Black Friday has become a shopping institution in the US, where it falls the day after the Thanksgiving public holiday and retailers slash their prices in a bid to get the Christmas shopping season started with a bang. And it's now getting bigger over here, led unsurprisingly by the US-owned retailers.
So who is taking part this year and what are they offering?
Amazon brought the Black Friday concept to the UK four years ago and is running a week of deals from Monday 24th. It is promising big discounts on thousands of products including a Sony 48-inch TV and Xbox One bundles.
Argos promises a “huge sale” on products including tech, toys and TV. The event runs from 6am. At time of writing, the Argos website was limiting visitors due to the huge number of people trying to access the site.
Latest offers include iPad Air 16GB at £299 (down from £299), Tassimo by Bosch coffee machines at £39.99 (down from £99.99) and Dyson bagless cylinder vacuum cleaners at £149.99 (down from £249.99).
Asda is of course owned by American retail giant Walmart, and last year introduced in-store only discounts. the sale runs from 8am on Friday and run for two days at 441 stores.
Bargains it's trailing include 40-inch Polaroid LED TVs for £139, Samsung Galaxy Note 8-inch tablets for £149, Polaroid 10-inch tablets for £109, and Little Tikes activity tables for £20.
Just when you thought B&M couldn’t reduce its prices any further, it’s giving shoppers 10% off everything on Friday. It’s a quick one though as you’ve only got between 5pm and 10pm to get the discount!
Not content with just Black Friday, Boots will be launching deals across the whole weekend from Friday until Monday. There's 50% off a range of perfumes, including Elizabeth Taylor White Diamons and Boss Ma Vie, up to 60% off men's grooming products and discounts of up to 50% on kids toys.
Some deals are online only, while others are only available in store.
BT has a broadband package sale on until Monday, with Sainsbury's gift cards up to £100 on offer with certain deals.
Discounts will be offered in-store and online. It has predicted it will be the second biggest sales period for the firm, after Boxing Day.
The online marketplace is boasting 1,729 deals from 105 shops. Take a look at the Black Friday page.
Bag some cracking deals on a selection of the biggest games and consoles this Black Friday. There'll be offers running through the week in the build-up to the main event which Game says will "dazzle" customers. It starts at midnight on 28th November.
After a successful Black Friday event last year, Halfords is bringing back its Black Friday sale with deals on “big-ticket products” such as bicycles, technology, audio equipment and sat navs.
The home of Monty the penguin puts it very simply: “If our competitors have a sale we have a sale”. To that end, it will be offering 100 deals online and in-store including electrical products like tablets, laptops and televisions.
Bargains spotted include iPad Minis 16GB for £149, Kenwood kMix Stand Mixers for £169.95 and Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets for £199.95.
Given John Lewis offers more generous guarantees than its competitors, it might be worth seeing if it will match a deal you've spotted elsewhere.
The stylish kitchenware seller is offering up to 50% off both in-store and online from Friday 28th November to Monday 1st December, while stocks last.
Spend £25 between 28th November and 1st December and get a free 2015 Lego calendar. And if you spend £50 you get a free Christmas set, while spending over £100 will get you a further 5% off.
Marks & Spencer
Britain's retail giant is back for another year with offers across all of its departments, running from 28th November until 1st December.
Shop online via the Nectar eShops and you can earn double, triple or even quadruple Nectar points.
There are double points when you shop at Debenhams, Disney Store, Game, Gap, House of Fraser, Lego, O2 Mobile, TopShop, Nike, Next and Swarovski. Triple points are available at Red Letter Days, Selfridges, Clarks, Currys, Dorothy Perkins, PC World, Play.com, The Fragrance Shop, Toys R Us, Virgin Experience Days, Boden, Accessorize, Crabtree & Evelyn, Matalan, Monsoon and NotOnTheHighStreet.
Quadruple points are available at The Body Shop and Harvey's Furniture.
Customers will receive advanced notification of products on Wednesday in preparation for Friday’s sales extravaganza.
If you like your outdoor wear, Regatta is holding a flash sale from Thursday until Monday.
Sainsbury’s is taking part in Black Friday for the first time, and says it will offer deals on the day itself but in-store only. Items on sale include Blaupunkt 40-inch LED TVs for £149.99, Kindle WiFi 4GB Touchs for £39.99, and Kenwood stand mixers for £79.99.
Superdrug has the longest offer of all, starting on what it calls “Pink Wednesday”. The health and beauty retailer is giving customers up to 50% off items in several product lines and it runs until Tuesday 2nd December.
Tesco is promising "amazing online deals" as well as in-store offers from 12.01 am on 28th November. Picks noticed so far include a Hotpoint kettle and toaster set for £12.50 and PS4s for £279.
Cashback website TopCashback is promising to pay an extra cashback bonus of up to 10% on all purchases made on Black Friday itself. And new members can also get £10 cashback on a £10 spend at Amazon between Friday and Monday.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us has four days of Black Friday deals, with toys up to half price.
Very are promising “amazing deals on the season’s most wanted gifts and fashion for loads less”. You can also get next day delivery with Collect+.
To celebrate Black Friday, myWaitrose card holders can buy any of the chilled Indian ready meals for half price. Aubergine masala and lamb kofta curry, usually £3.99 each, will be available from the Friday to the Sunday for £2.
Keep an eye on the HotUKDeals Black Friday Deals page for more updates.
Don’t forget cashback!
If you’re shopping online on Black Friday, before you get swept up in the sales be sure to check cashback websites Quidco and TopCashback to see if you can get cashback on top of the big discounts on your spending.
Just follow the tracked links from the cashback site to the retailer you want to shop with, and you’ll get a percentage of your spend back in the form of cashback. It’s free money!