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Cyber Monday - live: Online sales continue at brands including Amazon, eBay and Boots

Huge discounts are still on offer following Black Friday

Olivia Petter,Sabrina Barr
Monday 26 November 2018 17:00 GMT
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Following the shopping frenzy of Black Friday, the discounts continue on Cyber Monday with retailers reducing prices on everything from headphones to gaming consoles.

What originally began in 2005 as a marketing tactic in the US has quickly become an international phenomenon, with consumers rushing to their computers and smartphones so that they can sweep up the best online deals.

The discounts won't last for very long, so make sure that you keep an eye on your favourite online retailers so that you don't miss out on any exciting offers.

Follow all the latest news on deals and bargains with our live blog below.

The countdown begins

With less than 24 hours to go, anticipations are running high for Black Friday, the UK's biggest shopping day of the year.

Many leading retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis and AO, have already started cutting their prices in a bid to appeal those who prefer to plan their purchases ahead of time.

The most sought-after Black Friday deals are usually those on technological devices, such as laptops, consoles, and TVs.

Household appliances are a popular one too, given that items like dishwashers, fridges and espresso machines typically come with hefty price tags - but on Black Friday, they're much more affordable.

Click here for our full Black Friday deals guide, where we've hand-selected the best bargains and listed which retailers are doing what.

You'll also find plenty of advice on how to make the most of the day, from when to make your purchases to which deals offer cashback.

Happy shopping.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 11:34

One for the fashion fans

ASOS is offering 20 per cent off its entire site with the code: HELLO20 as of right now.

Shoppers can get their hands on a whole host of discounted fashion items from the online retailer, from winter coats and cosy jumpers to jeans and dresses.

All Saints are going one step further, offering 30 per cent off its entire collection, meaning fans can get their hands on the label's signature leather jackets

Other fashion brands getting involved in the Black Friday fun include Boohoo, H&M and Urban Outfitters, who are offering 50 per cent off on selected lines in store and online.

Click here to see all the best fashion deals happening on Black Friday.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 11:55

Looking for something from Apple?

Apple products are renowned for their high price tags, making the tech retailer one of the most sought-after on Black Friday.

But in previous years, the company has only offered gift cards alongside its most popular products, which still have to be spent in store. 

This year, Apple will be running sales over the entire weekend, but fans will have to wait until tomorrow to find out exactly which products will be discounted.

The company has revealed almost nothing so far, announcing its Black Friday participation with a mysterious set of phrases, reading only: "Four days. Special offers",

For those who want to get ahead, there are a number of deals on Apple products (MacBooks, iPhones and iPads) already available at other retailers, such as Argos, John Lewis and Currys.

Click here for our hand-picked selection of all the best Apple deals.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 12:13

Get your hands on a new TV from just £189.99

Having a high-quality TV can make all the difference in your home, and there are numerous Black Friday discounts on various models already on offer.

For those looking to keep costs low, you can purchase this 32-inch Smart TV from Argos, or you might want to check out this JVC 32-inch Smart TV from Amazon, which has gone from £449 to £229.99.

But the deals don't stop there.

From full HD to 4K Ultra HD, LCD and OLED models, we've done all the bargain hunting so you can get your new telly just in time for Christmas. Click here for all the best TV deals happening this Black Friday.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 12:28

Amazon is marking Black Friday with a huge ten day sale

The online giant is one of the biggest Black Friday supporters and is celebrating this year's proceedings with a mammoth ten day sale, which started on Thursday 16 November.

Offering discounts on all of its own products, shoppers can pick up a range of goods at slashed prices, from the Echo Dot speaker to the Fire TV stick.

Amazon's Black Friday sales will run until 25 November, giving everyone a chance to make the most of the major discounts on offer, which apply to everything from electronics and games to fashion and beauty products.

Throughout the period, you can expect to find "Deals of the Day" which are featured for just 24 hours, "Lightning Deals" that are featured for several hours and "Best Deals" which can run for up to two weeks.

This year, the retailer is going above and beyond to create a real-life Black Friday experience for its shoppers by hosting a "Home of Black Friday" popup in Shoreditch, which opens from 12.30pm today.

At the popup, shoppers will be able to take part in a whole host of innovative experiences, from prize giveaways and product sampling to workshops and "VIP experiences".

Click here for everything you need to know about what's on offer at Amazon this Black Friday.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 12:45

If you're looking to buy a console, now is the time

Whether you're looking for a PlayStation 4, an Xbox One, or a Nintendo Switch, there's no better moment to make your games console purchase than the present.

This year there are already plenty of offers available, with Argos selling the PS4 Slim 500GB Console for just £249.99 and Game selling the Playstation 4 Pro 1TB Console for a special price of £349.99. Or, if it's an Xbox you're after, Game is offering the Xbox One S 1TB at a discounted price of £204.80.

Unsure of which model to go for?

The Independent's technology editor Andrew Griffin, and avid gamer, has weighed in to explain the major differences, and help you choose the most suitable console for you.

Click here to swot up on his words of wisdom and find one to suit your tastes and, more importantly, your budget.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 13:30

Lululemon's site crashes as Black Friday shoppers try to cash in early on the best deals

Shoppers were complaining this morning on Twitter that Lululemon, the plush American athleisure label known for its luxurious products and high price tags, was experiencing a surge in demand that led its website to crash. 

The website went down shortly after the brand published a Facebook post announcing it would be taking part in Black Friday.

It seems that the website is still not functioning properly, with customers lamenting on Twitter that they have been unable to make their Black Friday purchases.

The brand has responded to some of the complaints explaining that their web team are working hard to rectify the situation.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 19:30

Which broadband deal should you go for?

Before you invest in a new TV package or broadband deal during the Black Friday period, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Luckily, The Independent's technology critic David Phelan has given us a heads up on what to look out for, and what type of deal will suit you best, offering up his insight on products from Sky, Now TV, Virgin Media, Amazon Prime Video and more.

Click here to see his hand-picked selection of the most impressive deals so far, from cinema packages to superfast broadband.

olivia.petter22 November 2018 21:30

GCHQ warns of cyber-crime on Black Friday 

Black Friday has finally arrived, but GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned that the annual shopping day, which sees retailers offering major discounts, offers criminals "prime pickings" for cyber-crime.

The organisation has published a detailed blog post offering shoppers seven tips so as to stay safe this weekend so as to avoid falling for scams and having personal information stolen when making purchases online.

"Cyber criminals have a field day at this time of year because they know your guard is a little lower as you rush to bag the bargains," the post reads.

"Your inbox is probably full of promotional emails promising the most incredible deals. And when this is the norm,  it becomes hard to differentiate real bargains from the dodgy ones."

The organisation advises shoppers to be vigilant when it comes to spotting fake websites and "phoney" branding.

"We need to help each other to beat the scammers," the blog continues. 

"Having a cyber chat today could protect you and your family online."

NCSC are responding to questions and addressing security concerns all day on Twitter .

olivia.petter23 November 2018 08:27

Latest deals released on smart speakers, TVs and smartphones

With Black Friday now in full swing, there's a whole host of deals to get your hands on, with retailers slashing their prices on all sorts of desirable products, many of which fall under the tech category.

For those looking to buy a new smartphone, you can pick up a Samsung Galaxy S9 and save £200 by paying £26.99 a month with no upfront cost - this is available at Carphone Warehouse.

If an iPhone is what you're after, check out this deal fromSky, where you can buy an iPhone SE 32GB at no upfront cost, paying £10 a month.

Smart speakers are also available at much lower prices than normal, with Argos selling the Google Home Mini for just £29.

As for TVs, you can pick up a shiny new box for as low as £189 from Amazon.

Stay up to date with all the latest Black Friday deals with our handy guide, which is being constantly updated throughout the day to ensure you get the best offers around.

olivia.petter23 November 2018 09:00

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