Small Business Saturday could save your life

Black Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season in the US and it’s now the biggest shopping day of the year in the US. But recent years have seen stampedes in stores and believe it or not, four people have died and 56 injured in Black Friday incidents since 2006.

Most offers this year will be on electrical goods such as TVs, tablets, kitchen gadgets and audio hardware, as electricals are often where shops can get the best deals from suppliers.

In the UK, Black Friday is to be led by “the three As,”: Amazon, Apple and Asda, and this year is likely to see the biggest Black Friday sales yet as more people know about the event and more shops participate.

Tesco says it expects Black Friday to beat Boxing Day sales in 2014 as it prepares discounts of as much as 70%. Its 24-hour stores will begin selling a minute after midnight, and more staff may be laid on in some areas.

It’s not all rosy

Consumers should beware of companies using Black Friday as a good way to dispose of end-of-line products, particularly in technology. The UK discounts on most products don’t come close to the discounts available in the US, where 70% cuts are more commonplace as compared to the UK’s 20% average.

Don’t forget #SmallBizSatUK

Small and independent retailers are hoping to persuade shoppers to back Small Business Saturday that follows hot on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Saturday 6th December.

The day-long event, which is supported by all political parties, celebrities and American Express, was launched to shine a spotlight on the nation’s 4.9m small and medium-sized companies and encourage consumers to switch their shop from a chain to an independent business.

The bid to get shoppers thinking locally when doing their Christmas shopping has the backing of almost 100% of councils, many of which are offering free parking to encourage consumers on top of of great local deals.

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