Scots shoppers swerved high streets on Black Friday to buy bargains online instead – The Scottish Sun
SHOPPERS swerved Scots high streets yesterday to hunt Black Friday bargains online instead.
More than three-quarters of purchases were made by web customers, who splurged around £214million on cut-price goodies.
Some stores saw just a trickle of buyers through the door.
Amin Mohammed and wife Rbiki pitched up early to beat queues outside Currys PC World at Braehead retail park near Glasgow — only to find they were the only ones there.
Fridge-freezer shopper Amin, of the city’s Pollokshields, said: “We got out of bed at 5.30am to come along and make sure we got a good price on anything we buy. The early rise is worth it.”
Customers were also in short supply at Topshop in London’s Oxford Street early yesterday morning.
But the internet frenzy didn’t stop bosses at the intu Braehead mall forking out on extra car park staff.
Marketing chief David Lyon said: “Black Friday has now become part of the Christmas shopping calendar, with the sales period kicking off many people’s festive spending.”
Glasgow’s Buchanan Street saw a steady stream of bargain hunters.
And the city’s St Enoch Centre said the buying bonanza was a “key date” in its calendar.
General manager Anne Ledgerwood said: “We’re expecting around 250,000 shoppers over the Black Friday weekend.”
A total of £2.5billion was thought to be spent, £83million up on 2018.
And in the morning alone, Barclaycard spending increased 12.5 per cent on last year.
Debenhams said UK sales were 800 per cent higher than a normal Friday with around 280 online orders per minute.
It sold more than half a million fragrances — about three every second.
John Lewis said iPads and Lego Star Wars toys were snapped up.
But some popular gifts such as the Nintendo Switch or GoPro cameras were no cheaper, according to Money.co.uk.
A survey by accountants PwC found 77 per cent of gift purchases were made online, with website spending in Scotland three times higher than an average day.
A spokesman said: “Black Friday is now an online phenomenon.
“In-store crowds and queues from the early years have disappeared.”
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