By Andrew Leahy
Black Friday is a day which originated in America – it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and sees retailers open their doors early and cut prices for its customers in the lead up to a busy festive season of shopping.
The annual “holiday” has been a huge phenomenon in the U.S. over the past few decades but it’s only been in the past number of years that Irish retailers have taken advantage of the name and used it to kick off the season of spending in the run up to Christmas. Many huge retailers in Dublin will slash their prices both in store and online on the 25th of November, with plenty of bargains available! Here are some of the biggest names that will have huge sales on come Black Friday!
Argos will be offering massive deals across a range of products ranging from technology, kitchen electricals, TVs and computing to name but a few. They are also claiming that they will cut the price of over 1,000 toys in half for all those expecting Santa to be good come Christmas morning, with 25% off homeware items when you spend €30 or more in store or online. And as if that wasn’t good enough Argos are offering a free €10 voucher when you spend €100 or more and a free €5 voucher when you spend €50 or more!
Harvey Norman kicked off their Black Friday sales early this year in a sale which runs across electronics, furniture and bedding with a huge reduction on most of their items across the store. Perhaps most eye-catching in their sale are their deals on laptops where over €400 can be expected to be cut off top name brands such as Asus and Lenova. Not only this, but there is up to 60% off sofas and a further 40% off their television range. Finally, they have promised to match their competitor’s prices including sale prices, so it may be worth a trip to Harvey Norman in the lead up to December!
Debenhams department stores are also getting in on the Black Friday craze with great offers on beauty, menswear, womenswear and electricals. They too have started their sale early, on the 21st of November where online you can get many items on sale with some up to 50% off. Each day Debenhams are choosing a different range to put on sale, so be sure to keep an eye out on their website to find a range which suits you! They have also promised reductions in electricals up to 40%, up to 40% on gifts this Christmas, and they have promised to cut the prices of fragrances by up to 50%! All of these offers can be viewed on their website where more information is included.
Curry’s PC World are boasting of hundreds of reductions in store and online over their range of electrical items from entertainment systems to home appliances. Reductions will hit as high as up to 70% during Black Friday and ordering online is encouraged. If you register to Curry’s “Black Tag” online, they will email you free of charge and you will be among the first people to know what items they will be reducing, and when!
Of course it’s not only shops that are cutting prices for Black Friday, airlines are also reducing their fares over the coming weekend, with Ryanair selling 250,000 seats for just €9.99 on over 400 routes across Europe. The airline announced this latest sale in the lead up to Black Friday, and have launched their Cyber Week campaign, which is offering hundreds of reductions on Ryanair.com and their app.
Aer Lingus are offering deals which will come into effect on the 25th which include transatlantic flights to New York for €205 each way, Boston for €215 each way, or a trip to Los Angeles for just €260 each way! These bargain flights will only be available from the 1st of January 2017- May 31st 2017, and must be booked by midnight on the 28th of November!
Many of your other favourite retailers will also be boasting huge reductions come Black Friday. These include Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, Easons, Arnotts, HMV, Marks and Spencer and Hotels.com to name but a few. All of their Black Friday Deals will be online so be sure to check them out.