Black Friday, like chewing gum, country and western music, pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast, and herpes started in the US and went on to dominate time and space for a while until there demise helped the world become a much better place.
The reason why I place Black Friday alongside herpes is that it is a reminder that not everything which seem like fun is going to end well. With herpes it usually came from a sexy night of fun with consequences. Likewise going for a bargain just before Christmas should mean that you are saving money until you realise that you are being hustled to try a snap 1 of 6 television that have been heavily discounted so as to drag people in to spend money on products that have not been heavily discounted. Yes ladies and gentlemen Black Friday is a con!
It is great for retailers as they will get publicity from the media and viral publicity from their customers. therefore spending (or cutting) a few hundred pounds generates £1,000’s upon £1,000’s of promotion. People trying to kill each other over a ‘bargain’ looks great in pictures and after the initial set up, leads a life of its own.
So lets chuck Black Friday alongside trick or treat and other rubbish US ideas in the bin of cultural waste of time.