Black Friday 2016 is almost upon us.
Falling on 25 November, this year's mega-deals day is already expected to exceed last year's sales bonanza.
Already the rumour mill has started up, with deal tip sites suggesting plenty of bargains will be on offer from electricals specialists from Currys to Carphone Warehouse, while the big players Amazon, John Lewis and Tesco have started hinting at what will be on offer.
But what is Black Friday and how did it land on our shores? Watch the short video below for a brief history of the day that has become a core part of retailers' - and consumers' - calendars.