eBay might not be the first retailer that springs to mind this Black Friday, but if you miss it off your shopping list, you might skip some serious savings and brilliant discounts on everything from electronics to fashion and homeware.
The site isn't just an auction platform, it is also a marketplace for small businesses. If you like to feel good about your Black Friday purchases, eBay points out that more than half the deals on its site on Black Friday last year were offered by small businesses, so you're not just giving all your cash to 'the man' during the sales.
If you're more focused on bargains than who eventually ends up with your cash, there are also a host of outlet stores for high street brands - from Currys to Argos and Maplin. These are already offering big discounts, but you can expect even more impressive savings on the day. If there's something you are after from a particular retailer it's worth bookmarking their outlet to see what goes live closer to the time.
eBay deals on Black Friday
If you're in the market for a Playstation or Xbox console, there are likely to be discounts. Likewise you can expect cut price tablets.
As an extra bonus, if you have a Nectar card, eBay is running a promotion in the run up to Black Friday - through to Monday 28 November. You'll get ten times the usual number of points on all purchases over £10 (excluding post and packaging) - plus you'll be entered into a competition to win a million points. In order to take advantage, however, you will need to log onto your Nectar account and activate the deal.
Finally, one of the great benefits of eBay is that there are usually so many reviews. If you're going to take real advantage of eBay on Black Friday on the day, it pays to do your research. Make your list, make a note of the usual selling price, and check the reviews - so that you can easily find the real bargains.
Current deals on eBay include:
- Nutri Ninja Blender reduced from £64.99 to £44.99
- an Xbox One Console with Fifa 17 on sale for £259.99
- the PS4 Slim 500GB Console + Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Bundle + Fifa 17 for £249.99
- a Lenovo 1GB Tablet down from £69.99 to £49.99
- a Seven Piece Marble Coated Non-Stick Cookware set for just £18.95
- the Amazon Fire TV Stick reduced from £34.95 to £24.95
- the Dyson DC54 Cinetic vacuum cleaner which is trending at £309.50 is on sale for £279.99
- a Finlux 22" HD TV with built in DVD an Freeview down from £199.99 to £135
- an Igenix Cordless Pyramid kettle reduced by 55% from £59.99 to £26.99
- a Linx 1020 Windows Tablet with keyboard reduced by £30 to £149.99