Black Friday & Cyber Monday survival guide
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The busiest deal period of the year is almost upon us. The UK has enjoyed an up and down relationship with US holiday tradition since it first hit our shores just a few years ago. We did the manic in-store mayhem-style shopping for a couple of years, and now we’re generally over it. This year, the majority of the spending will be done online.
However, just because you won’t be physically wrestling fellow shoppers for the last discounted Ultra HD TV on the shelves, doesn’t mean that the Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday can’t be treacherous. From discounts that are nowhere near as good as they first appear to impulse shopping, Black Friday can be tricky to navigate.
In case you missed it, we’ve already published a companion piece to this guide in which we offer some guideline predictions for what deals we expect to see on the major consoles this November. In this guide, we’ll offer our best survival tips for getting in, getting the deal you want, and getting out again.
Tip 1: Know what you’re looking for
Though it can be tempting to just wait and see ‘what the best deals are’, it’s always best to have a plan for what console, games, or accessories you’re after. If you want to make the most of the offers, perhaps find a high, medium and low price option for what you’re looking to buy and then weigh up which is the best value for money when the deals arrive.
This also helps stave off the temptation to impulse buy a console you’ve got no games for just because it’s a good deal.
Tip 2: Know which deals are actually deals
At this stage, with Black Friday so close, it can be hard to get a true reading on the real value of a product. Certain retailers will take products back up to an RRP which they haven’t been sold at for months, just to emphasise their discounts when the deals do arrive. However, knowing the general cost of a product is a vital tool in determining how good a deal actually is.
Our aforementioned Black Friday console deals prediction guide contains a guideline for what we think are realistic deals to expect. Here, we’ve put together a quick list of the most popular bundles and what prices we’ve seen throughout the year:
Consoles by themselves
500GB One S – £199.99 – £219.99
1TB One S – £229.99 – £249.99
One X – £349.99
500GB Slim – £199.99 – £219.99
1TB Slim – £229.99 – £249.99
Pro – £329.99 – £349.99 (early Black Friday deals have already dropped the price to £299.99 with two major games bundled in)
Common console bundles
500GB One S hard bundle (game packaged in with the console) – £229.99
500GB One S hard bundle plus another major game – £239.99 – £249.99
500GB One S hard bundle plus two/ three older games – £219.99 – £229.99
1TB One S hard bundle – £249.99
500GB Slim hard bundle (game packaged in with the console) – £219.99 – £239.99
1TB Slim hard bundle – £249.99
Super Mario Odyssey – Switch hard bundle – £309.99 – £319.99
Switch with major game – £309.99 – £319.99
Switch with smaller game – £289.99 – £299.99
Tip 3: Know everything you need to get
There’s nothing worse than eagerly opening a new piece of tech and realising that you’re missing a vital component. Consoles are no different. Though all consoles come with the required leads and plugs, plus one controller, they still need various extras to make the most of them.
Whether it’s online subscriptions, additional controllers, particular games or otherwise, knowing exactly what you need in a bundle will help you make the most informed – and thrifty – choice.