Attention online shoppers! Amazon is throwing its first Black Friday event in Australia tonight, with tens of thousands of bargains appearing at the stroke of midnight. Here's everything you need to know about Amazon's Black Friday sale: including a sneak peak at some of the deals on offer.
Amazon Black Friday: Why you need to be excited
With Amazon.com accounting for more than 50% of all Black Friday sales in the US, big things are expected for its maiden sale Down Under.
According to Amazon, "tens of thousands of products" will be added to the site during the course of the event. There will be deals across a wide selection of categories including Video Games, Fashion, Beauty, Electronics and Books.
Amazon Black Friday sale dates
Amazon Australia's Black Friday event starts at 12:01am AEDT on Friday 23 November and will continue until 23:59 AEDT on Monday 26 November. However, you can expect many of the better deals to sell out prior to the event's conclusion.
With that said, you probably don't need to stay up until midnight tonight if you don't want to. Plenty of deals will still be available in the morning. Amazon will also be holding back select deals for later (more on which below.)
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Where to find the deals
Amazon is a truly huge marketplace. Thankfully, there's a dedicated Black Friday sales page where you can access all of Amazon's deals as soon as they drop. Phew!
Amazon Black Friday deals
Here's a small sample of the type of deals that will be on offer:
- Save $100 on select Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System for $499
- Save at least 20% on select Giotek Gaming & Go headphones
- Fire TV Stick Basic Edition for $ 54 (Save $15 off RRP)
- Echo Plus (1st generation) for $99 + Free Phillips Bulb, (a 56% saving off RRP for the Echo Plus 1st generation)
- Echo Dot (2nd generation) for $39 + Free Echo Dot Case, a 50% saving off RRP for the Echo dot 2nd generation)
- Save on select PlayStation Consoles
- Save on select Robotic vacuum cleaners
- Save on select Bose products
- Save on select GoPro Cameras
- Save on select Sony TVs
- Save on select Philips Personal Care Appliances
Needless to say, this is barely the tip of the iceberg. You can check out a small range of active deals here.
Wait, isn't American Amazon blocked in Australia? How will that affect things?
Funny, that. Less than 24 hours before Black Friday was set to begin, Amazon quietly removed the geo-block to its US website.
“As a result of customer feedback, from November 22 Amazon customers will be able to ship eligible items from Amazon.com to Australian delivery addresses," a spokesperson said. Just in the nick of time, too. (Note: Not all third-party sellers will be participating however.)
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Amazon Black Friday Shopping Tips
Sales events like Black Friday are not for the faint of heart. Blundering in without a plan is guaranteed to end in disappointment. Here are some basic shopping tips to ensure you get the best deal possible.
Join Amazon Prime now
In order to get the very best Black Friday deals, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime customer. (This is a premium version of Amazon with exclusive deals, better discounts and free shipping among other perks.)
During the Black Friday sales period, Prime members will also gain access to Lightning deals 30 minutes before everyone else. If you don’t have a Prime membership, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to take advantage of tonight's deals.
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Know you deal types
Amazon Lightning Deals: In addition to regular deals, Amazon will be adding 'Lightning Deals' at various points during the sale. These are promotions that appear for a limited time only and are in extremely limited quantities.
Lightning Deals will be visible on the event page with the scheduled live time, so you don't have to rely on pot luck. Customers are limited to one purchase per Lightning Deal (so forget about buying in bulk and reselling on eBay, you evil blaggards).
Interestingly, when a Lightning Deal sells out, you might still have a chance to buy it - simply click the 'Join Waitlist' button on the product page and Amazon will send you a notification if more stock is released.
Amazon Deals Of The Day: Amazon will be dropping a range of 24-hour Deals Of The Day during the sale. These deals are a cut above Black Friday's standard fare and typically feature big discounts on popular products. Aussie customers can also access US Deals of the Day directly through Amazon's Global store with free shipping for Prime members. (To get your free Amazon Prime trial, click here.)
Get the Amazon Prime app
Amazon offers both Android and iOS versions of its shopping app. You can then go to 'Today’s Deals' and 'Upcoming' inside the app to see all the deals before they go live. If you spot something you're keen on, there's a 'Watch this Deal' option so you can keep track of the deals you want to make the most of when the sale has officially started for that item.
We'll be compiling a big list of all the best deals later tonight. You can also keep tabs on the event's best bargains via our Black Friday 2018 tag.
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