The Black Friday sales season is here! The prices shown below are the best available now, though you may need to buy quickly as some deals will sell out.
'Poppy Day' or 'Remembrance Day' is significant in the UK for remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty, but elsewhere in the world 11 November also has significance for being 'Singles Day'.
Originating in China in 1993, Singles Day is now celebrated around the globe, and especially online. If you've never heard of it, consider that the number 1 represents an individual, or a single person. The number 11 could then be said to represent two singles coming together, and 11.11 two separate pairs of singles coming together. Thus 11 November is all about giving single people the opportunity to meet other singles.
How that translates to some great tech deals being available for Singles Day we're not entirely sure, but hey, we won't look a gift horse in the mouth. Maybe you can impress your new friend with your shiny new phone or tablet.
As it's a Chinese event, most of the best Singles Day deals will be available at Chinese retailers such as GearBest. These retailers are interesting to UK consumers for their ability to significantly undercut UK prices.
Another well-known Chinese retailer is AliExpress, which is offering new customers £4 off their first spend (minimum £5) with code WBG1111, or £7 off a £50 spend with code WBG2019.
Increasingly we're seeing big brands such as Acer get in on the Singles Day act (with 11% off everything when you use the code ELEVEN11 between noon on Friday 8 November and midnight on 11 November) - give it another year or two and Singles Day could be the next Black Friday. These offers are of particular interest because they carry none of the same caveats as does buying from China.
Though we've never encountered any problems, there is inevitably some element of risk associated in buying goods outside the European Union, as well as longer delivery times and, potentially, more complicated returns procedures. The one thing you really must factor into your purchasing decision is import duty, which if requested by Customs is payable at 20% of the value on the shipping paperwork. (Read more Chinese tech buying advice here.)
Best Singles Day Tech Deals at GearBest
GearBest is not the only Chinese tech importer, but it is the one we work with most frequently at Tech Advisor, and hence have built up a good level of trust with the site. We are not comfortable recommending deals from sites we do not know or have dealt with personally.
It's holding a Singles Day sale between 10- and 12 November, but you can already find some great prices on discounted consumer tech. For anything that is not already discounted or part of a flash sale Tech Advisor readers can scoop 10% off with the exclusive coupon GB1111SALLDC, which is valid until 3 December.
It is common practice in China to offer coupons for unlocking further discounts beyond those you see on the product page, and GearBest likes to make a game out of finding those coupons. You don't really need to understand any of it, just know that the more you participate the bigger the savings become.
You can see the full 'hunting guide' here, or just jump straight in: play Coupon Rain once a day to win coupons for additional savings, and start collecting GearBest points now in order to participate in a prize draw or exchange them for products and coupons. You can also unlock treasure chests found in various places on the site to win spot prizes, coupons and keys - find all four 'G', 'E', 'A' and 'R' keys and you'll win even more coupons.
New account users will get 70 GB points after filling in their details, plus there are three ways any user can earn additional points: log into the site daily to earn money off coupons when you spend over a certain amount; enter keywords in the site's search field to unlock coupons that can be used against those products (the beauty is these keywords are given to you in the rolling banner at the top of the page); and submit reviews with photos and video of the products you already own.
GearBest routinely offers great deals on sought after tech - such as this incredible price on the Asus ROG Phone 2. It's also our go-to for the best Xiaomi deals, with some of the best of those outlined below. You'll find more great GearBest Singles Day deals in the carousel further up this page.
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (6GB/128GB) - £395 with coupon code GBMINOTE10
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite (Grey, 6GB/128GB) - £178.54 with coupon code GBM9LITE6
- Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Black, 6GB/128GB) - £265.44 with coupon code GBM9TPRO6
- Xiaomi Mi Band 4 - £20.54 with code GBBAND4MI
- Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5in - £434.50 with coupon code GBXMAIR125
- Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15.6in - £737.97 with coupon code GBXMMP2019
1. Asus Zenfone 6 (6GB/128GB)
Now: £426.60 (Use code GBMPOUZF6)
Zenfone 6 is a firm favourite of ours (see our full review), and it's available significantly cheaper through GearBest.
2. Xiaomi Electric Scooter Pro 2
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £519.97 (£80.02 off)
It might be expensive, but it's Xiaomi's top-end electric scooter right now, with a 350W motor and a great range. Plus, the £80 discount from Laptops Direct makes it a little more tempting.
3. Xiaomi Mi Band 4
Now: £22.95 (£12.04 off)
Read our full review of Xiaomi's fitness tracker.