What is the difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday and which day is best to grab deals and discounts?

Just like last year, it promises to be a shopping frenzy as shops all across the UK drop the cost of a variety of items but when is best to get a deal? Here's the lowdown…

What is the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday is the day after the American Holiday Thanksgiving, which falls on the last Thursday of November. 

Each year, big retailers like Amazon, Argos and Morrisons use Black Friday to give massive price reductions to shoppers just before Christmas kicks in.

The discounts keep on going until Cyber Monday, which is always the first Monday after Black Friday, so this year it will fall on November 26.

Which day is best for bargains?

Black Friday:
– Technology saw almost 85% more data storage deals then Cyber Monday
– Apple products are only reduced on the day
– More deals on small appliances, cutlery, and kitchenware
Cyber Monday:
– Clothing saw 45% more deals than Black Friday
– There were 50% more deals on shoes
– More deals on beauty products

Apart from the days, there are a couple of other differences between the two, one is that Cyber Monday deals only applies to online shops while Black Friday is in store as well.

Also, Cyber Monday is a strictly 24-hour shopping window but Black Friday tends to be a five-day long affair.

Which day is best for discounts?

It's difficult to say categorically which day is better for discounts because the answer depends on what you're looking to buy.

If you're hoping to bag a bargain in technology, small appliances, cutlery, kitchenware or Apple products then Black Friday is best for you.

A lot of retailers have already slashed the prices of their TVs, with £300 knocked off one 4K model at Currys.

But, if you're looking for clothing, toys, shoes or beauty, you should consider shopping on Cyber Monday as previous years have had better price reductions on the day.

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