Well it’s that time of the year again. A time when hours spent queuing in the rain, stampeding through the stores and snatching sale items from the hands of complete and utter strangers is the norm! A time when you’d merrily happily body-check a grandma to the ground if it meant getting your paws on a half-priced TV. Yes, you guessed it, it’s Black Friday.
For 24 hours, British etiquette goes out the window. No patiently waiting your turn, no apologising for brushing past someone and certainly not letting queue cutters escape your wrath. It’s every man/woman/child/dog for themselves and it’s a shopper’s paradise.
This retail bonanza has long been the most anticipated day in every bargain-hunters calendar, Stateside. The day after Thanksgiving is well-known to be the start of America’s Christmas shopping season since 1952. But, how did the UK end up importing one of the biggest shopping events from across the pond? Well, it’s all thanks to retailers such as Amazon and Asda, who kicked off the Black Friday tradition in the UK. But it was four years later that the trend officially caught on with even more UK-based retailers than ever before.
No doubt, most people today have experienced first-hand the wonders of Black Friday – but what about the stuff you didn’t know? Here’s our favourite five facts about this mad-cap shopping day that we Brits now can’t live without.
- Black Friday – or should we say Black-eye Friday – brought more than just your average bargain when it arrived in the UK. In 2014, police were actually forced to arrest people for fighting over bargains, riots broke out and chaotic customers even stampeded through supermarkets causing chaos and mayhem as soon as the doors opened.
- In the 1800s, the term Black Friday was used to describe the stock market crash. On September 24, 1869, after a period of rampant speculation, the price of gold plummeted and the markets crashed.
- On average, budding shoppers will more than happily stand in line for 2 and a half hours in order to get their hands on a deal.
- Apparently, 12% of shoppers on Black Friday are According to a survey on behalf of a coupon site, a number of shoppers admitted to being under the influence when bagging themselves a bargain.
- Black Friday wasn’t the busiest shopping day until 2001 – prior to that the busiest shopping day was the Saturday before Christmas.
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