Black Friday deals not such a bargain after all

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As soon as Apple reveals its Black Friday sale deals, we'll have them up on MobileSyrup.

Should I buy on Black Friday?

Consumer group Which? tracked the prices of 94 popular products, including TVs, cameras and fitness trackers, on offer over Black Friday 2017 from six months before until six months afterwards.

The investigation looked at offers at leading retailers and featured 59 deals at Currys PC World, 18 deals at Amazon, 14 deals at John Lewis and three from Argos.

While the Black Friday shopping craze may have started in Philadelphia, today it can be found cities all across America.

Almost nine out of 10 (87 per cent) of products on offer at some of the nation's largest retailers on Black Friday in 2017 were either less expensive or cost the same at other points in the year, consumer body Which? has revealed.

Yet the price listed on Amazon for the TV was nearly £50 below that figure on at least 62 occasions after Black Friday.

We don't know which specific configurations of the of the will be discounted yet, but we do know is going to be taking $300 off their price for Black Friday. It has a Price Promise to match other stores. Some years, it didn't even have a sale.

That makes a lot of sense, showing in the United Kingdom that there is still appetite for further shopper discounts in the January sales on certain items, despite them getting a Black Friday reduction.

"The LG 60UJ630V, a 60" 4K TV, was advertised at £799 by Amazon on Black Friday but this wasn't its cheapest price. In fact, it was £50 cheaper on at least 62 occasions after Black Friday and even dropped a further £150 for at least four days at the end of December and beginning of January.

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The Sony Cybershot HX60B Superzoom compact camera was advertised as £189 (save £10) on Black Friday by Currys PC World. As our research shows, this isn't always the case.

What follows are 25 hot Black Friday tech deals that we've come across. This does not exclude these products from other promotions'.

Currys PC World insisted it offers great value on products throughout the year and clearly states when a product was available for a higher price. Target, Best Buy and Walmart are among the retailers offering some of the hottest Black Friday deals for this year's shopping event, which takes place November 23.

A John Lewis spokesperson said that prices are matched throughout the year as part of its Never Knowingly Undersold commitment, meaning that when competitors run promotions prices are lowered to match, and that the Black Friday period is no different.

As expected, the sale is scheduled around the Thanksgiving long weekend in the USA, which also happens to fall around the same dates that retailers offer Black Friday deals in Canada.

So what's the secret?

Getting a new laptop, tablet or smartwatch is not an inexpenisve proposition-unless, of course, you happen to be shopping on Black Friday.

Find out about offers in advance - sign up to your favourite retailers' newsletters for inside tips, or check their social media pages ahead of the sales for any clues or hints to what will be on offer. Again, it typically doesn't do much for Black Friday - let alone Cyber Monday - so it'll be interesting to see what it has planned this year.

There are some also good gaming hardware deals!

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