Black Friday has been banned
You’ve seen the YouTube clips and news stories about Black Friday. For one magical (ahem) day a year stores reduce certain items by a huge amount (door busters) and people go crazy, pushing and fighting to try and get their hands on the prize. Don’t believe us, check out these 7 Black Friday Horror Stories.
Over the last two years, Asda has arguably had the best Black Friday deals - especially in-store. People would queue up around the block from 3am ready to pick up a bargain. But here’s the problem, the bargain TV everyone is after - well, there are only 200 available, but 1000 people in the queue. Fights start and people get arrested.
So this year, Asda has decided to step away from Black Friday. Asda’s chief executive Andy Clarke said:
“The decision to step away from Black Friday is not about the event itself. Over the last two years we’ve developed an organised, well-executed plan, but this year customers have told us loud and clear that they don’t want to be held hostage to a day or two of sales.”
So is he right? Are we already bored with Black Friday, realising that if something is too good to be true; it probably is (we’re looking at you and your dodgy pricing, Amazon).
Instead, Asda is going to invest £26m in savings across the christmas shopping period. We suspect that Asda hopes that other retailers join in (it’s the first to announce it is stepping away from the sale), but being as it’s the biggest shopping day of the year, and getting bigger every year, it seems doubtful.
Are you over Black Friday? Or have you been waiting all year to bag a bargain? Let us know.