Black Friday in Ireland is a shopping observance imported from the United States that traditionally falls on the fourth Friday of November – the day after American Thanksgiving.
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Black Friday is relatively new to Ireland, but it is already making a big bang. Most stores are implementing major mark-downs for this day and for the whole week following, while online retailer focus on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the Monday following Black Friday) to boost their sales.
It is not uncommon for some people in Ireland to arrive at stores as soon as they open, or even before they open, to try to take advantage of limited offers on electronics and other hot-sale items. Unfortunately, the increased traffic and crowds have sometimes lead to accidents, scuffles, and even violence. But for the most part, it has been a positive experience for shoppers.
However, for smaller retailers, Black Friday and this general sale period can be tough as big online retailers and major retail outlets offer discounts that smaller stores can ill-afford. This is especially the case now as many online stores and big high street companies can offer year-round sale prices that can be especially hard to compete with.