Do we have Black Friday in the UK?

Will you be shopping on Black Friday?

Though the trend of the shopping peak before Christmas originated from the US, it seems to have caught on in the UK, with online retailers pushing for Black Friday deals all over the place it would seem. This image is from Amazon UK:

Black Friday pushed by UK retailers including Amazon - the Shopper Discounts and Rewards blog

What really IS Black Friday?

Well, according to Google and Wikipedia, Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving in the US, and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season…

What is Black Friday? The Wikipedia definition on the Shopper Discounts and Rewards blogThe day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

When did Black Friday start?

Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation was made: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”. For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers (including Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Bealls[8]) opened at midnight for the first time.

Why has it spread to the UK?

Amazon and Apple have recently introduced Black Friday to countries outside of America and Canada, such as the United Kingdom. A number of other online and instore companies are now celebrating the American tradition, although the majority appear skeptical, with one trade publication labelling it ‘simply an Americanism, which doesn’t translate very well.’ Read Retail Week: Why we should ignore Black Friday in the UK.

Apple brings Black Friday deals to the UK - Shopper Discounts and Rewards UKSo, will you be shopping this Friday? Without Thanksgiving being a factor, have you already started hunting for discounts? Let the Shopper Discounts & Rewards team know!

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