Black Friday in the UK… I say NO!
Have you seen this yet? Newspapers and online news are showing images of craze and frenziness taking hold of the people living in the same country as me… But for what?? Something that isn’t even close from the local culture? An ode to pure consumerism has to be written to congratulate Retailers and E-tailers for managing to expand a totally foreign dates into everyone’s consuming habits!
First of all, let’s think about it for a minute: What is Black Friday?
Online Bible Wikipedia says:
Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened very early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth nations.
OK, I get it… now… how does it actually translate, still according to Wikipedia:
In 2013, approximately 141 million U.S. consumers shopped during Black Friday, spending a total of $57.4 billion, with online sales reaching $1.2 billion.
Well well well… That’s quite a lot of money. However, what is most interesting is the above distinction: Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, similar to Boxing Day in the UK. IT. IS. NOT. related to the UK’s calendar, but has been imposed from scratch and widely (if not wildly) adopted by British consumers…
See the proofs here with some of the news reports already published, when it is not even midday, from the pre-Black Friday ramp up to the day itself!
On the day:
- Police called to ‘Black Friday’ supermarket crowds
- Black Friday UK 2014: Tesco and Asda mayhem at stores
Some of the ramp up:
- Martin Lewis: Black Friday UK 2014 Christmas shopping do’s and dont’s
- What is Black Friday 2014? Everything you need to know about the big sales day so you don’t miss out
So really, did we need yet another Sales day? I thought the UK was a country where everything was constantly for sales anyway!
Don’t we have enough opportunities to spend our hard earned money that we are now being dragged to adopt American Sales days???
I say No… I will not go shopping today (apart from my lunch shopping). I bet you to do the same (unless you have already succumbed to the temptation of queuing at the supermarket for their midnight opening!).
Who’s with me?