As the leaves change color and the temperature drops, there’s only one thing on our mind, when is Black Friday 2023?

The Herculean sale kicks off later in November, but most retailers simply cannot wait to get you spending, so offers have already begun to rollout across major retailers from Amazon to Apple.

Black Friday deals have indeed already officially arrived ahead of schedule for some of the biggest online retailers. So if you're hoping to save as much money on holiday gifts as possible this year, the time of savings is now upon us. Black Friday is the absolute best time to buy just about everything, including big-ticket items like TVs, gaming consoles, and PCs.

Black Friday 2023: Everything you need to know

What is Black Friday? A quick dive into history.

The term "Black Friday" first gained traction in the 1960s. Originally, it was used to describe the chaotic and congested traffic in Philadelphia on the day after Thanksgiving. Over time, the phrase took on a new meaning as retailers embraced it to signify the point at which they turned a profit, moving from 'in the red' to 'in the black' on their financial ledgers.

What was once a one-day event has transformed into a weekend-long shopping spree, with some retailers even starting their sales on Thanksgiving evening. The appeal lies not only in the significant discounts but also in the experience of hunting for the best deals, creating a sense of urgency and excitement among consumers.

Mostly an online affair these days. While traditional brick-and-mortar stores continue to draw crowds, the rise of e-commerce has significantly impacted the Black Friday landscape. Online retailers offer virtual doorbusters and exclusive discounts, allowing consumers to participate in the shopping frenzy from the comfort of their homes. This shift has also given rise to Cyber Monday, a digital counterpart to Black Friday, emphasizing online deals and promotions.

All your favorite retailers will be doing some sort of price drop, including just about every online store you can think of. The shopping season is well and truly underway, and retailers continually adapt their strategies to maximize sales during this high-stakes weekend. Limited-time offers, flash sales, and exclusive discounts for loyalty program members are just a few tactics employed to entice shoppers. The element of surprise plays a crucial role, with some retailers keeping their most enticing deals a closely guarded secret until the last moment.

When is Black Friday?

Taking place the weekend after Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping always falls within the final weekend of November, so in 2022 it falls on November 25. As for 2023? The final Friday of the month is the 24th, so mark that down in your calendar and get ready for the big spend.

Tips to make the most out of Black Friday 2023

So how do you actually take advantage of the Black Friday sales? There's no use getting stuck into the sale if you're not sure how to actually get all the stuff you're hoping to buy, but luckily for you, we consider ourselves super sale experts and we know exactly how to find the best deals at just the right time. Armed with the proper knowledge, you'll be wasting zero time on offers you simply won't care about and can pull the trigger on some fantastic discounts ahead of Christmas. Time to fill up the space beneath the Christmas tree.

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We'd also recommend you make a list of stuff you're keen to purchase ahead of the sale. We know a bit of admin ahead of the sale seems like an unusual task, but it's the best way to avoid distraction and will stop you from simply buying everything you see online that's even a little bit discounted. Aside from that, enjoy yourself. Black Friday only comes around once a year, and no other shopping event can quite achieve the level of savings that are available to you over a whole month.

Going back to our dive into history…

Black Friday has evolved into more than just a shopping day; it's an experience that transcends the transactional nature of commerce and despite its popularity, it is not without its share of controversies. The frantic rush for deals has, at times, led to chaotic scenes, with reports of injuries and even fatalities in extreme cases. Additionally, the emphasis on consumerism and excessive spending has sparked debates about the true spirit of the holiday season and the environmental impact of mass consumption.

Nowadays it's more about the thrill of the hunt anyway, the satisfaction of securing a coveted item at a bargain price, and the communal excitement shared among fellow shoppers. Whether you choose to brave the crowds in-store or navigate the digital realm of online shopping, Black Friday remains a cultural phenomenon that marks the beginning of the festive season for millions around the world.