The last Friday of November is Black Friday. This tradition, which came from across the Atlantic and is now spread all over the world, simply consists of a day of sales giving rise to very attractive prices.
The date of “Black Friday” corresponds to the day after the American holiday of Thanksgiving. It marks the beginning of a buying period that lasts until the Christmas holidays, and during which traders sell their stocks. In the United States, Black Friday is synonymous with hordes of consumers rushing to the shelves to take advantage of as many good deals as possible.
The origin of the appellation dates back to the 1960s. Initially, it designated the streets and pedestrian crossings black with people. It was quickly taken up by traders, for whom this period was synonymous with exiting the red. Business then became profitable, according to our colleagues from Figaro.
Nowadays, Black Friday has expanded to the entire week, giving rise to the term “Black Week”. The enticing promotions have also extended beyond the realm of physical sales. Indeed, online sales sites abound with Black Friday discounts and promotions.
Unfortunately, the excitement of Black Friday and the week preceding it creates a fertile climate for scammers. Indeed, scams are more difficult to identify than in normal times. Usually, an offer that is a little too attractive puts the flea in the ears of consumers. This still remains true, but the gap between “good” and “too good” plan is narrowing…
Find below the 5 scams to avoid in this “dark week”, according to Que Choisir.