Why Black Friday will be different in 2021

Black Friday 2021
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Black Friday falls on 26 November 2021, and it's going to be a very big deal this year. According to UK retail analyst Springboard, footfall in stores will be up 80.9% over last year and online will be bigger than ever. But while Black Friday 2021 is going to be big, it’s also going to be different.

The biggest difference, of course, is that the US and the UK aren’t suffering as badly from COVID-19 as this time last year. Stores are open, nothing’s locked down (at the moment) and nobody’s panic-buying webcams because they suddenly have to live and work on Zoom. But there are some problems too. (Ready to bag a bargain right now? Check out the best early Black Friday deals.)

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Carrie Marshall

Carrie Marshall is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, broadcaster and musician from Glasgow, where she lives with her two children, a greyhound and more guitars than are strictly necessary. A professional writer since 1998, Carrie is particularly interested in how technology can help us live our best lives and has written thousands of features, columns, reviews and news stories for a huge range of magazines, newspapers, websites and trade publications including T3, Techradar, MacFormat, BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend.