The bogus Black Friday bargains: We track dozens of prices for a year

The definitive truth about Black Friday ‘bargains’: Everyone wonders if they’re all they’re cracked up to beso we spent a year tracking changing prices

  • どれ? found just one in 10 of deals advertised last year was a genuine bargain
  • 184 の 201 products tracked were same price, or cheaper, prior to Black Friday
  • Analysts tracked prices at Amazon, AO, Currys, John Lewis and Richer Sounds
  • Shopping gurus predict a boom around this year’s Black Friday as families feeling the squeeze search for the best pre-Christmas bargains.

    Spending is expected to total £9 billion, according to research by Vouchercodes. But how good really are the bargains on offer?

    昨日, consumer watchdog Which? published damning research concluding that just one in ten of the deals advertised last year was a genuine saving.

    Paddington Bear Soft Toy: Original price: Hamleys. £30 Black Friday 2020: £18 — the price it stayed at until New Year. Price today: £20.99

    Paddington Bear Soft Toy: Original price: Hamleys. £30 Black Friday 2020: £18 — the price it stayed at until New Year. Price today: £20.99

    Researchers analysed deals across six retailers — Amazon, AO, Argos, Currys, John Lewis and Richer Sounds — and found some 184 の 201 products price tracked were the same price, or even cheaper, in the six months prior to Black Friday.

    But that doesn’t mean shoppers should feel they have already missed out on a bargain.

    Because today, a Mail investigation reveals what happened after Black Friday last year, proving yet again that the number of genuine one-off deals worth sharpening your elbows for are, 実は, scarce.

    The products monitored for pricing and discounting over the past 12 months by the Mail included TVs, computers and tech. But also toys, kitchen gadgets and popular beauty gifts.

    Kenwood kMix mixer

    Original price at Argos: £429.99

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £299.99,

    Lowest price (Boxing Day): £199.99

    Price today: £399.99

    Lenovo smart clock

    Original price (ao.com): £80

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £34

    Price today: £29

    And out of the 27 items we tracked, half were found to be cheaper or as cheap at other times of the year.

    例えば, a Kenwood Mixer sold by Argos was reduced to £299.99 on Black Friday in 2020. But had shoppers waited until the Boxing Day sale, they could have saved themselves a further £100.

    Meanwhile at John Lewis, a coffee machine offered for £299 on Black Friday fell to £249 in the run-up to Christmas.

    Microsoft Surface Pro 7

    Original price at John Lewis: £899

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £659, where it remained up to Christmas

    Price today: £929

    A further eight items, although cheapest on Black Friday, were heavily discounted in the Christmas sale period — proving yet again that the vast majority of deals are not as good as they appear to be.

    The Which? study warns shoppers to take ‘time-limited’ Black Friday offers with a pinch of salt.

    ‘We’ve found time and again that the vast majority of deals advertised on Black Friday are not as good as the marketing hype would suggest and many are likely to be on sale at the same price or less at other times of the year,’ says Lisa Barber, editor of home products and services at Which?.

    She warns that to find real bargains, shoppers need to avoid impulse purchases and carry out research using price-tracking websites.

    Ossie Bayram, of price monitoring website PriceSpy, 追加します: '今年, retailers are especially keen to have a good Black Friday and Christmas period, following the past 18 月.

    We’ve seen 13 per cent of prices increase earlier this month in the build-up to Black Friday, which have now started to drop.

    This might give an illusion of discounts for Black Friday, but in reality, these prices are often the same, if not higher than months prior.’

    その間, here are the results from our own Black Friday investigation . . .

    Deals that weren’t one day wonders:

    Racing car

    Original price: £35

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £24.50

    Lowest price (1月 2021): £17.50

    Price today: £17.50 (sold out).

    Its black Friday price at shopdisney.co.uk stayed the same over the Christmas period before falling further in the New Year.

    Sylvanian house

    Original price: £70

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £55.99

    Lowest price (Cyber Monday): £48.99

    Price today: £35 The price of the Sylvanian Families Terrace House gift set from John Lewis was lowest on Cyber Monday through to Christmas, after which it rose to the pre-sale price.

    Apollo Roxie Bike

    Original price: £115

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £90

    Lowest price (ブラックフライデー 2020): £90

    Price today: £120

    Halfords’ lowest price was on Black Friday, and it remained at £90 until Christmas Day, before returning to its pre-sale price.

    Cinderella carriage

    Disney original price: £60

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £48

    Lowest Price (1月 2021): £30

    Price Today: £35.99

    The New Year sale saw its Black Friday price at shopdisney.co.uk slashed further still.

    Xiaomi scooter

    Original price: £499

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £399

    Lowest Price (新年): £399

    Price today: £349 A spokesman says: ‘If the price of a Black Friday product is reduced during event period, shoppers will get the difference back on an e-giftcard.’

    Babyliss Curl Secret

    Original price: £119.99

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £58

    Lowest Price (Black Friday and Dec 21, 2020): £58

    Price today: £74.99

    A Boots spokesman says: ‘We offer a price match promise on our electrical beauty products.’

    Ultimate ears boom 3

    Original price: £129.99

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £99.99

    Lowest price (Xmas Eve 2020): £99

    Price today: £129.99

    A Christmas Eve offer at John Lewis was the bestby pennies — now back at its pre-sale price.

    Sage Duo coffee maker

    Original price: £379

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £299

    Lowest price (Xmas 2020): £249

    Price today: £298.96

    A John Lewis spokesman says: ‘In our Never Knowingly Undersold price promise, we match High Street competitors and monitor prices all year round.’

    Lakeland slow cooker

    Original price: £59.99

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £39.99 until Christmas Lowest price (Black Friday until Christmas): £39.99

    Price today: £64.99

    A Lakeland spokesman says: ‘Lakeland aim to provide excellent, genuine value for money all year round.’

    Xmas discounts nearly as good

    Wall-climbing robot vehicle

    Original price: £30

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £15

    Price today: £17.09

    Hamleys prices dipped to £18 for Christmas and have stayed lower than the pre-sale price since this summer.

    Fire TV Stick

    Original price: £49.99

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £29.99

    Price today: £49.99

    Amazon’s Black Friday discount was just £10 cheaper than at Christmas (£39.99).

    Nescafe Machine

    Original price: £58

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £29

    Price today: £58

    Tesco’s Black Friday deal was best but nearly matched at Christmas (£34).

    Ring video doorbell 3

    Original price: £179

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £119

    Price today: £159

    Amazon’s Black Friday price beats the rest, but the £139 Christmas price tag was still cheap.

    Photo printer

    Original price: £109.99

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £79.99

    Price today: £109.99

    Black Friday was the best price at currys. co.uk and it was only £89 over Christmas and into New Year.

    Shark vacuum

    Original price: £249

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £139.99

    Lowest price (Nov 2021): £134.25

    Price today: £179.99

    An Amazon spokesman says: ‘Prices fluctuate

    Tefal steam iron

    Original price: £139.99

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £69.99

    Price today: £139.99

    Black Friday just beats the Christmas sale price of £79.99 at Robert Dyas — which was also a good price drop.

    Beats headphones

    Original price: £189.95

    ブラックフライデー 2020: £149.95

    Price today: £299.95

    The Black Friday price of these Studio 3 wireless headphones from Argos was the best, but a sale price of £169.95 ran into New Year.

    Black Friday really was best

    Gtech Vacuum Cleaner

    Original price: £199.99

    Lowest price (ブラックフライデー 2020): £129.99

    Lakeland

    AquaPlay MegaBridge

    Original price: £65.99

    Lowest price (ブラックフライデー 2020): £51.99

    ジョンルイス

    Garmin Smartwatch

    Original price: £199.99

    Lowest price (ブラックフライデー 2020): £149

    アマゾン

    Sony DAB car stereo

    Original price: £399

    Lowest price (ブラックフライデー 2020): £279

    Halfords

    Kindle Kids edition

    Original price: £99.99

    Lowest price (ブラックフライデー 2020): £59.99

    アマゾン

    Sonos Move smart speaker

    Original price: £399

    Lowest price (ブラックフライデー 2020): £199

    sonos.com

    コメントは締め切りました.