On Black Friday, Ottawa shoppers flocked to the stores, expecting to score the best discounts of the year in the run-up to Christmas.
Some people have travelled from other countries to visit these sales, such as Elizabeth Elnakla, visiting her daughter Reem Almaqla from Scotland. Elnakla is a first-time Black Friday customer. “This is my first Black Friday. I’m super excited; it is so busy,” Elnakla expresses her opinion.
She’s hoping to bag as many bargains as she can before returning home in three days. “Back home, I reside in a tiny town named Dundee, which isn’t very big,” Elnakla explains. “As a result, the shopping is never frantic. It’s so quiet there.”
Many people were forced to complete their Black Friday and Boxing Day shopping online last year. Rewind to the in-person craziness this year. The Tanger Outlets in Kanata had been busy for a week for Black Friday bargains, but not like today.
“Isn’t there anything better than a good sale? We’re all thrilled with the offer, “Josie Mousseau, a shopper, agrees. “It’s simply wonderful to be outside in the fresh air. With your mask, you do get a little bit of a break. You may take it off on occasion, while you can’t when you’re limited to a mall.”
Monika Mehl talks about how she scored a great price on a Michael Kors bag. “I was able to get it for 70% off, plus an additional 15% off. Plus, because my total was over $300, I received an additional 10% discount.”
Tanger’s stores opened at 7 a.m. on Friday. Maria Argyriou set out from Montreal at 5 a.m. to ensure that she arrived on time. Customers waited in line for up to 30 minutes at hundreds of establishments, braving the rain and cold to score offers only available once a year.
Bags of merchandise flew off the shelves all day. And, given this year’s supply chain challenges, many of these consumers understand that once something is gone, it’s gone.
Source: CTV News