November 25 is when Black Friday will officially hit the UK although there’s already plenty of buzz happening.
With only 5 days to go, micro-enterprises and small businesses may well benefit from the massive price cuts that often happen around that period, something that could save them thousands of pounds off products and services they would normally have bought anyway.
That’s a massive boost to the bottom line and profitability. Black Friday is not restricted to Friday 25th. Amazon, which popularised the concept in the US, has already confirmed that Black Friday sales will last two whole weeks.
This article has last been updated on Sunday 20 November.
Black Friday tech deals
> > Relish 4G unlimited wireless broadband (with a refurbished modem) costs only £15 per month on a 12-month contract. That’s a massive 25% saving or £60 over the duration of the contract. You will need to check your coverage first though. Check out the deal at Relish.
> HP Envy 4524 All-in-one wireless inkjet printer with 5 months free instant ink. Was £49.99, Now £35, a saving of £14.99 or 29%. Check out this deal at Currys
> Lenovo IdeaPad 510 15.6-inch laptop with full HD display and 1TB hard disk drive. Was £459.99, Now 299, a saving of £160.99 or 34%. Get this deal at Currys
> Save a massive 50% off your business hosting packages with UK2.net. A year’s worth of WordPress Hosting costs only £59.82 excluding VAT as part of their autumn deal.
> Netgear R7000-100UKS Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit 11AC router. Was £199.99, now £99.99, a saving of £100 or 50%. Grab this offer from Amazon.
> Dell C1760NW Wireless Colour Laser Printer with a free paper ream. Was £109.98, now £89.99, a saving of £19.99 or 18%. You can get this deal from Ebuyer.
> Lenovo ThinkStation P310 Tower Workstation with 3-year warranty. Was £749.99, now £674.99, a saving of £75 or 10% with eCoupon XEONSAVER. Go directly to Lenovo to snatch that offer.
> HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 Pentium G4400 v5 2/3.4GHz 4GB Tower Server without OS or HDD. £144.99 after cashback. You can snap this bargain from Ebuyer.
> MSI GT62VR 6RD-014UK workstation with an Intel i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 15.6″ FHD IPS. Only £1598.99, was £1699.99, save 6% or £101. Grab this deal from Overclockers.
> Dell E310dw A4 Wireless Mono Laser Printer with duplex. Was £50.08, now only £29.99 with free delivery. Save £20.09 or 40%. This offer is available from Ebuyer.
> With the release of the new version of Internet Security, Bullguard will be offering 40% off Antivirus, 70% off the new Internet Security and 70% off the new Premium Protection from Monday 22 to Friday 27.
> Samsung Galaxy TabPro S convertible tablet with keyboard and 128GB storage. Was £849.99, only £549.99 with free delivery. A saving of £300 or 35%. Check out this deal at Currys.
Buying for business on Black Friday?
If you or your company are planning to purchase technology or office products during the Black Friday promotions, here are a few hints.
1. Have a product hit list
Businesses, big or small, usually have a list of technology products either listed on a “want” memo or a “to be refreshed” spreadsheet. Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to tick products off those two lists, helping businesses save money. If possible, have the exact URLs of the items themselves. Bookmark these and any alternatives should your first choice be unavailable.
2. Ask your suppliers
Openly query retailers on their marketing plans for Black Friday, either over Twitter or Facebook. Chances are they this request may get momentum from other potential customers as well. Vendors are more than happy to disclose information this way.
3. Software and services
Hardware deals are the most popular on Black Friday but the best deals are likely to be on software and services because margins are usually higher on these. Black Friday is an excuse for providers to shore up new customers with exclusive, so keep a close eye on potential deals on broadband, security and VPN deals.
4. Be wary about availability
Bear in mind that stocks are always very limited on Black Friday deals so the likelihood of bulk purchasing 10 or 20 units of a particular laptop model, for example, is likely to be prohibited by the retailer.
5. Beyond Black Friday
Keep an eye on Small Business Saturday, a scheme launched in 2010 by American Express to encourage people across the country to support small local businesses by buying from them. There’s also Cyber Monday which takes place three days after Black Friday. At least two retailers told us they won’t be doing Black Friday and will focus on Cyber Monday instead.
What business tech retailers will offer Black Friday deals?
- Ebuyer has confirmed that it will do Black Friday deals but declined to say when it will start.
- PC World will do Black Friday deals with limited business deals likely to be available.
- Ryman will put its Black Friday deals online on Tuesday 22
- BT Shop, formerly known as Dabs, will offer Black Friday deals on Friday 25.
- Costco Black Friday deals will start on Monday 21 November.
- BT will put its Black Friday deals up on Tuesday 22.
- Laptopsdirect will have business laptop deals available for Black Friday
- Vista Print has confirmed that it will do Black Friday deals
- Euroffice, Viking Direct, Misco, Staples, PC World Business and Microsoft Store ave yet to confirm whether they will do Black Friday deals.