Black Friday 2017 is steaming ever closer: are you ready for the biggest shopping day of the year? If you’re in the market for a creative bargain but don’t have time to permanently monitor Amazon for the best discounts, fear not. We’ll be bringing you all the best Amazon Black Friday deals for designers, illustrators and artists – right here.
Whether you’re a studio owner, freelancer or work in-house, we’re on hand to help you make huge savings on everything from hardware (including workstations, laptops, graphics tablets, cameras and more) to software, studio kit, design books, lifestyle items and more.
So bookmark this page and make sure you check back regularly – not just once Black Friday 2017 has kicked off on 24 November, but in the run up to Thanksgiving as well. We’ll be scooping up all the best early bargains for designers and creatives.
A word of warning, though. The online retailer doesn’t divulge how much stock it has, so if you see an Amazon Black Friday deal you like, it's good advice to purchase the item while you can.
(We're not advocating snapping up every deal you see, of course. We're just saying don't expect quality deals to last long.)
How can I get the best Amazon Black Friday deals?
Aside from checking in regularly to this page, if you’re serious about bagging a bargain this Black Friday, an Amazon Prime subscription is recommended.
Last year, Amazon gave subscribers early access to some of its blink-and-you-miss-them Lighting Deals – which you tend to find on the Today's Deals page. These usually centre around items where stock is low and don’t last for long.
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Amazon also aimed some of its 2016 Black Friday deals exclusively at Prime users. And subscribers benefitted from additional discounts on prices that were already reduced, too.
For those who don't already have one, an Amazon prime subscription will set you back £79/$99 per year. For that, you'll get access to Amazon Prime Video (like Netflix), Amazon Prime Music (like Spotify), special offers throughout the year, faster delivery and unlimited photo storage in the cloud – among other benefits.
The best Amazon Black Friday deals
The million dollar question: what are the best Amazon Black Friday deals that designers and illustrators can expect in 2017?
According to our sister site TechRadar, you can “almost certainly guarantee” that Amazon's own line of products – including the Echo and Echo Dot speakers, Fire stick, Fire tablets and Kindle e-Readers will get a discount too.
Based on last year's results, we’d also hope to see some cracking offers in the following areas...
- Graphics tablets Black Friday deals
Amazon recently offered some tasty discounts on select Wacom and Bamboo gear for its #ShopTheFuture event. We’d hope to see more of these repeated over Black Friday 2017.
- Phone Black Friday deals
One deal already up on Amazon gives you the chance to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphone for just £626.99. It launched in April 2017 for £779 in the UK – which is what you’ll get it for at most leading retailers – but Amazon has knocked £120 off the price (and we'd hope to see more offers like this over Black Friday).
TechRadar gave the Samsung Galaxy S8+ 4.5 our of 5 stars in its review, which you can read here.
- Camera Black Friday deals
Need a new camera for your studio? Amazon is already offering the Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera Body for just £629.99 – down from £849.99. It boasts a 24.1 MP DX format CMOS sensor, 3.2 inch LCD and dual SD memory card slots. TechRadar reviewed the camera and awarded it four out of five stars.
- Computing and accessories Black Friday deals
Last year saw a plethora of computing deals, including an HP Slimline 410-135na Desktop machine for £329.99, and – reports TechRadar – £200 off the ASUS Flip UX360UA 13.3-inch Touchscreen Zenbook Notebook.
We'd hope to see workstations, laptops, monitors and a host of computing accessories discounted over Black Friday.