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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 'There are definitely better deals now before Christmas than there used to be'

Shoppers heading into Belfast city centre maintained some of the best pre-Christmas deals could still be found on the high street.

A lucky few reported having bagged a big Black Friday bargain and some have high hopes for Cyber Monday online offers, but most were happy with the festive deals on offer in town.

Margaret Robinson (50) from Belfast was pleased with her purchase of a Ted Baker bag from House of Fraser. A 20% reduction saw her pay £103 as opposed to £129.

"There seems to be sales in every store," she said.

"I was working on Friday but my son went to Sainsbury's and was able to get a 32-inch flat screen TV for £90. He said it was all very organised, only 10 people in at a time. He was there at 8.30am and away by 9am."

Katherine McBride (40) and her daughter Una (13) came down to Belfast from Derry for the day.

"I tried online on Black Friday at very.co.uk for clothes and Currys for ipods but couldn't get on," said Katherine.

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"Here in town Gap had 40% off. I was looking at children's clothes and jumpers. In Superdry in Victoria Square there was 20% off hoodies, down from £45 to £36."

Leah Annett (34) from Kilkeel, said she avoided Black Friday shopping - which led to a stampede for cut price electrical goods in some supermarkets - for "obvious reasons".

"In Baby Gap there was 40% off today. I didn't realise that. I also bought some sports clothes. There are now definitely better deals now before Christmas than there used to be."

Friends Niall Johnson (19) and Francesca Laverty (18), from Belfast, have been on the hunt for online bargains.

"I got a Kindle Fire HDX for £125 down from £225, that was £100 off from Amazon. That was on Friday about 7pm," Niall said.

Francesca added: "I am trying to get a laptop. I saw Currys had one for £550 but I am thinking it could drop on Cyber Monday."

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