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article imageOp-Ed: US 'Black Friday' tradition now alive and well in Spain

By Anne Sewell     Nov 30, 2013 in Lifestyle
For some reason, certain businesses in Spain have decided to follow the US tradition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, in trying to get shoppers to spend plenty of "dinero" before the festive season.
That "sales madness" experienced in the USA on the day after Thanksgiving has hit the sunny shores of Spain. Instead of waiting for the normal early January sales, Spaniards can get a bargain before Christmas, or more importantly, before the Day of the Three Kings arrives, when the locals get their gifts.
El Mundo (Spanish language) gives a guide of the major department and clothing stores that are getting into the so-called "spirit" of things, including El Corte Inglés, FNAC, Media Markt, Oysho and Zara.
Friday saw prices of clothing, cosmetics, electronics and more items dropping down to almost half price in an effort to try and make some money from the cash-starved locals.
Que (in Spanish) says that to be exact, expensive and upmarket El Corte Inglés offered a 50 percent discount on most of their wares. Zara Home and Oysho gave a 20 percent discount on their entire collection. For online shoppers. Amazon España had a 50 percent offer on for two to four hours of the day.
Media Markt is offering half price sales on some products from November 29 right through to December 2 and Apple will be offering their Internet customers free delivery.
Cyber Monday, or eDay as it is already known in Spain, will be offering up to 80 percent discounts online.
No reports have been received so far of any major battles between customers in the stores, or pepper-spraying incidents such as have happened in the US in the past.
Heck, next thing you know, the Spanish will also be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday itself, stuffing ourselves with turkey in "thanks" to the government, banks, IMF and so on who caused the whole damn economic crisis in the first place.
Note to the stores involved, try offering those excellent discounts the whole year round. You're probably making way too much money anyway.
Malaga department store  El Corte Ingles  Spain
Malaga department store, El Corte Ingles, Spain
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