It’s that time of year again, and retailers are beginning to gear up for Black Friday. What was traditionally a shopping holiday only in the US, has now spread beyond the borders of America, and deals can be had from retailers around the globe.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is traditionally the day after Thanksgiving and falls this year on November 27. The sales usually extend over the weekend into Cyber Monday (November 30), where the best online deals can often be found.
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What is Cyber Monday?
The tradition of Black Friday started well before the interweb was even an idea and as times have changed so have people’s shopping habits. Cyber Monday started around about 2005 and takes place on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and was typically when online retailers which start their holiday season sales. Now with the popularity of online shopping, Cyber Monday and Black Friday have combined into a sort of super shopping weekend. But, most online retailers still observe Cyber Monday, and some wait until 12am Monday morning to post their best deals.
When do the sales start?
With the ongoing Covid19 Pandemic, Black Friday is shaping up to look a little bit different in 2020. Some mainstream retailers and big-box stores have announced they will be extending the deals that send shoppers into a frenzy from just a single day, to every day that ends in ‘y’ for as long as two months. It’s also rumored that Amazon will launch it’s Black Friday deals as early as October 26, 2020.
In previous year’s we’ve seen cycling retailers launch deals as early as November 1, and expect to see the same in 2020.
When does Black Friday wrap up?
Most years, the end of a specific deal is usually dictated by when the retailer runs out of stock, with certain products selling out in minutes. If there is stock remaining, how long the deals last will vary from store to store, but quite often you can still grab a sizable discount all the way up to Cyber Monday.
That could change this year depending on whether major cycling stores decide to follow the mainstream retailers that are essentially making all of November and December Black Friday.
What can I expect to find on sale?
The short answer, everything! Most years you can expect to deals find everything from complete bikes to tubes. In years past, we’ve seen the best deals on cycling computers, wheels, shoes and helmets. Who knows, this year might be the year of uber-cheap smart trainers or workshop tools?
Where can I find these Black Friday deals?
Right here! Let us deal with the hundreds of browsers tabs so you don’t have to. We will be scouring the web for the best deals on riding gear from the likes of Competitive Cyclist, Jenson USA, REI, Chain Reaction Cycles, Amazon and many more.
Our tech team has touched, felt, ridden in/on and sometimes even broken more gear than most people and because of this we know what is good quality gear, and what’s not — and we also have a pretty good idea of what’s is a fantastic deal, and what is just an end of year discount.