Black Friday is here! The American tradition has caught on here in a big way, with Irish are shoppers expected to spend 100 million euro.
Traders in the US discount their stock the day after Thanksgiving, a bit like how we have St Stephen’s Day sales here in Ireland.
American businesses that had been running at a loss - and were in the red - would count on the Friday after Thanksgiving to get them back into the black.
It’s turned into a weekend long affair in Europe though because of ‘Cyber Monday’ – the busiest day for online shopping because people are placing orders in time to be delivered for Christmas.
We’ve compiled the discount codes for some of your favourite stores but here are a few words of warning:
Check the small print. Exclusions will apply especially in the likes of department stores where beauty and jewellery is rarely discounted.
Don’t forget to check the shipping charges and delivery dates.
The products discounted over Black Friday and Cyber Monday may not actually be cheaper than they were a month ago. That said, the odds are they won’t be any cheaper this side of Christmas.
The following are all EU web sites i.e. where your taxes and charges have been levied appropriately. But if you purchase anything from, say a US or Chinese web site, you could be hit with a bill from Revenue when it’s delivered. Take special care if you’re ordering from non EU sellers on Amazon, eBay, Etsy or other such sites.
Cloud 10 Beauty: 20% everything off Thursday to Sunday CODE: Black20
ASOS: 20% off everything Thursday to Tuesday CODE: GOGOGO
Topshop: Discounts of up to 50% off Thursday to Monday but there’s no code necessary!
River Island: 20% off on Friday 11am to 3pm. CODE: BFRIDAY15
Warehouse: Up to 30% off everything, no code.
New Look: 50% off selected items, no code.
Arnotts: 20% off in most departments, from now until Sunday, no code needed.
Brown Thomas: Up to 20% off in many departments – from now until Monday. Again, no code necessary.
Cari’s Closet: 20% off from now until Monday, no code.
H&M: 20% off everything & free delivery. Code 6013
House of Fraser: Up to 50% off in most departments, from now until Monday. No code.
Debenhams: 15% off fragrances, no code
Office: 20% off CODE: WONDER
Boohoo: Up to 50% off everything this Friday
PrettyLittleThing: Up to 50% off everything this Friday
MissGuided: 30% off selected dresses CODE: HOTAF
French Connection: UP to 50% off selected items, no code.
All Saints: 30% off everything, no code.
Urban Outfitters: Up to 50% off everything from now until Monday, no code.
Charlotte Tilbury is offering some deals on her certain makeup items online only. Today’s offer is a 2 for 1 on her Nocturnal Eyes To Mesmerize shadow and liner duo. There’s a new deal happening each day until Monday 28th.
Great Outdoors: To celebrate the store's 40th Birthday this weekend, they have 20% off The North Face, Columbia Salomon, Helly Hansen, Meindl, Merrel and a lot of items on special discount.
INGLOT: 10% off everything, Friday only. CODE:BLACKFRIDAY
Benefit Cosmetics: 20% off sale. Code: BLACK20
Forever 21: Black Friday deals from €4 www.forever21.com
Peter Mark: €25 off selected GHD and L'Oreal Steampod in salon and online
Up to 50% Off selected fashion & footwear
Up to 30% on selected Yankee Candles
Up to 40% on selected sofas (including sofa beds)
Up to 20% on selected River Island
Up to 30% off selected Superdry
Up to 50% off selected Silentnight beds & mattresses (include bedding)
Up to 20% off selected Converse
Up to 25% on selected toys
Save 25% on selected Fitbit
Up to 20% off selected UGG
Up to 20% off selected Adidas
Up to 10% on selected laptops
The McGinn sisters over at Opsh (which is Ireland's answer to ASOS) are also keeping an eye on the best deals this weekend. You can see which reductions are grabbing their attention here.
Some of our favourite Dublin based designers are also getting on the Black Friday / Cyber Monday bandwagon.
As small, independent businesses their prices are understandably higher than massive retailers like Topshop. This weekend's deals make their clothes and jewellery more affordable.
Emma Manley's designs have been seen on Amy Huberman, Vogue Williams and most recently the Castleknock native designed the wedding dress of actress Aoibhin Garrihy:
Former DJ turned jewellery designer Jenny Huston's Edge Only has some BITCHIN' pieces:
Portobello-based Chupi does jewellery that's kinda the total opposite and we love it just as much. Her Black Friday offer runs from now until Monday. When you spend €149 you'll get a "sparkly surpise with a minimum value of €99". Enter the code BLACKFRIDAY16 at the checkout.
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And now for the biggest bargain of them all. Dublin designer Merle O'Grady creates her own jewellery but also sells pieces on Jewel Citizens that have been seen on the likes of Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner. From midnight Sunday until midnight Wednesday she's giving 98FM listeners a massive 70% off everything! Enter Cyber70 at the checkout.