It's happening: early Amazon Black Friday deals have started appearing on the retailer’s website. And with Amazon's official Black Friday sale just around the corner, it’s official: the shopping frenzy has begun.
But we’re here to help. We’ll be working hard to bring you the very best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from Amazon right here.
The big question is: should you buy now? Or should you hold out for a better deal on the day? It’s tricky to know when the absolute best Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals will go live. Last year, we saw some great early bargains from Amazon - but the offers we saw over Black Friday and Cyber Monday themselves were, generally, on a different level.
Our best advice is: if you’re looking for something specific, set yourself a budget. If you see a deal on the right product, with the right specs, for the right price, grab it while you can. There’s no guarantee you’ll see it at that price again, and while it’s frustrating to see a price drop further, it’s worse when you miss out entirely.
We’d also recommend signing up for Amazon Prime, if you’re not a member already, to get access to Amazon's Lightening deals 30 minutes earlier than everyone else. If you don't want to commit to Prime, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial – just make sure you cancel the trial before the 30-day limit.
Scroll down for our pick of the best early Amazon Black Friday deals, followed by a list of offers that Amazon says will drop in the week leading up to the event.
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Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor: $479 (was $699)
Save $220: Grab this gorgeous, slick and speedy Alienware gaming monitor – with its 240Hz refresh rate, low 1ms response time and great build quality – for just $479, with this early Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S9: $654 (was $719)
Save $66 - Got your eye on Samsung's latest flagship smartphone? You can save $66 with this Amazon Black Friday deal, right now. We don't anticipate the price of this phone dropping much more over Black Friday and Cyber Monday.View Deal
Sony RX100 V: $891 (was $998)
Save $106 - With specs that put some high-end DSLRs to shame when it launched, the Sony RX100 V has since been replaced – but it remains an incredibly versatile and powerful premium compact camera. This is the best price we've seen so far.
UK: Early Amazon Black Friday deals
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch): £1,799 (was £1,999)
Save £200 - Amazon has cut the cost of the 13-inch Surface Book 2 by 10% in the run up to Black Friday. It comes specced with Intel i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD – take a look at this deal now.View Deal
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch): £2,219 (was £2,499)
Save £370 - Need a bigger hard drive? Amazon has also slashed the price of the 512 GB SSD version of the 13-inch Surface Book 2, this time by an impressive 15%. It comes with Intel i7 processor and 8GB RAM. View Deal
Sony A7 Mark II: £1,140.40 after cashback (RRP £1,570)
Save £429.58 - The Sony A7 II is a generation old now, but it remains an excellent option for anyone wanting to get started with full-frame or mirrorless photography. With this Amazon deal, you can pocket it for less than £450. Bargain.View Deal
UPCOMING: Fire HD 10 Tablet: $99 (was $149)
Save $50 - You can pocket the adult version of Amazon's 10-inch tablet with a $50 saving with this up-coming Amazon Black Friday deal. Deal starts: Friday 16 November
UPCOMING: Fire TV Stick: $24 (was $39)
Save $15 - Turn any screen into a Smart TV with this super affordable streaming stick. This sweet early Amazon Black Friday deal makes it even more tempting. Deal starts: Sunday 18 November
UPCOMING: Fire TV Stick 4K: $34 (was $49)
Save $15 - Start streaming 4K media with this powerful 4K streaming stick, and save $15 in the process. Deal starts: Sunday 18 November
UPCOMING: Echo Dot (3rd Gen): $24 (was $49)
Save $25 - Grab Amazon's latest smart speaker for $25 cheaper than usual with this upcoming Amazon Black Friday offer. Deal starts: Thursday 22 November
UPCOMING: Echo Plus (2nd Gen): $109 (was $149)
Save $40 - You can get Amazon's most premium smart speaker for just $109, down from $149, in just a matter of days. Deal starts: Thursday 22 November
UPCOMING: Echo Show (2nd Gen): $179 (was $229)
Save $50 - Want your Echo to have a screen? Pocket Amazon's latest 10.1-inch smart screen for $50 off with this ace Amazon Black Friday deal. Deal starts: Thursday 22 November
How to get the best Amazon Black Friday deals
Aside from bookmarking this page, if you’re serious about bagging a bargain this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you'll need an Amazon Prime subscription. One of the key benefits is that you'll get access to Amazon's Lightening deals 30 minutes earlier than everyone else, giving you a better chance of success.
Lightning Deals are time-sensitive promotions that last until the deal expires or the available stock runs out. Amazon launched extra Lightning Deals every day leading up to and over the Black Friday weekend last year – the best ones can start and end in minutes, so those extra 30 minutes are often invaluable.
Prime membership will set you back $12.99/£7.99 per month ($6.49 if you're a student) or $119/£79 annually. But if you're not a Prime subscriber already and don't want to commit, you can sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial and you'll be eligible for Lightening deals (as well as all the other Prime benefits). You can then cancel any time within that 30 days with no strings attached. Just don’t sign up yet – wait until 1st November.
Get a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial
Get early access to Lightening deals over Black Friday and Cyber Monday – plus free delivery, super-fast shipping, thousands of free movies and TV shows, and all the other Prime benefits – with a free Amazon Prime trial. Make sure you sign up after 1 November 2018 to benefit over Black Friday and Cyber Monday.View Deal
11 of the best Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals last year
To give you an idea of the sort of discounts we’re expecting this year, here’s a selection of some of the best savings we saw last year – and the good news is we saw similar price cuts over Prime Day this summer.
While we can’t promise that we’ll see these deals again, this information should help you make a better judgement call now as to whether a deal is worth grabbing.
Microsoft Surface Book – $1547 (was $2699)
Save $1151: When the Surface Book 2 came out last summer, Amazon slashed the cost of Microsoft’s first-ever 2-in-1 laptop. There were a few different specced models in the Amazon Black Friday sale: this was one of the beefier versions, and the price was cut by over $1,000, bringing it down to just over $1,500.
Apple MacBook Pro: £2039.99 (was £2349)
Save £309: This Amazon Black Friday deal shaved just over £300 off the new MacBook Pro with touch bar. Under the hood was an Intel Core i7 processor with 256GB storage and 16GB memory, plus a Radeon PRO 555 graphics card.
Apple iMac, Retina 4K display: £1149 (was £1449)
Save £300 - We spotted this deal at Amazon on Apple's 21-inch all-in-one iMac with Intel Core i5 3.4GHz processor. That’s a solid saving for creatives but it was popular so you had to move quickly to get it.
Wacom Intuos Pro: $299.95 (normally $349.95)
Save $50 – Amazon dropped the price of this medium Wacom Intuos Pro graphics tablet to $299.95. Pegged as Wacom’s finest creative pen tablet to date, prices didn’t drop much more than this over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period last year.
Wacom Cintiq Pro 13" – £764.99 (usually £899.99)
Save £135: We spotted the smaller 13-inch Cintiq Pro graphics tablet on sale lsat year. It came with a 3-month Creative Cloud subscription thrown in, making it a deal worth having if you were happy with the smaller drawing area.
Philips BDM4037UW 4K monitor: $767.43 (usually $999.99)
Save $232.56: This massive 40-inch curved monitor boasts 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution, making it perfect for both desktop and TV duties. You could save a sweet 23% with this Amazon Black Friday deal last year.
Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR camera kit – $1299 (usually $1799)
Save $500: Amazon slashed the cost of Canon’s 24MP EOS 80D to a very respectable $1,299. The camera body came with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 image stabilisation USM lens.
Nikon D3400 + lens kit – £389.99 (was £489.99)
Save £100: You could get the Nikon D3400 and AF-P 18-55VR lens from Amazon for a cool £100 cheaper than usual over Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year. It was our best cheap DSLR camera of 2017 – and with the extra price cut, a fantastic bargain.
GoPro Hero5 – £338.99 (usually £494.97)
Save £154: GoPro's Hero5 is an extremely powerful action camera offering smooth 4K video, a user-friendly touchscreen interface and voice activation. Amazon has knocked down the price today, so you can pick it up – along with a rechargeable battery and three-way arm – for just £338.99.
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB (unlocked) – $574.99 (usually $724.99)
Save: $150: The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the most impressive phones of 2017 – we ranked it the best smartphone for designers last year. This was a great Amazon Black Friday deal for anyone in the market for a new handset.
Sony XB950N1 noise cancelling headphones – $123 (usually $126.99)
Save $126: These wireless Sony headphones boast noise cancelling and extra bass, and were knocked down in price by over 50 per cent.
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Stay with Creative Bloq to get the best Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in 2018
We’ll be working around the clock to curate all the best Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for designers, artists and creatives on this page. We don’t know how good this year’s discounts will be - but we can tell you that our expects will be picking through all Amazon’s offerings and posting only the best-value deals here. So bookmark this page and check back in November.