In this 90 second read, we explore the history of the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday and how it made its way to the UK.
Dental floss, microwave ovens, Mickey Mouse and traffic lights are just a few inventions that America has given the world.
Our cousins across the pond have also given us the NFL, stand-up comedy and something that’s happening this week – Black Friday.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past ten or so years, you’ll know that Black Friday is when businesses heavily discount their products and services.
It has been a tradition in America for decades which sees businesses mark the day after Thanksgiving Day (always held on the fourth Thursday in November) with the equivalent of our Boxing Day Sales.
The term Black Friday was first used back in 1869 to describe a financial crash rather than a discounted shopping extravaganza.
It’s first thought to have come to the UK in 2010, and it’s no surprise that online giants Amazon are credited with being the first business to make a big thing of it on these shores.
Along with the UK and USA, Black Friday has become increasingly popular in other countries across the globe including Brazil, India, France, Norway, Romania and Germany.
At Helmores, our first port of call is always to use local independent shops in Crediton to bag a bargain, before looking towards online giants and chain stores.
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