Boxing Day 2021 Discussion

Do you like Black Friday or Boxing Day more?

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Boxing Day
 
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Do you like Black Friday or Boxing Day more?

Looking at the boxing day deals (or lack of) so far I wonder how many people actually prefer boxing day over black friday?

I always thought the US having their big shopping event in November was smart because you could shop for Christmas. Now that black friday is so big in Canada, I wonder if retailers will eventually give up on boxing day.
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Deal Expert
Jun 30, 2006
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Boxing Day is a recycle of Black Friday deals. So both are not needed one or the other.
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Dec 24, 2004
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Sherbrooke
Black friday = Buy stuff as gift for others.

Boxing Day = Buy stuff for me ;)
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Nov 13, 2007
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Boxing Day used to be cool. In my younger days, I would line up at A & B Sound or Soundaround with the newspaper in hand, marked with all the stuff I want. And score actual good deals. Nowadays, as carmaster mentioned, it's either the same deals from Black Friday, or just crap from Black Friday that nobody wants.
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Feb 19, 2017
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Boxing day really is just a second chance at some deals on black friday in case

a) you missed it
b) it sold out before you had a chance
c) you didnt need the item during BF but decided you need/want it after
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Paigne wrote: Boxing day really is just a second chance at some deals on black friday in case
That's pretty much what I think of it too. The only things I've bought on Boxing Day recently were things I missed out on during Black Friday.

I remember as a kid I'd love Boxing Day because it was a great time to spend my Christmas gift money.
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Nov 23, 2021
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Paigne wrote: Boxing day really is just a second chance at some deals on black friday in case

a) you missed it
b) it sold out before you had a chance
c) you didnt need the item during BF but decided you need/want it after
We need both. Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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Whichever offers the best deals.
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Dec 27, 2007
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Where is the none option?

Both have sucked for years. It never ceases to amaze me what people find as a great deal in recent years on these two occasions.

My wallet is safe.
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Normally, Boxing Day is retailers clearing out inventory they didn't get to sell prior to Christmas...as a sales period it's always going to be a thing to some degree.
This year I doubt the Boxing Day sales will be worthwhile since most stores haven't been able to keep any inventory so there is no need to clear it out...especially as Black Friday sales have also started eating up any available inventory (not they even had much inventory for Black Friday really). Boxing Day will likely never get back to the level we saw 20-30 years ago, simply because retail inventory levels are so centralized and efficient that there simply isn't the need for Boxing Day sales to the same extent.

Don't get me wrong, there will be the odd "great deal" to be found from someone that over-forecasted some inventory. And, of course, we'll still see the lower quality, "outlet grade", stuff get sold off as if it was the regular version...with retailers claiming it's a "sale price" and hoping no one notices it's really just a normal price for lower tier product. I'm noticing that bait and switch is happening a lot more in recent years...it's a similar tactic to grocery products suddenly having less/smaller amounts for the same price - then trying to put it on sale as a deal.
It's happening on both Boxing Day and Black Friday...and it is even creeping into other sales days more and more (Canada Day, Back to School, etc). Buyer beware is a much bigger issue today then it ever was...
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Jun 18, 2012
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Way better/more deals on Black Friday lately, 100%
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Dec 7, 2009
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The US Black Friday phenomenon moved north and has somewhat supplanted Canada/UK Boxing Day tradition.
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Jun 30, 2006
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Boxing Day has become a joke look at the flyers this year. Wait what flyers!

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