Waterford retailers are advising people to shop around and avoid false bargains this ‘Black Friday.’
The American retail phenomenon hits Ireland tomorrow, with many larger outlets around the Country offering discounts on their products.
Bryan Tynan, owners of Phelan’s Phamacy, says that shoppers should watch out for fake deals:
“Shop around… do not get fooled. There’ll be a lot of alleged bargains out there …where people will be pricing things down that were never that price in the first place”.
Eamonn Barrett who owns Altitude Cycles in Ballybricken says a lot of smaller outlets can’t afford to get involved in Black Friday:
“Like a lot of our colleagues in business in Waterford we are a small independent retail business and we do one sale a year… it is a nil margin event for us and we can only afford to it once a year, there’s no fakery around it. I’d ask consumers to approach Black Friday with a healthy degree of scepticism – is that really a deal or just packaged as one.”
This weekend in Waterford businesses are taking part in a special Winterval Shopping Weekend. Bryan Tynan says every retailer will have special offers and shoppers are encouraged to support local business.