What's the story behind the Black Friday sales?

What's the story behind the Black Friday sales?

Black Friday is an American import to British shores which has become a firm fixture in the Christmas shopping calendar.

The discount shopping event, along with its online counterpart cyber Monday, is big news in the media and the subject of many a flashy advertising campaign. But do you really know the background to Black Friday?

Here’s a rundown in case you are baffled by the UK’s take on the buying spree.

When is it this year? Friday November 24 - the day after the holiday of Thanksgiving in America. Over in the United States, Black Friday involves retailers slashing prices and opening earlier to attract pre-Christmas sales - and it’s a trend which is no different here in the UK. Although this year it appears a lot of shops have already jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon early.

What’s in it for me? Bargains! Shoppers get to benefit from the huge discounts on offer, often just for one day. It has been reported that more than £3bn will be spent in the UK during the Black Friday sales, showing just how serious British shoppers are about bagging deals. Long queues form outside big retailers while others prefer to hit the sales online, although Cyber Monday is officially the day for internet sales events.

Why Black Friday? The term Black Friday seems to originate from Philadelphia, USA, in the 1960s. According to the Radio Times, the Philadelphia police force were so fed up with the traffic jams caused by shoppers they christened the dayBlack Friday”.

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