It’s that time of year again. The nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder…oh and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both fast approaching!
Straight off, we’ll take a look to see the top deals that are on offer in the wireless gadget and smart home world….because, that’s probably why you’re here. We’ll look at other bits and pieces that might interest you.
Scroll further below if you want to know some of the history behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as some other “fascinating” facts. Ok, there might be a hint of sarcasm there, we admit that!
Anyway, onto those deals…
Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Router And Wi-Fi Computer Parts Amazon Deals For 2017
Disclaimer: These Amazon deals are current as of 11/20/17 - the deals may expire at any time, or when the product sells out
1. TP-Link AC5400 Wi-Fi Router
2. Netgear Orbi Home WiFi System (Bundle Deal)
3. Linksys Business Switch - LGS108P
4. Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender EX7000
5. Linksys Max-Stream AC1200 MU-MIMO USB Wi-Fi Adapter
6. TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender
7. Anewkodi AC600Mbps USB Wifi Adapter Wlan Stick
Black Friday 101
What Is Black Friday?
The day that you hopefully pick up a bargain at the stores.
We've all heard of it. Black Friday has soared in popularity over the last few years. Although January and Holiday season sales are still popular, the general public have now come to expect good deals on Black Friday too. In fact, it’s arguably become more “in vogue” than the traditional sales.
It’s also nice to be able to pick up a bargain before Christmas, than after. Cheaper gifts for you loved ones (and yourself of course!)
Why Is It Called “Black Friday”?
There’s no real answer to this, but according to gold ol’ Wikipedia, it’s in reference to workers who would call in to work sick, due to overindulgence on Thanksgiving the day before.
But, then if you look further afield the name refers to traffic congestion, due to shoppers hitting the streets. Another possible explanation refers to when retailers finally make a profit for the year (moving, in financial terms, from red to “black”)
Anyway, all you need to know is that it’s a day that you will hopefully find some bargains in the stores.
When Is Black Friday 2017 (what day/date)?
Answer: Friday 24th November 2017
As always, the day after Thanksgiving day in the US. If you have Black Friday in your country (UK, Canada or Australia etc) it will also be the same day.
Note that in the last handful of years, some retailers have started offering deals in the days preceding Thanksgiving. So keep your eyes peeled before the big day, in case a limited offer is available that special router that you wanted.
Cyber Monday 101
What Is Cyber Monday? Is It Different From Black Friday?
This is a more recent marketing creation.
It sounds like it's more focused on the technology market. In actual fact, it's related to shopping habits from around 10 years ago (more on that below.)
Don’t assume that “Monday” offers better discounts than “Friday”, or that there are more offers on tech (although there might be good deals within other sectors, like clothing for example.)
In a nutshell, Cyber Monday is similar to Black Friday, except it's geared towards online shoppers only.
Why Is It Called “Cyber Monday”?
So where did the name Cyber Monday come from?
How Stuff Works claims the term originates from the mid-2000s, by the marketing team at shop.org
It was the day a lot of shoppers would return to their offices after Thanksgiving, and go online (the reference to "cyber" meaning to shop online.
Back when the phrase was coined (mid-2000s), home internet wasn't particularly fast. Usually the work office was so much faster. Nowadays, shoppers do have fast internet, so Cyber Monday is kind of a redundant name now - although the sales still exist of course...and we don't think it will disappear off the face of the Earth any time soon.
When Is Cyber Monday 2017 (on what day/date)?
Answer: Monday 27th November, 2017
Cyber Monday always falls the Monday after Black Friday. In more recent years, it's become a continuation of the Friday sales preceding it.
Black Friday vs Cyber Monday For Computer Parts And Wireless Gadgets
If you see a deal that you think is good on the Friday (or the run-up to it) then you might want to consider just going for it. The risk of leaving it until Cyber Monday is that the original deal may sell out or be no longer available. The Monday deal (if there is one), may not be as sweet as was previously offered.
And then again, it might! That's the risk...
Over To You
Have you found a deal that you was almost too good to be true? Did we miss a bargain? Post it in the comments below!