Black Friday. 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 even been heard of! How times change! So you may be wondering, what exactly is it all about and where did it originate from?
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?
Yes, you’ve 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, resulting in an increase of 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 the name was first used in Philadelphia back in the early 60’s to describe the vast increase in traffic that occurred following 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 Currys. Back in 2003, one of their London stores offered various Laptops and electrical devices for sale at less than £50. It was popular, and things snowballed. Fast forward to 2014 and it’s popularity reached a point where it seemed that greed had taken over from the savvy shopper. As you may remember seeing on the news, many customers were actually fighting over discounted products! Madness! Interestingly because of this, ASDA chose not to participate in 2015 and are following suit again this year. It would seem that other retailers have learned from this too, hence now offering their Black Friday deals over the course of a week, rather than just the one day.
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 tool range means we have something for everyone, especially with prices from just £2.99!! Click on the banner below to learn more.
Until Next time,