Black Friday 2017 in Australia: How To Find The Best Deals

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales originated in the United States, and even though they are not officially something yet in Australia, merchants Down Under are catching up with the trend and starting to cash in, offering a plethora of discounts to lure shoppers.

Adopting this purchasing plan appears to have paid off, too, with reports from the 2016 event demonstrating a 6 percent increase in retail sales when compared with the November average in Australia, with Melbourne spending the most (17 percent), followed by Sydney (12 percent) and Brisbane (7 percent) in that 1 month.

The history of Black Friday sales

Black Friday is always the Friday immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday in America, so Black Friday 2017 will be on 24 November.

It is the starting gun of the Christmas shopping season, and it is famous for what retailers call ‘doorbusters’: bargains so great that shoppers will attempt to break down the front doors to get at them. Inevitably, that means it is also renowned for shoppers fighting one another, with every Black Friday bringing a fresh group of YouTube clips showing people fighting over flat-screen TVs.

The convention of sales on Black Friday started from the ’60s when American merchants used to indicate gains and losses in their ledgers in red and black ink respectively. Before the Christmas season kicked off, retailers tried to flip yearlong losses into black-market profits, thus kicking off the biggest and most popular shopping trend of this year.

Australian retailers started to show interest in replicating Black Friday sales locally about five decades back, and the shopping occasion now gets almost as much attention as the Melbourne Cup.

But Black Friday does not have to worry about getting caught in a true crowd of shoppers seeking to reach the best deals. Online deals can be found in plenty, which means that you can beat the crowds without having to have a day off work.

What to expect from Black Friday 2017

As Black Friday gains in popularity in Australia, a growing number of retailers are joining the bandwagon and offering higher discounts. With competition among retailers gaining momentum, 2016 saw Black Friday go from being a single-day occasion to being spread over a couple of days.

JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman turned out to be the most popular merchant’s shoppers seemed to for Black Friday deals.

If Amazon sets up shop by the time Black Friday comes around this year, the online merchant could shake up the marketplace with their own bargains. This may mean local retailers will be scrambling to market more and possibly offering greater discounts.

Predicting the Finest Black Friday bargains of 2017

iPhone X and iPhone 8

Apple’s iPhone X is radically different from the old flagships, including the hottest iPhone 8 handsets, and we could reasonably expect all three 2017 Apple telephones to go on sale in November. Predictions from Cuponation — Australia’s top couponing site — will be that the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus will see reductions of about 3 percent to 7%.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Black Friday 2016 saw very great deals on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, with retailers such as Kogan offering around $450 off on the two handsets. That was an amazing deal, and we are expecting to see similarly terrific Galaxy deals on the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 2017. In actuality, Cuponation predicts that the Galaxy S8 is the top phone, seeing anywhere around 27.5 percent off on the normal RRP.

PlayStation 4 Pro

Black Friday 2016 was all about the PS4 Slim, and Black Friday 2017 will be all about the PS4 Pro. As with 2016, we would expect the very best bargains to be on packages, with some of them costing just a bit more than the PS4 Pro itself, so begin working on your game wish list: a package’s only a fantastic deal if it has the games you really want to play with. Up until today, the PS4 Guru has held pretty near its own RRP, but you can expect it to change later this year with possibly up to 28.5% away, especially now that Microsoft has established the Xbox One X.

Xbox One X

Microsoft’s established it pro console, right in time for Black Friday 2017. Just like the Xbox One in 2016, we would expect to find the very best deals on bundles, as opposed to on the console itself: there is more wiggle room for the merchant there so that they could afford to be more adventurous with the reductions.

4K HDR OLED TVs

Black Friday 2016 was positively packed with TV deals, including almost half-price bargains on selected OLED TVs. High-end places are where the very expensive RRPs are, along with the ever-advancing world of telly technology means those costs can only be sustained for a rather short time. If you are in the market for the sort of TV whose price tag would not look weird on a vehicle, Black Friday 2017 could be an excellent day for you really.

Black Friday 2017 FAQ: what it is, as it occurs and where to get the best deals

Are Black Friday sales held in Australia?

Most certainly. Black Friday might have started off as an American tradition, but it has become increasingly common in Australia over the past five decades or so, with leading retailers such as Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, and Ted’s Cameras offering big deals on a vast array of products.

What and when is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving. It is a day when retailers offer large discounts to kickstart the holiday buying season. Black Friday 2017 will be Friday, 24 November.

What and when is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately after Black Friday. Cyber Monday 2017 will be on Monday, 27 November.

What’s Black Friday deals week?

It is the week which includes Black Friday. Retailers are increasingly offering bargains before and after Black Friday itself in an effort to stick out from the crowd.

Are Black Friday deals actual?

Yes, though in some cases the reductions are negotiated well in advance with providers. Like any sales, you will see a mixture of real bargains, discounted end-of-line inventory and mysterious things found at the back of a warehouse somewhere.

Where do I find the greatest Black Friday deals?

Right here on TechRadar of course! We scour all of the best retailers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so that you don’t need to — and we tell you if the prices are worth getting excited about too. When it is a 4K HDR OLED TV or an Xbox One control, if it is discounted we will have the details here.

How do I stay safe on Black Friday?

Black Friday brings out the scammers in addition to the sellers, so be wary of unsolicited emails or links to bargains on social networking, however legitimate they seem: whatever asking for card details or login details might be a scam. Phishing websites do big business on Black Friday, so be extra suspicious — and if you are on a PC, ensure that your security software is current. Many security suites automatically block known scam websites.