FatFace Pulls Grumpy Face at Black Friday

By Gary Cutlack on at

FatFace, maker of clothes people we don't associate with buy, will not be joining in with Black Friday. It's boss is extremely down on the idea, and thinks all it does is shift customer spend from December into November.

This is coming from the clothing company's exec Anthony Thompson, who explained: "It's bad for customers, it's bad for business, it's bad for UK retail. What customers are looking for at Christmas is great value for money, not make-believe promotions and fake prices, and that's often what they get on Black Friday."

Although that's not what they're getting in FatFace shops, as his people aren't joining in today. "All it's doing is moving sales from December into November," he told the BBC. "It's not growing the market and everyone is having to sell things at reduced margins."

Which sounds like he's more concerned about the impact on his shop's profit margins, rather than imagining how thrilled people like us are when we find a Lego set we've wanted for six months on sale for £10 less. And also, talking about Black Friday on Black Friday equals leveraging other companies' investment in Black Friday for your own gain, doesn't it? Oh, it's all so complicated. [BBC]


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