Black Friday is an American invention. In our previous post we wondered aloud whether or not Canadians are going to care about Black Friday. So far it’s hard to tell.
This article indicates that Ottawa malls will be opening earlier and staying open later in a bid to compete with US stores, but it is unclear whether or not they’ll be able to go toe to toe on what matters: price. Commenter “Bob G” responded to the article with this:
These Ottawa malls will have to do alot more than extend hours to stop me from heading south to get some great deals. If they want my dollar, make it worth my while and give great prices…
Best Buy Black Friday opened its doors to customers at midnight on Friday last year for shoppers eager to get laptop and desktop computers for cheap. This shopping day made its debut, of sorts, in Canada last year, and while it wasn’t as crazy as the U.S.’s Black Friday, many Canadian shoppers said they preferred it that way. This year for Black Friday 2012 there’ll likely be a repeat of the same sales—perhaps even bigger ones. As customers typically start lining up outside the store hours beforehand, Best Buy said they would pass out tickets to people waiting in line two hours before midnight for people to get in.
Best Buy is a store that really knows what it’s talking about when it comes to entertainment, and they had some of the best sales ever in 2011 for their Best Buy Black Friday. After all, they sell just about every electronic imaginable, entire entertainment and theatre systems, games, DVDs, CDs, DVD players, speakers and headphones, and the hugely popular Blu-Ray systems. In Canada, the day after Thanksgiving is just beginning to become some die-hard shoppers’ favorite shopping day because of all of the money they can save.