GAME Black Friday 2016: what deals are available?

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GAME has joined the Black Friday madness, with huge discounts on Xbox and PS4 consoles, games and merchandise.

The shop has already launched a selection of 'early deals' on their website and it's likely that prices will be dropping even further when it gets to the day itself.

Current deals at GAME include:

- Xbox One Console reduced from £299.99 to just £179.99

- Preowned Xbox One Console (Grade C) for £149.99, reduced from £179.99

- PlayStation 4 1TB Console on sale for £281.99

- Xbox One Kinect Console with Gears of War 4 can be bought for £199.99

- Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition on sale for £44.99

- WWE 2K17 down from £49.99 to £29.99

- F1 2016 Limited Edition is now selling from £53.08

- Sony Wireless Stereo Headset reduced from £69.99 to £49.99

- Xbox Wireless Controller reduced by £10 to £39.99

- X-Rocker Hades Gaming Chair down from £249.99 to £169.99

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There's a seven step process well worth following when it comes to Black Friday shopping:

1. Decide exactly what you are looking for, and price check it all. Find the cheapest possible price across all retailers, so you know what constitutes a good deal.

Last year GAME offered particularly good deals on bundles of a console with a specific game, or two or three games. It offered very competitive prices on the Xbox One, and there's every expectation that it will offer cut price PS4 bundles this year too. If you are in the market for a console, decide what kind of bundle you are after.

2. Consider how flexible you are prepared to be. So, for example, if you are looking for an Xbox One with FIFA 17 and Call of Duty, would you be prepared to compromise on the games included if the bundle was particularly cheap? How cheap would it have to be if it has the wrong games in the bundle?

3. Bookmark the website, select items and click to 'save for later', which will make it easy to check whether deals are applied on Black Friday. It's also worth bookmarking the Black Friday page. It hasn't updated it for 2016 yet, but when it does, it should make it easier to track down a bargain.

4. Follow GAME on social media, so you should get an alert as soon as the sale goes live.

5. Start early. Last year it started offering deals early in the morning, and some of the best offers sold out, so it pays to set your alarm and get in early.

6. Be prepared to come back to the site more than once. Last year it ran limited stock deals for an hour, selling at major discounts. If you want to take advantage, therefore, you'll need to revisit the site regularly.

7. Don't just look at GAME. If you are in the market for a game or console, then there are an enormous number of retailers offering them at bargain basement prices for Black Friday. Last year GAME was one of the cheapest, but it still pays to check with the competition too. It's worth doing the same kind of preparation for Tesco, Sainsbury's and Amazon, which will ensure you don't overlook an incredible bargain elsewhere.

Top ten facts about Black Friday
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Top ten facts about Black Friday
Black Friday originated in the USA in 1950s/1960s and takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving. 
Black Friday was brought over to the UK by Asda in 2010, part of the Walmart group.
However in 2015 the supermarket didn't take part in the event and it hasn't been confirmed if they will be launching any Black Friday sales in 2016. 
In 2015 the average spend instore was £41 while the average amount spent my customers online was £92. 
On Black Friday in 2015 £1.1 billion was spent and there was £3.3 billion spent over the weekend as a whole, including Cyber Monday.  
A staggering 1.4 million people went into debt as a result of their spending on Black Friday in 2015. 
When surveyed, 22% of Brits admitted to having bought something on Black Friday through the years. 
Is Black Friday on it's way out in the USA? Controversially Walmart opened their doors on Thanksgiving evening in 2011 and have done since then. Other stores have started to follow suit, potentially marking the end of the popular discount day.

There is some suggestion the day got its name to represent the first day shops went 'into the black' and made a profit, but there's not hard and fast evidence to support this.

This year Black Friday will take place on 25 November. Find out everything you need to know about deals, discounts and which shops are taking part here.

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