Dying for a bargain on Black Friday

EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY AUGUST 20'File photo dated 6/12/2011 of a shopper carrying shopping bags on Oxford Street, London as people are no better off financially than they were a year ago and their ability to spend on the high street is likely to remain 'subdued' in the coming months, a study found today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 20, 2012. After inflation, people's spending power showed no growth at all in July compared with the same time last year, meaning consumers had no extra money to spend on discretionary items last month, Lloyds TSB found. See PA story MONEY Spending. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY AUGUST 20'File photo dated 6/12/2011 of a shopper carrying shopping bags on Oxford Street, London as people are no better off financially than they were a year ago and their ability to spend on the high street is likely to remain 'subdued' in the coming months, a study found today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 20, 2012. After inflation, people's spending power showed no growth at all in July compared with the same time last year, meaning consumers had no extra money to spend on discretionary items last month, Lloyds TSB found. See PA story MONEY Spending. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Black Friday may sound like some historical day of mourning dating back to biblical times but it is in fact a reason to celebrate for a shopaholic like myself.

This American phenomenon traditionally marks the beginning of the hectic Christmas shopping season in the US.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event it’s the Friday after the US Thanksgiving holiday when shops offer big discounts to entice festive bargain hunters.

But, like most American fads tend to do, the tradition is slowly starting to filter through to us Brits.

Although we may moan about the Americanisation of things in our far more reserved nation this is one I can get on board with.

It’s about time we reaped some of the discounts before the January sales.

There’s nothing worse than spending a fortune on a well thought out present only to see the price slashed by 50 percent on Boxing Day.

I have friends who do their Christmas shopping in the January sales to avoid such annoyance.

And whilst I have often vowed to get organised and follow suit it hasn’t happened yet and I’m not holding breath.

But although the prospect of cashing in on some pre Christmas bargains sounds appealing it seems like Black Friday has a sinister side.

Although only a handful of British shops embraced the Black Friday mantra it seemed to result in carnage.

British politeness was out of the window as brawls broke out in Asda stores for those eager to take advantage of the electrical sales.

According to media reports the rush to get a half price widescreen TV resulted in one unfortunate Asda shopper being hospitalised.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg as after a bit of research I discovered four people have died and 67 have been injured in Black Friday incidents since 2006.

There’s no one who loves a bargain more than me but putting my life on the line for a half price Christmas jumper seems a tad extreme.

Many of us in the region probably didn’t even notice any difference on Black Friday as only a handful of retailers in the UK got on board with it.

But it’s a safe assumption that over the next few years more and more will jump on the band wagon.

If the result of this is death and destruction in the shops I think I’ll be doing my Christmas shopping from the safety of my computer when Black Friday sales start to take over our shores.