PARENTS hoping to stock up on cut-price toys to give as Christmas presents should check out new predictions on when sales will start.
If you failed to sniff out bargains in Boxing Day and summer sales you might be wondering when retailers will next discount items ahead of the festive season.
The deals websites told The Sun they’ve based these predictions on previous years’ sales, as well as on insider information.
But with constantly changing situations due to coronavirus, the deals sites warn sales could look a little different this year with a strong focus on online offers expected.
Plus, of course no-one has a crystal ball, so whether these predictions do go-ahead is yet to be seen.
The Sun has separately asked all of the major retailers mentioned and we’ll update this story as soon as we hear back.
Just bear in mind that just because an item is in the sale doesn’t mean you can’t find it cheaper elsewhere, so always use a comparison tool, such as PriceSpy or Google Shopping, to check prices beforehand.
Here’s what to expect.
Argos – weekly discount codes
Weekly discount codes are expected to be launched online by Argos from October 21 running until Christmas Eve.
It’s unclear what discounts will be on offer or which toys will be included but last year’s “Crazy Codes” promotion covered a wide range of toys.
Under the offer Argos released a new code every Wednesday for customers to use for the next seven days, for ten weeks right up to Christmas Eve.
One example, was 20% off when shoppers spent at least £20.
Bigger discounts have been offered in the past though, with shoppers treated to 50% off in Argos’ 2020 August bank holiday sale.
Asda – in-store sale
The deals sites expect Asda to launch an in-store toy sale on September 12 – this Saturday.
When The Sun put this to Asda it told us it does have a September toy sale planned but couldn’t tell us when it will launch or what the discounts will look like.
That said, it seems some stores have started early with one shopper picking up a Paw Patrol tower, which was £120 down to £50, plus a couple of Lego Friends packs for 90p each.
Last September, Asda’s toy sale was available on 215 toys both in store and online with prices starting from £3.75.
Bargains were available on popular brands such as Barbie, Disney, Lego and LOL Surprise.
Morrisons – buy one get one free
Morrisons is expected to run a buy one get one free (BOGOF) toy event in store from October 7.
The supermarket ran the same offer last year with the price of toys included ranging between £15 and £40.
Morrisons’ 2019 offer included popular brands, such as Baby Born, Lego and LOL Surprise.
Sainsbury’s – half price toys
Sainsbury’s is predicted to launch a half price toy sale in stores on October 14.
Again, we don’t know what toys will be included but last year’s sale, which ran for just under a week, saw discounts on brands such as Hot Wheels, Hatchimals and Playmobil.
Sainsbury’s, Smyths and Morrisons were, however, criticised for not having enough stock to meet demand in last October’s sales with many shoppers finding empty shelves.
Smyths Toys – Black Friday specials
Black Friday isn’t until the last Friday in November but Smyths Toys is expected to launch its online discounts early this year on November 10.
Last November, the toy retailer gave out vouchers for £5 off when shoppers spent £50, or £10 off when they spent £100 – but Money Saver Online and Ways To Save don’t expect these offers to make a comeback this year.
Smyths Toys also had 25% off brands including Disney, Lego, and Paw Patrol.
But back in October last year it launched a bigger 50% off 65 different toys including Barbie and Fisher-Price, so it may be worth keeping an eye out for something similar this autumn.