Black Friday Frenzy

Black Friday started out as something that was only seen in America following the Thanksgiving holiday. However over the past few years we have seen Black Friday seep into the UK high street.

Black Friday is often regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season and it sees retailers offering large discounts and sales on numerous items. On Friday we will see retailers such as Vodafone, Asda, Amazon and Apple offering UK residents the chance to join in on the savings.

We wanted to our ask our panel what they thought about this American tradition being brought to the UK and if they had their eye on any particular deals.

The panel were quite split on whether they liked the idea of the Friday sales.  Some of the panel felt that you couldn’t really complain about a sale and a chance to grab a bargain and were excited about this American tradition coming to England.

“I think it’s a good thing. Any sale especially before Christmas is always welcomed.” (Louise, 31, Gravesend)

“I don’t usually celebrate American traditions like Halloween and stuff but I am all up for a sale.” (Julia, 27, Watford)

“I’m really glad that Black Friday has finally come to the UK, it gives us an opportunity to compete with our American cousins and buying great offers and great products.” (David, 33, Hove)

“I think Black Friday is a great idea. I really like the idea that we get some benefit from Thanksgiving and things that the Americans do.” (Rachel, 32, North Walsham)

Other members of the panel weren’t as keen on the American tradition making it’s way over here to the UK. Some of the panel seemed to feel negatively towards big sales in general and others didn’t like the UK adopting American concepts.

“I don’t think it’s all it’s hyped up to be at all.” (Jennifer, 31, London)

“People going mad spending money on things that they don’t really need.” (Elly, 35, Cheltenham)

“Personally I find it a bit annoying because it’s an American concept that has been imported and it doesn’t really make sense because we don’t have Thanksgiving here.” (Hayley, 32, Lymm)

A number of the panel felt that Black Friday was just a huge marketing gimmick and a few were unaware of the event all together.

“I don’t really agree with it to be honest because it’s an American tradition and it’s just based on artificially inflated prices so that they can artificially create these sales on Black Friday. They’re not genuine sales.” (Ben, 32, Dronfield)

A few of the panel members had ideas of what items they would like to buy on Black Friday and wanted to take advantage of the sales proximity to Christmas.

“I love Black Friday. In previous years I’ve probably done about 80% of my Christmas shopping through Black Friday bargains.” (Erica, 47, Hornchurch)

“I’ve seen many shops starting to advertise Black Friday and yes I will definitely be looking out for special offers.” (Winston, 48, Bournemouth)