Boxing Day falls on 26 December every year. This year, it's a Saturday meaning that the bank holiday will be pushed to the following Monday. The sales usually begin on the day itself with some shops starting them earlier than usual, so consult your desired retailer's website. With some Boxing Day sales starting before the day itself it is hard to predict the exact time they will start, especially given that many will be taking place online and not depending on retailer store opening times.
In this guide, we'll explain how Boxing Day sales work and give you the best advice on how to find the right deals on products you love.
While the name only refers to one day, the Boxing Day sales typically last for more than a 24-hour period. Each retailer will have their own time frame for the sales.
Due to Boxing Day sales lasting for longer than the 24-hour period many deals will be merged with January sales.
With most shops reopening after the second lockdown the decision on whether to open for Boxing Day has been made on a retailer by retailer basis.
Before you hit the shops, make sure you do your research so you know which products are worth buying. After all, there's no point getting a big discount if you end up with a product that's not right for you.
Our product experts have searched the web to find the best deals for you. The most popular product categories are listed below:
To make sure you know what to do if your sales item turns out to be a dud, we've rounded up the top five things you need to know about your rights when you're sales shopping.
Hunting for the best deals can be stressful enough without discovering that you've bought something that's faulty.
We recommend that you go to the retailer in the first instance, rather than using a warranty. This is because there are strict rules under the Consumer Rights Act that retailers must follow. Move quickly, though, as you only have 30 days in which to reject something that's faulty and get your money back.
Your rights don’t end after 30 days but, from then on, the retailer has the option of repairing or replacing the faulty product, rather than having to give you a refund.
You can only return non-faulty goods for an exchange or refund if the retailer has a returns policy. It's worth noting that shops aren't required by law to have a returns policy but, if they do, they must stick to it.
Most shops' returns policies have time limits for returning non-faulty products, often 28 days. But sometimes they extend this period – especially around Christmas – so you might have more time than you think. Check when you buy.
If you buy online, you have additional rights under the Consumer Contracts Regulations. These give you 14 days from the time of delivery to return the product for a full refund, even if it's not faulty.
In 2015, the Consumer Rights Act introduced new digital rights. This essentially means that anything you download or stream – including apps, music, movies, games or ebooks – is now covered by the legislation.
The retailer now has one opportunity to repair or replace any goods or digital content that are of unsatisfactory quality, unfit for purpose or not as described, before you can demand a refund.
It’s always the the retailer's responsibility to deliver your goods to you so, if your parcel doesn't turn up on time, has gone missing altogether, arrives damaged, or is stolen from your doorstep, it needs to rectify the situation.
There has been a huge increase in goods being sold by unscrupulous sellers on social media, as it’s easy to set up multiple accounts that don’t require too many details. According to the latest annual Intellectual Property Crime Report, social media has overtaken auction sites as the criminal ‘channel of choice’ for selling counterfeit and pirated products.