Black Friday is just one of many all-American traditions that has spread around the world like wildfire. Held each year on the last Friday of November (the day after Thanksgiving, for anyone who didn't know), it marks the beginning of the frenzy that is the Christmas sales campaign.
And though the scenes of chaos, stampeding, and destruction you'll see on the news this coming weekend may seem crazy, it's well worth getting in on the action, with both brick and mortar and digital retailers slashing prices on all things electronic right up through Cyber Monday.
Year after year, more and more businesses are jumping on the bandwagon. And as the trend gets trendier, many retailers are starting their 'Black Friday' campaigns even earlier, with some kicking off the Monday before and offering an entire week of discounts.
More days of discounts mean more chances of bagging yourself some real bargains. But you've gotta have your wits about you and have the best apps installed to help you keep track of the best deals, so you can snap them up before it's too late.
Here are our favorite 5 Black Friday apps for iPhone!
Amazon's Black Friday campaign began last Monday and will extend right through the week until Cyber Monday. The very best deals, though, are still likely to crop up during the day on Friday. There's still plenty of time to download the official app and catch the very best deals.
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Another huge player in the Black Friday bonanza is AliExpress, China's online shopping giant. And unlike many other marketplaces, AliExpress still limits their campaign to the Friday after Thanksgiving only, so you'll have to wait until 00:00 on November 27 to get as much as 70% discounted on goods.
With this sleek app, you'll always know which products are trending now, plus you'll get a $5 off coupon, redeemable on orders of $25 and over - just as a thank-you for downloading.
Black Friday has extended way beyond the online stores it used to be limited to. From hypermarkets to small local shops, everyone wants to join in on the much-needed pre-Christmas boost. The problem is finding out what's available in stores without having to actually go there first.
With Tiendeo, you'll find digitized catalogs for a whole host of brick-and-mortar stores, which you can filter by specific store, products, and latest bargains. So you'll know exactly what you'll be carrying out of the store when you head down on Friday.
Zoomingo is still, hands down, one of the best Black Friday apps out there. It lets you bookmark favorite stores and products and keep track of changes in prices and upcoming deals. When new ads, sale events, coupons or discounts from those stores or products crop up, they will send push notifications straight to your phone.
Other features like a wish list, weekly prizes, and map directions to the nearest stores make this app a good one to keep installed on your device all year round.
Three years from its original release in preparation for Black Friday 2012, this little gem is still going strong. Black Friday 2015 Ads lets you browse by latest news, store, or even type of product to find upcoming deals as they are announced. You can also make a wish list, and save deals and products to get notifications when prices plummet.
It also has an outstanding companion website where users can check out what bargains other shoppers are sniffing out.