Black Friday coming to the UK, courtesy of Apple

Do you know what Black Friday is? No? Then you’re probably British. It’s traditionally the day US retailers hold big sales to kick the Christmas shopping into gear, but isn’t something we partake in over here. Apparently, it was originally called that in reference to the traffic it created on the roads – who knew?

So, up until now, it’s been a Yank thing, but now Apple are bringing it over here. It’s not often you see an Apple sale, since they keep all their retail partners on such a short leash, but Friday that all changes, at least for those buying direct from Apple.

It’s not clear which products are going to be discounted, or by how much, but the graphic they use seems to indicate it’ll be most things (although I can’t see a Macbook in it). So, the advice today is to sit tight if you’re in the market for something Apple-related – Friday could be your lucky day.

Apple online

Susi Weaser


  • Ha ha, that’s funny. Every week, I have to Wiki something they say on Coronation Street. It’s like we don’t speak the same language.

    The turkey beckons. I’ll have some cranberries for you. Gobble gobble!

  • Actually, the name Black Friday comes from finance, not road conditions. Most retailers operate in the red (lose money) 11 months a year. Since schools are closed the day after Thanksgiving and most people take off from work, Black Friday is the official kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. There are always special sales to boost already high foot traffic, uh, mobs. With a huge boost in sales, it is the day stores begin to operate ‘in the black’, ie, make profit.

    Would that I could afford a new 24″ iMac.

    • I’m not saying Wikipedia has never lied, but here’s the source :”The term “Black Friday” originated in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day. More recently, merchants and the media have used it instead to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).”

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