What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a US shopping import held on the day after Thanksgiving. Historically, US stores have coped with loses made over the Thursday bank holiday closure by offering unbelievable deals and early store openings the morning after. The event was introduced to the UK in the early 2010’s by American brands such as Amazon and Asda. Though Asda chose not to participate in the 2015 UK Black Friday event, it turned out to be the biggest day of UK shopping, with £2 billion spent in-store and online. Black Friday typically marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

When is Black Friday 2016?

Black Friday will be held on 25th November 2016. Some online and in-store deals will last all weekend. For those patient enough, Black Friday is closely followed by more deals on Cyber Monday, held on the 28th November.

What sort of deals are you likely to find?

Last year Black Friday brought deals on everything from electronics, to perfume, clothing, shoes, toys, mobiles and even flights. And it can only get bigger for 2016. Music lovers will find plenty to open their wallet for with deals on audio equipment, headphones and vinyl.

What about the Black Friday stampedes?

Black Friday has a reputation for bringing mass hysteria to the high street, with enormous queues, riots and even fights breaking out in stores. With in-store deals being quantity limited, early bird shoppers can get territorial when protecting their shopping trolleys full of bargains. In Greater Manchester alone in 2014, police were called to seven separate Tesco stores. But last year saw the mayhem calmed down considerably by the rise in shoppers looking for deals online. And we’d suggest you follow suit. Why bother waiting in line from 7am when you can shop from the comfort of your own home, under a cosy Christmas blanket?