Black Friday

Black Friday, What’s all the fuss about?

Black Friday

Black Friday. What an earth is it all about and whose idea was it anyway? You don’t have to look very far at all this week to find a shop, retailer or supermarket making a huge song and dance about it. Go back a few years and black Friday hadn’t been heard of! How times change.

What is it?

There’s a good chance you’ll already know, but if not, it essentially marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping period. Retailers extend their opening hours and offer some exceptional deals on a variety of products to entice you in.

Where did it come from?

Yep, you guessed it, America. Black Friday follows Thanksgiving, which is the fourth Thursday of November. Whilst Black Friday isn’t a public holiday, many companies and schools in the US are closed, meaning an increase in shoppers. Since the 2000’s it has been regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping period.

So the name? Black Friday

Well there are a few theories, but it seems it was first used in Philadelphia back in the early 60’s to describe the vast increase in traffic that occurred after Thanksgiving. As time passed, it grew to be known as the time of the year when retailers had made enough sales to turn a profit, or end up “in the black”. We doubt this is the case now-a-days though!

Black Friday in the UK:

One of the first adopters of Black Friday in the UK was the electrical retailer Curry’s back in 2003, where one of their London stores sold various Laptops and electrical devices for under £50. It was popular, and things snowballed. Fast forward to 2014, it’s popularity was so great, that it seemed greed had taken over from the savvy shopper. Interestingly because of this, it seems ASDA won’t be taking part this year!

Black Friday at Richards Builders Merchants:

Here at Richards we offer the best prices all year round rather than on one specific day. Although we do think a reason is needed to lighten up Black Friday, which is why we’ve got a variety of Floodlights and Torches on offer! This, alongside our current Christmas offers means we have something for everyone, especially with prices from £2.99!!

Until Next time,