Whether you're on the lookout for a new lawnmower or pizza ovens, experts have revealed their top tips to help you make sure that you are actually getting a good deal this Black Friday.
While many Black Friday garden deals do offer a genuine opportunity to make a good saving, not all of them are worth you whipping out your credit card. We've asked the experts for their top tips on making the most of Black Friday – and how not to get ripped off.
1. Plan ahead
Forward planning is key to getting a good deal if you're planning to take advantage of the Black Friday sales. Whether it's Black Friday hot tub deals you're after, or you are on the lookout for the best pizza oven or the best BBQ at a cheaper price, putting a buffer of a good few weeks between looking and buying is essential.
Gardeningetc Shopping Editor Annie Collyer cautions against only thinking about your purchases on Black Friday itself and suggests that 'it would be smart to consider what you want to buy a week or two before Black Friday, and make a note of before prices.'
'This way, you can check that they are actually on sale on the day because yes, some retailers bump up the RRP of items to make it look like there's a great discount.'
2. Don't get carried away by big savings
Annie told us that 'Black Friday might be the best time of the year to snap up a good deal, but it's only a good deal if you actually need the product that you are buying.'
So yes, you might be able to save £100 on a ride-on lawnmower, but if you're never going to actually use it then you're better off keeping your wallet in your pocket.
3. Check the guarantee period
Sarah Dixon, Marketing Manager at Hozelock (opens in new tab), recommends only shopping 'for garden products that have a long guarantee period to ensure that you can enjoy your new purchase for plenty of summers to come.'
Indeed, you really don't want to buy a hot tub or expensive gardening tool, only to discover that it has a short warranty that would make replacing it impossible in case it breaks in the first few months after you bought it.
Anna is a keen urban gardener, with David Austin roses and Japanese acers among her favourite plants. She moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space a couple of years ago. She's always been interested in how people make houses into homes, and how our concepts of what's stylish change over time.
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