Black Friday 2016: All the best deals and where to find them

(Updated 1800): There are still plenty of top deals left available

What once was the domain of bonkers American bargain-hunters is now also an institution over here in Blighty. Black Friday is the greatest shopping event all year, offering almost unbelievable discounts on practically everything.

Of course, it's gadgets we're most interested in, and Black Friday brings gadget deals aplenty. PhonestabletsTVssmartwatchesconsolescameras and more are available from the likes of AmazonCarphone WarehouseRicher SoundsJohn Lewis, and almost any other shop you can imagine with genuinely huge price reductions.

But to get the very best gadgets at the very best prices you need to be quick and you need to know what you're doing. Luckily, we're here to help, so strap in and get prepared for Black Friday 2016.

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Misc (as of 1800 on 25/11/16)

Where do we put everything that doesn't fit somewhere else? In here of course!

These miscellaneous deals include everything from £30 off the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to £30 off the Sphero BB-8. And some other deals that aren't £30 off too.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Was: £109.99 | Now: £79.99 | Saving: 27%

Get the deal here

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Sphero BB-8

Live: from Mon 21 Nov until stock runs out

Was: £129.99 | Now: £99.99 | Saving: 23%

Get the deal here

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Oral-B Pro 6000 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity and Smart Series Powered by Braun

Live: Wed 23 Nov until stock runs out

Was: £229.99 | Now: £55.99 | Saving: 76%

Get the deal here

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Save at least 70% everyday on top-rated Kindle Books

Live: from Tues 22 Nov until stock runs out

Saving: 70%

Get the deal here

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Home Inventor 12L 207W Portable Dehumidifier

Live: 1425 Tues 22 Nov

Was: £89.99 | Now: £71.19 | Saving: 21%

Get the deal here

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1byone Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale

Live: 1425 Tues 22 Nov

Was: £11.99 | Now: £8.69 | Saving: 28%

Get the deal here

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Xplova X5 - Smart Video GPS Cycling Computer with HD 720P Wide-Angle Camera

Live: from Mon 21 Nov until stock runs out

Was: £429.99 | Now: £343.99 | Saving: 20%

Get the deal here

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iRig HD-A Digital Guitar Interface

Live: from Mon 21 Nov until stock runs out

Was: £69.99 | Now: £59.99 | Saving: 14%

Get the deal here

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iRig Acoustic Guitar Interface

Live: from Mon 21 Nov until stock runs out

Was: £29.99 | Now: £19.99 | Saving: 33%

Get the deal here

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ccbetter PEN000003 3D Printing Pen pack

Live: 0825 Mon 21 Nov

Was: £99.99 | Now: £35.98 | 63%

Get the deal here

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MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Premium (2017)

Live: from Mon 21 Nov until stocks run out

Was: £89.99 | Now: £49.99 | 44%

Get the deal here

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Sonic toothbrush by Philips

Live: from Mon 21 Nov until stocks run out

Was: £88.92 | Now: £27.99 | Saving: 69%

Get the deal here

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Save 48% on selected De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissma Touch Automatic Coffee Machines

Live: from Sun 20 Nov until stocks run out

Get the deal here

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At least 20% off VicTsing Camera and Electronics

Live: from Sun 20 Nov until stocks run out

Get the deal here

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Melitta Caffeo Solo Fully Automatic Coffee Makers

Live: from Fri 18 Nov until stocks run out

Up to 33% off

Get the deal here

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TUCCH Red Leather Case for iPhone 6s/6s plus

Live: 1625 Thurs 17 Nov 

Was: £45.99 | Now: £14.99 | Saving: 67% 

Get the deal here

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Dennov 8GB Stereo Digital Voice Recorder & MP3 Music Player

Live: 0800 Wed 16 Nov 

Was: £66.00 | Now: £39.99 | Saving: 40% 

Get the deal here

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Non-Black Friday deals

Of course great gadget deals are available all year round, and that's particularly the case as we near Christmas and Black Friday itself.

We've already found dozens of top tech deals on such Stuff-favourite gadgets as the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Microsoft Xbox One S, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Sony PlayStation VR. And because we're helpful kind of people, we've listed them for you here:

The best Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus deals

The month's best UK mobile contract deals

The best Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge deals

The best Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL deals

The best Sony PlayStation 4 Pro and Sony PlayStation VR deals

The best SIM-free smartphone deals

The best SIM-only contract deals

The best Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA deals

The best Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE deals

What is Black Friday?

Put simply, Black Friday is a day of huge discounts that occurs each year on the day after America's Thanksgiving, which is always on the fourth Thursday of November.

It basically signals the first day for Christmas shopping and, in an attempt to tempt you into their shops rather than those of a rival, retailers in the States (and now all over the world) drop their prices massively.

Where does the name come from? There are conflicting theories, but who really cares about that anyway? Far more important are the deals themselves, which can be pretty staggering. Many are limited in time or stock, though, so being quick is essential. Lucky for you, when the time comes we'll highlight the biggest deals and provide links straight to them to speed up the process for you. You're welcome.

When is Black Friday 2016?

Black Friday 2016 is on Friday 25 November - at least that's the official date. In reality, this is less of a single-day event and more of a week-long discount extravaganza. Amazon even calls it "Black Friday Deals Week" and runs limited-time "Lightning Deals" for ages in the run-up to the 25th.

It doesn't end there, either, with Cyber Monday adding an extra day of online shopping-focused deals. Wearing out that credit card looks like a very real possibility.

But getting the best deals can be a tiring, time-consuming process - many deals start at midnight or the early hours and can be sold out by the time you'd usually get out of bed, so best get your coffee supply topped up in advance.

What should you buy on Black Friday?

Black Friday brings discounts on almost every kind of product, so you can really pick up anything you like. Anyone looking for a 4K TVPS4 or Xbox One should stay especially alert, as these always see big price reductions during Black Friday.

Smartphonestablets and camera bargains feature heavily, too. And it's not just hardware - games and Blu-rays also get the Black Friday treatment, making November a great time to bolster your collections or find a great present to give to someone else at Christmas.