Black Friday & Cyber Monday survival guide

By Matt Clough | | 1187 |

Hard to believe, we know, but Black Friday 2018 is almost here. It’s set to be the biggest the UK’s ever seen, and though past years have seen the deal activity begin ramping up substantially from the start of November, this year has been much quieter. Unfortunately that means we’ll all be cramming our deal hunting into a much more concentrated period.

Therefore it’s more important than ever to have a Black Friday gameplan prepared. Gaming is one of the few areas in which Black Friday can make a real, genuine difference to prices, so if you play it smart, you can get some genuinely fantastic deals.

Of course, we’ll be here throughout Black Friday, the days leading up to it and afterwards through to Cyber Monday, finding and highlighting all the best deals. In fact, we’ve already written a guide on what we can roughly expect to see when the best deals land. Here, we’ll give you our tried and tested tips to get the best deals and avoid missing out.

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 buying 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:

Xbox One

1TB One S with a game – £180

One X with a couple of games – £360


500GB Slim console bundled with a game – £200 – £210

Pro – £300 with a game or two 

Nintendo Switch

Console by itself – £240 – £250

Console with two games – £299

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.

We’ve put together a bunch of helpful guides to buying consoles in our advice section. Of these guides, two of our most popular are our guides to the different PS4 and Xbox One models.

We hope this guide has been helpful, and don’t forget that if you’re after PS4 deals, Xbox One deals or Nintendo Switch bundles, Console Deals is the only site you need for Black Friday 2018!

Matt Clough

Matt is one of the writers for the Console Deals blog. His favourite console ever is the GameCube, and he will not have a bad word said against Just Dance.