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Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, promising big savings and deals aplenty on everything from 4K TVs to wireless headphones.

It may be hard to imagine an end to this scorching hot summer, but before you know it we'll be building up to Christmas and the peak shopping season - and it all starts with Black Friday.

The traditional start of the retail season in the US is now well-establised around the world, with the Black Friday UK sales as big a deal for retailers on this side of the Atlantic as it is for those in the US.

Black Friday 2018 will once again see everyone from Amazon to Argos, Currys to John Lewis, offering deals and discounts on everything from TVs to headphones, smartphones to speakers. So, when is it and what can we expect for Black Friday this year?

When is Black Friday 2018?

Black Friday takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which means this year it was fall on Friday 23rd November. 

Black Friday's partner in crime, Cyber Monday, will therefore be on Monday 26th November.

We can of course expect plenty of deals to run across the weekend to keep everyone interested, not to mention 'Black Friday deals' that actually begin in the weeks before the actual date.

In fact, Best Buy in the US has already run a 'Black Friday in July' event, eager to capitalise on July's Amazon Prime Day shopping period.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday began in the US but has now very much spread to the UK and around the world.

Why is it called Black Friday? The date was traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping season, when retailers hoped to move out of the "red" (loss) and in to the "black" (profit), hence Black Friday.

In the last few years Black Friday has truly become a world shopping phenomenon, with consumer electronics one of the most popular product categories.

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Are the Black Friday deals any good?

After the initial few years of excitement around Black Friday in the UK, we naturally moved to the apathy stage, as people began to question whether the offers were genuinely good deals. And it remains up for debate.

For example, it's not unusual to see discounted products rise in price in the summer months ahead of a "price cut" come Black Friday; naturally this means you're essentially just getting the original discounted price from earlier in the year. But hey, a discount is a discount.

That said, there are always genuine deals to be had, it's just finding them amongst the onslaught of offers. We'll be doing our best to do just that - sorting through all the deals to find the ones worth your money.

Where to get the best Black Friday deals?

All the major UK high street and online retailers are likely to take part in one way or another. If you want to head straight to the deals, you can use the quick links below (once the deals actually go live, of course).

The sales have largely shifted online, ensuring fighting in the aisles of Asda at 5am has happily become a thing of the past. Instead, it's all about scouring online retailers for deals, as prices are cut on a huge range of products throughout the day.

Independent record shops also got in on the act in 2017, with a special batch of vinyl releases announced for Black Friday. Much like Record Store Day, this offered a whole host of exclusive vinyl releases, limited editions, reissues, collectables and more.

What to expect from the Black Friday 2018 deals?

The best Black Friday 2017 deals included savings on Sonos, an LG OLED TV, the Amazon Echo PlusGoogle Chromecast, a Naim Mu-so wireless speakerQ Acoustics soundbarSony turntableB&W headphones and Sony 4K OLED TV

For Black Friday 2018 we would expect to see similar products on sale, with 4K TVs and especially OLED TVs, wireless Bluetooth headphones and speakers, and the likes of Amazon and Google reducing their wireless products. 

PS4 and Xbox bundles are likely to be on offer, while you're sure to be able to find deals on phones and tablets, including the latest Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone models.

We only have a few months to wait to find out this year's details...