Black Friday sales: analysts expect billions to be spent in Australia as public hunts for deals
Australians tipped to spend $5.4b over Black Friday and Cyber Monday but buyer beware: You may not be getting the best deals
It used to be an American-only affair.
The term Black Friday reportedly originated in the 1950s when factory workers would call in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, in order to have a four-day weekend.
- Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now firmly entrenched in the Australian sales calendar, rivalling more traditional sale events such as Boxing Day
- But consumer groups are warning customers to beware before they open their wallets and spend big as they may not be getting the best discounts
- They suggest looking out for notes or signs explaining offers, noting that "rules that govern special offers are vague".
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