This morning.

Dublin south city centre.




There you go now.


Thanks Alan Bracken


Dublin City Library And Archive tweetz:

#BlackFriday in Dublin 50 years ago. Shoppers in Mary Street, 1968. Images @dubcilib

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34 thoughts on “Blacking Up

  1. Starina

    apparently something like 70% of black friday items are cheaper at other points in the year.

    Saving my spondulixfor the after-christmas sales.

    1. Jonjo

      If buying on Amazon, put the URL into

      Will give you a price history (don’t think it tracks lightening deals). Can also set up an alert to receive an email when an item you’re watching is reduced to a price you want.

  2. Martco

    load of nasty morkeshing blks

    on the tellys there’s a grand off the price of the flagship model (y’know how it was 6999 now 5999) and all the rest that people actually buy are at usual price +\- but plastered up with the black stickers.

    have also noted how much price-fixing is going on amongst the retailers…HN, Curry’s, DID, PC, they’re all at it to the last cent.

    it’s a load of my botty, keep your money close today folks.

    1. Martco

      btw I’ve just dropped into Carrickshyte for a coffee on way home, the carpark is a frenzy & boxes larger than kitchen tables flying about. the greed is strong here it seems anyhow, fools

  3. rotide

    The fact these deals aren’t always the bargains the outlet claims is nothing new, but why do we need a rando feminist from twitter to tell us this

      1. rotide

        Well i guess its the fact that on any story on broadsheet, its ALWAYS a right-on type tweet stating the obvious. Like, You’d never get a “Here’s an example of black friday Price Gouging’ from someone with Young FG in their twitter bio. It’s almost like the opinions aren’t worth reading without a repeal provisio in the bio

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Heh. You’re not wrong. Having said that, fupp off to if you don’t like it, m8.

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            I don’t even drop in there, just too depressing, only time I did was closest I got to packing my bags and fecking off again, for a moment I panicked and thought I was surrounded by ignorant, inhumane, thicks, some ugly stuff.

          2. millie st murderlark

            I read the articles now and try very hard to ignore the comments. It’s that or despair at my fellow Irishman. It’s like watching the worst facets of our society gobbing off at each other with no compassion or intelligence behind it at all.

          3. rotide

            It’s also interesting how people here consistently treat the journal as a sort of peer. The two sites are nothing alike

          4. Janet, I ate my avatar

            thank God the commentators are for the most part nothing alike,
            some dirt you can’t wash off

      1. Martco

        grrr. aaand don’t even get me started on how a large % of the kids at the moment are talking with an American/YouTube accent these days. I thought that inflection thing that crept in 10 year back was as bad as it could get, now Sarah from Walkinstown sounds like she’s been born & bred and just landed into the country from Pacific Heights. what the hell is going on? it’s unreal. literally.

        1. millie st murderlark

          I hate it. My own young wan does it the odd time and she’s five. Sometimes she’ll come out with a cbeebies accent, which I don’t mind as much actually.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            My 7 year old asked me why I say “dis an dat” instead of “this and that” and I don’t think he was being snarky…..

          2. Martco

            ah the little ones I don’t mind, under the influence of Peppa. I’m talking 18-25 who should know better.

          3. Papi

            My Norwegian stepson ends most of his sentences with “like” in a decidedly Cork twang. They all say “it’ll be grand” to do with most matters also.

        2. missred

          I did some voiceover classes a while back and the tutor despaired at this, he worked out that a lot of it is from online gaming headsets talking with Americans. He tore strips off this young lad in front of the whole class for having a gamer twang and told him he wouldn’t get any work with that sound coming out of him

      2. rotide

        No we don’t but black friday/cyber monday has become a global thing. That’s what we’re celebrating, not thanksgiving.

        If it makes you feel better, we might doing Singles Day in a few years if AliBaba keep on their recordbreaking trend.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Er, ‘celebrate’ Black Friday / Cyber Monday all you like rotide. I think it’s consumerism gone mad.

          We used to snigger at the stampedes in the US retail outlets a decade ago. Now we have traffic jams at a drive-in doughnut shop, and people running to a supermarket to buy up toy carrots.


          No idea what you’re on about with ‘Singles Day’. Something to do with cheese?

          1. rotide

            Celebrate was defintely the wrong word.

            Singles day is a chinese thing pretty much invented by AliBaba (i think) along the lines of valentines day for chinese people. It generates like twice the amount of income than black friday.

            As for importing american customs, people have no problem with importing americanisms like ‘old white men’ cliches, so why not this.

  4. Lilly

    I looked up a particular table ‘n chairs on Harvey Norman’s website. It’s more expensive than it was in May with some RRP lying gibberish sticker attached. (I have the May pics on my phone to prove it.) That aside, preserve us from all things American.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I want so see that pic from your phone of Theresa May with some RRP lying gibberish sticker.

      The Guardian

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