Eager bargain hunters were queuing up outside city stores this morning as part of the phenomenon imported from America known as ‘Black Friday’.
Fortunately shoppers in our city appear to have been controlling themselves better than in other parts of the UK. In Greater Manchester police appealed for calm after attending seven Tesco shops, at which three men were arrested and a woman was hit by a falling television.
Back at Tesco Home Plus in Chester, customers saved themselves £100 when they bought a 32 inch Blaupunkt TV for £99 or an iPad Mini for £149. Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee-makers were going for a song at just £29.50, originally priced £100.
Friends Georgia Gerrard, of Christleton, and Debbie Lanceley of Kingsway, were up early buying Christmas presents – mainly flat screen TVs from Asda and Tesco.
The ladies, who were on a day off from the private care home where they both work, had bought 40 inch televisions from as little as £139.
Georgia said: “Personally I think Tesco organised it better because they gave you a ticket which guarantees that it’s yours whereas at Asda people were running around trying to grab, it was a free for all.
“Having said that, they are very well behaved in Chester,” she said with a smile.
“It was very civilised in Tesco and they have got all sorts – kettles, toasters, fryers, X-boxes.”
The two pals were extremely pleased with their efforts.
Georgia understood Black Friday had begun in the UK last year but it had received much more publicity this time around.
“It’s amazing. It’s the first time I have ever been and I will come every year. I will start my shopping on 28th November every year on Black Friday,” she said.
Pointing to the car boot full of tellies, she explained: “It’s all Christmas presents for our family – and one’s for me!”
“Debbie has got one for her son and husband. We had to phone them up and see if it was OK.”
But she admitted they had both got a bit carried away with the hype.
“Her husband said ‘how many tellies do you need?’.
“I think Black Friday is just to get people started with their Christmas shopping probably, it’s given me a kick up the bum that’s for sure because I had not even started. I normally do mine on Christmas Eve.”
Debbie commented: “I just think it’s great what they’ve done really. It’s very organised in there. And I’m very happy. I’m usually not that lucky but I am today.”