Cyber Monday deals 2020: when is the sale date and where to get the best deals on TVs, Laptops, iPad and Nintendo Switch
Brands like Argos, Amazon and Currys PC World are set to continue their sales from Black Friday
Black Friday weekend, the American tradition that has infiltrated the UK, has given way to the annual Cyber Monday sales.
The online shopping extravaganza usually marks the last day of big brand discounts, and has become a calendar staple for those looking to get the best deals before Christmas.
Last year, Brits spent an eye-watering £2.6 billion during the Cyber Monday sales.
So what is Cyber Monday, when do the sales start in 2020 and where can you get the best deals on products like TVs, Laptops, iPad and Nintendo Switch?
We’ve put together everything you need to know.
What is Cyber Monday?
Occurring on the Monday after the Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday first began in the US back in 2005.
It’s effectively an extension of the Black Friday weekend discount period but takes place online.
Cyber Monday was initially started to encourage consumers to support smaller online retailers, but now all the well-known retail giants participate as well.
Big brands often slash their prices further on the Monday, allowing savvy shoppers to bag a bargain on a range of products, from electricals and technology to fashion and beauty.
Customers will often find price cuts on the latest smartphones and games consoles, as well as new-season clothing items and the most recent make-up drops.
Last year’s online sales were the biggest yet, and shopping experts are predicting that this time round there will be even more discounts due to coronavirus restrictions hindering people from physically going to shops.
When does Cyber Monday 2020 start?
Black Friday takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving in America, with Cyber Monday happening the following Monday.
As Black Friday lands on 27 November this year, Cyber Monday will be 30 November.
However, each year brands are slashing prices earlier, with many retailers launching preliminary discounts a week before Black Friday and continuing sales past Cyber Monday.
Popular deals do sell out, though, so you need to pick your shopping time wisely.
What retailers are taking part in Cyber Monday?
The following big online brands are planning to slash their prices further on Cyber Monday:
Currys PC World
Amazon, which often leads the sales, has said its Cyber Monday deals will begin on 28 November and last for 72 hours straight.
Where can I get the best deals on TVs, Laptops, iPad and Nintendo Switch?
Amazon is the site to head to if you’re looking for the best deals on TVs.
One of its top deals is on the LG 49UN71006LB 43-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV, which was £479.99 and is down to £319.00.
The TV has premium picture quality, and is compatible with all your favourite TV streaming apps. It also has voice control and surround-sound.
If you’re searching for a laptop, Currys PC World has slashed its prices on many models, including the Lenovo C340-11 2-in-1 Chromebook.
The handy model is a cross between a tablet and laptop, making it portable, fast and responsive. It’s the ideal Christmas present, down from £319, now £219.
Amazon also has a sale on actual tablets and iPads, including the new Apple iPad Air.
Apple hardly ever discounts its own products, so for a new model to be reduced is a rare deal. The lightweight, super-fast tablet was £709, now £672.18.
Finally, if you’re wanting to grab a Nintendo Switch in the sales, many retailers are selling special-edition bundles at reduced prices.
Currys PC World is offering an unmissable bundle which includes a pink Nintendo Switch Lite console and the New Horizons Animal Crossing game, as well as Minecraft.
Nintendo’s Lite console is designed specifically for portable, handheld play and is compatible with any other Nintendo Switch games.
Save £24.98 on the bundle, down from £263.98 to £239.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the major sale extravaganza that occurs before Cyber Monday.
Although it’s well-established as the best day of the year to cash in on some pre-Christmas bargains, many shoppers don’t know the meaning behind the term.
A common assumption is that it comes from shops going from “the red” into “the black” due to a boost in profits, but it was the police who first associated the term with the post-Thanksgiving sales.
In the 1950s, crowds of shoppers visited Philadelphia following Thanksgiving due to the annual Army-Navy american football match.
This led to busier shops, an increase in shoplifters and a huge workload for officers as they had to work overtime to control the crowds.
They started to refer to the day as “Black Friday” due to the carnage caused.