Once, back in the first dot-com boom when Eurogamer was but a child, eBay was all about buying and selling things second-hand. Now, it's up there with the biggest online retailers and sells an awful lot of brand-new stuff - which means that it's a contender for some decent Black Friday deals.
It's also sufficiently enthusiastic to start the whole process a bit earlier, joining the list of retailers who will be releasing Black Friday deals every day from now until 25th November. At the moment the games deals are focused heavily on Playstation and Xbox (PC and Nintendo will hopefully follow in due course) and if you're looking for tech then there's a bunch of manufacturer refurbished phones, cameras and TVs on available - all with limited stock of course. Here's our pick of the best deals from what they have to offer:
- PS4 Slim Console 1TB + Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Early Access £239.99
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Legacy Edition PS4 £52.99
- PS4 DualShock 4 Controller Black V2 BRAND NEW SEALED OFFICIAL £40.85
- DualShock 4 Controller Red £43.85
- DualShock 4 Controller Blue £43.85
- PS4 Slim Console 500GB Black + FIFA 17 £244.99
- PS4 SLIM 1TB BLACK CONSOLE - NEW & SEALED - Fast Dispatch £244.85
If there's nothing there that tickles your fancy, stay tuned: we'll be updating this page right up to Black Friday itself with the latest bargains that we find. If you want to focus on just the gaming offers, check out our similarly-updated guides to the best PS4 Black Friday deals, the best Xbox One Black Friday deals, and the best Nintendo Black Friday deals. No, that last one doesn't have the Switch in it, but we're hoping for some decent Wii U bundles.
Getting the best eBay Black Friday deals
As with Amazon's Black Friday lineup, the main thing to keep in mind is the retailer you're actually buying from. eBay's flea-market origins are largely behind it now - if you want some manky furniture for next to nothing, you can find it on Gumtree - and it increasingly functions as a gigantic storefront for lots of other retailers. That means you need to check that your designated bargain is coming from a credible source and unencumbered by restrictions, excess shipping or strange deposit requirements. Handily, that's not hard - you can see the seller's credibility by the numbers in the profile information on the right, and for the deals like the ones we've posted above they'll often be retailers you know and trust, like the Co-op.
If it's a smaller suppliers, look out for the "eBay Premium Service" flash by their name, and a high percentage of positive feedback - you'll never see 100% for any retailer of scale, but you can get well into the upper nineties, and clicking the number next to the username means you can click through the most recent feedback left - good or bad. Stick to sellers with unimpeachable ratings and lots of happy customers on their side and you can't go far wrong.