We do seem to pick up lots of ideas from America, and Black Friday is certainly one of them! I do believe however that we are all that bit more savvy here than our friends across the pond – do you agree?
Maybe it is that we Brits are that bit quicker at realising there is no such thing as a free lunch, and that if a product is substantially cheaper for one day only, there is always a reason why! Either it was too expensive before or it’s an old or obsolete model or just old stock - that may suit you fine if you just want a TV that doesn’t need to be the very latest model, but I do think the UK shopper is too switched on to pay over the odds for anything nowadays, and that the sellers have to offer great value 365 days a year, not just on one day!
Could it be that the reason people love Black Friday is because it’s drifted across the Atlantic or is it because it gets hyped up, a bit like Halloween does nowadays! I just hope that the UK card companies don’t decide that Thanksgiving could become lucrative for them too, because I fear that if they introduced that over here, it could dilute the genuine annual celebration of Christmas!
“Some people see Black Friday as a much-needed break for their wallet. I see it as retail outlets showing the customers the full weight of their contempt. The frenzy to buy cheap crap from China, the human downgrade of people fighting with each other over items they can probably live without, to me, is an insult.” Henry Rollins