We've gathered together all of the best deals in the UK and will continue updating this article throughout the Boxing Day sale and January sale season so you can find all the best bargains without the dross.
Last year, many retailers started their post-Christmas sales four days before Christmas, their January sales on Boxing Day and, quite probably, their summer specials on the first of January.
Some retailers start their sales early online - last year John Lewis’s winter clearance began on Boxing Day in stores but on Christmas Eve online.
But we believe that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day should be a time for friends, family and relaxing (not shopping), so here's our Boxing Day deal roundup which we sent live as soon as Boxing Day hit!
Here’s how to get the most from this year’s Boxing Day bargain season.
- Check out Lifehacker UK's guide to the perfect Christmas: all our festive tips in one handy place
Boxing Day Sale Deals
While many traditional retailers aren’t starting their sales until the 26th (Debenhams, Selfridges, House of Fraser) or the 27th, others won’t wait: last year many retailers kicked off their sales on the 21st or 22nd of December, while Amazon is already plugging what it calls Boxing Day Deals Week and offering various lightning deals across departments - check out this list of deals, followed by links to key retailer sales sites.
Xbox One: ShopTo is running a whole bunch of deals on Xbox One bundles starting from £285
Xbox One: Buy an additional Xbox One control pad for just £32.86 at ShopTo!
PS4: ShopTo also has a huge range of deals on PS4 bundles starting from £309
Magazines: Get huge discounts plus an extra £5 off all subscriptions to magazines such as T3, Mac Format, PC Format, Total Film, PC Gamer and SFX! You can get the paper or digital versions or a bundle of both! Use the code LASTCHANCE5 - at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk
Android tablet: Get the SAMSUNG Galaxy NotePRO 12.2-inch pro Android tablet for just £324 at Currys!
Android tablet: Find the Asus MeMO Pad ME170 7-inch Android tablet at Very now for an amazing £69
iPad mini 2: Get the brilliant Apple iPad Mini 2 in its massive 128GB flavourfor just £289 at Currys!
Cheap TV: Here's a great deal on the 39-inch Samsung UE39F5000 39 Inch Full HD 1080p LED TV With Freeview HD - only £209 at Tesco!
Xbox One: Get an Xbox One console with Forza 5 for just £289 at Very.
Smartphone: Get the excellent Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen smartphone at Tesco for just £139!
Cheap TVs: Currys currently has a load of amazing deals on cheap TVs,check out the landing page
Camera: Get the Nikon L29 Coolpix 16 megapixel digital camera now for just £49
iPad mini: Pick up the 16GB flavour of Apple's white iPad mini for just £199 at Very
Android tablet: Pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, with Quad Core Processor, 1.5Gb RAM, 8Gb Storage, 7 inch Tablet for a bargainous £139 at Very!
TV: Save £650 on the original price of the excellent 55-inch Samsung UE55H6400 - one of TechRadar's favourite TVs of 2014 - and pay just £749 at Very
Cheap laptops: Currys has some brilliant deals on cheap laptops at the moment, check them out!
Cheap 4K TV: You can currently snap up the Philips 40PUS6809 40-inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV for just £499 at Argos!
Roku: Pick up the excellent Roku Streaming Stick for a bargainous price! Stream BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Plex and more to your TV without any hassle,now just £39 at Currys
Camera: Save £130 on the Canon EOS 100D digital SLR 18MP with EF-S 18-55mm NON IS STM Lens. Now just £399 at Very
Smartphone: Get the Sony Xperia E3 smartphone with full HD screen for just £100 at Tesco!
Kindle: Pick up a touchscreen Kindle for reading ebooks and pay just £49 at Amazon
Kindle Paperwhite: Get the brilliant Kindle Paperwhite with its high resolution, high contrast screen, for just £99 at Amazon
Android tablet: Pick up the fantastic Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet for an incredible £329.99 at Currys (includes cashback deal)
Nintendo: Pick up the Nintendo DSi XL handheld gaming console for just £59 at IWOOT!
Xbox One: Pick up Microsoft's console on its own without any needless extras and just pay the bare minimum! Amazon has this deal currently for just £285
Xbox One: Get the console bundled up with some great games - GTA V, Forza 5 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - all for just £349.99 at Game
PlayStation 4: Pick up the Sony PS4 bundled together with some excellent games - GTA V, Driveclub, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and The Last of Us Remastered, all for just £349.99 at Game
PlayStation 4: Get a Black or White PS4 console and Lego Batman 3, Driveclub, Minecraft and Little Big Planet 3 games for £369.99 at Argos
TV: Pounce quickly and you could get the LG 50LB650V 50-inch Smart 3D LED TV for just £499 at Currys
TV: If you're after a super cheap second screen for a bedroom or kitchen, look no further than the 32-inch Seiki SE32HY01UK - currently available at Currys for £149
GoPro: Here's a great Boxing Day sales deal on the GoPro Hero 3 action camera. Get the Hero 3 White Edition with GA0022 36-inch POV GoPro Camera Pole and GP2002 Chest Mount Harness - all for just £189 at Currys
Camera: Save £60 on this Sony 20.1MP digital camera at Very with HD video and a 35x optical zoom lens! Now available for £119
Camera: Find a great deal on the Samsung WB1100F digital camera with 35x optical zoom and 16.2MP sensor - now just £129, saving £170!
TV: Get a bargain on the 50-inch Panasonic TX-50AS500B 50 inch Full HD Smart Freeview HD LED TV by paying just £549, saving £200!
Projector: Grab a ViewSonic Full HD 3D Ready Projector with 15,000:1 contrast ratio for just £399 at Amazon!
Boxing Day sales retailer links
Here are the key pages for the main Boxing Day sales retailers.
Subscribe to the Boxing Day newsletters
Retailers’ newsletters are often rubbish, but at this time of year they can be a great way of discovering lightning deals and special sales. You can always unsubscribe again in January.
Don’t be distracted by Boxing Day doorbusters
Cynics would suggest that doorbusters, the unbelievably huge discounts you see in adverts, are deliberately limited so that the retailer can get footage of fighting customers on the evening news without having to lose too much money.
We’ll give retailers the benefit of the doubt, but we’d point out that the smallest words on the ads - “up to” - are the ones telling you that you won’t be getting 70% off anything you might actually want to buy unless you’re in the queue at 7am - and even then, the discounts might not be as big as you might hope. There are always exceptions, but the typical Boxing Day sales discount is between 20% and 30%.
Know what you’re looking at
Don’t assume everything is a bargain. In the run-up to Black Friday we spotted some retailers increasing prices so they could offer massive discounts on the big day, and in 2013 consumer groups warned UK shoppers about Boxing Day “pseudo-sales” - that is, sales where items were more expensive than they’d been in the previous weeks.
The law says that sale items must have been sold at full price for 28 consecutive days during the last six months - so it’s fine for a shop to put the price into orbit for a month and then go back to the original price claiming a massive discount (the same thing happens with wine!). It’s a good example of how retailers can follow the letter of the law but not the spirit.
That’s not the only trick. Sales are a tried and tested way of getting rid of hard-to-shift stock, obsolete products and in some cases, goods that have been bought in specifically so that they can be sold in the sale. If you’re looking for something specific it’s a good idea to do your homework on models and prices.
Take your smartphone with you
If you’re shopping in the real world, bookmark a price checker such as Kelkoo and use it to compare the price you see with what online retailers are charging for the same item (of course, you can do this when you’re shopping online too). In some cases you might find that the real saving isn’t worth the hassle of lugging the item to your car or carrying it home on the bus. For expensive items such as televisions or tablets, check the reviews too: that big-ticket item might not seem like such a good deal if everybody who’s bought one really wishes they hadn’t.
Know your rights
If goods are faulty, you don’t need a receipt to get your money back: any proof of purchase, such as a bank statement, is fine. You have the same consumer rights with sale items as you do with any other purchase unless the reduction is because of a flaw that you’ve been told about - a tear in fabric, perhaps, or a dent in a laptop’s lid.
If you’re buying online, you’re covered by the distance selling regulations too: in addition to covering you for faulty items, they also enable you to return items for any reason within two weeks, although you’ll have to pay the return postage yourself.
Be very wary when buying from outside the EU: most consumer protection regulation only covers you if the retailer is based in the UK or Europe, and it doesn’t cover private sellers - so many eBay purchases aren’t covered.
Write on the receipt
While many shops will happily accept their own gift receipts, legally speaking they don’t have to: the only person with the legal right to return faulty goods is the buyer. Most reputable shops won’t argue about this, but writing “A gift for Sarah” on the receipt transfers your legal rights.
Don’t forget about cashback and voucher codes
Cashback sites and cards can earn you money on the things you pick up in the sales, and online voucher codes can make bargains even more bargainous. Check out sites such as quidco.co.uk, topcashback.com, vouchercodes.co.uk and myvouchercodes.co.uk to see what’s available, and don’t forget about loyalty cards either: some schemes offer discounts on the things you buy in-store, which can be useful if you pay off the card before any interest charges are applied.
Don’t need it? Don’t buy it
If you’re short of cash, a bargain can still be a bad buy: if you’re putting it on a high-APR credit card or store card, the interest you pay may well exceed the discount. Even if you’re fairly flush, it’s important to avoid sales fever: it might be cheap, but will you use it or wear it? If it’s an item of clothing, is it something classic rather than part of a passing trend? If not, it isn’t really a bargain.
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