To borrow from our favorite show at the moment: BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING! Yes only a show as epic as Game of Thrones can capture how big a deal Black Friday is. As bold as that claim is, we’re gonna go one further and make predictions on what we believe shall be the best online Black Friday deals of 2017. But first things first
When is Black Friday 2017
The official Black Friday always comes immediately after Thanksgiving in the USA. Thanksgiving is on the Fourth Thursday of November (that’s for you non-American readers) so this year it falls on November 23rd. Therefore, Black Friday will be on Friday November 24th.
That is one date you should save right now on your calendar if you plan on getting the best Black Friday bargains. If you’re poor with remembering dates, fret not. Ten Tipper will be sending out email reminders to our readers with curated lists of the best Black Friday deals online. So be sure to opt in for our subscription list. However, given how huge a deal Black Friday is worldwide, I suspect you will actually struggle to forget about it.
Where did Black Friday come from?
Black Friday has grown to become the traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping period. The first Black Friday occurred in 1952, though it wouldn’t be known by that term until nearly a decade later. Back then, Thanksgiving parades were usually sponsored by department stored. However since the public didn’t want the day dishonored by a tinge of consumerism, it became an unwritten rule that Christmas advertising wouldn’t begin until after the Thanksgiving parade.
The term ‘Black Friday’ was first used in Philadelphia from around 1961. Legend has it that it originated from it being one of the most profitable days of the year. See, back when accounting was done manually, accountants would indicate losses in red ink and profits in black. Thus the sayings ‘in the red’ and ‘in the black’. An alternative theory claims it came the police who had to deal with the crazy human traffic that the day brought. What’s not in doubt, however, is that the day has grown so huge to the point it is slowly becoming an international tradition. Thanks to the growth of international e-commerce, it is now observed in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, India among others.
The best online Black Friday deals from last year
2016 was of course the biggest Black Friday for e-commerce yet. Which were some of the huge deals that drove this event?
%50 off on Sony PS4 Uncharted bundle
All the major online retailers had this offer running, reducing the price on Sony’s then newest 500GB console to just $249. That was a major deal that so many jumped on. Who wouldn’t? The PS4 is awesome.
$1301 off on Sony Ultra HD 4k TV
In one of the best online Black Friday TV deals, the Sony 65″ XBR Ultra 4K LED Smart HDTV had more than 50% knocked off to less than $1,000 (998 to be exact). If you were lucky enough to catch that deal, I bet you still smile to yourself every time you watch your favorite shows on what may just be the bargain of the year. 2016 was a good year for TV discounts including $400 off Samsung UltraHD TVs and $200 off LG 4K OLED TVs. Can’t wait to see what this year brings.
Predictions for online Black Friday deals 2017
Biggest Black Friday Amazon deals ever
Like them or hate them, Amazon are fast become the first name you think of when you hear the word e-commerce. And with reason. They have the biggest inventory of online retailers and they generally beat everyone else on price. We expect more of the same on Black Friday and are just rubbing our hands together in excited anticipation.
Even more Black Friday laptop deals online
Black Friday is fast becoming the time to replace your aging laptop. The deals to be had during this time period are simply mind blowing. We will be keeping an eye on all the major online retailers as well as manufacturers and we will have an updated dedicated page for all the best Black Friday laptop deals online.
Tablet and phone deals
Given that the new iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 drop sometime in September, expect some major sales of these phones come end of November. Other phone models will of course also have massive discounts during this period. Personally I plan on getting myself a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for me and an iPad for the wife.
More awesome online Black Friday TV deals
Whether you’re looking for a new UltraHD or HDR or OLED model, it would be wise to save your money until November. A massive favorite of Black Friday doorbusters, TVs on sale are now increasingly making their way to online platforms. You can, therefore, save yourself the hustle of lining up in the cold to be the first into the store for the sales. We will be including TV sales in our extensive official Black Friday coverage so keep it locked.
Black Friday toys deals
We shall also be keeping an eye open on toy deals for the young and the young at heart. This will also be a segment that we will keep updated all the way till 24th November so ensure to keep checking back from early November.
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