Black Friday is knocking on the door and companies are already launching their offers for the big shopping day. Google announced its deals a week ago but decided to start its campaign a day early with some caveats.
The company is offering plenty of hardware at discounted prices in the United States, but looking into further detail, it appears that not everyone will be so lucky, with the United Kingdom getting minor discounts on the Pixel 3 smartphone.
The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are advertised with up to 50% off when you purchase a second device. When buying two phones you get at least $175 off the $799 regular-sized flagship and $225 off the $899 XL. These are prices for unlocked phones - the ones on Verizon or Google Fi yield different results.
Sadly, when the same phones are in your shopping cart at Google Store UK, you get £40 off (about $50).
German customers of Google are among the luckiest though - all phones are €200 cheaper than their original price, with some colors shipping as early as tomorrow.
Other hardware like Google Home Hub, Chromecast, Google Home Mini or the Pixelbook do not have this discrepancy. They have the same price cut (VAT applied) on both sides of the pond - $300/£300 off for the slate, $24/£24/€26 off for a Home Mini, $50/£50/€50 for the Pixel Buds, etc.
In the US you can also get bundles like a free Google Home Hub with each Pixel 3 phone, but after all Black Friday originates in the United States and it is a bigger deal there than anywhere else in the world.
That's weird because this year the XL has a samsung panel while the non-XL is LG