Black Friday shoppers left furious after queuing online for hours to grab a bargain

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Black Friday shoppers have found themselves stuck in online for queues for hours with 170,000 people in line for a Nintendo Switch at one point.

This year was always going to be different than other years with the coronavirus forcing everything online, and shoppers away from the shopping parks and centres that are usually rammed this day of the year.

But one thing that hasn't changed is the queues.

Even with no one queueing in the cold and everyone forced online, the virtual queues have dwarfed previous years with hundreds of thousands funnelled through websites.

It’s left many waiting hours only to end up not getting the coveted gift they wanted.

With many staying up late or getting up early or just spending hours of their day queuing this has prompted anger up and down the country.

Whilst Black Friday usually sees our high streets packed, this year the queues have moved online
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Kris Schepers has traded Glasto for Lego, but is still finding the queues long.

But being only 496th out of 624 people would turn out to be one of the better queuing positions of the day.

Aldi's Black Friday deals selling the coveted Nintendo Switch amongst other products, saw around 170,000 people queuing at one point.

The long virtual queues have meant hours of waiting and missing out on sought after gadgets, gizmos and gifts
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That's like the entire population of Slough lining up outside an Aldi.

Faced with the queues, some were less optimistic.

And others at least saw the funny side of things.

Cumulatively, at least a few hundred or thousand hours have been spent Black Friday virtual queues today.

And a fair few bedtimes were sacrificed in search of a bargain too.

As a nation shops for bargain gadgets and the latest tech, many missed out on the deals
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Even in lockdown, Brits didn't let that stop them from hunting for a bargain.

Whilst as some inevitably didn't get their hands on the latest discounted steal, there was anger and frustration.

In Wales, police were given special, temporary powers, to turn back any English shoppers who tried to nip over the border for a bargain in Cardiff.

On top of that, Cardiff saw massive in person queues outside some of its stores too.

Recent years have seen Black Friday become an increasingly online event, despite the existence of cyber Monday, meaning little changed for many in their attempts to grab a bargain today.

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