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What is Blacks Outdoor Retail?
Blacks Outdoor Retail has a long and venerable history, dating back to its inception in 1891 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Blacks have since become the largest retailer of outdoor and sporting goods in the United Kingdom.
Blacks have a long history with the British public. It sponsored Morecambe Football Club in the 2013/14 season, but it was also a pivotal aid in the nation’s darkest hour: Blacks supplied tents and surplus material to the British Army and Navy during the Second World War, ensuring that the troops were well equipped. Blacks also made the fenders for the boats used in the D-Day landings. Blacks’ contributions to the war effort for so notable that they were the target at the height of the Blitz, with their Greenock workshops destroyed by a Nazi parachute bomb on 8th May 1941.
Far from the original Greenock shop where it originated, Blacks now comprise three retailers: Blacks, Millets, and Ultimate Outdoors. Blacks have come under the JD Sports umbrella since 2012, although it maintains its own stores and autonomy as a retailer.
Blacks do have a large number of retail shops in the UK, but by shopping online, you can browse the whole catalogue in one place without worrying about whether it’s in stock near you. Online also offers you more ways to pay and, crucially, you can only use Blacks Discount Codes online.
By buying from Blacks, you are buying a piece of British history, and you can use our Blacks Discount Codes to ensure your order is wallet-friendly.
What products do Blacks stock?
As the nation’s premier outdoor retailer, comprising not just one, but three companies, it might be simpler to list what Blacks do not stock. Blacks is a one-stop shop for your outdoor activity needs, and as such, they cover hiking, walking, running, horse riding and everything in between.
They stock a large variety of outdoors brands, including The North Face, Osprey, Garmin, Jack Wolfskin and HI GEAR WORX to name but a few. Recognising the sheer depth and breadth of their catalogue, Blacks have multiple ways of narrowing your search down. At the top of each page, there are three drop-down menus allowing you to begin your search from an already refined point:
Products - Clicking on this sorts the catalogue by ‘Men’s’, ‘Women’s’, ‘Kids’’ and ‘Equipment’. You can narrow down your search further from there. This is perfect for those who are looking for a specific item, or are buying a gift for another person, as they don’t have to cycle through activity or brand menus if they don’t want to. They can look at the products available to decide on the best one.
Activities - A click on this option sorts everything by activity. Do you need more equipment for your favourite activity? Maybe you need better hiking boots or equestrian helmets? Skip the faff of going through individual brands or products until you find what you’re looking for, and have them presented to you instead.
Brands - Maybe you have a favourite brand that you swear by, or you’re buying a gift for someone who will always prefer ADIDAS and North Face to anything else. If this is you, Blacks has you covered. Select the ‘Brands’ option to see an itemised list of every brand that Blacks stocks. Once you find the label you like most, click on them to see everything they have. If you’ve got a favourite brand, Blacks have it in stock.
However, if you prefer to narrow down your choice and find your ideal item, remember to keep your Blacks Discount Code to hand, for fantastic deals on what you love.
Blacks also offer product recommendations and discounts for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Check out the website to see what the vast array of footwear, equipment and accessories Blacks recommend for the challenge. (Hint: Make your child’s DofE expedition more cost-effective by using your Blacks Offer Codes on what you buy.)
Blacks Online Retail also offers group discounts for those undertaking the DofE. The quotes are bespoke, and so vary from group to group and situation to situation. Contact Blacks Outdoor Retail themselves for a personalised quote for your group.
How do I apply a Blacks Discount Code?
Blacks have made it incredibly easy to apply a discount code to your order. Just follow these simple steps to see a sizeable reduction in your order cost:
- Step 1: Pick your preferred products from Blacks’ extensive range.
- Step 2: Add them to your cart and proceed to checkout.
- Step 3: When reviewing your basket, you will see a summary of your basket and the cost. Just below this is a text box that reads ‘Voucher Code’. Enter your voucher code here and watch the pounds tumble off of your order.
- Step 4: Put the kettle on and think about your next outdoor activity, courtesy of Blacks.
As you can see, it couldn’t be easier to add a Blacks Voucher Code to your purchase, so don’t forget to browse our own range of Offer Codes above, to help you get the best out of your shopping trip.
What payment methods do Blacks accept for orders?
Blacks are highly flexible in the payment methods they’ll accept. They take all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express. For those who don’t like paying by card, Blacks also accept payments via PayPal and ApplePay.
Blacks also offer buy-now-pay-later methods for those who need or prefer them. They accept three methods: Klarna, where you have 30 days from the date of delivery to pay the outstanding balance; ClearPay, wherein you pay in four instalments; and last but not least, LayBuy. With LayBuy, you make six weekly interest-free payments to spread the total cost of your order.
To use any buy-now-pay-later method, you must be over the age of 18 and must pass an eligibility check. Using your Blacks Voucher Code will not affect your eligibility for buy-now-pay-later methods.
How will my Blacks order be delivered to me?
Blacks ship their items via Royal Mail First Class. This comes with a delivery charge of £4.99, which will be included in the total cost of your basket. As products are sent via Royal Mail, Blacks quote 3-5 days for your order to be delivered to you. Orders are delivered between 8am and 8pm Monday to Saturday, excluding Bank Holidays.
Blacks do offer free shipping on all orders to the UK mainland over £80.
What if I need to return something?
Sometimes we change our minds, or extenuating circumstances rear their head and we may have to send back something we’ve bought. Blacks understand that and make their returns process very simple.
Every order comes with return papers, just in case, they’re needed. Simply fill them out and send them back, along with the item in question, to Blacks within 28 days of their delivery and you’ll get a full refund.
Some may prefer to return the items in person, and Blacks have you covered. Simply take your items into any Blacks, Millets, or Ultimate Outdoors, accompanied by the receipt or dispatch note, and you can get a full refund without any postage costs. If you paid via Credit or Debit card, best to bring that with you, so the refund can be processed easily. The refund will need time to clear with your bank, which can take time, so please allow five working days for the refund to clear into your account. One brief caveat: if you need a refund and you paid by PayPal, PayPal Credit, or ApplePay, then the refund cannot be processed at a store. You can still return the item, but the refund will be processed by the Web Returns team. Although Blacks will try to process your refund as quickly and efficiently as possible, it may take an extra day or two to clear.
If there’s a Post Office in your local area, you can return items via them if you would prefer. True to form, the process is simple, and no-fuss: register your return with Blacks via their website; download your QR code and take it to your local Post Office; return the item, sit back and await your refund.
Blacks are fantastic at giving customers flexibility, so they have a host of return options, in case those above don’t do the trick. They can also accept returns by the following:
ASDA returns - A simple, no fuss, no printer method of returns. Register your return on Blacks’ very own Return Portal, download your QR code and take it with you to your local ASDA. Once you’re there, scan the QR and your package will be returned securely, with your refund to follow soon.
EVRI returns - Choose from either home, parcel shop, or locker collection, depending on what suits you best. Register your return with the online portal, hand it off to EVRI and await the refund in your bank account. One thing to note: locker and parcel shop collections are only available for items weighing less than 15kg, and smaller than 30cm long.
24/7 InPost Lockers - 24/7 InPost Lockers are a flexible and eco-friendly post locker service operating throughout the UK. To use one of these, you need neither a printer nor a label. Simply scan, drop, lock and done! Your item(s) will be returned safely and securely to Blacks, and your refund will soon follow.
CollectPlus - CollectPlus hosts over 4500 parcels drop off points around the UK, and many are open 24/7, so you won’t be short of places to return your items. Register your return on Blacks’ Returns Portal, drop it into your local CollectPlus drop off point, and they can return your items for you. Do bear in mind that CollectPlus cannot return any item over 10kg, or that exceeds 60x50x50cm.
For a return to be accepted, it must be unused and in a re-saleable condition. Otherwise, you may not be eligible for a return. The exception to this is if the item in question is faulty, in which case the requirements are more flexible but it’s best to keep the item in the best condition you can until it’s back with the good folks at Blacks.
If you would like to exchange an item, that can only be done at a retail store. This is still a simple process; just take the item to the retailer, with your receipt (if you paid by card, please bring that card with you) and the Customer Services desk will be happy to exchange your item(s).
Do Blacks accept Student Discount?
Yes, Blacks do offer a student discount. They offer this through UNiDAYS. All you need to do is log in or sign up if you haven’t done so already, and input your UNiDAYS code in at the checkout using the steps details above for your Blacks Voucher Code. The codes can be used in conjunction with each other, so use student discount and the codes here for even sweeter savings on your favourite outdoor activity gear.
Do Blacks offer a subscription?
Blacks don't offer a subscription service. In place of this, they have a mailing list. It’s easy to sign up for and rewards you with various offers on products, exclusive content that you cannot get from the site itself, and news on any upcoming products, deals or sales that Blacks might be having. Combine these deals and inside knowledge with the Blacks Discount Codes above to unlock a veritable host of products and specialist outdoors gear without the premium price tag.
Blacks do maintain their own blog with articles ranging from how-to-guides to DofE food ideas and team building tips. This is separate from the mailing list and can be viewed from the Blacks website. Why not have a look? It may spark a passion you never knew you had.