Black Friday 2017 is here and millions of us are on the hunt for gaming accessories for much less than normal.
And one of the gadgets that may be top of your list today is something of the Xbox variety.
What shoppers can expect this year
With a new console out soon (the new Xbox X is predicted to come out on November 7th worldwide), we’re expecting some major discounts on both old and new consoles, as well as plenty of games, accessories and Xbox Live come Black Friday.
Many major high street and online retailers such as Amazon, Argos, GAME and Currys are all taking part in the Black Friday festivities, and with consumer tech a huge focus of Black Friday, we’re hoping for some big discounts on our favourite console.
Where to find Xbox Black Friday deals?
Tesco – The supermarket chain is one of the top Black Friday names, and already offering competitive prices on the console and its bundles, we’ll be keeping an eye out on its tech deals this year.
Littlewoods – While it may not be your usual gaming retailer Littlewoods does get fully involved in the Black Friday spirit. During 2015’s Black Friday, Littlewoods sold 3,500 games consoles and 2,500 Apple products, and this year, we’re expecting just as many incredible deals on offer.
Currys – Last year the high street tech specialist increased stock to deal with the huge demand on Black Friday and this year, we’re expecting even more delicious Xbox offerings.
Key shopping tips for Black Friday
Create a list
Outline the tech items you need or want and don’t stray from it! Big brands often offer package deals on Black Friday and whilst it seems like a good investment at the time, you might be stuck with added extras you’ll never use! This will also mean you’re less likely to overspend.
Set a budget and stick to it
We all know how easy it is to get carried away with spending when it comes to buying the latest gadgets and gizmos. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a Fitbit, iPhone or home entertainment system, set yourself a clear and defined budget – and stick to it!
It’s easy to think that spending an extra £50 won’t matter too much but it can all add up if you break the budget on a number of items – remember Christmas is just around the corner.
Do your research
Most brands will start to announce their discounts before they go live on Black Friday, so try and take a look online or in store before the date and consider the products you’re interested in buying.
Use tech to buy tech
There is no shame in using your existing tech items to buy more tech – we’ve all done it!
You can use your existing phone or tablet to download branded apps such as Amazon as they will have will have dedicated Black Friday tech landing pages so you can scan through deals quickly on the day.
Check if the product is the latest version
Many of the ‘deals’ you’ll see on Black Friday are a previous generation or they may be poorer quality products that the retailer wants to clear from their stores!
It doesn’t mean they’re not worth the investment, but it’s worth checking the specification against recent devices just in case.
Don’t panic buy
Panic normally sets in and most people will try and purchase all of their tech goods on the Friday, but remember that deals will nearly always last the whole weekend.
It’s also worth considering that whilst Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge events in the retail calendar, there are other sales events throughout the year such as Amazon Prime Day.
If you don’t get your tech bargain on the Friday – it might be reduced further later in the year.
If you’re shopping online for tech items, be sure to use a credit card or Paypal. If you do use a credit card, use one that offers you rewards such as air miles or vouchers for money off your shopping to save even further.