Today is Cyber Monday, which usually marks the end of the Black Friday sales period. Although Cyber Monday was traditionally a one-day only sales event, which saw online retailer slash their prices in a similar way to Black Friday discounts from high street shops the previous week, both of these bargain bonanzas have merged into a single four-day weekend of deals. And there are only a few hours left to bag the best bargains. Between Amazon, Currys, Argos, John Lewis, Apple, Samsung, Sky, Virgin Media, BT and many, many more, there has been no shortage of amazing discounts to enjoy. After sorting through thousands of price drops, Express.co.uk has rounded up our five favourite bargains…
1/ Free 4K TV from Virgin Media
If you’re looking for freebies, this one is a real doozy. This incredible deal runs out at midnight tonight, November 29, 2021. Until then, it’s available to anyone who signs up to the Bigger Bundle + Movies, Bigger Bundle + Sports, Bigger Bundle + Sports and Movies, or the Ultimate Volt Bundle broadband and telly packages. All of these packages arrive with the latest Virgin Media TV 360 set-top box, dozens of paid-for channels, and speedy internet to stream from Netflix, Prime Video and more. Oh, and now they also come with an LG-designed 43-inch 4K Ultra HD television worth £369 for free too!
2/ Apple gadgets drop to record lows from Amazon UK
Apple products are renowned for their stylish designs, ease of use …and expensive price tags compared to the closest competition. Thankfully, Amazon has levelled the playing field with its latest Black Friday sale. The second-generation AirPods, which would’ve set you back £159 when bought from the Apple Store most of the last year, have now dropped to a ludicrous £99. For those who want the best ‘buds that Apple currently sells, there’s also the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro on sale with these music makers now just £185 – that’s a £54 saving compared to what you’ll need to pay at your local Apple Store.
And if you prefer an over-ear fit to an in-ear wireless earbud, you can buy the brilliant AirPods Max for £459 – that’s £100 off the original price. These headphones arrive with market-leading noise cancellation, support for Apple’s Spatial Audio, and instant pairing to iOS and macOS devices. They’ve also never enjoyed a triple-figure price cut before. While they’re still pricey compared to headphones from Sony and Bose, these are the only cans that will instantly switch to your Apple TV to watch a blockbuster late at night without waking anyone else in the house, or can be used in conduction with the Share Audio feature to listen to an album, watch a movie or boxset with a friend from a single iPhone or iPad.
Leaving audio gadgets to one side, there’s also a hefty discount on the M1-powered MacBook Air, which currently costs under £900 in the big sale event. And if you prefer a desktop PC set-up, Amazon has slashed over £50 off the Mac mini, which is powered by the same super-efficient custom-designed M1 system-on-a-chip inside the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (2020). You can also get money off the new iPad mini – which only launched a few weeks ago with a brand-new all-screen design, more power, bigger display, and support for USB-C charging.
4/ Get an Amazon Echo Dot or Fire TV for under £5
If you’re looking to buy some of Amazon’s most popular gadgets, there are some amazing Black Friday discounts available. Amazon has slashed £21 off the cost of its third-generation Echo Dot, plunging the price from £39.99 to £18.99. Meanwhile, the Fire TV with Alexa Voice Remote has crashed from £39.99 down to £19.99. Those are already some stellar discounts …but there’s a sneaky Black Friday hack to take even more money off that price tag. Yes, really. When all is said and done, you’ll walk away with either a brand-new Echo Dot for £3.99 or a Fire TV Stick to stream Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and more for £4.99. It’s all thanks to popular cashback website, TopCashback, which has a Black Friday of its own.
Here’s how the nifty trick works… TopCashback operates all-year and offers cash incentives to shop through its website. TopCashback receives a small commission for directing its readers to thousands of retail websites that it has partnered with, but instead of keeping that cash, TopCashback will pass on “100 percent” of its commission to you. This is where the cashback comes from.
For Black Friday, TopCashback has secured a bumper deal with Amazon UK that offers more cashback on Echo and Fire TV devices, as well as Kindle eReaders and Amazon Fire tablets. A representative for the website confirmed to Express.co.uk that all new TopCashback members will receive a one-off £15 reward when buying any of the Fire TV Stick, Amazon Echo, Kindle or Fire tablet deals currently available in Amazon’s early Black Friday bonanza. To qualify for the bumper cashback, you’ll need to spend a minimum of £15.
For example, the Echo Dot costs £18.99 and you’ll get £15 transferred straight back from TopCashback – meaning you’ll be able to bag this clever smart speaker for £3.99. That’s the lowest we’ve ever seen. And it’s a deal that’s unlikely to ever be beaten, to be honest.
5/ Sky Q is still at its ‘best ever price’
If you’ve been considering upgrading your television viewing with the award-winning Sky Q box, there’s never been a better time. This Black Friday has seen Sky Q crash to its “best ever price” – down to just £32 a month. For that, you’ll get the Sky Q hardware and Sky’s Superfast Broadband plan, which includes average download speeds of 59Mbps. There’s also a landline included too.
Bundled with the package are over 200 free channels to watch. And you’ll be able to take advantage of all of the best features of the Sky Q box, which lets you pause and rewind live television, can record up to 6 shows simultaneously, and boasts built-in apps for the biggest streaming services, from Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, and coming soon, Apple TV+. Sky will recommend boxsets and movies from these services based on your viewing habits – so you’ll always be ahead of the next must-binge series! During the checkout process, Sky lets you add a number of extras to this bundle, including its exclusive Sky Atlantic channel, which is where you’ll find the most talked-about US dramas, like Succession, Mare Of Easttown, The Undoing, Little Big Lies, and the upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel series and Sex And The City continuation.