Black Friday: Everything you need to know

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Black Friday is nearly upon us, ladies and gentlemen.

Originating in the United States, the event is a relatively new phenomenon on these shores – but that did not stop Britons spending a whopping £810million on the day last year as they snapped up bargains galore.

This year our Black Friday spending is expected to surpass £1billion so, with that in mind, here’s all you need to know about the biggest shopping day of the year.

What is Black Friday?

As mentioned, it originates in America where it falls on the day after Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The major retailers offer substantial discounts on selected products to entice shoppers to spend, spend, spend with Christmas fast approaching.

When is it?

It takes place next Friday (November 27) – although some retailers have jumped the gun and are offering deals early. If you are shopping online, the deals are likely to go live from 12am next Friday.

Why the name?

The popular opinion is that Black Friday refers to when stores make a profit – which are traditionally recorded in black ink, as opposed to losses being noted in red ink. However, it was first used in a retail context by Philadelphia Police, which used the term in 1961 to describe the traffic congestion and general chaos caused by shoppers flocking to sales on the day after Thanksgiving that year.

Why has the UK adopted the custom?

Mainly because major retailers such as Apple and Amazon and supermarket chain Asda, which is owned by US retailers Walmart, introduced it to the UK – and like tipping, Halloween and peanut butter we have embraced the occasion with open arms.

What goods are discounted?

Traditionally the best deals are to be had on electrical and electronic goods such as televisions, DVD players, tablet devices and kitchen appliances. However, promotions on other items are also common and vary from retailer to retailer.

Which retailers are offering what?

Big-name high street retailers such as Apple, Amazon, Argos, Currys PC World, Game, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Tesco are taking part – but most retailers are expected to offer discounts.

Asda, however, has decided not to participate in this year’s extravaganza.

Are shops in Hull participating?

They most certainly are. Kathryn Shillito, HullBID city centre manager, described the event as a “very important day” for the retail sector and expects many businesses to benefit from the extra footfall created by the event.

She said: “The big stores and shopping centres will all have exciting plans to make the most of Black Friday to kick-start their festive sales and it is important to remember that the many independent retailers in Hull city centre will also have some fantastic products at special discount prices.

“It’s also a big day for the food and drink sector with so many people expected to flock into the city centre. They’ll need feeding and watering!”

Lee Appleton, centre manager at Prospect Shopping Centre, said: “Black Friday has changed the shape of festive trading in Hull by giving retail an early boost and I am confident it will have a positive impact again this year.”

Black Friday Opening hours in Hull

Prospect Shopping Centre (7am-6pm)
St Stephen’s (8am-8pm)
Princes Quay (9am-8pm)

Please note: It is advisable to check with each retailer for their specific opening times.

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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