Anyone who loves buying gadgets at bargain prices will know that it makes sense to wait until the Black Friday weekend rolls around each year. This is when retailers offer the steepest discounts on even the most impressive and appealing hardware.
In 2019, Black Friday is set to fall on the 29th of November, with Cyber Monday then arriving just 3 days later on the 2nd of December. This means that consumers will have ample time to check out a range of offers and either snap up a new device for themselves or make savings on gifts for others ahead of Christmas.
So what gadgets will likely be sold at a level well below their RRP this year and which devices should make it onto your wish list?
Smartphones & wearables
There is no shortage of new mobile phones doing the rounds at the moment, each of which deserves the best gadget insurance to keep it safe from harm. From Google’s third-generation Pixel handsets to the newest iPhones on the block from Apple, people looking for flagship smartphones are truly spoilt for choice.
Then there are more unusual models such as the Galaxy Fold from Samsung, or the dual-screen V50 from LG, each of which aims to push the design envelope as well as offer new functionality. Coupled with the cavalcade of wearables, including smart watches, that remain popular gifts, anyone hoping to buy something portable should be more than happy with their options.
Black Friday deals on this type of gadget can be accessed in one of two ways; either you buy a mobile outright and add your own SIM card, or you opt for a pay monthly contract with a free or discounted device included. In either case, it makes sense to protect your investment and avoid costly repairs by getting multi gadget insurance.
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for the console market, with Sony outlining its plans to introduce the PlayStation 5 at the end of next year and Microsoft hot on its heels with a new Xbox model. However, as the current generation comes to an end, it could be the best time to get a good deal on a PS4 or Xbox One.
Arguably, it makes more sense to use Black Friday as the opportunity to buy the higher-end versions of these two consoles, the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. The reasoning behind this is that they offer better performance, higher resolutions and slicker visuals than the base models, which at this point are running on seven year old hardware and can fall behind when playing the latest titles.
Black Friday will also be packed with the usual array of deals on games themselves, both in terms of physical media and digital downloads. Buying a console bundle which includes games as part of the package is likely to deliver the best value for buyers.
Many retailers are already running pre-Black Friday sales to build up interest in the event, so you may not even have to wait until the day itself to secure a bargain!