The present economic climate has not appeared to dampen Barbadians’ taste for a bargain. Thousands of them took to the stores long before sunrise to cash in on the Black Friday sales.
The shoppers took advantage of heavy discounts on electronics, clothing, shoes, bags, and even furniture, during what is becoming a major sale day in Barbados, following a long-standing North American tradition.
Commercial Director at Unicomer Barbados Limited Peter Ellis welcomed the “crazy” traffic in his Bridgetown store.
“I think we are having an excellent Black Friday sale. We do this every year, but this year, we are seeing a phenomenal response. We opened at 7 o’clock, but since about 6 o’clock we had a crowd waiting to get into the store. We had a lot of timed offers, but, it is after 1 p.m. and the store is absolutely full,” Ellis said.
The Commercial Director said it was too early to say whether Black Friday sales this year were better than in 2017 adding that in a struggling economy, Unicomer was not sure what to anticipate this year.
“But the response to the Black Friday has really been fantastic. We actually had staff from other parts of the country come here to help us.
“We have been restocking all day long,” Ellis said.
Judy Stoute who was in Courts looking for that perfect television at that ideal price, to take home, said she visited the store every year, on Black Friday.
“With what is going on right now in our country with the economy and all, and the other challenges, Barbadians need to come and shop on Black Friday because things are cheaper and they can get more for their money,” Stoute said.
It was reported that as early as 4:30 a.m., shoppers started to gather at Cost-U-Less, waiting for the doors to open at 5 a.m., so that they could get their hands on some bargains.
Cave Shepherd’s branches were offering customers 20 per cent discount storewide. Manager at Warrens, Leanna Bradshaw, told Barbados TODAY that while this was first time that branch had a taste of the Black Friday sale, there was a steady flow of customers since the doors opened at 9 a.m.
“People are buying the perfumes, designer leather, and a lot of shoes. So far, it has been a steady and I am looking to exceed my target today,” Bradshaw said.
At Attitude Boutique in Dome Mall, Warrens, there was also a steady flow of customers.
Employee Keisha Wilson said it has been a relatively busy morning at the boutique, as they offer customers a 20 per cent discount on all items.