Exclusive: Black Friday plans from some of the world’s biggest brands

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Last year’s Black Friday took everyone by surprise. Not only did retail records get smashed faster than a discounted coffee maker being beach-balled around a store by MANIAC SHOPPERS, those retailers who didn’t get their plans in place repented the error of their ways by planning a long and fruitful retirement begging for change in the nearest gutter.

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“Native advertising is evil”, unless…

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An extremely thought-provoking article appeared in The Guardian this week, written by the advertising analyst, Bob Garfield. Via a rather delicious Faustian metaphor, he accuses the publishing industry of selling its soul in its acceptance – possibly even its celebration – of native advertising: sponsored content which serves a brand agenda masquerading as editorially created copy. Or, as Fleet Street’s finest used to call it, advertorial.

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Going, going, gone. What’s going to happen to retail when the sales are over?

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Oh, Banksy. Always bang on the money with your witty observations (although – ironic art fact! – this oil on canvas swipe at consumerism didn’t actually sell when Sotheby’s tried to auction it in 2008). We are totally obsessed with sales, which is why it comes as no surprise that everyone from Buckingham Palace to the 99p Store chain is knocking off money quicker than the late Ronnie Biggs (incidentally, how do 99p Stores have sales?!).

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