We've finally worked out the smart way to do Black Friday

Black Friday secrets

Black Friday in 2014 was a chaotic disaster, with pictures of people scrapping over massive TVs going viral. Two years later, however, and something incredible has happened - we seem to have cracked Black Friday.

There are five secrets we now know about Black Friday, which means we can take a far smarter approach.

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1. A person only needs so many huge TVs
There are some very common sights at a Black Friday sale nowadays - giant TVs, blenders, coffee makers, hoovers and last-season's gadgets. In the first year we were very excited by all of them. Nowadays the kinds of shoppers who can't resist a bargain have already snapped one up, so when we see a big pile of 40-inch TVs we're more likely to have a long think about whether it meets our needs than we are to try to wrestle a couple into a trolley in a panic.

2. It's not worth getting hurt
This morning started with very few queues, because people couldn't face the thought of getting an elbow in the face in their pursuit of bargains. During the day, footfall at the shops has picked up, and plenty of people are bagging deals, it's just that far fewer of them are ending up in A&E.

3. These deals aren't going anywhere
Retailers have been offering deals for days, and will continue to offer plenty over the weekend and into the beginning of next week, so we can take our time. It means there's time for price comparison, sensible consideration, and clever bargain-hunting.

4. Other people will do the bargain-hunting for us
The voucher and deal hunting websites are reporting record traffic, because rather than plunging straight onto retailer websites, we check out the bargains that other people (who have been online since midnight) have managed to track down for us. The deals AOL has been digging out have also proved useful for thousands of shoppers.

5. Black Friday can actually be fun
There are some early signs that Black Friday is becoming a leisure activity. Premier Inn has reported a surge in hotel room sales, and says the latest trend is to combine our quest for bargains with a city break. The destinations in most demand over this weekend are Salford, Birmingham, York, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast - all brilliant shopping destinations with plenty of festive attractions on offer too.

Those who have bought into the idea of Black Friday are finally discovering it can be an enjoyable way to save a fortune on your Christmas shopping. Now the challenge is to keep this information quiet, so that those who are boycotting Black Friday don't get stuck in and spoil all the fun.

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Top ten facts about Black Friday
Black Friday originated in the USA in 1950s/1960s and takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving. 
Black Friday was brought over to the UK by Asda in 2010, part of the Walmart group.
However in 2015 the supermarket didn't take part in the event and it hasn't been confirmed if they will be launching any Black Friday sales in 2016. 
In 2015 the average spend instore was £41 while the average amount spent my customers online was £92. 
On Black Friday in 2015 £1.1 billion was spent and there was £3.3 billion spent over the weekend as a whole, including Cyber Monday.  
A staggering 1.4 million people went into debt as a result of their spending on Black Friday in 2015. 
When surveyed, 22% of Brits admitted to having bought something on Black Friday through the years. 
Is Black Friday on it's way out in the USA? Controversially Walmart opened their doors on Thanksgiving evening in 2011 and have done since then. Other stores have started to follow suit, potentially marking the end of the popular discount day.

There is some suggestion the day got its name to represent the first day shops went 'into the black' and made a profit, but there's not hard and fast evidence to support this.

This year Black Friday will take place on 25 November. Find out everything you need to know about deals, discounts and which shops are taking part here.
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