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UK Bookseller Association and ‘Civilised Saturday’

Via Good – Forget Black Friday—Spend ‘Civilised Saturday’ in an Independent Bookstore Instead by Rafi Schwartz

“There is a certain sense of specifically English pride involved in the event, a backlash to what’s perceived as the American vibe of Black Friday, a fairly new addition to the British calendar. “Black Friday appeared quite suddenly in the U.K., and since it’s an American tradition following on from Thanksgiving, it doesn’t mean anything to us,” Denholme told The Guardian. “It’s become a day of chaos and that’s not at all how we feel shopping should be. Christmas shopping should be a luxury where customers can take the time to find the perfect gift.” It’s a sentiment that seems to be shared, with over 100 book retailers reportedly participating in Civilised Saturday.”

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