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Anyone looking at any bargains this Friday? Maybe get some cheap Christmas presents for others?

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There doesn't seem to be as many deals this year in the UK. According to the people we've spoken to at work it's because of Brexit for some reason.

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I've always felt like Black Friday doesn't ever really produce that big of savings & that it's just stores hyping things up because if you hype up sales you get loads of people to turn out for the "massive savings." 

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7 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

I've always felt like Black Friday doesn't ever really produce that big of savings & that it's just stores hyping things up because if you hype up sales you get loads of people to turn out for the "massive savings." 

Oh god yeah. It's all really clever marketing - and even then it's not that clever!

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It's just another way to shift all that stuff they couldn't flog in the year to make way for all the xmas stuff they won't flog either and the next sale will just have the word 'January' in it... 

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14 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

I've always felt like Black Friday doesn't ever really produce that big of savings & that it's just stores hyping things up because if you hype up sales you get loads of people to turn out for the "massive savings." 

Think there was a news story or investigation in to supermarket offers (not only associated with Black Friday) where retailers would slowly hike prices up in few months leading up to Xmas so that when their prices are 'slashed' or 'reduced' it just looks like they've brought them down but it's just back down to normal price or not much under it. 

Could call it clever marketing. Customers can be savvy too though. Just because a deal may appear good or shiny doesn't mean it always is. 

I've been tracking some perfume for the missus for a good couple months on a few different sites and it was regularly priced at £60-70. Black Friday comes along and its now £40 so snapped that up. 

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7 minutes ago, Stan said:

where retailers would slowly hike prices up in few months leading up to Xmas so that when their prices are 'slashed' or 'reduced' it just looks like they've brought them down but it's just back down to normal price or not much under it. 

Could call it clever marketing. Customers can be savvy too though. Just because a deal may appear good or shiny doesn't mean it always is. 

Stealth Pricing.... It's a trick they pull with foodstuffs a lot in particular, keep the price the same to appear as though you are still getting a good deal but reducing the weight and size of the product bit by bit.. 

Quality Street for example has gone a bit like this.. 

2005 1,700g

2010 1,300g

2011 1,000g

2012/13 820g

2014 780g

2015 756g 

2019 650g

The other reason they ship stuff out cheap is to make way for the new technologies coming on the market.. normally the 3 phases are what you have available right now followed by what's about to be released onto the market and the third is what is being lined up as the next big thing... whatever we buy this year will be out performed by something new in less than a year and become the next 'big thing' everyone is supposed to own.. If you are anything like me you can still survive on technology from the 80's B|

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Never really thought about it but the wife keeps going on about Black Friday so I am mentally prepared that come this Friday I will be dragged downtown for some bargains she has spotted.  :eek:

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Anyone ever see the punch ups in ASDA?

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How Did Black Friday Get Its Name?

When people emerge from residential hibernation the day after Thanksgiving, they pour into shopping centres. Consumers spent an estimated $59.6 billion over the holiday weekend in 2018, bolstering the bottom line for retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and online outlets.

If Black Friday is such a financial benefit, why is it called Black Friday? That modifier was usually reserved for cash-draining events like the Black Thursday that precipitated the 1929 stock market crash or the 1869 gold market collapse that led to financial ruin.

It turns out that the label didn’t always have the positive holiday spending connotation it enjoys today. Beginning in the 1950s, according to Snopes, employers and media began observing the trend of people calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving—traditionally not a paid holiday—to give themselves a four-day weekend. For businesses, that Friday was indeed bleak, as productivity slowed to a crawl. (Eventually, offices capitulated and gave employees the day off.)

Law enforcement also had reason to be disgruntled with that Friday. With everyone skipping work and kids off of school, traffic in major cities became a problem. Police in Philadelphia who were forced to deal with logjams and work mandatory shifts to cope with the congestion started to dread the day. Again, the “Black Friday” label seemed appropriate.

Eventually, this negative term spread to media and via word-of-mouth. Retailers in Philadelphia even tried to rephrase it to “Big Friday” to avoid the association with disaster. But it was Black Friday that stuck. It soon became synonymous with record profits, and the term was permanently adopted for the frenzied rush of shoppers using their day off to get their shopping done.

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Pathetic tossers.

Also reminds me of this:

 

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I bought a set of decent speakers for £99 which actually did seem to be a decent saving. The site I got them from said reduced from £149 - the actual retail price these days is more like £129, but that's still a £30 saving. 

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Anyone seen any worthwhile deals banded about or looking for anything in particular?

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Has the Amazon deals already started? The main one is next Thursday night, Friday morning onwards? 

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1 minute ago, MUFC said:

Has the Amazon deals already started? The main one is next Thursday night, Friday morning onwards? 

Some Amazon ones have, yes. They're doing an actual 'Amazon week' officially from tomorrow though.

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36 minutes ago, Lucas said:

Anyone seen any worthwhile deals banded about or looking for anything in particular?

Looking for Asics trainers for training. Am due a new pair and a fleece training top as it's starting to get nippy outside.

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EE have sim only contracts. 160gb of data a month, unlimited text and minutes. Cost is £20 per month.

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I never really get caught into the hype of Black Friday. 

As for Christmas shopping, I am nowhere near finishing ... i best crack on actually. xD

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44 minutes ago, JOSHBRFC said:

I never really get caught into the hype of Black Friday. 

As for Christmas shopping, I am nowhere near finishing ... i best crack on actually. xD

I'll have a bottle of rum or JD please mate. Thanks.

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21 minutes ago, Stan said:

I'll have a bottle of rum or JD please mate. Thanks.

Will Kraken do? I’ll have some Jonnie Walker in return, thanks.

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21 minutes ago, JOSHBRFC said:

Will Kraken do? I’ll have some Jonnie Walker in return, thanks.

Yes love that shit :D 

Sorry Johnny Walker sold out. 

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43 minutes ago, Stan said:

Yes love that shit :D 

Sorry Johnny Walker sold out. 

Haha it's good isn't it. Tried a few of them now. 

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Think I've mentioned before my other half has a bit of an 'inner geek' about her. She loves her Star Wars and in particular, the Lego sets.

As if by luck, I noticed they had knocked the new Mos Eisley Cantina set down from £319.99 to £255.99 through the Disney store today so I snapped that up. Great deal IMO for what you get too and I know she'll be made up with it.

Who needs clothes, perfume, make up or shoes when you can have Lego xD

P.S From memory, could be wrong but I seem to remember you also collect these @Mel81x?

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Saw The Hut had 50% off Superdry selected items earlier on their site. Pretty decent I thought.

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23 minutes ago, Lucas said:

Think I've mentioned before my other half has a bit of an 'inner geek' about her. She loves her Star Wars and in particular, the Lego sets.

As if by luck, I noticed they had knocked the new Mos Eisley Cantina set down from £319.99 to £255.99 through the Disney store today so I snapped that up. Great deal IMO for what you get too and I know she'll be made up with it.

Who needs clothes, perfume, make up or shoes when you can have Lego xD

P.S From memory, could be wrong but I seem to remember you also collect these @Mel81x?

 

Not me but @IgnisExcubitor's better half collects Star Wars stuff. When it comes to Lego I love me a good Technics set or something that is more nautical in nature.

P.S. I think that set is super nice.

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22 minutes ago, Mel81x said:

Not me but @IgnisExcubitor's better half collects Star Wars stuff. When it comes to Lego I love me a good Technics set or something that is more nautical in nature.

P.S. I think that set is super nice.

Ah my bad, it was @IgnisExcubitor

Haven't seen him on here for a good while, hopefully he's ok.

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