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to think Black Friday is One Big Con

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viioletsarentblue Fri 27-Nov-15 18:27:22

They inflate the prices then mark them down to make you think youre getting a bargain.
I bought a fitbit flex for under £60 last May.
That same item is showing as being reduced from £70 to £64.
Wow what a saving.

Want to buy some perfume?
Okay if you want to buy the 50ml. bottles. Loads of those marked down.
Hardly any of the 30ml bottles in the Black Friday deals.

Its all desiged to shift stock that they otherwise find hard to sell.

CrohnicallyAspie Fri 27-Nov-15 18:28:55

And in other news, bear found defecating in wooded area...

MsJamieFraser Fri 27-Nov-15 18:29:02

depends what you buy, today I have saved £300 in the black friday sales for my boys xmas.

PhilPhilConnors Fri 27-Nov-15 18:31:02

Crohn grin

itsmeohlord Fri 27-Nov-15 18:32:00

Of course it is a con. I got a bag for my daughter last week with a better reduction than today.

Leaningtoweroflisa Fri 27-Nov-15 18:39:16

Yes I agree its a con. Was v grumpy that the only opportunity I had to buy work trousers and bras ended up being Black Friday...

Got 20% off my bras (big cup size so always an expensive chore) and 2 pairs will jaeger trousers for a total of £78 when they retail for £150 each - wasn't marked on the tag so a nice surprise at the till...

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Fri 27-Nov-15 18:47:25

I thought Black Friday was just a handy way for people to expel their extra pent-up frustration and anger before the tediousness of Christmas?

Assaulting a stranger for a cheap television is an excellent reliever or tension.

Sirzy Fri 27-Nov-15 18:51:19

It's only a con if you don't check before you buy.

I got an iPad mini this morning, it was cheaper than I have seen one anywhere in the last few months and more importantly it was the price I wanted to pay.

I looked at boots at some make up but the offer price wasn't anything special so I didn't buy it.

Seeyounearertime Fri 27-Nov-15 18:52:27

Every 'sale' you ever see is a con one way or another.

Even stupid things like fresh loaves in ASDA.
75p or 2 for £1..... If they're making a profit selling them 2 for £1 why not just charge 50 fucking p?

Dfs: best ever sale.... Every fucking year for the last 30 years, by now they should be giving their crappy bits of pallets and fabric away for nothing.

Currys: save £200 on this fridge, was £500, now £300...... Last month it was only £260 ffs and cost £30 to make.

I think I need wine and cake

DarthVadersTailor Fri 27-Nov-15 19:00:11

Massive con, and frankly amazed that people fall for it so spectacularly.

Had a look at electrical goods out of curiosity (tablets in the main as my DS Hudl 2 broke, refunded and looking for a replacement though I already know what I am going to replace it with) and every tablet out there at a good "reduced" price is cheap and shit. Same with pretty much every other form of electrical goods unless you're buying something mega expensive to begin with then you might get a reasonable saving.

Tis all hype and for pretty much nothing. Glad I merely browsed and didn't count on Black Friday to answer all my xmas shopping needs.

PainAuChocolat23 Fri 27-Nov-15 18:59:52

I got a 15.6" acer laptop from tesco with 100 off so was 179 instrad of 279 then got an extra 11 off with clubcard boost so was chuffed it coming in at 168 with then i got a superdry jacket for 55.99 instead of 70 on top of my vax hoover from argos was 250 down to 88.49 in their black friday week so im very pleased with what ive got. I saved for ages for just my laptop and ended up with a jacket and hoover as well grin

worriedsatsuma Fri 27-Nov-15 19:08:22

i needed to buy a rimmel colour burst balm and they are usually £8 each but the black friday deal was 4 for £10 so that was a bargain (i know they are usually 3 for 2 but it was still loads cheaper today)

i brought 16 in different shades to give out as little thank yous for my staff and saved myself £88 pounds which is a good black friday bargain

PrimalLass Fri 27-Nov-15 20:05:43

We saved £40 on something we were going to buy anyway.

However, it is obviously not as big a deal this year. The first year Amazon did Black Friday you had to have finger poised above the deal when it went live. This year no-one is bothering. And the shops were empty.

So I think it will disappear next year.

maggiethemagpie Fri 27-Nov-15 20:12:02

Well i got some lovely furry pyjamas reduced from 30 to 20 so I'm happy. I know they are probably only worth about £20 as they were overpriced to begin with, and they will probably be £15 in the january sale but by then another month of winter will have gone by, and it's getting cold outside now.

So I probably have been conned, but happy to be!

TheSecondViola Fri 27-Nov-15 20:20:48

Nope, not a con. If you can't find the good bargains that's your own problem. I was going to buy FIFA 16 the other day, €70 approx everywhere, I got it today for €29. That's a bargain in anyone's book.
I also got a ds3xl bundle for 89£, reg price approx €230+.

NeedsAsockamnesty Fri 27-Nov-15 20:26:38

I got a decent tumble dryer for my daughter and two windows connect tablets for a couple of small kids about £100 worth of kinetic sand and about £300 of kids toys and a full set of kettle weights using a combo of Clubcard boost and Black Friday deals for the grand sum of £19.74 so I'm quite ok with Black Friday

Spectre8 Fri 27-Nov-15 20:38:37

I bought a laptop one week before and it was advertised for £650.. I checked today wondering if they discounted it but instead its now for sale for £700 hmm

mumsnit Fri 27-Nov-15 22:03:36

grin KingJoffrey has it nailed. There were far more stressed, angry people around than bargains today! I went into town and promptly wished I'd stayed at home shock

BrandNewAndImproved Fri 27-Nov-15 22:09:12

I've saved myself £80 on what I was going to buy anyway for dc. There are cons out there but most places have loss leaders to draw customers in. If you stick with the loss leaders like the kindle fire reduced to £35 when it's been £50 for the last few months you can get a bargain.

Djelibeyb Fri 27-Nov-15 22:28:41

It's the same as any sale. You can get good deals but you have to know the true value of things. We got a great deal on a TV but a lot of the deals were rubbish. We knew exactly what we wanted and had picked out a few we liked in advance and had a budget. We saved £300.

Yes to people not caring though. I went into Tesco at 8pm for a few bits and most deals still had stock left.

DustyCropHopper Fri 27-Nov-15 22:36:09

I had been keeping an eye on the price on something for my boys for Christmas. Today I got what I wanted for cheaper than I had seen it in the last month so I am happy! Saved about £70 on the three connected items!

Hobbes8 Fri 27-Nov-15 22:35:49

There seems to be deals and sales on all the time now, which lessens the impact of things like Black Friday or the Boxing Day sales for me. I did my Christmas shopping a few weeks ago - 3 for 2 at Argos, 20% off at Achica, Amazon emailed me to tell me that something I'd been looking at had been reduced so I got £25 off. I mostly shop online as well - there's really no need to head out to Asda and get trampled.

wasonthelist Fri 27-Nov-15 22:45:07

Hilariously rubbish offers on anything I wanted. I got some very obscure offers by email from companies I bought one thjng frlm ages ago, offering really pathetic discounts. Saved a fortune - didn't buy anything (starting to think I am not target market)

ToadsJustFellFromTheSky Fri 27-Nov-15 22:46:37

When did we start with all this black Friday malaky? Last year was the first I've ever heard of it.

BabyGanoush Fri 27-Nov-15 22:50:10

I saved masses today, masses

By not buying anything

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