Cyber Monday is the biggest shopping event of the year in many parts of the world. The retail day began as an addition to the Black Friday sales extravaganza following Thanksgiving, but is now often the bigger day, with some of the best deals and biggest discounts saved for the Cyber Monday after the weekend.
Consumer electronics of course feature prominently in the Cyber Monday sales, so you can always expect big savings on 4K OLED TVs, wireless headphones, Bluetooth speakers, record players and more.
And while the big shopping giants such as Amazon, Argos, Currys and John Lewis can dominate the Cyber Monday deals, expect smaller, specialist shops to be just as competitive on price – and perhaps with closer attention to customer service. That’s why we will be covering audio specialists such as Richer Sounds and Sevenoaks just as closely when the Cyber Monday 2020 deals begin to arrive.
This year, with Amazon Prime Day set to be in October, having been delayed by Covid-19, and consumers now even more used to shopping online, the Cyber Monday UK deals could be bigger and longer than ever, potentially starting earlier than previous years.
Cyber Monday quick links
When is Cyber Monday 2020?
Cyber Monday 2020 will be Monday 30th November.
Cyber Monday always takes place on the Monday after Black Friday, which itself always takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
While we can expect plenty of activity in the days up to the big shopping weekend, and a flurry of activity on Friday, increasingly retailers have held back big deals for Cyber Monday – and even stretched out the sale into a “Cyber Week” of deals.
What is Cyber Monday?
The term ‘Cyber Monday’, meanwhile, was coined by Scott Silverman and the National Retail Federation’s Ellen Davis in a bid to encourage people to take their shopping online during the Black Friday event. That was back in 2005, when people needed such encouragement! It’s always the Monday after Black Friday.
So, in may ways, Cyber Monday is the original online shopping extravaganza, and with more of us shopping online, this year more than ever, it looks likely to grow and grow.
How long will Cyber Monday last?
Well, Black Friday is of course strictly 24 hours. And Cyber Monday is 24 hours. But like Amazon Prime Day and the January sales, these events always have preliminary and aftermath offers.
For one, deals will run during the weekend sandwiched in the middle of the two days. And in the days and weeks building up to them, there will be plenty of ‘pre-Black Friday’ savings serenading the sites.
The Cyber Monday deals inevitably stretch out into the rest of the week (‘Tech Tuesday’, anyone?). We wouldn’t put it past retailers like Amazon to run a week of deals following Cyber Monday.
Our experience also shows that there are often deals that carry all the way through from Black Friday into Cyber Monday. Perhaps not the very biggest and best deals to drop on Friday, but other offerings often hand around longer than retailers might have you believe.
Where to get the best Cyber Monday deals?
4K TVs, smart and Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones will almost guaranteed be on offer at pretty much every electronics retailer, and those looking to buy into, or build upon, an Alexa ecosystem will surely be able to save money on Fire streamer or tablet or Echo speaker.
The dominant names on the UK high street, such as Argos, Currys and John Lewis, will always go big on games console bundles ahead of Christmas, though whether we will see PS5 and Xbox Series X deals remains to be seen. We might have to settle for offers on the Nintendo Switch, which was a big seller last year.
We’re confident the specialist AV retailers such as Richer Sounds and Sevenoaks will deliver some hi-fi and home cinema bargains – last year’s What Hi-Fi? Award-winners are a good place to start when it comes to finding a price reduction. The likes of Amazon, Argos, eBay, Currys and AO.com will be competing in the bun fight to offer the lowest prices on audio and video too – which is only good news for the consumer.
A look back at the best Cyber Monday deals from last year
Last year best Cyber Monday deals
£180 £139 at Amazon
With a 3.1in touch screen for an intuitive operation, a 16GB internal memory that’s expandable via micro SD slot, a 45-hour battery life, Bluetooth and 24-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD support, this is one well-spec-ed portable hi-res music player.View Deal
B&W P5 Wireless headphones
£229 £129 at Sevenoaks
What’s not to like about the B&W P5 Wireless? Not much, from what we can see and hear. The company’s first wireless headphones have been around a while now but if you’re not concerned about noise-cancelling or the latest features, they remain a great deal.View Deal
£170 £129 at Currys
If you thought time would have aged the Play:1, think again. It remains a great-sounding wireless speaker, and a decent passage into multi-room for those on a tight budget. Now at a bargain price thanks to this Cyber Monday Sonos deal.View Deal
Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar
£350 £249 at Sevenoaks
You can now save £100 on this five-star soundbar from Yamaha. It’s a clear step above entry-level models in terms of quality, with a detailed, balanced sound. Take advantage of Bluetooth connectivity and the soundbar’s single 4K-compatible HDMI input.View Deal
Denon AVR-X3600H AV amplifier
£999 £799 at Sevenoaks
Our current home cinema amplifier Product of the Year, the Denon AVR-X3600H is an absolutely brilliant AVR with a rich, muscular sound, 11 channels of 180W amplification, eight HDMI inputs and three outputs. It’s a beast, and it’s now more affordable than ever.View Deal
LG OLED55C9PLA OLED TV for
£2499 £1299 at Amazon
Brand new for this year, LG’s C9 OLED improves on last year’s C8 in almost every way, making it comfortably the better buy if you can stretch to it. Doing so is now a lot easier than it was, too, as the price has steadily tumbled since launch.View Deal