BLACK Friday is nearly here, but you don't have to wait – we've been keeping an eye out for the best early deals around.
And ahead of the big day you can land some some decent discounts already at places like Boots, Amazon, Asda and Screwfix, on items like the Nintendo Switch, Apple AirPods, Lego toys, Shark vacuums and steam mops and more.
Black Friday usually kicks off officially on 27 November but there are many retailers which like to get started weeks – and sometimes even months – before.
Deals on electrical items, tech and other big ticket products are usually popular at this time of the year, especially with Christmas just around the corner.
As with any offer, discount or sale, it's always worth checking elsewhere and comparing prices so you know you really are getting the best deal.
And if you weren't planning to buy it in the first place, don't be tempted into spending when you don't need to because that's not saving you money however good the deal
How to compare prices to get the best deal
JUST because something is on offer, or is part of a sale, it doesn’t mean it’s always a good deal.
There are plenty of comparison websites out there that'll check prices for you – so don't be left paying more than you have to.
Most of them work by comparing the prices across hundreds of retailers.
Here are some that we recommend:
- Google Shopping is a tool that lets users search for and compare prices for products across the web. Simply type in keywords, or a product number, to bring up search results.
- Price Spy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, including Argos, Amazon, eBay and the supermarkets. Once you select an individual product you can quickly compare which stores have the best price and which have it in stock.
- Idealo is another website that lets you compare prices between retailers. All shoppers need to do is search for the item they need and the website will rank them from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
- CamelCamelCamel only works on goods being sold on Amazon. To use it, type in the URL of the product you want to check the price of.
All non-essential shops in England will remain shut for the Black Friday sales season this year due to lockdown measures that won't be lifted until December 2.
You can still order online and some places are offering click and collect services but it's worth checking with your local store what's available.
Here we've rounded up some of the early deals we've spotted so far.
£19 off Nintendo Switch with Just Dance game
- Was: £323.99. Now: £304.99. Saving: £19 (6%) – buy now
Amazon has a small discount on the ever popular Nintendo Switch console.
There are several offers where it's bundled with games, but this one is neon coloured and comes with the latest version of Just Dance and has the biggest savings of £19 off.
This isn't the biggest saving we've seen before Black Friday, but Asda's console-only deal of £239.99 (reduced from £279.99, so a saving of £40, or 14%) has sold out already.
Nintendo Switch deals with bigger savings jump off the shelves, so you usually have to move quick.
Aldi has promised it's Black Friday deals which go live online on the day (November 27) will include a Nintendo Switch for only £229.99.
Delivery is free with Amazon.
20% off Apple AirPods
- Was: £159. Now: £124.49. Saving: £34.51 (22%) – buy now
Apple's wireless AirPod headphones are on sale and the cheapest version, the 2nd generation Airpods with charging case, are just under £125.
These are not the newest version (the Pro and wireless charging versions are pricier but reduced too) but you get the headphones themselves with the carry case to charge them, which plugs in via USB.
And as with all AirPods, you can use Siri voice commands as well as listen to music and make calls.
Amazon is not the only place with AirPods on sale – Currys, John Lewis and Very also have them reduced to the same price.
Delivery is free on this item with Amazon and at these other retailers.
40% off Shark Vacuum cleaner
- Was: £329.99. Now: £199. Saving: £130.99 (40%) – buy now
Shark vacuums are loved by their owners and this upright NZ801UK model has 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
It has anti-hair wrap technology that stops hairs clogging up the machine, works on wooden floors and carpet and comes in a white and orange colour.
This is also available directly from Shark for the same discounted price and you get free next day delivery, as well as Argos, AO.com, John Lewis and Very.
Amazon delivery is free for this item too.
25% off Cello TV
- Was: £221.20. Now: £166.35. Saving: £54.85 (25%) – buy now
Amazon has 25% off this 19 inch TV and it comes with Freeview and a DVD player built in, and it's made by Cello a British brand making TVs in the UK,
It also has a feature that lets you view apps from your phone or tablet on the telly screen but you can also connect a laptop or other device via HDMI.
This isn't the cheapest 19 inch TV on the market.
We found this Bush one with built-in DVD player from Argos for £109.99, but the features do vary, like the number of cable sockets, so it's worth comparing models closely to get what you're looking for.
Again there's free delivery with Amazon.
1/3 off Ring doorbell
- Was: £179. Now: £119. Saving: £60 (33%) – buy now
Screwfix does have some early Black Friday deals and right now that includes Ring doorbells.
The Ring doorbell connects to your phone so you can see who's at the door even when you're not home and there's also a motion sensor which tells you when someone is near.
You can also find this at the sale price of £119 at John Lewis, Currys and Ring directly.
From Screwfix you can get delivery for free on weekdays on orders over £50 or order online and pick up in store with click and collect for free.
62% off Oral B electric toothbrush
- Was: £340.00. Now: £130. Saving: £210 (62%) – buy now
Boots has this electric toothbrush by well known brand Oral B reduced to better than half price.
The Genius X tracks your brushing and tells you areas you need to concentrate on when brushing.
It comes in blush pink, black or rose gold and has a travel case.
This is just one of several electric toothbrushes Boots has in its early Black Friday sale so it's worth comparing the price and features of each.
We found this for sale on Amazon at the same price and £10 cheaper at £119.99 from Shavers.co.uk, where delivery is free on orders over £20.
Boots delivery is free on orders over £30 – you can't currently pick up in store with click and collect.
2/3 off Remington hair straighteners
- Was: £79. Now: £24.99. Saving: £54.01 (68%) – buy now
These Remington shine therapy straighteners (model S8500) from Boots are heavily discounted and cost £24.99 now.
They have ceramic plates infused with Argan Oil to add more shine to hair, different temperature settings, and an auto-shut off safety feature too.
We also found these on sale at Amazon for the same price and Asda, but you have to spend at least £40 for delivery from the supermarket.
Delivery from Boots is £3.50 for this item because it's under £30.
1/3 off Shark steam mop
- Was: £119.96. Now: £79. Saving: £40.96 (34%) – buy now
Asda has this Shark "klik n flip" steam mop for £79 which is over a third off the original price.
This steam mop has 125 five-star reviews from the supermarket's customers with one customer calling it "the best steam mop ever".
It has a double sided head which you can flip over with your feet as you go and it works on hard floors including wood, marble, tile and stone.
This is also available at Currys, John Lewis and from Shark directly for the same discount price and with free delivery.
Asda delivery is £2.95 or free with click and collect.
£100 off Lego Technic Bugatti set
- Was: £299.97. Now: £199.97. Saving: £100 (33%) – buy now
Asda's early Black Friday deals includes a range of Lego toys.
Parents looking for a big ticket Christmas present for older kids will find this impressive looking Lego Technic kit of a Bugatti Chiron car in signature blue.
It's £100 cheaper than usual and it comes with rave reviews.
Suitable for kids aged 16 and over, the car measures 14cm high, 56cm long and 25cm wide when built with the 3,599 pieces in the set.
We found this for the same discount price on Amazon too.
Delivery from Asda is £2.95 or free with click and collect.
39% off Tefal pressure cooker
- Was: £79.96. Now: £57. Saving: £22.96 (29%) – buy now
Asda has a Tefal pressure cooker reduced to £57 which customers call a "game changer" and life saver".
The six litre cooker means you make meals in one pot and it comes with a range of temperature and time settings, and comes with a steam basket, trivet, measuring cup and spatula which are all dishwasher safe.
We couldn't find this model cheaper anywhere else and again, delivery is £2.95 or free with click and collect.
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