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Black Friday: has the world gone crazy?!

I’m a bit confused. A couple of years ago Black Friday was introduced to the UK. The scenes on the TV were terrifying to see how humanity was reduced to slaves to materialism.
This year Black Friday seems to last 2 WHOLE weeks (or longer). At the start of last week I started getting emails with deals. And more emails and more and more…
Chris asked me when Black Friday actually was and I confidently replied. I was wrong. Black Friday wasn’t the Friday we’ve just had: it is this coming Friday, the 24th.
How has this happened? How has it taken over the world?
Don’t get me wrong, I love shopping and am devoted to online bargains (sooooo much easier than heading to the shops with the kids in tow!)
I spend hours trawling through websites, planning what to buy before actually committing. I love the thrill of the hunt! Tracking down the best prices and looking for the best deals.
The problem with Black Friday is all the deals and prices arrive at the same time so impulse (dare I say, panic) buys accidentally end up in the virtual basket.
So my only advice to see you through this madness is:
Buy what you need – write a list and stick to it. Write a reasonable price next to each item and ONLY go for it if it meets your target. The offers are there to be tempting!
I wonder how long Black Friday will last next year…

9 comments

  1. I have to say I hate the whole Black .Friday thing, which I experienced when I lived in the states. I will still grab an online bargain if it comes up but only as part of my regular planned buys. #RVHT

  2. Black Friday is just craziness here in the US. I feel like the rest of the world can just blame this insane materialistic “holiday” on us.
    I feel like just a few years ago Black Friday was just an in-store event that happened on the day after our Thanksgiving. Now, it’s just holiday deals that stores kind of try to centralize, but then spread out over a couple of weeks. YIKES.

  3. I have never bought anything on Black Friday before however I need a washing machine and was going to order it on Monday before I realised so I will wait until tomorrow now. It will be interesting to see how I get on! 🙂

    #RVHT

  4. I hate it. I hate all the commercial hype. The encouragement to buy buying buy. It’s an American thing. The day after Thanksgiving where they celebrate being thankful for what they have… Which is ironic to say the least. It’s also almost certainly a con. Only 1store in one location has to increase its prices for 28days for the price on black Friday to be announced as x% discounted…. Basically it’s a marketing ploy to encircled frenzied buying. #rantover #sorry xx

  5. Good tips, it is so easy to get bogged down with “bargains” when you’re actually buying stuff for the sake of the discount which you’d never get usually! i’m a stickler for a bargain and often put things back as its not essential then weeks later kick myself for not getting them haha!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  6. I genuinely thought Black Friday was a week earlier than it was thanks to all the marketing emails, I only twigged after it had passed and I was still seeing offers! I bought all my nieces’ and nephews’ Christmas presents in the toy sale. Didn’t treat myself 🙁

    Thank you for linking up to #RVHT, I hope you can join again!

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