Black Friday

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday refers to the fourth Friday of November -right after the well-known holiday of Thanksgiving– in which Christmas shopping commences… yes, in November. This nowadays’ worldwide known day leads businesses to offer remarkable discounts, to finish the year with a raise of sales.

Origin

The terminology Black Friday was born in Philadelphia, in the United States of America, and has slowly spread like a virus all over the world. In the last decade, it has been the most important sales day of the year.

Back in the 60’s, in Pensilvania’s main city, traffic police used the expression Black Friday to describe the multitude and chaos that shopping brought to that day. Some others give its origin to the cash register, as numbers went red before that day, and right after, they would go back to black. More modern versions have tended to relate the name of this day with the unfortunate demises of some shoppers due to the crushing of the mass.

In many foreign countries they have opted to avoid translation, afraid of being misinterpreted when not understanding the meaning.

Expansion

Year after year, the movement becomes bigger, expanding to more categories, to previous and subsequent days. Stores will put their offers up on Friday, may expand it to the weekend or even the entire week.

As expected, this event will also take place in the travel industry. This week, I am sure that you will find great travel deals!

Travelling

Airline companies and hotel chains also join this major deal-day, sometimes offering up to 80% discount in their products.

Some of the ones that I would recommend checking are the following*:

Ryanair

Easyjet

Vueling

Canaryfly

Bahía Príncipe

and

Booking (do not forget to use my code, you’ll get a refund of 15 €!)

Stores

Set in Spain at the moment, I will recommend you some of the commonly known stores (many of them with worldwide or continental reach).

El Corte Inglés is one of the pioneer Spanish businesses to participate in Black Friday. Renown store, also with its own brands, that offers a wide variety of products. Some of their most interesting discounts can be found in their technological merchandise. Photography, video and travel lovers will always be grateful. 😉

Other stores:

MediaMarkt

Carrefour

Decathlon

Online shopping

Amazon is one of the most prestigious worldwide online stores, innovator with its promotions year after year. It has already been offering discounted prices the entire week, including Cybermonday next week. This year, they have also done a countdown, offering products for only 20% of their original price!!

Tips

Be careful with scams and with compulsive shopping.

The best tip would be to focus on what you actually need or want (and no, “everything” should not be an option). Check prices before the big day so you know it is a real offer. When you are buying online, check the veracity of the website, its certificate and the little lock for security; also, check conditions, minimum purchase if it applies, and date of arrival.

Now, enjoy the discounts and make this day useful!

*No content or brand have been sponsored.

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