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We pride ourselves on quality products at competitive prices all year round, but the bathstore Black Friday sale is where you’ll find our very best deals. Our 2018 sale ended, but we have other deals and offers on bathroom suites, baths, showers, basins, mirrors, toilets, accessories and more throughout the year.
Held annually on the day after Thanksgiving in America, Black Friday originates from the USA and dates back as far as the 1940s, when savvy shoppers were encouraged to hit the high street for some retail therapy and post-celebration bargains. Think of it as the American equivalent to the UK’s popular Boxing Day sale.
Over the years there have been several myths surrounding the origins of Black Friday, from the bizarre to the ridiculous. The term ‘Black Friday’ was first coined to describe the financial crash of the US gold market on Friday September 24th, 1869, which occurred when two rogue Wall Street financiers named Jay Gould and Jim Risk stockpiled vast amounts of the nation’s gold in a bid to make a tidy profit. Their actions left the stock market reeling and everyone from Wall Street barons to wealthy land owners bankrupt.
Another popular theory behind the name is that the term Black Friday was used by retailers who viewed the day after Thanksgiving as the one day of the year they finally went ‘into the black’ and earned a profit, after a year of being at a loss (or ‘in the red’).
According to History.com, the true story behind Black Friday stems from Philadelphia circa the 1950s. During this time, the police in Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos and smog that erupted the day after Thanksgiving as scores of tourists, shoppers, and sports fans descended on the city ahead of the big Army-Navy football match held on the Saturday. Every cop on the force was not only barred from taking the day off, but they would have to put in extra shifts to handle the increase in footfall and all the shoplifters there to take advantage of the mayhem.
As time went by, Americans tried to switch the negative connotations associated with the term Black Friday to something more positive, by linking it to a boost in retail, which eventually stuck and the chaos in 1950s Philly was more or less forgotten.
It was Amazon that first brought Black Friday to Britain, but this was back in 2010 and it went largely unnoticed.
Fast forward a few years to 2013 and Asda (owned by US giants Walmart) launched a widely publicised Black Friday sale giving shoppers the chance to pick up bargain consoles, TVs and laptops. Bedlam ensued when swarms of angry shoppers fought one another to get their hands on the limited stock available, the story made the headlines and the rest, as they say, is history.
The bathstore Black Friday sale is where you’ll find the best deals and prices on high-quality bathroom items. The sale will return in November 2019 for Black Friday on the 29th, where you can expect to find fantastic offers on bathroom suites, baths, showers, furniture, mirrors, other accessories and more.
In the meantime, look at our current offers, where you can expect up to 50% off on some amazing products.