Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals: what to expect in 2018

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Thousands of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are about to be unleashed – and that's just from Amazon. We're around six weeks away from two of the biggest shopping events in the retail calendar, so we've put together this guide for what to look out for, and how to find the best deals at Amazon on Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2018.

Of course, the savings won't be limited to just the two days. Black Friday falls on 23rd November this year and Cyber Monday on 26th November, but we're expecting deals to start dropping a week or two before – and to carry on into December, too. 

So what are the best Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals we're expecting for designers, artists and creatives this year? And when's the best time to buy? Here's everything you need to know...

When to get the best deals at Amazon on Black Friday / Cyber Monday in 2018

We expect to see some deals on Amazon products over Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year  

We expect to see some deals on Amazon products over Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year  

Although we expect to see some of the best deals over Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we know from last year that Amazon will be dropping decent deals for a much longer period than this. In 2017, the retailer launched its Deals of the Day scheme on 17th November – seven days before Black Friday – effectively stretching Amazon’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period to a massive 10 days.

Were the discounts any good? Yes. There were a couple of cracking bargains early on – but we saw the best Amazon deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday itself, and would expect this to the case again. If the retailer runs a repeat of last year, we’ll start seeing offers from 16th November. 

How to get the best deals at Amazon on Black Friday / Cyber Monday in 2018

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

Other than being a Prime member, our top tip is to keep an eye on this page in the weeks running up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and get a feel for the savings on offer. Don’t part with any cash until you see the right offer for you.

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 in November 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. 

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.

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