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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Winnipeg shoppers return to retailers in search of Black Friday offers

Key takeaways:

  • Black Friday bargain hunters flocked to Winnipeg in droves, and many were relieved to buy in-store rather than online.
  • According to a recent survey, according to Graham, 78% of Manitobans plan to shop at small businesses this year.

One of the busiest retail times of the year is the unofficial start of holiday shopping.

Black Friday discount hunters were out in force across Winnipeg, and many were relieved to purchase in-store rather than exclusively online this year.

Hector Felix isn’t a big online shopper, so finding great Black Friday prices is a huge triumph for him.

“I’m an old dinosaur, so I’m not very good at it. I just do things the old-fashioned way, “Felix stated.

He noticed long queues at Canadian Tire near CF Polo Park and had to wait for up to 30 minutes at one of the city’s The Brick outlets.

According to Diego Santos, the trades were “decent but hardly game-changing.”

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He saved several hundred dollars on a gaming PC from Best Buy and price-matched a display from Amazon.

It’s a different appearance than last year’s Black Friday when Manitoba’s public health rules restricted in-person shopping to essentials only.

This encouraged bargain hunters to buy online or pick up their products curbside.

“I prefer going into stores, chatting to people, and buying what I want. Last year, there were no such discounts, so I’m glad I bought this thing, “Santos stated.

According to the Retail Council of Canada, last year’s restrictions were a crushing blow to small merchants.

Black Friday outsold Boxing Day in terms of sales in 2019, and it’s anticipated to do so again this year as people continue their buying habits.

However, the online and curbside choices appear to be here to stay.

“It transferred a significant amount of demand through online channels and curbside collection, which is still in existence. But we have a lot of people who are enthused about going back to stores and looking at items and making decisions in person rather than on a computer screen, “said John Graham, the Retail Council of Canada’s prairie region’s director of government relations.

Winnipeg shoppers return to stores for Black Friday deals.

The biggest concern as the busiest shopping season of the year approaches Christmas is potential supply chain disruptions.

“Every merchant has been impacted by-product supply in some manner, whether it is late deliveries, partial deliveries, or products simply not being accessible due to rising worldwide demand. This isn’t only a Manitoba problem, “Graham stated.

He also stated that many shoppers are adjusting their spending habits – and looking locally.

According to a recent survey, according to Graham, 78% of Manitobans plan to shop at small businesses this year.

Small companies can’t always compete with the deep discounts and doorbusters associated with Black Friday, but the poll results are good news for Olive and Eve Co-owner Danniella Brazel.

She sells handmade and selected items for babies and mothers on e-commerce platforms such as Shopify and Good Local.

Brazel was providing discounts on her products on Friday, but she said she didn’t expect a significant increase in sales.

“It is difficult for a small business to want and be able to participate in Black Friday. I believe that most customers still believe that there will be large savings, 50% off, and big margins, which is just not practical for many small enterprises, “She stated.

On the other hand, Brazel took part in Pink Friday for the second year in a row.

It’s held the week before Black Friday to help small businesses, and she believes its social media presence is growing.

“It’s a place where little shop enterprises can thrive, and supporters know where to go and enjoy a day, rather than trying to pit us against Walmarts and large box retailers,” she added.

Brazel said she had double the traffic last Friday compared to this Friday, and she hopes the drive to shop locally continues to grow.

Source: CBC News

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