Black Friday is a phenomenon which began in the USA, on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday and the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Shoppers would be offered discounts and offers to tempt them into spending and getting their festive gift buying off to a start. Of course, it wasn't long before retailers worldwide realised how lucrative this day could be if they dangled the carrot of bargains in front of consumers. Subsequently, Black Friday is now internationally recognised and one of the most hotly anticipated events of the retail year.
Of course, one of the pitfalls of this kind of extravaganza is the emphasis that it places on consumerism and at times, frivolous spending on items that aren't needed, or will likely be thrown away after a season. In a world that's showing the signs of strain under the pressure of waste, this event can encourage the kind of consumption that signals retailers to rapidly produce stock in huge volumes - potentially at the expense of the environment and the people making the garments.
So is Black Friday only a bad thing?
We think that if you're conscious of the pitfalls of Black Friday, you can find a way to avoid them. For example, at Tallis we don't think you should miss out on all of the fun (!) but would encourage you to think carefully about the items you'll be buying and the companies you choose to buy from. Do your research and choose well. Choose items that are well-made from materials you can trust and buy your item for life. We think with that in mind, it's time to have fun on Black Friday!