Black Friday

Fights break out at Asda as shoppers descend on Black Friday deals

US tradition of post-Thanksgiving discounts brings scrambles to stores in UK with customers eager for cut-price electrical goods


Shoppers desperate for bargains caused chaos in Asda stores on Friday as the Walmart-owned supermarket brought the US tradition of Black Friday to Britain.

Customers scrambled and pushed to snatch cut-price electrical goods after queueing for several hours outside Asda stores around the country.


Vocabulary:

to break out -

to descend on stg -

a deal (v, n) -

a scramble (v, n) -

eager (adj) -

cut-price (adj) -

goods -

a bargain -

to snatch -

to queue (v, n) -

to assault -

to arrest (v, n) -

a fracas -

frenzied (adj) -

a shelf -

to overrun -

a newswire -

bedlam -

jam-packed (adj) -

to ensure -

on this scale -

to take advantage of stg/sb -

a retailer -

to encourage -

up to 70% -




Comments

José said…
When the bargains begin, the TVE gives a pictures of stores (Usually from The Corte Inglés) assaulted by an eager shoppers. They show a frenzied crowd entering in store across a narrow door. It seems like a bedlam in a movie of war. I already see that in other countries is the same, although the face of Spanish people is different. I think.

Hi Graham,

I think we are a bit foolish. If I see “bargain” in a good, I take it without check it´s true. It´s psychological. We buy goods what we don´t need it. I know that several companies (maybe all) make goods only for bargains. I´m sure that I won´t be never on a queue for several hours, although they give me goods free. Regards. José.
Graham said…
Hi José,

Happy New Year!

How are you enjoying the hols?


When the bargains begin, the TVE broadcasts pictures of stores (usually from The Corte Inglés) (being) assaulted by eager shoppers. They show a frenzied crowd *entering the store through a narrow door. It seems like bedlam in a war movie. I have seen that it is the same in other countries, although *I think that the face of Spanish people is different.

In what way are Spanish faces at the sales different? Are they less serious?

* No preposition after "enter".
* Try not to put "think" at the end of a sentence.


I think we are a bit foolish. If I see “bargain” on a good, I take it without checking to see if it´s true. It´s psychological. We buy goods which we don´t need. I know that several companies (maybe all) make goods only for the sales. I´m sure that I wouldn't ever stand in a queue for several hours, even if they gave me the goods for free.

I try to avoid the sales, *as crowds looking for bargains annoy me.

So I doubt we will bump into each other hunting for bargains.

*as = because

See you on Tuesday.


Graham said…
José,

PS It's good to see you using vocabulary fro the article - keep up the good work.
José said…
Thank you very much great teacher. Happy New Year and see you. José.