Friday, 23 November 2012

Black Friday Blog Hop: Christmas Shopping the British Way

So today is Black Friday and I am taking part in the Black Friday blog hop. We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

And I'm also giving away a copy of The Angel's Assassin. To be in with a chance of winning, just comment below!
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While we're aware of the phenomenon of Black Friday in England, obviously we do not have it here because we don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

For us Brits, we fall into two categories when it comes to Christmas shopping. Those who do it in the January sales and those who do it in the week before Christmas or, if possible, on Christmas Eve. You think I'm kidding...

If you are ever unlucky enough to be in Britain during that week then here are a few rules you should bear in mind:


  • British people queue. We love to queue and take great pride in maintaining our calm disposition while queueing. 
  • Acceptable topics of conversation during a queue are the weather and how long the queue is. 
  • Never express your aggravation at how long a queue is and always join the back of the queue. Don't edge forwards! People will take this as a sign of aggression.
  • We love a bargain. It doesn't matter if its good quality or if we needed it or not, if its a bargain, we want it. Avoid discount stores and any shops with the sign 'sale' in it. 
  • If you are shopping with a Brit then make sure you allow enough time to stop for a tea break. 'Nuff said.
  • Avoid market days. These are not the twee country markets that people envision. They are a bustling pit of bargain hunters desperate to get their hands on the toys that will break straight away and the food that only has two days left on its sell by date.
  • Do not underestimate the elderly. They will fight you for the last bit of broccoli. I know this from experience. 
  • And finally, endure all of this with a stiff upper lip!
I hope you enjoyed my little peek into the world of shopping with the British. I do love our stoic ways dearly. Are there any traits I missed? What's Christmas shopping like where you live? Comment below to win a copy of The Angel's Assassin and to be in with a chance of winning those amazing grand prizes!

98 comments:

  1. Samantha,
    We don't have Black Friday in Australia either but we do have a manic day of sales on Boxing Day.
    Thanks for being part of the blog hop,
    Suzi Love
    suzi@suzilove.com

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    1. Oh yes I forgot boxing day! We all have to be up at 5am so we don't miss out on the bargains! Thanks for stopping by Suzi.

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  2. lol...all your books sound amazing..and as for black friday shopping for me? Online only for me!! They are freaking crazzzzzzyyy!!!
    Great Giveaway!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nikki! I'm with you on online shopping but my postman now hates me...

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  3. That's some great advice! I hate the crowds so I'm thankful for this blog hop! Thanks for joining and for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth! This blog hop is a much better way of spending the day and definitely cheaper!

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  4. How do my christmas shopping go? Online ^_^
    fiza700[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I do the same, Fiza. Much easier! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Too cute on your quotes about black Friday. I am boring on my gift giving I give cash or gift card to them. I live far away from my family and their are older in their late teens or older. How sad

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    1. I envy you Tonya - my house looks like a toyshop before Christmas and I know half of the toys won't be played with!

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  6. I'm trying to support independent shops more this year with my Christmas shopping, but I will have to do some online to keep the costs from spiraling! I've also had to shop for a secret Santa pass the parcel at my work. There is a 1 in 3 chance a fella is going to get the paper back of The Angels Assassin, I'm sure he'll enjoy it if he does! x
    rachyroouk@gmail.com

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    1. He he maybe he'll learn something from it!

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  7. Having grandchildren and knowing how fussy they are, Gift Certificates is the only way to go. For my sister, e-book GC's.

    gayle2b74@gmail.com

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    1. I'm with you there, Gayle! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I do not like crowds so BF shopping is not for me! I will be spending my day hopping and then snuggled up reading! Well that is after I decide on what new book I have just added to my to be read list! It gets longer every hop! Thanks!

    grapeapril75(at)gmail.com

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    1. Sounds like a perfect day to me! Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here I live, so no Black Friday for me either. But it must be fun to go shopping :)

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Here in Britain our Boxing day is pretty similar to Black Friday. I do love the sales, but hate the crowds!

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  10. Christmas shopping is mostly done in one day for me. Whenever hubby gets his bonus. As for Black Friday I stayed home and let him get some stuff this morning.
    kydirtgirl68 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. You sound so organised, Pam. I wish I could get mine done in a day. And I think you had the best idea - send hubby out to do the hard work!

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  11. I'm not a Black Friday shopper. I don't believe that shopping should ever be a full contact sport. I spend the day baking cookies with my kiddos instead.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like a blissful way to spend a day, Carla! Thanks for hopping on by.

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  12. We don`t have Black Friday sales here (I`m an international reader), so I`m just attending giveaways like this one,lol.
    We usually don`t have big sales on Christmas here in Latvia cause that`s actually the time when all the stores & malls & companies want to earn a lot of money knowing that people will try to shop no matter what.
    Thanks!
    dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for dropping in, Dita. A lot of our shops have sales on pretty much all year round - which means they're not really sales at all! But people just love the word 'sale' and think they are getting a bargain.

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  13. Oh i'm staying home this black friday!!! Nothing in the sale ads could make me go today. i do like to look them over and usually can find a better deal online.thanks you for joining the hop!
    miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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    1. Thank for stopping by Miriam! Online shopping is definitely the way forwards!

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  14. Hi :) Glad to be here. As I am from the US, I have faced the Black Friday crowds before. I actually have fun & enjoy getting the big sales. Didn't get to go this year, but I got some excellent online sales. Thanks for participating in the Hop!!

    -Selena Mc
    redzsm@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for hopping on by Selena! It's nice to hear that Black Friday can be a fun experience

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  15. No black friday for me. i just stay home and relax. i do most of my shopping online!

    beccaboo97200 (at) att (dot) net

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    1. Hi Becca, sounds like a great way to spend the day to me! Thanks for visiting.

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  16. I'm not a black Friday shopper. lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  17. I decided to stay home and relax and maybe shop online. It's much less stressful.

    Thanks!

    jinni_james@yahoo.com

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    1. I agree, Jinni. Thanks for coming on over!

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  18. I sent the hubby shopping....I am glad to have found you on this blog hop and look forward to reading your works. Kim86004(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for dropping in, Kimberley! You definitely have the right idea. Let the hubby do the hard work.

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  19. I skipped Black Friday shopping this year. No $$ = no shopping.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

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    1. Well blog hopping is a much better way of spending your day, Jennifer, and with such a great price, it's definitely time well spent!

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  20. A few of my friends do Black Friday, but it's not for me.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and saying Hi!

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  21. Thanks! christiethemomhotmail.com

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Karen, thank you for taking the time to say Hi!

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  23. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! No, im not a shopper on black friday. I hate crowds. I like to stay home, spend time with my family and eat leftovers. :) Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I don't do Black Friday -- the week before Thanksgiving usually marks the LAST time I deal with retail until after the New Year!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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    1. You are organised Elizabeth! I wish I didn't have any more shopping to do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  25. I love Black Friday shopping, (I live in a small town and people are pretty friendly, no blood or bruising) but this year they started at 8pm on thursday so I decided to stay at home and read. I went out about 11:30, when the stores were almost empty and still got all the specials that I wanted.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. That sounds lovely, Sue. Just goes to show that Black Friday doesn't have to be the nightmare that everyone thinks it is. And well done on getting everything you wanted!

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  26. I'm staying home to read & discover some more authors thru the blog hop...
    No BF shopping for me.....ktyler13@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Kandy, thanks for stopping by. This is definitely a better way of spending the day.

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  27. I avoid Black Friday, too many people and too much traffic. Thank you for being a part of the hop.

    cmucha319@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Good luck!

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  28. Went furniture shopping and that was the most of my Black Friday shopping!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. I hope you got something nice Susan! Thanks for hopping over.

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  29. Thanks for the hop stop!

    melhalp at msn.com

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  30. Christmas shopping for us is we do it when we can sometimes late at night to avoid the crowds as much as possible.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think its quite nice shopping late at night when there are no crowds, especially when the Christmas lights are on. Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  32. I do my shopping online to avoid the crowds.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    nerdswillruleoneday@yahoo.com

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    1. I think a lot of people choose to do that now, definitely much easier. Good luck!

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  33. Good advice. It's usually an irritating time just dealing with the attitudes much less the long lines. :( I stuck to the web. ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    fancie @ live. com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Charlene! Yes, even us British get very rude when we're shopping! Much easier to do it from the comfort of your own home.

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  34. I would rather stay at home and play with my kids instead of dealing with insane shoppers on Black Friday! Thank you for participating in this blog hop and for the great giveaway!

    Julie K
    kornhsl@yahoo.com

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    1. You definitely have the right idea, Julie! Good luck!

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  35. So many Americans DON'T queue well. We can learn something from the Brits. Although, I don't like to generalize, but Germans are the worst about queuing! That's just my observation...
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Queueing is definitely something we take pride in! Unfortunately it doesn't mean we're polite the rest of the time. Sales are particularly daunting and the Christmas food shop is just awful. I genuinely had a an old lady snatch some broccoli from right in front of me once!

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  36. I celebrate Black Friday Writing Day :)

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    1. Fantastic way to spend the day, Danita!

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  37. Christmas shopping in the US takes many forms - Christmas in Jul, Black Friday and there is always the lay-a-way and the internet. Black Friday is the only one that see,s to bring out the worst in people - pushing, shoving, fighting, etc. So....I stay home and blog hop hoping to win something - free books are always good.
    cfierstein@cox.net

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    1. Much better to get something for free than have to fight your way for a bargain I think, and much more fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. I shop from home, I have a hard time dealing with rude people and lines. Makes me what to start drop kicking people (just the rude ones). Thx for the hop stop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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    1. Ha ha Lona, I'm with you on the drop-kicking! Rude people do bring out my urge to kick them a swift kick up the backside!

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  39. Thank you for that peek! It's always fun to learn about different countries~ here shopping is pretty laid back I think (in my town). I've never had problems with rude or pushy people. It's always a blast to go out and brave the crowds! Everyone I come across is in good spirits and I have met some great people in checkout lines! Thank you for the lovely giveaway~

    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. That's lovely, Misha. If only everyone could be the same, it would make Christmas shopping so much nicer. The town I grew up in was very much like that, and Christmas shopping was a lovely night out of bargains, mince pies and Christmas carols around the tree in the market square. I miss it a lot!

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  40. I don’t go out on Black Friday, but I do order online. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Marlene Breakfield
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marlene. Online shopping is definitely the way forward!

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  41. I don't shop on Black Friday but I do about two days before Christmas.
    Z
    Seawitch Reviews @ yahoo .com

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  42. Christmas shopping can get pretty harried here in Delaware. I avoided the crowds at the mall today and went to the movies instead. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Hi Jo, thanks for stopping by. What a great way to spend the day!

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  43. I do like to shop on Black Friday, but the last few years I have found better sales, No lines, No rude people, and free shipping on Cyber Monday.

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for hopping over! There are defiintely some great bargains to be had online.

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  44. Christmas shopping is hectic, really hectic.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. There is something about Christmas that turns normally sensible people into nutters. Thanks for stopping by!

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  45. Instead of shopping, I'm hopping! I prefer to do my shopping online.
    Happy Black Friday.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Mel, much better way of spending the day in my opinion. Thanks for hopping with me!

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  46. Hi Samantha! I loved your insight into Brits and your shopping for Christmas. I would love to be there for the Holidays some time! Also, I love Angel's Assassin and couldn't be more excited about this giveaway!

    Thanks for participating in this hop!

    3girlzmama at gmail.com

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    1. Hi Alyson. thanks for stopping by! Hotel a la Samantha is always open to you if you ever come over, though its very miserable and wet at this time of year. Good luck!

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  47. Thanks for the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  48. Thanks for participating in the blog hop! Hope you have a happy thanksgiving. I stayed home this year for black friday because its a bit frightening in stores, I prefer shopping at home LOL! ;)

    Not sure on Xmas shopping here, I don't bother trying LOL! People during holiday shopping frighten me :P


    swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com

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    1. They are a frightening bunch, online shopping from the comfort of your own home is a much nicer way of doing it. Thanks for dropping by, Chelsea!

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  49. Nice post !!Christmas shopping is mostly done in one day for me.I highly recommend the online shopping thing.I started collecting presents.

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