UPDATE: Amazon Australia still only had Kindles and ebooks on offer. Looks like the rumour mill ran too hot – Amazon Australia hasn't launched in time for Black Friday. However, the soft launch did go ahead as planned on Thursday, November 23. So it's only a matter of time before the online giant opens its Australian doors.
As the largest online retailer in the world, Amazon has an incredibly diverse range of tech for sale. However, shopping there from Australia has historically been a frustrating experience, with only a limited range of products shipping Down Under.
That's about to change. Recent emails sent by the American retailer to Aussie partner businesses that have signed up to the marketplace indicate that Amazon Australia could well be in business come Black Friday – that's this Friday, November 24.
If Amazon does launch on Black Friday, you can expect a huge number of products to be discounted for the dual occasion – the launch and the big sale event.
Amazon Australia Black Friday predictions
Right now, Amazon Australia still only officially sells ebooks and Kindles, but if the retail giant does begin business on Black Friday, expect to see big discounts on hard-to-find PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and maybe even SNES Mini stock, and you could possibly even snag yourself a dazzling big-screen 4K telly for cheaper.
Amazon may also use the occasion to officially introduce its Alexa-powered smart speak range to Australia. If you haven’t been too enthused by Google Home and the Home Mini smart speakers, you could soon have the choice of Amazon Echo speakers instead.
In the US, Amazon Black Friday deals usually sell out very quickly, with Lightning Deals and Deal of the Day being popular categories for selling big-name products. So the only potential downside to Amazon Australia's Black Friday launch could be whether you can get in quick enough to snag a great deal before stock runs out.
And that’s where we come in. TechRadar’s Australian team will be there to direct you to the best Amazon tech deals on the coolest products. So keep an eye on this page come Friday!