SHOPS across Cork were set for a bumper spending spree today for Black Friday.
However, shoppers in Cork seemed cautious and even indifferent to the day.
ALL going well, we will be out and about on Friday afternoon. I would be cautious of buying things at the moment.
I prefer to wait and look around.
We are looking out for some specific items, clothes and footwear, at the moment as well as some deals, maybe on decorations.
I AM a Jehovah’s witness so we don’t believe that Jesus was born on the 25th.
There is no Santa in our house either.
I don’t know what to make of the Black Friday sales. I wouldn’t trust it.
I think it is just another excuse to flog goods, there will be sales again in January.
I WOULDN’T be big on Black Friday, but my daughter is a genius at it.
She has a list made out, all the research done, the products she wants, where to get them for the best price and all the codes needed to get the bargains.
I usually ask her to pick up something for me, like some make-up, but not this year.
I WON’T be getting involved in Black Friday.
I think there are bargains to be got all year round and it doesn’t make that much of a difference. I prefer the January sales.
In terms of Christmas, I have all the kids sorted since last week. I have all my shopping done. I was very organised this year.
It is estimated that previous records will be broken and more than €100m will be spent here this weekend as Black Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season.
“With prices falling by 8.4% in the last 36 months, this Black Friday looks likely to break records both in terms of the level of discounts on offer, and also in terms of the spend by Irish consumers,” said Retail Ireland director Thomas Burke.
“With consumer disposable income up 5.4% in the first half of 2017, consumers stand to benefit from even greater spending power over the coming days and into the Christmas period.”
Lorraine Higgins from Retail Excellence pointed to a growth in sales figures and said she expects this to increase again this year.
“Sales were up almost 5% last year versus 2015 and we expect to see this figure improved upon based on the efforts being made by retailers to broaden their discounting on products in their stores. Last year the value of sales were up 2.2% on 2015 and the volume of sales stood at 4.9%,” said Ms Higgins.
A number of Cork outlets have gotten into the bargain spirit shaving prices for today.
Soundstore, which is located in Wilton, Bishopstown and Blackpool, was offering an 11 inch Lenovo Ideapad for €150, saving €130.
Mahon Point Shopping Centre is running a range of discounts throughout the centre with up to 50% off in Mothercare, 20% off in Inglot, 50% off in French Connection, 30% off in JD Sports, 25% off ladies dresses in Monsoon and up to 40% off in Golden Discs.
In Argos, there were deals on a PS4 with FIFA 18, down from €519.99 to €349.99.
Electrical giant Harvey Norman is also getting into the swing of things with a number of bargains including an HP Spectrex360, Core i5, 8gb, down €300 from €1,699 to €1,299.
Harvey Norman’s also have a 32 inch Blaupunkt TV down from €279 to €189.
O’Callaghan’s Expert, an independent Cork store, located on the Kinsale Road has a few steals worth making a visit for.
An Indesit dryer was €299, now €239, a Whirlpool, Pyro clean oven was €600 now €399, a 49 inch LG smart TV, was €729, now €429 and Samsung 9.6 inch tablets, were €219 now €159.
Finally, Savills, Gentlemen’s Quarters and #45 are offering 20% off selected stock.
Cork retailer Jim O’Regan, who owns Savills, Gentleman’s Quarter and #45, was out and about getting his shops ready for the big day and he said a huge effort was put into the event.
Mr O’Regan said Black Friday is the start of the Christmas shopping period for a great number of people and they were expecting huge crowds throughout the day.