Shopping for wireless headphones this Black Friday UK?
Black Friday 2023

Mistakes to avoid when shopping for Black Friday headphone deals in 2023

Updated on 26 October, 2023 - Making a big purchase can be stressful, especially for new tech. There's a lot to consider, and the technical jargon doesn't make the process easier. With Black Friday 2023 coming up, we figured it might be helpful to put together a little guide to simplify things. So let's start off by looking at when it starts in the UK this year, and then let's dive into the mistakes you should avoid when shopping for wireless headphones on Black Friday 2023.

When will Black Friday headphone deals in the UK be live in 2023?

Black Friday 2023 is on November 24th this year. It originally started in the United States but has spread basically worldwide. Black Friday always falls on the last Friday of November each year. 

However, that's only the official start date. You can expect to see deals starting earlier too, and that includes Black Friday headphone deals in the UK too.

What Black Friday headphone deals can we expect in 2023?

We expect Black Friday deals to be similar to last year, as every year it doesn't change too much from time to time. However, to make your comparison easier, we've rounded up some worthy mentions below (but it'll never match to Back Market's savings 😉). All prices were checked on 26/10/2023:

  • John Lewis:

    • Apple AirPods Max: save £50 on selected colours, which would be valued at £499 instead

    • Bowers & Wilkins noise-cancelling headphones: save £30, which would be valued at £249 instead

  • Argos:

    • JLab Jbuddies Kids headphones: 2 for £20, otherwise £14.99 each

    • Turtle Beach: save between £10 and £20 on selected models

  • Bose: 17% off on the Bose QuietComfort SE headphones - was £239.95, now sold at £199.95

  • Amazon: 33% off on the Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones - was £350, now sold at £236.55

Although Black Friday deals have started surfacing now, it's worthwhile noting that with Back Market you can get the similar "new-ish" headphones refurbished at much cheaper prices (between 30% - 50% off the cost of new)

1. Know the difference between wireless headphones vs true wireless earbuds

Wireless headphones are headphones that are wireless. You probably pieced that one together. 😅 They connect to each other by a head strap, and they connect to the audio source via Bluetooth. Working via Bluetooth is why they are considered wireless.

The reason earbuds are sometimes called true wireless is that they're truly wireless. They don't need to connect to each other by wires, and they also connect to the audio source via Bluetooth. 

It should be mentioned that earbuds and headphones are not the same things. What makes them headphones is that they go over your head. Earbuds, as you can probably guess, go into your ears. You might also see earbuds referred to as earphones or in-ear monitors depending on if they go into your ears or if they sit on your conchas (external part of ear).

Comparison graphic of wired earphones vs wireless earbuds vs wireless headphones vs headset

A few popular wireless headphones are the Sennheiser Momentum 4, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and the Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones. Popular wireless earbuds include the Apple AirPods, Galaxy Buds and Sony WF-1000XM4. 

In any case, wired headphones and wireless headphones are typically preferable to earbuds. The only downside is that you can't slip headphones into your pocket for easy everyday carry. However, they generally have better sound quality at similar price points than earbuds, they're less harmful to your hearing, and they're more comfortable for many people.

2. Don't buy directly from Apple and Bose and other manufacturers

If you decide you need new headphones, you might be inclined to just buy them straight on the manufacturer's website or at their store. After all, you know you'll be getting good service and the exact product you want. 

While that might be true, it's also true that you're not going to be saving a lot of money. 😬 Usually, the retailers will push their brand-new stock at the same price. They sometimes even raise their prices beforehand to then lower them in November, only making it seem like a good deal. 

Another common practice is only offering the best deals inside bundles. It makes sense for them since they're essentially clearing out products in bulk. But if you don't need a new phone and new headphones, you're not really saving money, you're instead being upsold! 

So if you're really looking to save big on headphones for Black Friday in the UK, we think you shouldn't just look at the offers you find in stores and on manufacturer's websites. Consider small businesses, online marketplaces and other retailers and resellers.