Over the years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become two of the busiest shopping day in Australia. In 2020, Australia Post’s E-Commerce Industry Report stated that Black Friday and Cyber Monday generated more sales than Boxing Day in 2019!
The origins of Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday (26 Nov 2021) is essentially the day after Thanksgiving and the term actually dates back all the way to 1869. As you can probably tell from the name, something bad happened that day. Basically, gold prices plummeted and caused the market to crash on that fateful day, which affected the American economy for years. Thereafter, in the 1950s and 1960s, Philadelphia traffic police coined the term to describe the bad traffic and human congestion at retail stores on that day. Retailers tried to replace the term "Black Friday" with "Big Friday" to put a postive spin to it bit it did not stick and that is why it remains to this date.
And that's not all. Immediately after Black Friday, you will be greeted by Cyber Monday (29 Nov 2021) following the weekend after Thansgiving. Cyber Monday may not be as steeped in history as Black Friday but it's no slouch either. The term was coined back in 2005 by Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation and Scott Silverman. The whole idea was to help online retailers to create a catchy hook to boost sales, similar to the brick and mortar success of Black Friday. Over the years, Cyber Monday has grown to become online equivalent to Black Friday and last year's Cyber Monday broke the record with a total of $10.7 billion in online spending.
Shopping hacks for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Now that you know Black Friday and Cyber Monday better, here are some tips and hacks for you to get the most out of these two special days.
1) Do your research. The cheapest product may not be the best buy so make sure that you have done your necessary homework on what you are going to get before jumping in.
2) Compare prices. It can be easy to get confused with all the crazy deals and promotions being thrown around so you need to get organised and make sure you know exactly what you are getting for the discounted price. Some retailers may be selling a flawed, defective or striped down product at a lower price so make sure you do a proper comparison before you make the purchase.
3) Check out the ads. This will be a good time not to skip those YouTube ads, as well as those that pop up on your social media feeds. Watch out for ads that are relevant to your mental shopping list and keep those in mind for price comparisons so you do not miss out on the best deals!
Deals to look out for during Black Friday and Cyber Monday
There is so much to learn from history and past events and it is no different when it comes to speculating about the deals for this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year's deals included a wide array of products ranging from headphones, laptops, television sets to kitchen appliances and toys.
Beyond Yoga: Stop by Beyond Yoga's sale for fitness gifts the most active people in your life will love. Starting Black Friday until Cyber Monday, all apparel will be 30 percent off.
ByChari: Select styles from this minimalist dream jewelry brand will be 20 percent off with code GOTIT from November 23 until November 28.
Coach Outlet: Score a Coach purse for up to 70% off right now. This massive Black Friday 2021 sale includes markdowns on handbags, crossbodies, shoulder bags and more.
Kate Spade Surprise: Shop discounts on purses, totes, wallets and more—including on the line's whimsical Minnie Mouse collection.
Mejuri: Shop fine jewelry for every day. Mejuri will offer 20 percent off purchases of $150 or more—first for email subscribers on November 22 and 23, then for everyone until November 29.
Victoria's Secret: Shop stocking stuffers at Victoria's Secret with massive markdowns on bras, leggings and more.
Avocado: Snag a cozy, customer-favorite mattress from Avocado during the sleep retailer's early Black Friday mattress sale. Through November 15, you can save $150 on hybrid and latex mattresses with coupon code ORGANIC and get as much as $350 off luxury plush mattresses with promo code.
Big Blanket: Snag Black Friday prices on cozy throws from Big Blanket. During the brand's Black Friday Early Access sale, shoppers can save $30 on purchases of $100 or more, $60 on purchases on $200 or more and $100 on purchases of $325 or more.
Keurig: Need a holiday gift for the coffee lover in your life? Now through November 14 you can save as much as 20% on coffee machines and K-Cups at Keurig when you enter discount code HOLIDAYCHEER at checkout.
Lowe's: Refresh your home for the holidays with major savings on appliances, tools and more at the early Lowe's Black Friday sale.
Our Place: Shop discounts on home goods and snag the Instagram-famous Always Pan for under $100 through Cyber Monday on November 29.
Ladies who are fans of Ann Taylor will be glad to know that they have started the countdown to Black Friday. You can either check back at their website for more updates or simply join their mailing list to get all the latest updates sent to your inbox. There are no details as yet but online shoppers can expect the best Black Friday deals on clothing, jewellery and more from Ann Taylor.
From classic apparel like suits, separates and semi-casual clothing to trendy statement jewellery and stylish shoes, there will be a great deal for everyone regardless of your style and taste. While you are waiting for Black Friday, why not check out the ongoing sale items to jazz up your closet?
Designed for folks who are looking for a classic and effortless look, Banana Republic offers stylish apparel for both men and women that can take you from the office to after hours. Besides clothes, the brand also has an extensive range of accessories and shoes to complete your look.
This year, get ready to shop Banana Republic's best Black Friday sale styles and special savings. If that's not enough for you, check out their current sale items now!
Gap has been one of America's most iconic apparel brand and retail chain since 1969 and it continues to offer a wide range of clothing, shoes, and accessories for all ages. Gap has always been generous when it comes to special deals for the holidays and it is no different when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
For last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Gap offered its customers 50% off everything, plus a bonus 10% off as well, so you can expect a great deal coming your way this year too! And since you are here, why not check out their ongoing factory sale?
Disney is the stuff of dreams and fantasy that kids and adults alike simply cannot resist. Make your little one smile by getting them their favourite toy or character this Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Disney has been known to offere one for one deals, as well as attractive discounts on its wide range of merchandise, including apparels, mugs and toys, during Black Friday. While waiting for Black Friday to roll along, here are some current great deals from Disney for you to check out!
OshKosh B'gosh has been dressing kids in style since 1895 and they do not look like they are stopping anytime soon. OshKosh B'gosh is an American children's apparel company founded in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and they have offered up to 50% off during Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the past. Going by that trend, you can probably expect something similar for this year and be prepared to stock up on your kid's closet for the holidays.
Shop festive styles with up to 50% off during this holiday season!
There are also ongoing daily deals on their website if you need to get something for the little ones now and cannot wait for Black Friday.
Crocs is renowned for its comfy footwear for everyone, from kids to adults alike. Their wide range of footwear includes clogs, sandals, flip-flops, slides, wedges, flats, boots, loafers, and sneakers. Whoever told you that style and comfort do not mix have obviously never worn a pair of Crocs before.
During the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, do be prepared with your laptop or handphone and get ready to enjoy some wonderful savings as Crocs has given 40% off all purchases in the past! We assure you that your kids will thank you for the super cute and comfy Crocs!
One of the most fun things to do with Crocs is to decorate them! Go crazy over 400 Jibbitz Charms that you can purchases to personalize your Crocs!
If you are eyeing a brand new Sony product, you will be pleased to know that the best Sony Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are not too far away.
Some of their Black Friday 2021 offers have already begun. Save up to $500 off cameras and lenses and up to $1000 off Smart TVs!
Last year, cameras such as the Sony A7 II, Sony A7R II and the Sony A6600 were all sold at a discounted price so you can probably expect something similar this year. Besides cameras and lenses though, there was also a selection of TVs and headphones deals last Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
B&H Photo is an electronics retailer based in New York and is well known for its deals and bargains. Besides cameras, they also carry a wide array of electronics such as computers, tablets, laptops and accessories.
Last year’s B&H Photo Black Friday sale focused on Google products, including their handphones and streaming devices like Chromecast. B&H Photo has to compete with retailers like Amazon for the online consumer dollar so you be be sure that they will be bringing out the big guns for the online shopping event of the year in November.
In the meantime, beat the rush and get a head start on their holidays deals on their website.
If you are not already aware, GNC is based in Pittsburg and sells nutrition products that include vitamins, supplements, energy products, herbal remedies, dietary supplements, minerals, and sports nutrition. Judging from previous Black Fridays, GNC is known for providing the best products at the lowest prices around. They have offered cash-back rewards in the past so you can expect them to dish some around this year as well.
The interesting thing about GNC though is that they usually don't release an official Black Friday ad. Instead, details for the GNC deals can be found online or on their website itself. Also, The GNC Black Friday sale tends to run from Thanksgiving through Black Friday itself, giving you about two days to shop.
With that being said, they are currently running a 'Fall Fit Sale' all the way through 13 November. BUY 1 and get 1 50% off with can’t-miss deals on your favorite proteins and weight management products for your fall goals.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop is known globally as an organisation that provides a wide variety of beauty products that are good for you and the environment. The Body Shop may be better known for its lotions and body washes but it also offers makeup and face masks. When it comes to Black Fridays, they do not hesitate to drop the already affordable prices even further. For some context, they offered 30% off sitewide for Black Friday last year.
There are also some fantastic deals going on right now if you are interested.
Stay tuned to this page for their Black Friday Beauty Sale.
SkinStore delivers the latest in innovative clinical skincare and luxury spa products and were one of the first online stores to offer dermatologist-created and recommended products worldwide. Currently, they have over 8000 products across more than 300 brands including hair, cosmetics, electrical, fragrance and skincare.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be the best time to stock up on your cosmetics and skincare products because SkinStore offered up to 75% + 5% discounts last year and it is a great indication for this year's deals. Their ongoing deals are no slouch either, with discounts of up to 50% off their products!
Stay tuned for their upcoming Black Friday deals with amazing offers on premium skincare brands.
Dyson has improved the quality of life of many homemakers with their innovative and creative products. This Black Friday/ Cyber Monday, why not gift yourself or your wife/ mother a piece of Dyson technology and make their day? From vacumn cleaners to hair dryers and fans, you will be sure to find something that suits you or your loved one's needs.
Word has it that there could be some great discounts for the Dyson Airwrap styler this year during Black Friday as the product has already been on the market for three years. While Dyson typically doesn't offer direct discounts on the Airwrap styler, you can still find bundled deals and discounts on special edition releases.
Overstock is one of the leading online retailers for furniture, home decor, lighting and much more. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Overstock typically organises its deals into product categories like bedding and bath, kitchen and dining, furniture and home improvement, etc.
You can now shop their Early Access Black Friday Deals with up to 25% off! Expect more amazing deals as we inch closer to the Black Friday weekend.
Click here to check out the other seasonal sales and deals!
Wayfair is your one-stop shop for all things related to your home. Last year's Black Friday sale for Waufair was packed with huge discounts on brands from cookware and knives to seating and furniture. The last Black Friday sale saw basic kitchen essentials going for as low as $9.99, while dining room chairs, office chairs and sofa beds were all tagged with a 20% discount.
If these deals are any indication, it probably means that shoppers are in for a treat as well for this upcoming Black Friday/ Cyber Monday season.
Shop their Big Holiday Sale with Black Friday worthy deals happening right now! Enjoy up to 50% off furniture, textiles and decor and home upgrading items!
You have no more excuses for not getting that pair of running shoes and active wear to kickstart your fitness regime because adidas has already rolled out their Black Friday deals.
They are definitely way ahead of most retailers as we are still quite some time away from the actual date of 26 November! With exclusive deals on footwear, clothes and accessories, the adidas Black Friday sale has gifts for everyone. From high-tech sports footwear to casual sneakers, you can browse the Black Friday sale for for kids, men and women. There are also discounts as much as 50% on adidas accessories like hats, backpacks and more.
Most of us probably grew up with Converse, owning a pair of their sneakers at different stages of our lives. From students to athetes and fashion icons, Converse is here to stay and give everyone a chance to be a fashionista.
This Black Friday/ Cyber Monday, we can expect some amazing savings and discounts on a wide array of models under Converse. For comparison, Converse offered discounts of up to 50% last year during Black Friday 2020. If you cannot wait till then, check out the ongoing men's deals and women's deals to satisfy your shopping bug for now.
Eastbay is the place you go to when you are looking for athletic shoes. Whether you are looking for shoes for a specific sport, or simply looking for something stylish and comfortable, Eastbay has the answer. Besides shoes though, they also offer athletic apparel like jerseys, tanks and hoodies. Sports that Eastbay provides footwear for include cheerleading, track and field, tennis, football, volleyball, baseball and golf.
Last year, they offered 25% with no minimum purchase during Black Friday so we can probably expect something along those lines for this year's upcoming Black Friday/ Cyber Monday deals. They are also running some pretty cool discounts right now so be sure to hit them up for some cool gear.