How to get the best Black Friday deals on smart home devices

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The Hive Black Friday Sale is here – and it’s as big as ever!

In the past, many have queued in the early hours to be the first through the doors to nab the best bargains but fortunately savvy shoppers don’t need to sacrifice sleep to score some great deals.

In fact, Hive is likely to start offering Black Friday deals a couple of weeks in advance to give customers a chance to decide what to buy – we’re nice like that! Keep an eye on Hive offers so that you’re the first to know about our Hive Black Friday deals.

Originating in the USA, Black Friday has crossed the pond to become one of the UK’s biggest shopping days too and it can be a great time to swoop on Black Friday smart devices deals. Traditionally, Black Friday is usually the day after Thanksgiving, and this year Black Friday falls on 26th November 2021, with Cyber Monday following on 29th November.

Remember, Hive normally starts offering Black Friday deals a couple of weeks in advance to give customers a chance to decide which smart home products suit them. So keep an eye on Hive offers next year so that you’re the first to know about our Black Friday smart home deals for 2022. While you’re here, see our top tips on how to find all the best Black Friday tech deals this year.

1. Think about your shopping list

Most of us are guilty of getting carried away in the heat of the shopping moment. When there is a bargain to be had, it’s easy to end up buying something we don’t really need. It might be a great deal, but it can still be a waste of money if it’s not quite right.

But the trick is to be prepared and work out exactly what you want beforehand.

2. Committing to a budget might save you stress

It’s also a good idea to work out a budget and stick to it. For instance, things like smart thermostats can range in price hugely so spend some time in advance working out what you want it to do and how much you’re willing to pay.

3. Research carefully and stay informed

In the weeks leading up to it, lots of retailers release details of their Black Friday deals. Make a note of all the places that are offering the biggest discounts on the things you want. Then you know where to shop but also who else to try if your first choice runs out of stock. The quickest way to get your list together is to set up Google Alerts. Or if this sounds a bit too complicated, just follow your favourite shops on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to make sure you’re up to speed on their Black Friday deals.

4. Check up before checking out

Some shops put their prices up so that their Black Friday deals look even more amazing. Or might have been selling your dream device cheaper earlier in the year. Use websites like PriceSpy or PriceHistory to get historical data on prices so you can see how much you should pay.

5. Sort online accounts in advance

It’s worth setting up an account with online retailers and saving your bank details in advance. In recent years some websites got so busy that navigating through each page was a bit like the M25 on a Bank Holiday Friday. Give yourself a head start and avoid that agonising feeling of your basket selling out before you’ve had a chance to input your payment details.

6. Bag bargains from your sofa

Following the lockdowns, you may be fully fed up of online shopping and prefer to head to the stores in person. However, that’s not always a pleasant process on Black Friday, and there are often queues and crowds to battle with on the high street.

So it’s good to know that you can still score some amazing Black Friday tech deals from the comfort of your sitting room. You can even avoid delivery costs by choosing click and collect. Most shops will let you pick up at some point over the next week.

7. Stay up late, start early

Lots of retailers drop some of their biggest deals online as the clock strikes midnight. So it can pay to be a Thursday-night owl. And if you’re brave enough to hit the shops then it’s also a sensible idea to start as early as possible. Some will open early so plan your day in advance to make sure you’re at the front of the queue.

8. Be clued up on returns

That 90% off designer dress is not such a deal if it doesn’t fit and you can’t get a refund. Before clicking ‘buy now’, check the retailer’s return policy on Black Friday items, as this can sometimes vary from their standard policies. We want you to be completely happy with your Hive products, and you can learn about Hive returns and refunds.

9. There’ll always be other days for great deals

Black Friday isn’t the only time you can bag a bargain on smart home tech. Hive offers amazing deals throughout the year that you won’t find anywhere else. Buying through Hive means you’ll always get the best price on our range of smart home products.

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