We have the answers to all of your Black Friday questions

Not for the faint-hearted, Black Friday is (nearly) upon us, and we know you've got some questions about it. So we're here to answer them, and to help you get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping

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The most talked about shopping event of the year is just around the corner, so we thought we'd help you out along the way to prepare. By now, you're probably fully aware of the deals and discounts you can expect this Black Friday, as well as the dos and don'ts and the tips and tricks. Behold, all of your budding questions about Black Friday, that you need answered. 

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WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY 2018?

Mark your calendars, as Black Friday 2018 falls on the 23 November this year. It's always the Friday after Thanksgiving, but in the case of this year, it's the day after. Cyber Monday will then take over on the 26 November.

WHY IS IT CALLED BLACK FRIDAY?

The name Black Friday came about because it's commonly known as the day of the year in which retailers finally begin to make a profit. Those who work in accounting will already know that a loss of money is referred to as 'being in the red', and positive profits are shown in black. Therefore, the name given to Black Friday has derived from being a positive day for retailers, one in which they gain profits (not so positive for our bank balance, though).

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY?

Way before Black Friday was such a big deal in the UK, the day saw great deals on consumer electronics in the US, while Cyber Monday focussed more on clothing and jewellery bargains. Now, though, you can get great deals on everything across the weekend.

The majority of deals are set to last from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday and beyond though, meaning there isn't a huge difference in the dates.

Last year saw Black Friday sales up 78 per cent higher than Cyber Monday, so you'd better mark it in your calendar. 

ARE THE DEALS REALLY THAT GOOD?

The short answer is yes. And we're not going to bore you with the long one. We've even got proof to back it up: Check out our Black Friday expectations for 2018.

IS IT WORTH hitting the SHOPS on Black Friday?

We're going to be honest here, we don't really think it's worth leaving the house for. We've all heard of the madness that comes along with bagging these discounts, so why battle through stores to get a bargain when you can happily (and safely) grab one from the comfort of your own couch? We know you want a little more info on how to get Black Friday deals from your home, so check out our guide. 

WHICH RETAILERS SHOULD I KEEP MY EYES ON?

Which websites have opened their Black Friday pages early? We've got the low-down on that. Otherwise, we suggest keeping your eyes peeled from the start of November onwards, specifically these retailers:

SHOULD You PARTICIPATE?

Oh. Yes. You. Should. Well, if you want to grab the best deals and discounts, that is. Need more convincing? Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Why you should take full advantage is right here.

HOW to FIND THE BEST DEALS?

Well, you could search sites for deals yourself when it gets closer to the date BUT we know you're too busy for that, which is why we're going to be finding all of the best deals and writing about them for you. Want them sent directly to your inbox so you don't miss a thing? Subscribe below.

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