[WATCH] Would you sleep in the car park for Black Friday? Some apparently did

A day marked with sales and discounts, MaltaToday spoke with store owners to gauge just how frantic people were to get their hands on their early Christmas presents

The queue that formed outside Forestals in Birkirkara this morning (Photo: Tonio Schembri)
The queue that formed outside Forestals in Birkirkara this morning (Photo: Tonio Schembri)
Black Friday frenzy at Tigne Point

Black Friday, the informal name for the day following Thanksgiving in the US, has garnered intense popularity 9,184 kilometres away, in Malta.

A day known for the slashing of prices and exciting discounts, retail stores all over the island have embraced the concept and adorned their store windows with 50% off labels.

MaltaToday spoke with store-owners in Malta to gauge just how willing people were to make their way down to shops this morning.

Judging by the responses, they were extremely willing.

“We were told that a man slept in his car from 10pm in the store car park,” said Forestals’ marketing manager Tonio Schembri.

“Queues began forming at around 6am and our €99 offer on TV’s are almost sold out,” he added.

The same can be said for most other retail stores, with Scan even having recorded queues forming outside its premises.

Black Friday frenzy outside the Scan store in Birkirkara (Photo: Katriel Coppola)
Black Friday frenzy outside the Scan store in Birkirkara (Photo: Katriel Coppola)

As one might imagine, the frenzy not only occurred inside stores but online, too, as Hometrends’ marketing manager said “the phone hasn’t stopped ringing and we’ve received countless Facebook inquiries”.

Discounts range from 15% all the way up to 75% and though many persist through the weekend, “the main, big offers are on only today,” said Schembri.

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