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John Lewis Black Friday deals 2019: what we're expecting this year

John Lewis Black Friday deals
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There isn’t long to go until John Lewis Black Friday deals begin – in fact, early Black Friday deals are starting to crop up from other retailers, and it likely won’t be long before John Lewis gets in on the action. There's about a month until the late-November deals mania kicks off, and it's time to get ready.

John Lewis is one of the best Black Friday outlets, with great customer service, a great guarantee policy, and pretty great discounts too, which together give you a great deals experience. 

Latest John Lewis Black Friday deals news: John Lewis is running an offer that gets you up to £125 in a gift card if you buy an electronic product before Black Friday. If you're desperate to get a piece of tech before Black Friday (if you don't think it'll be reduced, or just need it immediately), you should check out the offer to save a decent amount of money.

Don’t forget Cyber Monday too, three days after Black Friday, which used to be more tech-focused but the lines have since been blurred. What’s the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Click that link to find our helpful guide you can use to find the best deals. 

While Brexit uncertainty means Black Friday and Cyber Monday could be very different to previous years, we can still look at previous Black Fridays to try and take a guess at what will be discounted – in fact, if you scroll on down, you'll see we've done just that.

Since TechRadar is dedicated to helping you get the best deals, we've come up with many guides and lists to guide your Black Friday experience. We've listed 10 tips for making the most of Black Friday 2019, and have written guides like how to buy a laptop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

As November 29 draws closer, we're going to be creating more of these, to make sure your Black Friday and Cyber Monday experience is as easy as useful, and then when the deals start we'll be updating this page constantly with the best John Lewis deals. Bookmark this page ready to use when the deals start, in order to keep on top of the deals and savings.

When will there be John Lewis Black Friday deals in 2019?

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Black Friday falls on November 29, 2019, but like many other retailers John Lewis likes to start its deals in advance. In 2018, it began offering deals the weekend before Black Friday and into the week afterwards.

If John Lewis to repeat its Black Friday 2018 tactic, that means the deals would start on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th.

How to prepare for Black Friday John Lewis deals in 2019

One of the biggest draws to John Lewis sales over Black Friday is the John Lewis product guarantee, which can enhance your shopping experience. The guarantee means that your product is protected for a period time after you buy it (varying from two to 15 years), and if it breaks, you can get it replaced.

Because of the John Lewis guarantee, you can do your Black Friday shopping in peace without worrying about buying a separate guarantee or protection. too. Check out what's covered on the John Lewis website to make sure you're in the know.

If you're a social media fan, you might find Twitter a useful resource as brands will post their best deals on there. We've come up with a handy guide of the best social Twitter accounts to follow over Black Friday so you can prepare yourself for the deal-hunting season.

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John Lewis prides itself on its “never knowingly undersold” policy, but that doesn’t include delivery – so it’s worth looking at competitors to see if you can get the same thing at the same price with free delivery thrown in.

You probably won’t for smaller items (unless it’s Amazon and you’re a Prime member) but it’s worth a look for bulkier purchases. 

If you’re buying in store, John Lewis says “do check if you're visiting your nearest John Lewis & Partners and we’ll honour our online price in each case if the price has gone down.” The website also says "You may not always see [Black Friday] offers in store as it’s quicker to make price changes online," so it may be worth checking online for the best deals.

While John Lewis will match competitors’ prices on Black Friday, the items must be identical – so if a TV looks identical but its model is 1234ABC and the John Lewis one is 1234DEF, the price match won’t apply.

The best John Lewis Black Friday deals from 2018

If 2018 was any indication, John Lewis’ Black Friday is going to be a store-wide event. We can look at last year's deals to see what could be reduced over Black Friday in 2019.

John Lewis Black Friday phone deals

The Huawei P20 might be a good seller at John Lewis

The Huawei P20. Image Credit: TechRadar

We're thinking that over Black Friday, popular SIM-free phones are going to be big hitters again this year. John Lewis had lots of solid phone deals including £30 off the iPhone XR, £200 off the Huawei P20 (and £170 off the Huawei P20 Pro), £40 off the Google Pixel 3 and £170 off the Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB, down to £569 from the previous price of £739.

There was £50 off the Honor 9 Lite, £30 off the Huawei P Smart and £20 off both the Moto G6 Play and Nokia 3.1, making those budget models even more affordable. Huawei might be a Black Friday smash if the prices keep plummeting on the phones, thanks to the US ban on the brand.

John Lewis Black Friday TV deals

Lots of people buy their TVs from John Lewis because of that five-year guarantee, so when it starts discounting models for Black Friday deals they become even more attractive.

John Lewis sells a lot of luxury items and TVs are no exception, so if you fancy £600 off a high-end Samsung this Black Friday it’s definitely worth a bookmark: that’s how much John Lewis took off Samsung’s 'quantum dot' Q8F 65-inch QLED TV last year, taking it from £2,699 to £2,099.

There were some decent discounts on slightly smaller (but still massive) TVs too. Last year saw £200 off a Sony Bravia OLED 4K 55-inch, £200 off a 55-inch Panasonic OLED HDR 4K TV, and £180 off a 55-inch LG OLED. 

Other retailers may offer slightly better discounts on similar sets but don’t forget that warranty.

John Lewis Black Friday iPad deals

The iPad deals might come thick and fast at John Lewis

The iPad 9.7 (2018). Image Credit: TechRadar

Black Friday 2018 saw John Lewis discount iPads, but don’t get too excited: while £20 off the Apple iPad 9.7 (2018) is nice enough, you’re not saving enough to buy a half-decent case, let alone something like an Apple Pencil.

But if you were planning to buy a half-decent case too then the savings started to materialise last year: Logitech’s Slim Folio Keyboard for iPad, which we think is brilliant, was down from £90 to £42.50 – so if you were planning to buy an iPad and a keyboard case you’d be just under £70 better off.

In 2019 we think we’ll see very similar deals, with just a little off the top of an ordinary iPad but more substantial discounts on good quality accessories. 

If you’ve been holding off on your next iPad purchase or if Santa has been waiting to get one for someone in the household, you could well pick up a bargain bundle on Black Friday 2019 - or you can just bite the bullet now and have a decent tablet for a few months more if saving a few pounds isn't worth the hassle.

John Lewis Black Friday Laptop deals

John Lewis' Black Friday deals could include the Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2. Image Credit: TechRadar

John Lewis doesn’t stock as many different laptop models as some other retailers, but the discounts it offers are decent and the range runs from pro-level powerhouses to cheap and cheerful Chromebooks.

Last year we saw John Lewis take £100 off Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, dropping the price to £1,099; £250 off the Acer Swift 5 Intel Core i7, bringing it down from £1,099 to £849; £150 off the impressive Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop, down to £1,599.95; and £100 off the cute and capable Asus Chromebook C302ca, down from £499.95 to £399.

Other John Lewis Black Friday deals from 2018

Over Black Friday 2018, John Lewis had discounts on a whole range of products. For example, in addition to stacks of TV, iPad and laptop deals you could get 20% off the Anki Vector robot, which featured on many letters to Santa last year.

There was £120 off a set of Bose QuietComfort 20s, dropping the price from £249 to £129, and the bigger, more luxurious QuietComfort 35 II headphones were down from £329 to £289. Given we've not seen anything in terms of an upgrade on these headphones so far this year, we're expecting that price to drop even further this year.

We saw some good deals on cameras too, which is another category you might want to keep an eye on this year to pick up a bargain. 

The combination of a £290 discount and £250 cashback brought the price of a Panasonic Lumix G9 down to £1,049, while £185 off the Nikon D500 brought its price down to £1,514 – at the time, the best price we’d seen for Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR.

The Panasonic Lumix FT7

The Panasonic Lumix FT7

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Compact cameras came with lower prices too: The Panasonic Lumix FT7 dropped £100 to £299, and the Nikon Coolpix B500 bridge camera dropped from £237 to £199.

Last but not least there were deals on smart home and wearable tech - the smart home in particular is set to be big this year and see some fairly meaty John Lewis deals. 

Apple’s HomePod dropped from £319 to £279, a record low price for Apple’s impressive and expensive home speaker, while the Sonos One also got a cut: down to £164 from £189, offering an Alexa-powered, more affordable alternative to Apple’s smart speaker.

On the wearable front, or perhaps the wearable wrist, there was £35 off the Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch.

Stick with TechRadar to find the best John Lewis Black Friday deals

We will scour all John Lewis' Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on your behalf, with the aid of serious amounts of caffeine, and we'll tell you whether the deals are worth getting excited about and which you can ignore.

We're also scouring the web (and real life) for deals from other retailers, so check out our roundups for Argos, Currys and Amazon in order to compare the competing stores.

For up to the minute info, breaking deals and the biggest savings as soon as we know about them, make sure you follow TR Deals on Twitter so you don't miss out on any hot Cyber Monday deals from John Lewis.