Black Friday madness about to hit the UK
Even though Black Friday is an American tradition, UK retailers are expecting to break sale records. Get your Christmas shopping ready with the best deals of the year.
“Black Friday” was introduced in the US between the 1950’s and 1960’s by the police force in Philadelphia. Chaos was installed in the streets the day after Thanksgiving as people rushed to get the best retail sales while getting ready for their Christmas shopping. In the UK the same happens on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.
Amazon brought Black Friday online to the UK in 2010 and since then sales and deals have increased year by year. The madness cannot be compared to the one in the US but people have been arrested and hospitalised while trying to get the best deals of the year.
Best Black Friday deals
It has been estimated that more than £1million will be spent every three minutes, as sales will go down 40%.
Christopher North, managing director of Amazon.co.uk, told the Telegraph “This year, we are offering more deals and savings than ever before and we are expecting record numbers to benefit from Black Friday Deals Week.”
Amazon will run more than 3,000 deals this week anticipating Black Friday starting Monday the 24th.
Last year Asda was the first retailer to have in-store deals. The reaction was instantaneous. People started queuing at 5am and a man was arrested in Bristol.
It sold a month’s worth of television in 45 minutes, 16,000 tablets in an hour, and 60% of its entire Black Friday stock was cleared out in two hours.
“We will see even bigger and better deals (…)” said a spokesman from the company.
If you don’t know what to expect on Black Friday, have a look of what happened last year at Asda
Curry’s PC World
Sebastian James, chief executive of Dixons Carphone, which owns Currys and PC World said “We have some truly fantastic deals lined up across a wide range of products (…)”
It will be the first year that Sainsbury’s will join the Black Friday madness. They will focus their deals on electronics. Sales will not only run on the day but also the weekend after in over 480 stores in the UK.
Mark Lewis, online director at John Lewis, said: “Black Friday has definitely become one of the key dates in the UK’s shopping calendar.”
They will have up to 70% off sales in selected items. You don’t have to wait until next Friday as they already started some of their sales.
If you haven’t had the chance to get the online deal you wanted on Friday, bare in mind that on the 1st of December more deals will be posted, as it is Cyber Monday. This is again an American tradition and it is expected that consumers will spend more than £280 millions on online sales.
So it looks like there won’t be any excuses to not get the perfect present for your friends or family, or even just a little present for yourself.
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