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Black Friday shoppers now struggling to sell goods

Black Friday shoppers struggle to sell TVs on eBay

Customers who braved the violent scramble for big-screen TVs have placed them on the internet auction site, but failed to attract any offers


Shoppers who braved the violent scramble to buy big screen TVs on Black Friday are now struggling to sell them on eBay.

Customers were seen fighting over the 40-inch Polaroid TVs, which had been reduced by £80 to £139, at Asda stores around the country.

Others bargain hunters were seen brawling over the 50 inch Blaupunkt HD TV in Tesco stores, where they were reduced by £250 from £399 to £249.

Many queued for hours to get their hands on the televisions, which sold out within minutes at the supermarkets.

But today many of the Blaupunkt TVs have now been placed on eBay and are struggling to attract any interest on the internet auction site.

One auctioner of a Polaroid TV wrote: “Black Friday deal polaroid TV in box not been opened. Purchased 29/11/14 from Asda.”

Another punter is even trying to just sell the television box, but has attracted no bids so far.

They have written: “Empty polaroid 40-inch TV box brand new as from black Friday, complete with polystyrene.”

A listing for a Polaroid 32-inch HD-ready TV, starting at £80, had attracted no bids with two days left.

Black Friday has traditionally been an American retail phenomenon that takes place on the day after Thanksgiving. It was introduced to the UK by Amazon, the American online retailer, and this year most British retailers offered some discounts.

Despite the chaos and violence in some parts of the country, retailers said that Black Friday had “surpassed all expectations” in terms of increased sales.

On Oxford Street, in London, said that sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday were up 15 per cent on the same period last year.

Amazon recorded orders for more than 5.5 million goods on Black Friday alone.


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