In news that shouldn’t be surprising to anyone in possession of a pulse, a news source, or a wallet, this Black Friday was the biggest shopping day in the history of online retailers, with Amazon in particular reaping the benefits of huge worldwide Black Friday adoption. The BBC reported that Amazon UK alone sold 7.4 million items, expecting to take in £3 billion by Monday evening.
The American craze for Black Friday is wed to its tradition of post-Thanksgiving Day sales events, spiralling over recent years into ugly scenes and even deaths. It’s only recently been taken into the bosom of the global community, with the UK proving an earlier adopter than most, and one that might indicate the future for European markets.
In the meantime, the chaos on this side of the Atlantic has been fairly muted, best shown with this fairly comical comparison movie put together by the Independent. Not quite anarchy in the UK just yet.