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Will you shop the Black Friday sales?

Black Friday is quickly approaching, and many retailers in the UK are planning to launch sales both online and in store.

This American tradition has only made its way to the UK in the last several years.

The sale traditionally takes place over Thanksgiving weekend stateside, and people are known to line up outside stores as early as five in the morning to get their hands on incredible bargains.

The idea of Black Friday has received a mixed response in the UK – some people relish the opportunity to get big discounts on items just before Christmas, while others believe these sales are not worth the effort of the large crowds and early start times.

Shopping online has made Black Friday more appealing to many – big retailers like Amazon, Argos and John Lewis will all host sales this week.

The discounts might not always be what they seem however; Which? reported that 60% of the deals available last year were available at other times.

And if that’s the case, is it truly worth the effort?

Will you be shopping for Black Friday?

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JAM
1st Dec 2017
0
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Just bought robotic lawnmower on Black Friday
followed the prices for many weeks and saved
£169, but it's only a bargain if you buy what you are after no impulse buying
sparrer
1st Dec 2017
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I don't shop on 'Black Friday' or any of the following days with the same name. By shopping around I know I can find any needs for a lot less and have proved it on more than one occasion, so no need to follow this American craze invented by greedy merchandisers.
JAM
1st Dec 2017
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Agree with your comments but you should consider all options when spending hard earned
Money
Yodama
26th Nov 2017
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Not fazed by sales gimmicks.
Darkstar
26th Nov 2017
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viking
26th Nov 2017
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It will be interesting when "Black Friday" is finally over [now looks like another week of it !] the participating stores etc., look at their profit margins for the whole affair. How many extra staff etc., had to be employed and all the add ons that occur in2017. Buddy was it really worth it ??
Lindad22
25th Nov 2017
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Too many poor "bargains" around. You need to research well before placing an order.
MrsPat
23rd Nov 2017
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I do like a good bargain so yes Black Friday or Cyber Monday or whatever its called is a good thing for me. It does beg the question though why are all the shops discounting on the way up to Christmas it really does not make sense.
Silverjan
23rd Nov 2017
4
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For some naive people it's an opportunity to get something they don't really need at a price that's not really a bargain with money they don't really have.
JuneAA
23rd Nov 2017
5
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The goods being sold are mostly old stock that they cannot shift. This should have stayed in America along with Cyber Monday, Halloween Hype and all the other nonsense designed to part people with their money on things that they do not need (or often even want)
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
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Is there a note of skepticism, even cynicism in Surfer's opinions of Black Friday? Surely not! All these so honest traders, online and off line, who bleed away their life blood to bring us the best quality for the lowest ever price. Sadly ...

It ain't true, is it? So much is Chinese made, bought from Alibaba for pennies and sold us for several pounds.

A very few years ago I bought an expensive chunk of software from a British company based in Oxfordshire. It cost several hundred pounds, but was three hundred cheaper in the Black Friday event. Looking for help files on their website a few weeks later I noticed the price had dropped even more!

Three months after that this quite long establish software company went bust. No support, no help files. Nothing! It's little wonder places life the Pirate Bay flourished.

Yep, I'm as skeptical and cynical about all sales as other surfers. Keep it up, you stand less chance of being ripped off.
linj
22nd Nov 2017
5
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Black Friday is just another scatty American idea like trick or treat. (Apologies to any American silversurfers).
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
6
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Linj, life teaches there's not a lot of value coming out of America. Frankly, they should keep their traditions their side of the Pond.
linj
22nd Nov 2017
3
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Including Donald Trump and his insane comments and tweets “eh Lionel”.
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
1
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Yep, you could well be right. I once had a hope in Trump but that diminishing now.
Alicia
22nd Nov 2017
4
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No I can get the same bargains all year round. Black Friday is nonsense.
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
3
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[email protected]
22nd Nov 2017
1
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After watching the TV recently it showed how sometimes products are cheaper after Black Friday. Fortunately most of my Christmas shopping has been done throughout the year either in shop sales or on-line sales. Being on a low income made this a necessity.
Pam1960
21st Nov 2017
2
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I make a list of the items I want and the current price. If it is cheaper in the sale then I buy it. I don't purchase just for the sake of it as that is not saving money. I preferred Black Friday being a one day sale as I am getting a bit fed up now with the number of email promotions I am getting everyday.
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
2
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Email promotions? Yes, I'm fed up with them too. Most go to junk but when I look in the junk file some of the stuff is obscene and so many amateurs offering professional sexual services. They can't possibly know I'm a snow white haired 66 year old man who is very contented with his wife. If I had signed up for these emails I wouldn't be so annoyed.

Only this week a furniture company which advertises on TV and had Oak in their company name, sent me an email advertising their, yes, oak furniture. At my age I've bought what I want and am happy living with it.
Pam1960
22nd Nov 2017
2
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I get the same emails they obviously do not discriminate on gender when sending these emails. My junk jox is full of them everyday. Emails aside I always use a cashback site whenever I am ordering online. That is I use it if it isn't going to cost me more. During sales thus can be quite benificial as you get cash back as well as thw additional discount. Boots is by far one of the best retailers to use outside if Bkack Friday. You can get 3 for 2, advantage points, extra points during promotions and cashback. Does anyone else use cashback sites?
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
1
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yep! Pewit much like us.
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
2
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Sorry Pam. that's pretty ,such like us.
Pam1960
22nd Nov 2017
2
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The curse of the phone
Lionel
22nd Nov 2017
2
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Actually you're not far wrong. It's the curse of the iMac.

About two years ago I sent my step daughter an email speaking about some drainage problems we then had; regretting the loss of a macerator beneath the sink.

The email arrived as ' masturbater,' not macerater.

She straightaway emailed me back and said, just as well I know you!!
Pam1960
23rd Nov 2017
1
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Speeednet
21st Nov 2017
3
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Not for the sake of it, only if I need something. Companies getting shot of outdated end of line stock at so called sale prices doesn't interest me.
kentrix39
21st Nov 2017
4
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These "sales " are just for the gullible young we Senior Citizens know better.
Surveys of the past have also told manufacturers that using so-called celebrities does not in anyway enhance sales but they still do it.
I know that this is not good for employment or the general good of the High street shops but on-line shopping is the way to go for us Seniors.

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