November 25 is when Black Friday will officially hit the UK although there’s already plenty of buzz happening.
With only a day to go now, micro-enterprises and small businesses may well benefit from the massive price cuts that often happen around this 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 25. 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 Thursday 24 November.
Black Friday tech deals: LaptopsCheapest Core i3 laptop. Lenovo B50-50 Core i3 laptop with 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Was £339.98, now £299.97, a saving of £40. Purchase it from Laptops direct now or with a 500GB hard drive from BT for £283.68.Cheapest Core i7 laptop. HP 250 G5 Laptop with Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. This business laptop costs £469 with free delivery, a saving of £130. Get it now from Ebuyer.Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Type Cover Bundle. Intel Core i5-6300U, 128GB storage. Was £958.99, now £629, a saving of £330 or almost 35%. Get this deal from Currys on eBay.Acer ES15 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Pentium 3558U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk. Was £279, now £199, a saving of £80 or 28%. Head over to Tesco to grab this notebook.HP 250 laptop with 15.6-inch display, Pentium N3710 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive. Was £399, now £260, a saving of £139 or 35%. Buy it straight from Ebuyer.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.Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Keyboard, Intel Core M3-6Y30, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage. Was £799.99, now £549.99, save £250 or just over 30%. Buy it from Amazon (or the Microsoft Store has it for £599).MSI GT62VR 6RD-014UK workstation with an Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, 15.6-inch FHD IPS screen. Only £1598.99, was £1699.99, save 6% or £101. Grab this deal from Overclockers.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.HP 250 G5 Core i3 laptop with free BullGuard Internet Security software. Was £399.99, now £282.96, a saving of £117 or 30%. Bag it now from Ebuyer.Acer Aspire E5-773g laptop with 17.3-inch full HD screen, Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £800, now £639.95, a saving of £160 or 20%. You can get this deal from John Lewis here.HP 15-ay103na Laptop. 15.6-inch, Core i3-7100U processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £599, now £399, with a £200 discount applied using the e-voucher code BLACK3 at checkout. Snare this deal from HP’s online store here.Black Friday tech deals: Desktop PCs and serversLenovo 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 up this bargain from Ebuyer.HP 24-g099na 24-inch All-in-One PC. Intel Core i3-6100U CPU, 8GB RAM, 2TB hard disk. Was £700, now £499, a saving of £201 or 28%. Buy this computer from PC World here.Black Friday tech deals: PrintersHP M477fnw LaserJet Pro Multi-Function Colour Laser Printer with free delivery. Was £274.98, now £193.99 after cashback, a saving of £81 or 30%. Buy it from Ebuyer.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.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.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.Black Friday tech deals: BroadbandBT’s cheapest unlimited deal. Unlimited BT Broadband + unlimited UK weekend calls for £22.99 a month inc. line rental. £9.99 upfront. Save £120 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.BT’s cheapest unlimited fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls for £27.99 a month inc. line rental. £59.99 upfront. Save £144 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.BT’s cheapest combo fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls + BT TV Entertainment Starter for £29.99 a month inc. line rental. £69.99 upfront. Save £166 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.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.
Black Friday tech deals: SoftwareWith 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.Incredible Mac bundle. Get Parallels, 1Password, PDFpen, Pocket Premium, Kaspersky Internet Security and many more Mac apps for only £34.99, a saving of nearly 90% or £344. Only a few days left on this one – you can grab it direct from Parallels here.Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Photoshop CC plus Lightroom (12-Month Licence). Reduced to £69.99 at Amazon.Black Friday tech deals: Web hostingSave 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.Black Friday tech deals: Miscellaneous offersBlackBerry Priv Android business smartphone. Was £549, now £288, a saving of £261 or 48%. Available directly from BlackBerry online.Big monitor for cheap. Acer S271HL 27-inch full HD widescreen monitor for £129.99, a saving of £50 or 28%. Get it from Amazon.Netgear R7000-100UKS Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit 11AC router. Was £199.99, now £129.99, a saving of £70 or 35%. Grab this offer from Amazon.Asus RT-AC51U Dual-Band Wireless AC750 Cloud Router 802.11ac. Was £44.79, now £25.99, a saving of £18.80 or 42%. Buy this router from Amazon here.Packt will be offering 50% off everything on its site until Monday. The deal includes everything from eBooks and videos to Mapt Pro Annual Subscriptions. Grab yourself a half-price bargain here.Vistaprint is offering discounts of up to 60% across its entire site via the promo code VP2911. This offer, which you can avail yourself of here, ends on November 29.EE Osprey 2 Mini Mobile Wi-Fi with 6GB 4GEE Data. This mobile Wi-Fi solution lets you connect up to 10 devices online simultaneously. Was £80, now £40, half-price. Grab this deal from Ryman.co.uk here.Netgear GS208-100UKS Desktop Switch. This is an 8 port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch ideal for home and small office networks. Was £24, now £14, a saving of £10 or 42%. Head on over to Amazon for this deal.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 Black Friday business deals will be listed here?BroadbandWeb HostingPrintersRoutersSoftwareBusiness servicesBusiness cards and stationeryServersNASBusiness laptopsBusiness desktopsBusiness smartphonesBusiness tabletsWe will also Black Friday deals to our best VPN services article as well