the blackest friday of them all

November 25, 2016 12:58am CST
My email inbox has been besieged by offers this week. No doubt yours has as well. 50% off! Use this code online and in store! Free gift if you spend £50! Go. Away. I jab at the delete button multiple times, till my fingers ache. *sigh* This joins the American imports that I would happily throw in the bin. It's nearly as excruciating as Halloween. Take it back, America. Please take it back and I will luvs you for ever. It's full of bargains! which are not bargains, and the random tat that shops have on the Failure, Why Can't We Sell This? shelf in their stockroom. Town will confuse me today with its busyness. People will become vicious in their desperation to get the last non-branded telly on the shelf. Granted, there are some real bargains, but these are few and far between. I wonder, is Black Friday simply a variation of the British Boxing Day Sales, imported into America to follow Thanksgiving instead of Christmas? Is it possible that we've just exported something, only for it to come back and bite us on the bum under a different identity? Are we really that silly?!
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• Preston, England
25 Nov
Black Friday is catching on in Britain in recent years too though I avoid it
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27 Nov
I was in town on Friday and it felt like a normal pre-Christmas Friday. I was expecting it to be packed, but maybe Black Friday shoppers are more likely to buy online than in store.
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• Preston, England
27 Nov
@Poppylicious we were told to expect it to make the postal work extra busy on Friday and Saturday but t really made no difference
@LadyDuck (75595)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
The Boxing Day tradition to give a gift to errand boys and servants started in the UK in 1830. UK beats US by almost 100 years.
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25 Nov
Yes, but when did the Boxing Day sales begin!?
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@LadyDuck (75595)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
@Poppylicious This is something that I am still searching. For what I remember I never heard about Black Friday when I was young, but we already had the after Christmas sales. Usually in Italy started on the 2nd day of January.
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@WorDazza (7020)
• Manchester, England
25 Nov
I'm refusing to buy so much as a packet of chewing gum today. My little protest against rampant consumerism!!
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25 Nov
I have spent money today, but nothing that was a Black Friday deal!
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@WorDazza (7020)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov
@Poppylicious I'm still getting emails this morning (monday) banging on about Black Friday deals. Some places are having something called Black Friday fortnight. Ridiculous!!
@LadyDuck (75595)
• Switzerland
25 Nov
I do not know if you started first the Boxing Day Sales, or if they started first with their Black Friday. I know that in the USA it started in 1932, now I go to check the boxing day and then I let you know.
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25 Nov
I thought Black Friday wasn't a big thing till the 1990s. I need to learn more things.
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@xFiacre (7982)
• Ireland
25 Nov
@poppylicious Yes we probably are. I really don't know why people get sucked into this. They seem so keen to shop for the same of shopping. I'll be stAying well away from town today.
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