Did you know there are plenty of Black Friday bargains you can snap up in Australia?
Now that you do, let’s not beat around the bush.
Because the amazing deals are available here too. Whether it's your favourite US retailers shipping down under, Aussie stores joining in on the Black Friday fun or global shopping powerhouses launching some of their best sales of the year for this event, just in time for Christmas
- Click here to see our Black Friday fashion deals
- Click here for Black Friday Tech deals
- Click here for Black Friday Travel deals
Now, are you ready to shop Black Friday like a pro? Search for your favourite store below.
Black Friday bargains and deals available to Australians
What time does Black Friday start for Australians?
This is where it gets a little tricky. While Black Friday traditionally starts on, well, Friday, some retailers offer deals on Thanksgiving day (the Thursday). And, of course, you then have to factor in the time difference.
We’ve got deals that have started already (see above), with dozens more going live at on Thursday, on Friday and on Saturday too (which will be Friday for the US).
When does Black Friday end?
The Black Friday sales will often continue all the way through to Cyber Monday (the Monday immediately following). This will vary from retailer to retailer, but as is often the case when massive savings to be had, you may find some products have sold out by Monday. The earlier, the better.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the online version of Black Friday, with many retailers offering new or continued bargains online. Last year shoppers spent a record $2.28bn, and this year it’s only expected to rise.
Why is it called Black Friday?
While many explanations link the name to the fact that retailers operate at a loss – or ‘in the red’ – January to November, and this is the day their profits turn around (in the ‘black’), the name actually dates further back than that. It began in Philadelphia, when it was used to describe the disruptive swarms of people hitting the streets in search of a bargain.
What is a doorbuster deal?
These are deals or products that are only available for certain times, such as when the doors open first thing in the morning. However, according to Mark LoCastro of DealNews, the majority of doorbuster deals will be available online at a similar (or even cheaper!) price. So while Australians won’t be able to physically walk into the store, you might be able to take advantage of these online.
Tips & Tricks for Australians on Black Friday
- Do your research. Unlike Australia’s answer to Black Friday, Click Frenzy, many retailers publish their deals before Black Friday, meaning you have time to consider your options and really find the best bargain.
- Make sure the retailer ships to Australia. Always a good one to check before you get excited over a deal. That being said, you can now take advantage of Australia Post’s ShopMate service, which provides you with a US postal address to get items shipped to, before delivering them to Australia.
- Shop around. You might find a better deal elsewhere. For example, Apple is notorious for offering mediocre Black Friday deals, while other stockists selling new or refurbished Apple products might be offering a better discount.
- Don’t forget that electronics might not work. It’s easy to get caught up in the bargains. Some of the best deals in the US revolve around new TVs, but even if you buy one at a massive discount, you’ll probably need an adapter and a transformer… as well as the higher shipping cost.