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Will you be spending on Black Friday?

Black Friday spending is expected to dip for the first time since its arrival in the UK as retailers brace for the start of a fiercely competitive Christmas trading period.

Consumers will spend £2.4 billion on deals in stores and online, down from last year’s £2.6 billion, according to the predictions from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) and VoucherCodes.co.uk.

However, spending across the weekend including Cyber Monday is expected to be up 6.4% on last year to £8.3 billion.

Just over a quarter of Britons (27%) feel “positive” about Black Friday, with almost a third of consumers (31%) planning to buy clothing, footwear or accessories on Friday, 24% being in the market for gadgets and home technology, and 22% expecting to buy toys.

The survey comes as watchdog Which? warned shoppers to do their research ahead of Black Friday after finding nearly nine in 10 “deals” available last year had been cheaper at other times.

Which? tracked the prices of 94 products, including TVs, cameras and fitness trackers, on offer over Black Friday 2017 from six months before until six months afterwards, finding that 87% of the items were cheaper at other times of year and nearly half were cheaper in the six months after Black Friday.

Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard, said: “Whatever happens on Black Friday, our data over the past few years has established that it brings Christmas spending forward.

“This creates a magnet of spending activity at the beginning the peak trading period which then suppresses spending until the final week before Christmas when consumers take advantage of last-minute deals that are likely to be introduced by retailers to drive sales in what is a highly challenging trading climate.”

What are your views? Do you feel positive about Black Friday?  Will you be doing any Christmas shopping on this day? How can you be sure you are getting a bargain?

Will you be spending on Black Friday?

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Suziepink
2nd Dec 2018
0
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If there was a very big expensive item I needed then I might be tempted but other wise I cannot see value for money that you couldn't find normally if you shop around .
Alicia
25th Nov 2018
0
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I buy things when I want them, Black Friday is nonsense.
BaW
24th Nov 2018
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Only buy things I would otherwise be buying, and making sure they are actually cheaper. That said, I do not like the blatant consumerism that is Black Friday and now, sadly, Christmas. We are losing sight of what is essential and what is greed.
Darkstar
24th Nov 2018
1
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Just another money maker.
Veronsinge
24th Nov 2018
1
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The adverts for this day are worse then callers - its a con
ColinM1
24th Nov 2018
1
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A commercial stunt I find totally alien ! Not wanted or indeed needed .
biker babe
23rd Nov 2018
1
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Black Friday is American , we dont need it!
Wilf
24th Nov 2018
1
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Good for the customer though! I got 10% discount off a bike yesterday!
Lorraine
23rd Nov 2018
3
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Have been hearing that these bargains aren't all they are cracked up to be
Alicia
25th Nov 2018
0
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They are not Lorraine, bargains are available all year round now. I wish companies would give us a decent price to start with and stop all the so called sales.
KenW47
23rd Nov 2018
1
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I think it's a brilliant idea not only for the Individual picking up bargains but also as a stimulus for the Retailers.
Irene88
23rd Nov 2018
1
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I have better things to do than shop for things that I proably don't need.
Malcmister
23rd Nov 2018
3
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C1arkie
23rd Nov 2018
3
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Whilst there are a few "bargains" to be had, Black Friday is something of a con - a means by which retailers bump up their turnover before Christmas. And why buy stuff you don't need just because you think it is going cheap?
Isobel MacN
23rd Nov 2018
1
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Going Christmas shopping today, may as well save money if I can, don't intend buying anything I wouldn't otherwise, but I may be tempted!!
HappyHippie
22nd Nov 2018
2
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its just a con to get people to spend
Mrsclikit
22nd Nov 2018
4
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It’s all a big con, since when does one day “Black Friday “ last 10 days?
Richard65
21st Nov 2018
5
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This is just another platform of American advertising. I don't hold with this form of marketing. I'd like to think I am a lot more savvy.
Lionel
21st Nov 2018
4
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Spending? Not if I can help it!
Alicia
25th Nov 2018
0
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Lionel, you would get on well with my husband! He does not like spending either. 🙂
Pete H
21st Nov 2018
2
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Already got some good deals but you have to be careful as always as often the prices come down further after Christmas.
viking
21st Nov 2018
3
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ACCORDING TO THE POPULAR PRESS IT IS POSSIBLE TO BUY THE SAME OR CHEAPER EITHER BEFORE BF OR AFTER. So what is the point for the general public, sounds like a possible for the stores to bring forward into the November sales figures a little bit extra.
ArchieUK
21st Nov 2018
5
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No chance, I buy when there are bargains, not on a sales gimmick
Wilf
21st Nov 2018
2
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Yes I have held back buying a few items just to see if I can get a bargain. Normally I am quite sceptical about sales but let’s see this year !
Marley444
21st Nov 2018
6
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Fed up with Black Friday! There are discount codes and sales all year round so I am constantly looking for bargains, and in fact, this is the last day I would buy anything. It's a big hype and I will not fall for it.

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