B2B Black Friday 2017: everything you need to know about business deals

Don’t think that Black Friday is a purely consumer-focused event. Increasingly over the past few years, startups, micro-enterprises and small businesses have benefited from the massive price cuts that happen around this period.

This could save them thousands of Pounds off products and services they would normally have bought anyway; savings are often amplified by the sheer number of employees that benefit from price cuts.

That’s a massive boost to the bottom line and profitability; Black Friday is not restricted to Friday 24 (yes that’s when it happens in 2017). Amazon, which popularised the concept in the US, has already confirmed that Black Friday sales will last two whole weeks.

Black Friday tech deals: Laptops

  • Cheapest Core i3 laptop. Lenovo B50-50 Core i3 laptop with 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Was £339.98, now £289.97, a saving of £50. Purchase it from Laptops direct now or with a 500GB hard drive from BT for £280.
  • Cheapest Core i7 laptop. HP 250 G5 Laptop with Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. This business laptop costs £469 with free delivery, a saving of £130. Get it now from Ebuyer.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Type Cover Bundle. Intel Core i5-6300U, 128GB storage. Was £958.99, now £699, a saving of £260. Get this deal from Currys on eBay.
  • HP ProBook 440 G3 Laptop. 14-inch Full HD display, Intel Core i3-6100U 2.3GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Was £549.99, now £449.99, a saving of £100 or 18%. Ebuyer is the place to head for this deal.
  • Acer ES15 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Pentium 3558U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk. Was £279, now £199, a saving of £80 or 28%. Head over to Tesco to grab this notebook.
  • HP 250 laptop with 15.6-inch display, Pentium N3710 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive. Was £399, now £260, a saving of £139 or 35%. Buy it straight from Ebuyer.
  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro S convertible tablet with keyboard and 128GB storage. Was £849.99, only £549.99 with free delivery. A saving of £300 or 35%. Check out this deal at Currys.
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Keyboard, Intel Core M3-6Y30, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage. Was £799.99, now £549.99, save £250 or just over 30%. Buy it from Amazon (or the Microsoft Store has it for £599).
  • MSI GT62VR 6RD-014UK workstation with an Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, 15.6-inch FHD IPS screen. Only £1,559.99, was £1,699.99, save £140. Grab this deal from Overclockers.
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 510 15.6-inch laptop with full HD display and 1TB hard disk drive. Was £459.99, now £299, a saving of £160.99 or 34%. Get this deal at Currys.
  • Lenovo Yoga 900 Convertible Laptop. Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13-inch QHD+ touchscreen. Was £1,099.95, now £699.95, a saving of £400.
  • Acer Aspire E5-773g laptop with 17.3-inch full HD screen, Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £800, now £639.95, a saving of £160 or 20%.
  • HP 15-ay103na Laptop. 15.6-inch, Core i3-7100U processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB storage. Was £599, now £399, with a £200 discount applied using the e-voucher code BLACK3 at checkout. Snare this deal from HP’s online store here.
  • MSI Titan SLI GT80S 6QE-039UK 18.4-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 980M 8GB. Was £2,975, now £2,250, a saving of £725.
  • Asus X555LA Full HD 15.6-inch Laptop. Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £449.99, now £299.97, a saving of £150.
  • PC Specialist Defiance III BD15-XS 15.6-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz CPU, 16GB, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB . Was £1,705, now £1,530, a saving of £175.
  • Lenovo Ideapad 310 Laptop. 15.6-inch Full HD display, AMD A12-9700P quad-core, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage. Was £459.95, now £329.95, a saving of £130.
  • Acer TravelMate B117-M-C80X 11.6-inch laptop. Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. Was £269.98, now £199.97, a saving of £70.
  • Acer CB5-571 15.6-inch Chromebook. Intel Celeron 3205U processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, offers up to 9 hours battery life. Was £229.99, now £199.99, a saving of £30.
  • Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15.6-inch laptop. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, with a 3840 x 2160 resolution display. This notebook has been discounted by 26% down to a price of £1,199.97.
  • MSI Titan Pro GT73VR 6RF-220UK 17.3-inch laptop with workstation-level power. Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB + 256GB SSD storage, GeForce GTX 1080 8GB. Was £2,750, now £2,350, a saving of £400.
  • HP 255 G5 15.6-inch laptop. AMD A6-7310 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, DVD rewriter, Windows 7 Professional. Was £362.97, now £279.97, a saving of £83.
  • Asus K501UQ 15.6-inch laptop. Intel Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz processor, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics. Was £749.99, now £699.97, a saving of £50. Bag this deal from Amazon here.
  • Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 10.1-inch 2-in-1 convertible. Intel Atom x5-Z8350 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage. Was £499.99, now £399.99, a saving of £100 or 20%.

Black Friday tech deals: Desktop PCs and servers

  • Lenovo ThinkStation P310 Tower Workstation with 3-year warranty. Was £749.99, now £674.99, a saving of £75 or 10% with eCoupon XEONSAVER. Go directly to Lenovo to snatch that offer.
  • HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 Pentium G4400 v5 2/3.4GHz 4GB Tower Server without OS or HDD. £144.99 after cashback. You can snap up this bargain from Ebuyer.
  • HP 24-g099na 24-inch All-in-One PC. Intel Core i3-6100U CPU, 8GB RAM, 2TB hard disk. Was £700, now £499, a saving of £201 or 28%. Buy this computer from PC World here.
  • HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8. Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core 2.30GHz 4 x Non Hotplug, 4GB RAM. Was £155, now £105 after £50 cashback.
  • Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server. Xeon E3-1226 v3 3.3GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk. Reduced to £159.98 (that includes a £100 cashback). Ebuyer is selling this server.
  • HP M477fnw LaserJet Pro Multi-Function Colour Laser Printer with free delivery. Was £274.98, now £193.99 after cashback, a saving of £81 or 30%. Buy it from Ebuyer.
  • Dell C1760NW Wireless Colour Laser Printer with a free paper ream. Was £109.98, now £89.99, a saving of £19.99 or 18%. You can get this deal from Ebuyer.
  • Canon PIXMA MX925 All-in-One Wireless Printer and Fax Machine. Reduced to £85, a saving of 40%.
  • HP Officejet Pro 6960 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax. Was £109.99, now £69.99, a saving of £40, plus there’s a 10% discount code (PRINTER10) at checkout and £20 cashback available to make the total outlay £42.99. Get this deal from PC World.
  • HP Envy 5646 All-in-One Wireless Printer. This MFP allows you to print, scan and copy, and it comes with two months of HP Instant Ink. Was £99.95, now half-price at £49.95. Score this deal from John Lewis here.
  • Samsung ProXpress M3320ND A4 Mono Laser Printer. Free 8GB memory stick, also ships with 3k toners. Was £138, now £78 (a saving of £60 which you get via cashback). Hop on over to Printerland to benefit from this offer.
  • Canon Pixma MG4250 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet A4 Colour Printer. Was £47.49, now £34, a saving of £13.49. This offer comes courtesy of Tesco.
  • HP Envy 4524 All-in-one wireless inkjet printer. Comes with 5 months free instant ink. Was £49.99, now £35, a saving of £14.99 or 29%. Check out this deal at Currys.

Black Friday tech deals: Broadband

  • BT’s cheapest unlimited deal. Unlimited BT Broadband + unlimited UK weekend calls for £22.99 a month inc. line rental. £9.99 upfront. Save £120 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest unlimited fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls for £27.99 a month inc. line rental. £59.99 upfront. Save £144 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • BT’s cheapest combo fibre deal. Unlimited BT Infinity + unlimited UK weekend calls + BT TV Entertainment Starter for £29.99 a month inc. line rental. £69.99 upfront. Save £166 across 12 months. Get this deal from BT direct.
  • Relish 4G unlimited wireless broadband (with a refurbished modem) costs only £15 per month on a 12-month contract. That’s a massive 25% saving or £60 over the duration of the contract. You will need to check your coverage first though. Check out the deal at Relish.

Take a look at the best Black Friday VPN deals.

Black Friday tech deals: Software

  • With the release of the new version of Internet Security, BullGuard will be offering 40% off Antivirus, 70% off the new Internet Security and 70% off the new Premium Protection from Monday 22 to Friday 27.
  • Incredible Mac bundle. Get Parallels, 1Password, PDFpen, Pocket Premium, Kaspersky Internet Security and many more Mac apps for only £34.99, a saving of nearly 90% or £344. Only a few days left on this one – you can grab it direct from Parallels here.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Photoshop CC plus Lightroom (12-Month Licence). Reduced to £69.99 at Amazon.
  • Mega virtualisation bundle. VMWare is offering savings of 40% on new Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro licenses and upgrades till November 27. New customers can also save 30% on Fusion and Workstation player, a staggering 50% on Fusion Pro/Workstation Pro bundle, a whopping 55% on Fusion vs Parallels and 25% on VMWare certification and training discount. Get it here.
  • Nuance has Black Friday deals on OmniPage Ultimate and PaperPort Professional 14, which have had price cuts of 30% and 50% respectively. Grab OmniPage Ultimate for £120 here (a saving of £50), and get PaperPort Professional 14 for £50 here (that’s half price).

Black Friday tech deals: Web hosting

  • Save a massive 50% off your business hosting packages with UK2.net. A year’s worth of WordPress Hosting costs only £59.82 excluding VAT as part of their autumn deal.

Black Friday tech deals: Miscellaneous offers

  • BlackBerry Priv Android business smartphone. Was £549, now £288, a saving of £261 or 48%. Available directly from BlackBerry online.
  • Asustor AS-304T 4 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage. Was £260, now half price at £130.
  • Netgear R7000-100UKS Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit 11AC router. Was £199.99, now £129.99, a saving of £70 or 35%. Grab this offer from Amazon.
  • Asus RT-AC51U Dual-Band Wireless AC750 Cloud Router 802.11ac. Was £44.79, now £25.99, a saving of £18.80 or 42%. Buy this router from Amazon here.
  • Packt will be offering 50% off everything on its site until Monday. The deal includes everything from eBooks and videos to Mapt Pro Annual Subscriptions. Grab yourself a half-price bargain here.
  • Vistaprint is offering discounts of up to 60% across its entire site via the promo code VP2911. This offer, which you can avail yourself of here, ends on November 29.
  • EE Osprey 2 Mini Mobile Wi-Fi with 6GB 4GEE Data. This mobile Wi-Fi solution lets you connect up to 10 devices online simultaneously. Was £80, now £40, half-price.
  • Netgear GS208-100UKS Desktop Switch. This is an 8 port Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switch ideal for home and small office networks. Was £24, now £14, a saving of £10 or 42%. Head on over to Amazon for this deal.
  • HP Pavilion 24xw monitor. 23.8-inch IPS LED screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, two HDMI ports, 1 VGA port. Was £149.99, now £99.99, a saving of £50. Head over to PC World to get this offer.

Buying for business on Black Friday?

If you or your company are planning to purchase technology or office products during the Black Friday promotions, here are a few hints.

1. Have a product hit list

Businesses, big or small, usually have a list of technology products either listed on a “want” memo or a “to be refreshed” spreadsheet. Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to tick products off those two lists, helping businesses save money. If possible, have the exact URLs of the items themselves. Bookmark these and any alternatives should your first choice be unavailable.

2. Ask your suppliers

Openly query retailers on their marketing plans for Black Friday, either over Twitter or Facebook. Chances are they this request may get momentum from other potential customers as well. Vendors are more than happy to disclose information this way.

3. Software and services

Hardware deals are the most popular on Black Friday but the best deals are likely to be on software and services because margins are usually higher on these. Black Friday is an excuse for providers to shore up new customers with exclusive, so keep a close eye on potential deals on broadband, security and VPN deals.

4. Be wary about availability

Bear in mind that stocks are always very limited on Black Friday deals so the likelihood of bulk purchasing 10 or 20 units of a particular laptop model, for example, is likely to be prohibited by the retailer.

5. Beyond Black Friday

Keep an eye on Small Business Saturday, a scheme launched in 2010 by American Express to encourage people across the country to support small local businesses by buying from them. There’s also Cyber Monday which takes place three days after Black Friday. At least two retailers told us they won’t be doing Black Friday and will focus on Cyber Monday instead.

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