Black Friday And Cyber Monday: The Best Deals To Look Out For

Nov 23, 2021
By Staff writer

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. Are you ready to shop? Plenty of deals await you from fashion and beauty, to tech and houseware! It’s the perfect time to score big discounts and markdowns from retailers like Apple, Nintendo, Dell, Amazon, and more.

Shop guilt-free this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, happening on November 26th and 29th respectively. Watch out for the biggest annual sale in New Zealand and make sure to grab them fast — stocks run out fast!

Mobile phones and accessories Black Friday sale

iPhone 12 series

Apple’s iPhone 12 series is a year-old flagship line-up, which recently had a big markdown with the release of the iPhone 13 series. Even if the hardware is already a year old, it still gets updates and support from Apple. It even performs better than some of the mobile phones released this year! 

Current price range: The original price of the Apple 12 series ranges from $1,349-2,099, but you can now get it around $1,049-1,769 depending on the model.

Read: Budget Guide: The Best Mobile Phones This 2021

Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro may be over two years old, but it’s still a bang-for-the-buck buy! They sound great and work well, especially in the Apple ecosystem. The tech company still supports the truly wireless earbuds, constantly receiving the latest software updates.

Current price range: It now sells for just under $329, down $120 from the original price of $449. This may become lower as Apple Airpods 3 has just been released on 26 October. 

Samsung S21 series

Samsung is known for its big discounts and markdowns even if they released the products only a few months ago. As expected from this year’s flagship, they have some of the best cameras, software, screens, and features. 

Current price range: Samsung S21 series, released early this year, now costs only $1,150-1,499, down around $250-700 from its original price of $1,399-2,199.

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Read: Find The Best iPhone 13 Mobile Phone Plans In New Zealand

Laptops and tablets Black Friday sale

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Looking for an all-around laptop that can handle streaming, working, playing, and studying? Lenovo Yoga 9i is one of the best buys, sporting an 11th Gen i7 CPU, 5112GB storage, 4K touchscreen display, stylus support, and Iris Xe integrated graphics.

Current price range: The laptop originally costs $3,500, but it has undergone some markdowns over the last few months and is expected to lower even more this Black Friday.

Read: NZ Broadband Deals: Where To Get Free Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, And Disney+

MacBook Pro M1 (16-inch)

If you’re already in the Apple ecosystem, you should watch out for big markdowns on Macbook Pro M1. Launched just last month, it’s one of the fastest laptops currently available in the market. Plus, it’s MagSafe-capable, has no touch bar, has an LED display and camera notch.

Current price range: The 16-inch variant costs around $4,299.00-6,049 depending on the storage, memory, and GPU cores. Or, you can choose a smaller variant for a lower price.

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 is a sleek laptop that caters to lifestyle users. While one of its best features is its design, it also has a powerful core, sporting the 11th generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor, 16 GB LPDDR4x 3733MHz, and 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. 

Current price range: Dell XPS 13 9300 starts at $1,452 but it may vary depending on the retailer. The best part is, you may get it at a lower price this Black Friday.

Read: Black Friday NZ: Best Google Chrome Extensions To Save More Money

TVs Black Friday sale

Samsung The Frame (55-inch)

Samsung is known for its screens, so their smart TVs are in-demand especially during Black Friday. The Frame 55-inch is one of their best televisions with a smart interface, 4K resolution, a QLED panel, HDR, and 120Hz refresh rate.

Current price range: Samsung The Frame is surely not cheap at $2,999 but some official third-party retailers may offer them at a lower price or with discounts.

LG NanoCell 75 Series TV (75-inch)

If you’re not after the most high-end television, but still want something immersive for casual and everyday use, LG NanoCell 75 Series TV is an amazing choice. Aside from having a sharp and vivid display, it also supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free control.

Current price range: It costs around $3,799 on most retailers but some sell them for only $3,498 on their sale dates. During Black Friday, most shops may give out discounts for the item.

Sony Bravia XR Master Series A90J (65-inch)

For the best Sony 4K TV with a bright OLED panel, Sony A90J LED is your best bet. It’s perfect for all kinds of entertainment viewing including movies, TV shows, sports, video games, and gaming. Its best feature is its deep black contrast with bright colours in the scene.

Current price range: Sony is a trusted brand for televisions, but they’re surely not cheap. This TV costs around $5,516.05-6,999, depending on the retailer and sale date.

Gaming systems Black Friday sale

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is a handy gaming console, that’s why it’s so popular! Even after more than four years of its release, its price hasn’t gone down significantly. Luckily, some retailers drop their prices for the item during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Current price range: It costs as low as $539 but prices can get up to $650. This sale day, make sure you watch out for bundle deals including the game and online subscription.

Playstation 5

Playstation 5 is a new release, so it won’t get a big markdown even during Black Friday. However, a little discount is still better than no discount at all! Official retailers are re-stocking so more Kiwis can finally get their hands on the gaming console.

Current price range: PS5 costs around $819.95-$1,319, depending on the model, memory, and storage. It’s an in-demand item, so stocks run out fast. 

Cyberpunk 2077

To be fair, Cyberpunk 2077 hasn’t had good feedback after all the hype. However, if you really want to give the game a try, this is a good chance to score it at a discounted price. Plus, the game may soon get a nice upgrade which will reduce glitches and other issues.

Current price range: You can pre-order the game for as low as $40.95 on TheMarket, but other retailers may also offer it for a higher price.

More Black Friday discounts for other tech devices

GoPro Hero 10

For video enthusiasts and professionals, GoPro Hero 10 is a must-have! It has a new processor which allows for higher frame rates and more usable nighttime shots. Aside from software enhancements, it also had plenty of new hardware upgrades.

Current price range: GoPro Hero 10 costs around $798-855 for the base model only. Accessories may cost around $30-100, depending on the item.

Amazon Echo (4th gen)

If you’re establishing or upgrading your smart home, Amazon Echo (4th gen) is one of your best choices. It’s responsive thanks to its native Alexa support and connects seamlessly with other appliances like smart lights, smart locks, and smart TVs.

Current price range: You can score Amazon Echo (4th gen) for as low as $105 but the average price from major retailers can range from $180-210.

Fitbit Charge 5

Looking to start your workout journey this 2022? Fitbit Charge 5 is one of the best fitness trackers and smartwatches on the market. The battery life can last up to 7 days, which is impressive that it supports GPS, activity tracking, waterproofing, and more.

Current price range: The Fitbit Charge 5 costs just under $300 on almost all retailers. If stocks run out locally, you can get this tracker on the international market for $360.

Home appliances Black Friday sale

Fisher & Paykel 60cm 14 Place Setting Freestanding Dishwasher

Fisher & Paykel dishwasher promises thorough cleaning with plenty of space for more wash each cycle. It has a 6-wash program, a 3-stage filtration system, a quiet operation, and most of all, a 5-star rating from Water Star.

Current price range: You can get this dishwasher for as low as $1,999. This is a steal considering the features and controls it gives you!

Read: Top 5 Dishwashers In NZ

Westinghouse WBB3700AG370L Bottom Mount Refrigerator

A Westinghouse refrigerator is a great buy because of its slim profile that can fit even in small flats. Even with its small size, it can fit up to 370 litres and has designated spaces for dairy and ice. Plus, it has reversible self-closing doors with an alarm system. 

Current price range: The refrigerator costs around $1,089-1,399, but you may get it at a discounted price this Black Friday.

KitchenAid Artisan K400

KitchenAid is a trusted brand in the kitchen. The Artisan K4000 has an aesthetic look without sacrificing quality. It has a capacity of 1.4 litres, which can be controllable over 5 different speed settings. There are also 4 presets, perfect for everyday users.

Current price range: It’s on the pricier side for blenders at $184.32, but Black Friday is there to offer you discounted prices.

What not to buy during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. Some items are much better to skip or purchase in another sale at another time of the year. Here’s what to tick off your shopping list this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  • Clothing - Unless it’s a limited edition item that you’re really eyeing to buy with a good enough discount, then buy it. Otherwise, you're better off waiting for end-of-season or clearance sales.
  • Shoes - Like clothing, there are other times of the year where purchasing shoes may be a smarter choice.
  • Furniture - If your furniture pieces aren’t broken, why buy a new one? Just because it's on sale, doesn't mean you have to buy it.

Whatever you shop this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t forget to get them at the lowest price possible!

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