Shopping fever, it's on!
Black Friday sales are on in earnest, in a discount shopping frenzy originating in America for the day after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Due to the globalisation of shopping with massive online platforms, Australian retailers have joined the party.
Shoppers are expected to spend more than $1.3 billion nationwide over the next four days of heavy discounting.
Michael Bailey from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry suggests local businesses take advantage of the extra shopping traffic, with an eye on their competitive strengths.
"What really does win shoppers is terrific service and a terrific experience when they are in the retail outlet and again that is what we really encourage local businesses to do, make sure you have got the basics, get people into your store and then Tasmanians do the rest."
As for sales expectations leading into Christmas locally, Tasmania's Small Business Council's Rob Mallett is upbeat about our economy defying some of the retail anxiety interstate.
"In Tasmania, we have got a, if not booming, very healthy economy, we've got a populace who are confident and happy and so I think that will result in retail sales across Tasmania which will be at least on par with last year."