Get ready to flex your bank cards. It’s the mega-bargain craze that has ushered in unprecedented sales and discounts in the US for many years – and now “Black Friday” is coming to Blighty.
Hundreds of thousands of gifts and goods, from electric cookers to Kindles to cookie-cutters, will see discounts of as much as 70% for just 24 hours tomorrow (Friday).
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Amazon.co.uk, Very.co.uk, John Lewis and Asda are among those offering some of their biggest bargains ever.
Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving when US stores make serious slashes to prices, for one day only. Think Boxing Day sales, on steroids.
Very.co.uk will offer Sony Wireless headphones for £49, reduced from £99, and a 43-inch Samsung Plasma TV will reduced by some £200 to just £349. Asda will offer a Cyclone Explorer tablet for only £49.
Asda stores will be decorated with the logos of Wal-Mart, its US owner, and feature half a million discounted products, the Telegraph reports.
Andrew Moore, Asda’s chief merchandising officer, said: “Last year Wal-Mart reported their best ever Black Friday event with stores in the US serving over 22 million customers in one day.
“We’re taking our lead from them and utilising their know how to help create an offer that means Asda shoppers can benefit from incredible savings at a time when they really need us the most.”
Mark Lewis, John Lewis online director said: “Traditionally Christmas shopping ratchets up this weekend as it’s when people start to think about that bit more, and it’s a time when for many they get their last big pay packet of the year.”