Black Friday 2012 – Online Shopping Tips

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Black Friday 2011Black Friday 2012 is set to be the biggest holiday shopping bonanza of the year in the UK. But don’t think Black Friday Deals are confined to Christmas.

With so many Hight Street stores suffering at the moment, there are plenty of bargain prices to be found online – any day of the week, throughout the year.

And the good news for us online shoppers is that hundreds of big name retailers are offering exclusive deals via their websites, not just in the run up to Christmas, but all year round.

There’s no need to wait for Black Friday 2012

Every day’s a good day to shop online for Black Friday Deals

    • No Queues or Rabid Mobs
    • No Moody Sales Assistants
    • No Parking Nightmares
    • No Screaming Kids (except your own)

Black Friday UKAnd the Best Prices Available Anywhereway cheaper than the High Street

Everyone knows the best place to shop is online, but there are a few things to remember.

That’s what we’ve put together this Top 10 Tips for Bagging a Black Friday Bargain

Now you can bag Black Friday 2012 Deals from the comfort of your own desktop, anytime you like – even if it’s 3am in the morning. But if you really want to know…

Black Friday 2012 is on 23rd November

Black Friday UKNot surprisingly, the biggest online retailer of them all is back, bringing one of America’s biggest shopping ‘holidays’ to us Brits. And the famous Amazon Black Friday Sale looks set to be bigger than ever, after a huge week of deeply discounted shopping last year. (Don’t forget Amazon have special offers like this all the time)

Other major players to watch out for during Black Friday 2012 are Gap, Apple and eBay. They’ve all offered online exclusive pre-holiday deals over the past few years and are planning bigger than ever promotions this year.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are our top 9 tips for happy online shopping:

Black Friday 2012 Online Shoppers Guide: Top Ten Tips

1. Don’t be afraid to look around to bag a bargain. Review and price comparison sites often have the best deals, because they work directly with major retailers like Amazon and Apple.

You’ll always be paying your money direct to the retailer, so there’s very little risk and many review sites have exclusive access to generous discounts.

2. Make sure any offers or deals that have caught your eye are still valid before clicking the ‘Buy Now‘ button. The Internet’s a big place and many offers linger around online long after they’ve expired.

Always check the exact price on the order form before authorising payment.

3. Check the warranty or guarantee and make sure there’s a clearly displayed refund policy, in case you need to get your money back.

Black Friday 2011 promises plenty of bargains, and here on the site we only work with approved merchants we know and trust, but not everyone is this scrupulous…

4. Once you receive your goods through the post check them against the product picture and description online.

If you’re buying electronics equipment, computers or storage devices make sure that all specifications such as memory size and operating speed are as advertised.

5. Always look for the various payment options offered. It’s a good sign of a retailer or website’s credibility if they work with PayPal, Amazon, Google Checkout or any of the major debit and credit cards, as it shows they sell responsibly.

Before you buy anything online, always look at the delivery charges. Is shipping free? If not take a look at the total amount you’ll be paying. Is it still a bargain?

6. Same thing applies to delivery area. That Lazee Boy recliner may look great, but how much is shipping from California?

7. Who’s the seller? Do a little research.

Black Friday 2011 will see more retailers than ever offering some outrageous bargains online. But who are you buying from? Do they really exist? A little research can’t be a bad thing, so we suggest Googling the company if you’re at all worried.

A lot of websites spring up around Christmas and holiday periods who often aren’t around the following year…

black friday 20118. Delivery Times. What’s the use of ordering a new Playstation and saving 10% if you have to wait 2 months for it to arrive? Always check shipping times.

9. Where can you complain if you’re not satisfied?

It’s always good to know there’s a human being waiting to help, so look around the website you are buying from, for a phone number, service information or helpline. If necessary find the support section of the website.

10. Take your time to check out all the available deals. Use sites like to find the cheapest offers at anytime of year.

Once you know you have a bargain bag-it fast, it could be time or stock limited.

(editors note 16/10/12: updated blog post with a few new Amazon tricks added. catch ’em here)

Black Friday 2012 – Now You’re Good to Go Shopping

Simple advise that’s should help all us smart online shoppers bag a few more bargains, with a bit less hassle.

And remember, you don’t need to wait until Black Friday 2012 to find amazing deals from your favourite online shops and stores.

Truth is, they’re all desperate to throw daily discounts and special offers our way 365 days a year.

Follow us here at Black Friday UK and we’ll keep you posted on the latest money off deals and best buys in Britain.