Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping events worldwide. Originally introduced in America, retailers in Germany are now also celebrating the bargain days with offers and discounts. Some are even particularly early on. For example, Amazon already offers the early Black Friday deals. But are they also worthwhile? TECHNOLOGY BUTTON did the check.
Black Friday traditionally takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year. This year it falls on November 27, 2020. But the hunt for the bargains begins the week before at many retailers such as Amazon, Media Markt / Saturn, Cyberport and Notebooksbilliger. In addition to Black Friday, this resulted in Black Friday week, which this year begins on November 23, 2020. The shopping days are closed on Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday.
Here is an overview of the most important dates:
- November 23-26, 2020: Black Friday week
- November 27, 2020: Black Friday
- November 30, 2020: Cyber Monday
In November, bargain hunters have several opportunities to make good deals. At Amazon, the offer days start even earlier. Since October 26th and until November 19th, the online retailer has been offering daily changing offers as deal of the day or lightning deals. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON picks out the best bargains for you.
Check out early Black Friday offers on Amazon
With its early Black Friday offers, Amazon promises huge discounts on thousands of items that change daily. In addition to technology deals, buyers will also find promotions from the toy, kitchen and household sectors. In contrast to Prime Day, those customers who do not have a Prime membership can also benefit from the Amazon Deals. However, Prime customers have 30 minutes early access to the lightning offers, which can be sold out quickly under certain circumstances.
- Here is an overview of the most important dates:
- The Black Friday offers on Friday October 30th
- Anker PowerWave + charging pad for 35.99 euros 23.99 euros (-33%)
- Fitbit Charge 4 Special Edition for 148.20 euros 119.95 euros (-19%)
- TP-Link Kasa WLAN socket for 21.72 euros 14.90 euros (-31%)
- Belkin PowerHouse charging station for 67.94 Eur 63.99 euros (-6%)
- Motorola Moto G8 Power for € 186.69 € 169.99 (-9%)
- Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB SSD for 59.98 Eur 54.99 euros (-8%)
- Arlo Pro3 surveillance cameras and alarm system for 549.99 euros 399.99 euros (-27%)
- Amazon extends return deadline
The Black Friday offers on Friday October 30th
Anker PowerWave + charging pad for 35.99 euros 23.99 euros (-33%)
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The PowerWave + from Anker is a simple, compact charging station that supplies smartphones and Apple Watch wirelessly with power at the same time. The station supports Qi and can quickly charge compatible Android devices with up to 10 watts of power. With iPhones, the power is limited to 7.5 watts. To make use of the higher charging speed, a power supply with Qualcomm Quickcharge 2.0 or 3.0 is required, which is included in the scope of delivery.
The charging station is available from Amazon for 23.99 euros. That’s 12 euros less than the next cheapest offer.
Fitbit Charge 4 Special Edition for 148.20 euros 119.95 euros (-19%)
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Fitbit is best known for its sophisticated analysis tools. Sports like swimming, running and the gym are automatically recognized. The general condition is determined based on the VO2max value. And sleep tracking is some of the best on the market. Users can also access functions such as heart rate measurement with real-time statistics, active zone minutes and even a music player with access to Spotify. The Fitbit Charge 4 even comes with an integrated GPS for recording speed and distance during activities such as running, cycling or hiking. Heart rate monitor and pedometer are also included.
The battery life of up to seven days on one charge is a little below that of the competition. Nevertheless, the conclusion is positive: The Fitbit Charge 4 is currently one of the best fitness trackers on the market due to its enormous range of functions.
The special edition with a granite-colored reflective fabric bracelet and an additional plastic bracelet is currently being sold by Amazon for 119.05 euros. Other retailers charge at least 148.20 euros for this version of the Fitbit Charge 4.
TP-Link Kasa WLAN socket for 21.72 euros 14.90 euros (-31%)
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Sockets that can be controlled by smartphone or voice assistant are a practical extension for the smart home. You can connect standby devices to it, for example, and thus prevent them from drawing power when not in use. The smart WLAN sockets from TP-Link work with Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. The plugs can be connected to other smart devices such as a mobile light switch and a motion sensor, for example to switch the power on and off for an entire room.
Amazon has the TP-Link Kasa (KP105) for 14.90 euros on offer. The lowest comparable price is 21.72 euros.
Belkin PowerHouse charging station for 67.94 Eur 63.99 euros (-6%)
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The iPhone and Apple Watch can be charged at the same time with the Belkin PowerHouse charging station. It comes in a simple, black design and is compatible with both the current iPhone 12 models and older Apple smartphones. Charging takes place via the Lightning port that the devices are plugged into. It can be adjusted up and down so that iPhones in sleeves also fit on the station. The Apple Watch, on the other hand, charges wirelessly via an integrated magnetic charging module.
The Belkin charging station for the iPhone is currently available for 63.99 euros. The discount compared to other offers during the early Black Friday offers is not high at 6 percent, but buyers still save a few euros on the next cheapest offer.
Motorola Moto G8 Power for € 186.69 € 169.99 (-9%)
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Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB SSD for 59.98 Eur 54.99 euros (-8%)
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You can never have enough memory. The external 2.5-inch hard drive from Samsung has plenty of space for data. The Samsung 860 Evo has a storage capacity of 500 GB, with the data being transferred at a maximum speed of 550 MB / s (megabytes per second) and read out at 520 MB / s. Compared to HDDs, SSDs are significantly more robust and less prone to vibrations. The memory access is also much faster, so that old PCs can still be upgraded with an SSD. The Samsung 860 Evo is designed for such internal use and, with its 2.5 inch size and 7 millimeter low height, fits into almost every laptop.
Amazon sells the model with 500 GB of storage for 54.99 euros. Other retailers charge just under 60 euros for the hard drive. The savings are not enormous, but if users plan to upgrade their storage anyway, this SSD is worth a closer look.
Arlo Pro3 surveillance cameras and alarm system for 549.99 euros 399.99 euros (-27%)
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If you want to secure your home with a surveillance camera, you can use the Pro3 system from Arlo, for example. Amazon is offering a set of two cameras and an alarm system as part of the early Black Friday deals at a price of 400 euros. Thanks to IP65, the Arlo Pro3 can be attached both outdoors and indoors and is integrated into the home network via a smart hub. Thanks to Zigbee support, the Amazon Echo with integrated hub is also suitable for this. The system is also compatible with the Google Assistant and Apple Homekit.
The surveillance camera records videos in 2K QHD, while it covers an angle of 160 degrees – 30 degrees more than its predecessor Arlo Pro2. When it gets dark, they automatically switch to night mode. In addition, the Arlo Pro3 automatically sends a push message to a previously specified smartphone as soon as the motion sensor detects movement. Unauthorized persons can be driven away from the premises thanks to the integrated siren.
The cheapest offer on the Internet costs 549.99 euros. Amazon sells the Arlo Pro3 including the alarm system for 399.99 euros. This saves buyers at least 27 percent.
Amazon extends return deadline
If you have clicked the order button too quickly in the heat of the moment or if the bargain turned out to be the right one, you currently have longer time to return the products. Because Amazon has extended the return period in the run-up to Christmas. All products that Amazon ships between October 1 and December 31 can therefore be returned by buyers until January 31, 2021. This also includes orders placed before and on Black Friday.
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