakes, probably thanks to that really healthy data allowance and possible because of the lure of O2's Priority rewards. A good price this on Apple's 2017 flagship. Total cost over 24 months is £895.99
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Google Pixel 3 at Carphone Warehouse | Vodafone | £79.99 upfront | 16GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £42pm
How long has the Pixel 3 been out again? We're delighted to see a reduction in price on Google's latest and greatest as the release tariffs were lofty. Thanks Carphone! Total cost over 24 months is £1,107.99
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iPhone X at Carphone Warehouse | O2 | £49.99 upfront | 45GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £56pm
A big discount on the big iPhone with a big data allowance. This is a BIG bargain. Despite now being over a year old, iPhone X discounts remain rare, so we're glad to see this. Total cost over 24 months is £1,393.99
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Nokia 3.1 | £149 now £119 at Carphone Warehouse
This phone is a little on the budget side, but it manages to preserve a few flagship-esque features in there for good measure. Not the most powerful phone around, but in our review we called it "a solidly built phone with an interesting design"... not bad for that price.View Deal

TV deals

Toshiba 65U6863DB LED 4K HDR Smart TV: £779 now £599
There's a £180 saving to be had on this huge 65-inch smart TV which includes Freeview HD and Freeview Play. You'll find this price tagged as a Black Friday deal elsewhere, but there's a five year guarantee bonus here.View Deal

LG 43UK6500PLA 43-inch TV - £419 - now £399 at AO.com
The smaller version of the range, this 43-inch TV still offers webOS and smart TV smarts, but doesn't have the most powerful processor inside to keep up.View Deal

Toshiba 65U6863DB LED 4K HDR Smart TV: £779 now £599 at John Lewis.com
There's a £180 saving to be had on this huge 65-inch smart TV which includes Freeview HD and Freeview Play. You'll find this price tagged as a Black Friday deal elsewhere, but there's a five year guarantee bonus here.View Deal

Toshiba 65-inch 4K TV: £779 now £599 at AO.com
You can save £180 on this Toshiba 65U5863DB 65-inch 4K TV. This LED display offers a wealth of smart TV features, including 4K streaming, while there's also Freeview Play built in with 70 channels to choose from.  View Deal

Sharp 32-inch smart LED TV £269 £169 at Currys
If you're on the lookout for a second screen, you'll be hard pressed to find a better price than this for a 32-incher. The LC-32HI5332KF might not boast HDR or 4K, but it's a perfectly decent set and a bargain with £100 off.
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Sony Bravia 55-inch 4K HDR TV £2,499 £1,899 at Currys
When we reviewed the Sony Bravia KD55AF8BU, we were impressed by its outstanding picture processing, stunning black levels and clever audio system that provides rounded, detailed sound. With £600 off, it's a brilliant buy.
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Samsung 55-inch 4K HDR LED TV £699 £499 at Currys
The UE55NU7020 was already one of Samsung's most affordable 55-inch models, and with a further £200 off, it's a whole lot of TV for your money. It boasts a high refresh rate and fast processing to keep action scenes sharp.
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Samsung 65-inch 4K HDR LED TV £999 £799 at Currys
This is the same TV as the model above, with an extra 10 inches of screen real estate. The UE65NU7020 has the same great picture quality, the same smart design with pulled-back bezels, and the same £200 saving pre-Black Friday,
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Sony Bravia 75-inch 4K HDR LED TV £2,399 £1,999 at Currys
John Lewis has now matched the price of this enormous TV, but if you stick with Currys then you'll receive a refund on the difference if its price drops on Black Friday. It's a whole lot of screen, and has Google Assistant built in.
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Sky TV | FREE 43-inch 4K TV | Sky Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Netflix, Box Sets £65 £55 a month at Sky (18 month contract)
A free 4K TV always catches our eye, but Sky has also knocked £10 off the monthly fee, saving you a further £180 off the contract price. There are a few one-off fees to get all set up - the roomy 2TB Sky Q box and its powerful 4K broadcasting skills costs £75 to set up and there's a £9.95 delivery fee, too. Your new FREE 4K TV will be delivered to you within 40 working days.
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Sky Sports 9-month pass £306 £179 at Now TV
Fancy saving a huge £127 on access to every Sky Sports channel without tying yourself down to a multi-year deal? Then this is the ultimate Black Friday Now TV deal and you can order it right now. This'll see you straight through for the rest of the footy season and you'll get to see those England matches that aren't on regular TV. Naturally you're also getting the exclusive coverage for cricket, golf, F1 and a lot more besides.
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Sky Cinema / Entertainment 12-month pass £215 £99 at Now TV
That's the best deal we've ever seen and better than half price for a whole year of access to Sky Cinema and Sky Entertainment and its excellent selection of channels, box sets and movies that gets bigger every day.
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Now TV Sky Cinema pass (12 months) £120 £55
If you're not too bothered about getting cheap Sky channels and box set content, but would love to get access to Sky Cinema for a pittance, this is the deal for you. £55 for a year's access is an absolute steal. That much wouldn't get you many trips to a regular cinema now would it?
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Now TV Entertainment pass (12 months) £96 £45
This gets you a whole year's streaming access to Sky's excellent suite of entertainment channels like Sky Atlantic (say hello to the likes of Westworld and Game of Thrones), Fox, Comedy Central, Sky One and more. Not to mention a huge amount of on-demand content you won't find on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
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AV

Plantronics Backbeat Fit 500 £74 £59 at AO.com

The Backbeat Fit 500s should offer a comfortable listening experience with padded earcups and no need for messy wires with Bluetooth connectivity. The have on-ear controls and are splash proof so you don't need to worry about rain cramping your style.View Deal

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 £249 £134.99 at Amazon.co.uk

Premium style and sound at a not-so-premium price, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 are at a particularly attractive price at Amazon, so long as you pick up this snazzy charcoal colour option.View Deal

Lenovo Smart Display 8-inch: £179 now £129 at AO.com
This is a fantastic price for Lenovo's clever Smart Display which has Google's AI voice assistant built in, allowing you to control your smart home and answer any burning question you may have.View Deal

Gaming deals

PS4 and PS4 Pro deals

PS4 Pro | Red Dead Redemption 2 | £349.99 at Very
This isn't a special edition console, but given many stores seem to be charging £350 for the console alone and Red Dead Redemption 2 will still cost close to £50 a long time after launch, this is a great money saver. This game looks incredible on the Pro too.
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PS4 Pro | Spider-Man | £349.99 at Argos
This PS4 Pro bundle has been sold out for a while, but if you're quick you may be able to take advantage of Argos managing to find some stock. PS4 Pros themselves are running low around the world right now too so getting a new free game like Spider-Man is a great deal.
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PS4 Pro | FIFA 19 | £349.99 at Amazon
Most stores were selling the Pro alone for £350 recently. Thankfully, this offer has come to the rescue with this PS4 Pro bundle that includes FIFA 19 too for just under £350.
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PS4 Slim| Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 | £249.90 at ebuyer
The latest Call of Duty title is always a solid shout for new PS4 bundles, especially with most retailers charging way over £40 for the game on its own right now. Get a copy free with this PS4 deal.
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PS4 Slim | Spider-Man | £249.99 at Argos
Given you'll struggle to find a PS4 on its own for under £250 at the moment this is a sweet deal as you're essentially getting the new Spider-Man game for free. The new game is developed by Insomniac Games, the masterminds of the Ratchet & Clank, Sunset Overdrive and Resistance games. So yeah, fun on a bun.
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PS4 Slim | Red Dead Redemption 2 | £249.99 at Very
This is an excellent PS4 price given you'll get the eagerly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 too. Like some of the other Triple A game PS4 bundles on this page, you're essentially getting a free game worth £40-£50 included and games don't come much bigger than Rockstar's Western epic.
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PlayStation VR | PS4 camera | VR Worlds | £169.99 at Amazon
Considering the VR headset was £350 at launch, this bundle has come a long way as it includes the PS4 camera (which is required for PSVR to function in the first place) and a copy of VR Worlds, a fine selection of minigames to get you going.
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Xbox One and Xbox One X deals

1TB Xbox One S | Forza Horizon 4 | £227.99 at Amazon
This 1TB Xbox One S deal comes with a download code for Forza Horizon 4, the latest entry in the hit open-world racing franchise. this time we're swapping the lush jungles, beaches and sunshine of Australia for... Scotland. Prepare for rain.
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1TB Xbox One S | 2 controllers | £249.99 at Argos
Big fan of local multiplayer? Then this deal could be for you as it comes with two controllers. Both are the official wireless ones too, so you don't have to give your friend a dodgy knock-off.  Also available at Amazon for the same price.
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Xbox One X | FIFA 19 | Forza Horizon 4 | Forza 7 | £425.06 at ebuyer
Computing specialist ebuyer is turning into one to watch for gaming deals of late with a few competition-beating offers. Today's Xbox One X bundle comes with three games for £25 less than than the RRP of the console on its own.
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Xbox One X | Forza Horizon 4 | Forza 7 | £414.95 at Amazon
You're totally covered if you're a racing fan with this Xbox One X bundle. You're getting the brand new Forza Horizon 4 for your open world racing kicks. Then, when you fee a bit more orderly, you can take your skills to the tracks with Forza Motorsport 7. Both look incredible on the Xbox One X too.
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Free Nintendo Switch with 10GB of data on select Huawei and Nokia phones 
EE is so ahead of the curve that this deal actually ends before Black Friday itself! It's is offering a FREE Nintendo Switch with selected phone contracts including the Huawei P20 Pro, Nokia 7.1 and more below...

Deal must end on November 19View Deal

Nintendo Switch | Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu | Just Dance 2019 | £299.99 at Amazon
This is a very cheap Nintendo Switch bundle considering you're getting two very new games included for just £20 more than the RRP of the console. Buying these two games on their own would cost you £75.View Deal

Laptop deals

HP 15.6-inch Intel Core i3 laptop £549 £329 at Currys
This Windows 10 laptop would be a great choice for working on the move. Its specifications are impressive for the price - particularly its huge 1TB hard drive. The 4GB RAM is a little stingy, but you can easily upgrade it.View Deal

HP 11-v001na 11.6" Chromebook £179 at AO.com
This is a good deal for an excellent little Chromebook. Chromebooks are less powerful than Windows machines, but as ChromeOS is lighter, they don't need the extra firepower.View Deal

Acer Aspire 3 A315-53 15-inch laptop £499 £399 at AO.com
AO.com has released some early Black Friday laptop deals, including this decent Acer laptop with a 7th gen Core i5 processor and 1TB hard drive. It only has 4GB of RAM, though.
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Microsoft Surface Go £509.99 £440.02 at Amazon
Amazon has cut the price of Microsoft's brilliant tablet/laptop hybrid by £70. Comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD for an impressively low price. It's worth noting that it doesn't come with the Type Cover, however, so you'll need to buy that separately if you want a keyboard.View Deal

Google Pixelbook £999 £699 at Currys
This Pixelbook comes loaded with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB hard drive, a quad HD display and an i5 processor. We're surprised to see such a big discount, as we thought the previous best price of £799 would be as good as it got for some time. It's also available to at the BT Shop if this deal sells out.
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Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T £399 £299 at Amazon
There's a decent £100 off this great Chromebook from Acer. It offers 12 hours of battery life, a 1080p touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge that turns it into a tablet-like device. This deal ends at 11:59pm November 27.
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Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501GI £2,799 £2,699 at Currys
The ROG Zephyrus is one of the best gaming laptops ever made, packing a huge amount of power (including a Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB graphics card) into a seriously slim design. This is a very premium laptop with a price to match, but Currys has knocked £100 off.
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Acer Nitro 5 £749.99 £649 at Currys
This brilliant affordable gaming laptop strikes a good balance between price and power, with an 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and GTX 1050 4GB graphics card. It's enough to play modern games at medium settings, and has had a £100.99 price cut.
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Software deals

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 | £39.99 Now £19.99 a year
50%. That's the saving that Bitdefender is throwing at you for Black Friday this year. So that means that the awesome Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 is down to £20 for an entire year of PC protection. A real bargain, this.
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ExpressVPN | $9.98 NOW £5.15 per month
With fast speeds, 24/7 live chat, and best-in-class encryption, ExpressVPN is TechRadar's #1 trusted offshore VPN for privacy and unblocking content worldwide. Black Friday see a massive 49% discount off suggested retail price AND 15 months for the price of 12. The pricing is in dollars, but above are the rough GBP prices.
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NordVPN | £5.38 Now $2.30 per month
NordVPN is offering a massive 75% discount off the RRP when you buy three years' worth of its award winning VPN. This great offer will last until the Friday November 30 - it's one of the cheapest prices on our preferred VPN services. Again, we've converted the USD price into pound sterling here.
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PureVPN | 5 years | 88% off | $79 (around £60.92)
This is a price you just can't miss. PureVPN is offering secure access online and the ability to work around a number of restrictions online associated with IP addresses including country restrictions, bandwidth throttling and so much more. You can connect up to five devices to your VPN - this could include your phone, TV, PlayStation or a number of other gadgets.
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Adobe Photography Plan | £9.98 £8.32 per month
Get access to Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic, plus a massive 1TB storage in the Adobe Cloud so you can access your photos anywhere. This is a great bundle that includes everything a photographer needs.
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Broadband deals

Sign up to BT broadband by midnight on Cyber Monday (November 26) and get a hefty Reward Card (basically a pre-paid Mastercard worth up to £140) and free activation. Splendid.

Our top pick is BT's Superfast 1 fibre broadband deal. It costs £29.99 per month, but you get a whopping £120 pre-paid Mastercard and the only thing you'll pay at the outset is £9.99 to cover the delivery of your new router. You also get free calls to UK landlines at the weekend.

Want something even faster? Then £39.99 per month bags you rapid 67Mb average speeds (so downloads of over 8MB per second) and a monumental £140 pre-paid Mastercard. But if that's all a little pricey for you - or if you're one of the unlucky folk that can't get fibre broadband - then standard 10Mb ADSL costs a mere £24.99 and a Reward Card worth £70. 

BT Superfast 1 Broadband | 18 months | 50Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | £9.99 router delivery | £29.99pm + £120 Reward Card
The rapid speed of BT's best value fibre broadband package equates to roughly 6.25MB per second. That means super fast downloads and silky streaming. When all's said and done, this is our favourite of BT's broadband deals and it's even better for Black Friday.
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BT Superfast 2 Broadband | 18 months | 67Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | £9.99 router delivery | £39.99pm + £140 Reward Card
An extra tenner a month lets you really ramp up the broadband speed to a rapid 8MB+ per second. Ideal if you have loads of people in your household all trying to use the internet at once or if you stream a lot of 4K content. You immediately shave £140 off the price with BT's most benevolent Reward Card.
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BT Broadband | 18 months | Up to 10Mb | Weekend calls | £19.99 for activation and delivery | £24.99pm + £70 Reward Card
This is the least you can pay to get BT broadband. Anything under the £25 per month-mark is a-OK by us. As if the price wasn't attractive enough, you also get that lovely little Mastercard making the effective monthly spend around £21.
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Upcoming Black Friday deals:

It's hard to predict the deals future, but we're seeing some nifty discounts from Amazon over on our Black Friday US page, and we reckon they've going to appear in the UK too, at least in some form.

This is what we're seeing so far:

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) tablet - is $119.99, soon $99.99

Current UK price: £149.99

The 10-inch Amazon Fire tablet is already affordable, but from November 16 it'll be a touch cheaper in the US... $20 cheaper, in fact. At under $100 for the first time it may be worth grabbing as it comes with Alexa built-in and all of Amazon's services in easy reach.

Read our Amazon Fire HD 10 review

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation) - is $49.99, soon $24

Current UK price: £49.99

The 2017 Echo Dot is also on sale in the US from November 22 but we'd only recommend going for the newer edition as it features better audio and a more attractive design. At half price, this is going to be a steal and it's the perfect way to access smart assistant features for the first time.

Read our Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) review

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation) - is $149.99, soon $109.99

Current UK price: £139.99 

Want the best audio possible from an Amazon Echo speaker? This year's Echo Plus is one of our favorite smart speakers money can buy and this $40 discount is not to be sniffed at. Hopefully a similar discount will be offered in the UK.

Read our Amazon Echo Plus review

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation) is $229.99, soon $179.99 

Current UK price: £219.99 

Want your Echo to have a screen? You'll need the Echo Show, and Amazon is planning to discount this speaker that it launched earlier this year by $50. It's worth waiting until November 22 for this, and hopefully we'll see a similar discount on this side of the pond.

Read our Amazon Echo Show review

Amazon Smart Plug is just $5 when you buy an Echo product

Current UK price: Not available

This is our wildcard deal, and while it's an instant recommendation for those in the US it's unlikely to be offered in the UK. That's because the Amazon Smart Plug isn't currently available in the UK... but we've got our fingers crossed this Black Friday period may be the first time we get to use one and Amazon introduces the tech here.

How to prepare for Black Friday 2018

The big question you're probably asking though: will there be any massive deals this year? Or is it just a ruse from retailers to shift old stock?

Well, firstly: no, there are always some cracking deals to be had. We're already seeing them. Perhaps there won't be as many though, especially in the consumer electronics space, as GlobalData analysts are predicting that the sector is only going to grow around 3.2% in the UK.

That hasn't stopped retailers moving away from a short, concerted burst of deals that can tax stock levels and crash servers, and instead allow consumers more time to sit and think about the best purchase - and that's where TechRadar comes in to help.

Consider this: the last five Black Friday periods have been the biggest-spending Britain has ever seen, and this year's black Friday UK deals are very likely to smash the record again - with only days left to plan still.

Or... are you going to plan at all? According the McKinsey, 92% of shoppers in the UK are aware of Black Friday, with 30% definitely planning to buy something this year and a further 47% expecting to at least have a look to see what's around. 

But when you look into their planning habits, well, it seems we Brits are far less interested in preparing for the Black Friday sales, with 48% stating they do nothing at all.

The best deals will be online, after all - 98% of the UK's Black Friday shoppers are planning on doing so online - and now that the deals are flowing through we'll be putting some of the best we've seen in this page - so do bookmark to see what's changed of late. 

No matter if you're after a new 4K TV, a laptop, a new phone or something else entirely, we'll point you to the right products at the best prices from the UK's most trustworthy retailers. 

We've pored through the data to work out whether it's best to get spending now to avoid the rush or to wait it out and find something that represents a true bargain among the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

PlayStation 4

Console bundles are a great way to save money

Well, our advice would be to hold onto whatever cash you've got left from payday, as saving is the number one goal. Sadly Black Friday lands just before payday in the UK, so you want to be able to use cash rather than dipping into a credit card or overdraft.

What we know from Black Friday last year is that if you go into this period with a little bit of savings, setting yourself a budget on key things to buy for this period, then you're more likely to be able to find the right thing for you.

For instance, if you're after a BIG Christmas present, then you'll probably want to think about console bundles - we always get some great Black Friday gaming deals this time of the year, so if you're thinking of buying someone a PS4 or Xbox One X, then you can get some nifty choices (see below for some great advice on nabbing the best deal).

Or you might be thinking about a big screen TV - the thing there is to know which TVs are likely to be discounted (OLED sets are always a pretty good bargain compared to the RRP) and also be aware of what you want. 

To help, we've rounded up the best advice in our Black Friday TV deals advice - helping you work out HDR from 4K, given many of us haven't bothered looking for a new television for the last seven years.

So here, homework really helps. Some retailers up prices in October so they can offer supposedly amazing discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so don’t be fooled by such shenanigans.

They’re particularly prevalent on expensive consumer electronics such as TVs or laptops with product numbers rather than names, with products worth a few hundred pounds apparently having RRPs that look astronomical. Once again, CamelCamelCamel and PriceSpy can help you detect both shenanigans and tomfoolery.

It’s also a very good idea to be flexible. For example, if you fancy a Samsung UHD TV it’s best to think about the features you want rather than a specific model number – the BRV553ABD34-82C-9218-X may not be discounted on Black Friday 2018, but an almost identical set with the specification you want probably will be.

Ambilight from Phillips is one of our top 4K TV types, and worth keeping an eye out for

Ambilight from Phillips is one of our top 4K TV types, and worth keeping an eye out for

As James Miller, senior retail consultant at Experian Marketing Services, told the BBC: "there is little doubt Black Friday has dramatically changed the way people shop in the run-up to Christmas, and has created an expectation of deep discounts that arguably did not exist before."

That’s good news for us and potentially bad news for retailers, because Black Friday and Cyber Monday don’t magically give us more money to spend. They just change when we spend our money, so perhaps rather than waiting until the week before Christmas to buy our presents we do it on Black Friday and Cyber Monday instead.

So the advice is simple: know who you need to buy for (if you're getting your Christmas shopping done) know the budget for each (and be honest on the maximum) and if you're looking for a big ticket item then be aware of your needs and don't deviate from them, no matter how good the deal looks!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: what's the difference?

There's not a huge amount of difference, to be honest. Many Black Friday deals last all the way through to (and beyond) Cyber Monday too.

Cyber Monday was originally unconnected to Black Friday – the term was coined to mark the date when everybody went "Yikes! It’s nearly Christmas and I haven’t bought any presents!" and ordered tons of things online when they were supposed to be working.

It used to be that Black Friday - mostly in store in the US - was focused on consumer electronics, and Cyber Monday more on clothing and jewellery, but the lines are pretty much fully blurred now.

They're now what might more accurately be described as Black Friday And Cyber Monday And The Week Before And After And A Bit More If You’re Amazon, as the online giant spreads its sales rather widely. 

But that’s too long to type, and BFACMATWBAAAABMIYA is a terrible acronym – so let’s stick with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

We're expecting some awesome deals on noise-cancelling headphones this year

We're expecting some awesome deals on noise-cancelling headphones this year

(Image: © Truls Steinung)

Why do Black Friday and Cyber Monday matter?

For consumers, the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales frenzy means a whole week or more of what appear to be good deals – and if you’re savvy, and take advantage of TechRadar's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals monitoring, you really can save a lot of money.

This shopping period has changed the way we shop in the run-up to Christmas, and they’ve had a massive effect on the retail industry, especially online.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are overwhelmingly online phenomena. Many retailers offer Black Friday deals in their physical stores (Cyber Monday, as the name suggests, has always been an online thing), but with a few headline-grabbing exceptions of the fistfight-in-a-supermarket kind it doesn’t significantly increase footfall.

In fact, there’s some evidence that it has the opposite effect, with tumbleweed blowing down high streets as we all shop from our homes, schools or workplaces instead. After all, it's much easier and far less backbreaking, especially if you're after a new large kitchen appliance.

That's why Amazon is one of the biggest players in this space - we're already seeing some Amazon Black Friday deals emerge from the brand way in advance of the big event, and that's a brand worth keeping an eye on as having some of the top discounts.

What Black Friday deals will we see in 2018?

Black Friday has fallen into a rhythm, so some deal predictions are safe bets:

  • Amazon will heavily discount its own products like the Kindle Fire, Echo and Fire TV
  • Apple will offer something small, such as gift cards
  • TVs are going to get massive discounts - especially large, 4K models
  • There will be really big price drops on laptops
  • Some accessories will be brilliant value
  • You really don’t want to take out a phone contract in the months leading up: networks' Black Friday deals slash the up-front and monthly costs
  • Camera buffs will be able to save a small fortune on bodies and compacts
  • eBay will run Black Friday deals on new products, not just second-hand items

What sort of deals will we see on Cyber Monday 2018?

Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals have also become pretty predictable too. You can expect:

  • Fashion retailers such as ASOS to offer site-wide discounts
  • Electrical retailers to offer deals on small appliances and white goods
  • A continuation of many retailers’ existing Black Friday promotions

The best Black Friday UK deals last year :

There were some really good bargains among the best Black Friday deals 2017, including money off the then-rare Nintendo Switch, the cheapest iPhone 7 deal ever, a massive discount on the iPhone X and deep discounting on the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8.

There was £400 off Lenovo’s convertible Yoga laptop, massive discounts on PS4 and Xbox One bundles, and more than £1,000 off TVs such as LG’s wonderful 55-inch 4K OLED TV, down from a frightening £2,499.99 to a much more reasonable £1,499.

In addition to its usual discounting, Amazon’s own product range always gets deep cuts on Black Friday: it offered really good discounts on Fire tablets, Kindle ereaders and its Echo devices.

The best Cyber Monday UK deals last year:

Of course, we tracked the best Cyber Monday deals in 2017 too. We saw the lowest-ever price of the Samsung Galaxy 8 on contract, massive discounting on VPN services, Xbox Ones sold with a bunch of free games and huge discounts on Dysons.

Even the in-demand Nintendo Switch was available with decent discounting, while premium products such as Sonos Play speakers and Microsoft’s Surface Pro got significantly cheaper too. 

The Sonos One speaker won big at TechRadar's awards this year

The Sonos One speaker won big at TechRadar's awards this year

And Amazon’s deals, including the discounts on its Echo smart speakers, Kindle ereaders and Fire tablets, continued into Cyber Monday and beyond.

TechRadar's top tips

 One thing we noticed in 2016 and again in 2017 is that in many cases the available discounts changed as the month progressed. 

Headline-grabbing stuff aside, the best-value deals tended to appear later in the month on more expensive products, where retailers could still make a profit while knocking a hefty amount off the price.

That’s partly due to upselling and cross-selling opportunities too – many retailers and brands hope that if you buy a Super Expensive Gizmo for a bargain price, you’ll then buy some accessories to go with it.

What to expect from Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018

The 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday season is going to be longer than ever before. In 2017 Black Friday went from a weekend to a week and in some cases a month, and you can expect that trend to continue.

It makes sense for lots of reasons: retailers can spread demand over multiple days, reducing the stress on their sites and delivery partners; deals are more likely to stand out if every single rival isn’t offering discounts on the same day; and it can make what’s really just a sale seem much bigger than it actually is, so many will have week-long events.

Not to blow our own trumpets once more, but that's why we do this. We try to find the deals that are real, not just the ones that had a fantastic RRP that was never truly seen on the shelves.

Top deals to expect on Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018

While there's no way to know for sure what Black Friday and Cyber Monday will bring, we can take some educated guesses, and based on those the following are worth looking out for…

New iPad (2018) and iPhone X

Last year's iPhone could be a real bargain

Last year's iPhone could be a real bargain

Apple kit is so rarely discounted that even a little bit off is a really big deal. As with Black Friday 2016 and Black Friday 2017 we’d expect Apple itself to offer gift cards rather than deals, but you can expect cuts on last year's handsets - the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X - if there's still some stock kicking around.

For those hoping for savings on the latest Apple devices, we're unlikely to see any significant reductions for the new iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR - they have simply not been out for long enough and Apple's kit is some of the best tech when it comes to holding its value.

The new iPad (2018) has been around long enough to attract decent discounting too, so keep your eyes peeled for that – it's a brilliant devices at any price, but particularly worth looking at if you can get any money off.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to be a big winner for Black Friday 2018 in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to be a big winner for Black Friday 2018 in the UK

As with iPhones, so with Galaxies: not just the Samsung Galaxy S9 but the Note range too. 

We saw Black Friday deals wiping out the entire up-front cost on contract Samsung handsets, and with the phone having been on sale since early 2018 we’ll be amazed if there aren’t some delicious deals to be had around Black Friday 2018.

PS4 and Xbox One

Get ready for some great Xbox One X bundles

Get ready for some great Xbox One X bundles

Tech-wise they’re still brilliant, but in retail terms these consoles are getting long in the tooth. With rumours of a PS5 swirling (and Sony effectively admitting that the PS4 isn't long for this world), and a pretty saturated market, we’d expect to see some great deals on both consoles, especially bundles, where retailers have much more room to manoeuvre.

We’d also expect to see discounting on the PlayStation VR headset, which hasn’t been quite the smash-hit Sony was hoping for. There’s a good range of good VR content now, which wasn’t really the case when it launched, so keep your eyes out for cut-price head helmets.

PSVR’s a much better proposition this year than it was last year, and many of the older VR titles are widely available for pennies now the novelty’s worn off.

That said, do keep your eyes out for PS4 deals in the lead up to Black Friday - if you see a bundle you like the look of, it's worth going for it rather than risking it not getting dropped in the Black Friday / Cyber Monday furore.

4K HD OLED TVs

4K TV will be a huge winner this year, we think

4K TV will be a huge winner this year, we think

Black Friday is always brilliant for TV prices, but (as ever) beware hilarious RRPs: the price a manufacturer puts there is very rarely the price anybody pays, so use the likes of PriceSpy and CamelCamelCamel to check a price history.

There will be deals out there, though – OLED tech in particular is still incredibly expensive and improving fast, which means that, much to the chagrin of early adopters, there will be massive discounts on relatively recent sets.

The difference between OLED and even very good LED TVs is really dramatic, and you’re not going to regret the upgrade – especially if you get it at a knock-down price.

That doesn’t mean you should overlook LED TVs, though. The competition in that market is absolutely fierce, and that means sets that cost more than a car last year will be much, much cheaper this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Amazon Echo devices, Fire TV sticks, Kindles and Fire tablets

The Amazon Echo range will be pushed strongly by, well, Amazon

The Amazon Echo range will be pushed strongly by, well, Amazon

It wouldn’t be Black Friday or Cyber Monday if Amazon wasn’t slashing the price of its own-brand devices, and last year we saw some superb deals on the Echo speaker range, Fire tablets, Kindles and Fire TV devices.

The full-size Amazon Echo was reduced from £89.99 to £69.99, while the Echo Dot was down from £49.99 to £34.99 and the hub-enabled Echo Plus was down from £139.99 to £109.99 – and there were even bigger savings to be had if you bought two or more Echos. 

There are sure to be similar deals this year, and with Amazon expanding its smart speaker lineup with the Echo Show and Echo Spot, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be the perfect time to create a multi-room Echo setup without breaking the bank.

Amazon's tablets and ereaders also saw some generous discounts, with the Kindle Paperwhite down from £109.99 to just £79.99 and the Alexa-enabled Fire HD 10 Tablet getting a whopping £40 off, bringing it down from £149.99 to £109.99. The Fire TV and Fire TV stick were also on sale – and if Amazon's new Fire TV Cube makes it to the UK in time for Black Friday 2018 it'll likely get a price drop too.

What's in a name?

 Why is Black Friday called Black Friday? 

The first known mention of Black Friday was in November 1951, when the journal Factory Management and Maintenance used it to describe the issue of people calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving so they could have an extra day off work.

At the same time, police in the US were using the phrases 'Black Friday' and 'Black Saturday' to describe the horrendous traffic jams that occurred at the beginning of the pre-Christmas shopping season. In 1961 some retailers tried to market the day as 'Big Friday' instead, but that one didn’t take off.

 Why is Cyber Monday called Cyber Monday? 

The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman, and it was a deliberate move to promote online shopping back in 2005, when the internet was made of wood and powered by steam.

It was intended to help smaller retailers compete with the big names who were banging on about Black Friday, although of course those big names promptly jumped on the Cyber Monday bandwagon too.

Are Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals real?

Oooh, the big question: and  generally speaking, yes they are – although in some cases the discounts have been negotiated well in advance with suppliers, so they’re not as spontaneous as the sellers might have you believe.

As with any sales event you’ll see a mixture of genuine bargains, discounted end-of-line stock and strange things found in the back of a warehouse somewhere. In 2016, consumer magazine Which? accused retailers of some pretty dodgy behaviour.

If you avoid the slightly-shifty stuff, though, you can get some really great deals. For example, last year we got tons of money off 5K iMacs (end of line stock), Hi-Res audio players (deep discounting in the hope of selling headphones), wireless headphones (from another retailer hoping to sell Hi-Res audio players) and tons of Christmas presents.

And some TechRadar writers were physically restrained from spending all our savings on electric guitars, which were getting some serious discounting on high-end models.

Can I get cashback on Black Friday deals?

Sometimes, yes. Your debit card or credit card may offer cashback on purchases, and cashback websites such as Quidco often offer cashback for new customers of big-name online shops. It’s definitely worth looking into, not just for Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018 but for online shopping in general.

Am I protected when I buy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

In the UK, yes. Anything you buy from a company online is covered by a wealth of consumer protection legislation, including the Consumer Contracts regulations, which give you the same rights as with any other online purchasing. However, be aware that it can be difficult enforcing the regulations if the company you’re buying from is located outside Europe.

How can I stay safe on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring out the fraudsters and fakers as well as the sellers, so be wary of any unsolicited emails or any links to deals being shared on social media, no matter how legitimate they look; as ever with the internet, anything asking you for card details or login details is a scam.

Phishing sites rake in big piles of cash on Black Friday, so be extra suspicious, and if you’re on a PC, make sure your anti-malware software is up to date – many security suites automatically block known scammers, fraudsters and phishers.

What about physical safety? Wasn’t everybody kung fu fighting on Black Friday?

Yes, they were. In fact, it was a little bit frightening. The combination of bargain-crazed shoppers and poor crowd control has long made Black Friday synonymous with injuries and the odd scuffle, and sometimes much more serious trouble – in 2011 a woman pepper-sprayed rival bargain hunters in a California Walmart, while in 2016 a shopper was shot outside a Macy’s in New Jersey.

When the UK imported Black Friday it imported some of the trouble too, although thankfully it hasn't yet proved fatal. In 2014 police had to shut down a Tesco in north London because everybody was battling in the aisles, and there were scuffles in ASDA stores too, prompting that retailer to stop running Black Friday promotions from 2015 onwards.

Cyber Monday didn’t attract the same kind of trouble as it’s always been an internet event, and the more Black Friday moves online the fewer fisticuffs we're seeing.