The annual Thanksgiving Dinner has barely finished when suddenly a significant mind shift begins to occur. Before the turkey leftovers get put away, many folks are already thinking about holiday shopping! Black Friday has become a post-Thanksgiving holiday ritual, and although this traditional day of shopping is not an officially sanctioned holiday, perhaps it should be. And why not? Many people already have the Friday following Thanksgiving off, so why not spend the day along with throngs of shoppers that will be lining up at local retailers? Yes, some will choose instead to stay home and lounge around the house in a tryptophan-induced food coma; but millions of others will be making their shopping lists and checking them twice. Black Friday means that there are deals aplenty for the taking, and savvy retailers have made these sales and discounts so appealing to the masses that they are simply hard, if not impossible, to resist.
Why is Black Friday called “Black” Friday? There are several reasons why Black Friday may have its name and none of them are quite as ominous as the moniker may imply. The name Black Friday has been around since the sixties. Some assume that the name pays homage to the day retailers go from having their sales figures go from being in the red to being in the black. Others theorize that because of historic record crowds, traffic jams and people virtually everywhere on this popular shopping day, those who have to deal with the hubbub and hassles named it appropriately “Black Friday”. No matter where the name came from, you can be sure of one thing. Black Friday will mean sales, promotions, doorbusters, early bird specials and more. If you are a shopper (and even if you aren’t) Black Friday is a day for the more resilient amongst us to score some major deals. The downside? You may lose a little sleep, and more likely than not, you are going to have a lot of company.
Each year, retailers have gotten more and more aggressive with their Black Friday specials. Some retailers will be open for business as early as Thanksgiving Day. Other stores will open at various early hours on Friday after Thanksgiving, enticing customers into their stores with special discounts that only apply to the wee hours of business. Brave (and weary) shoppers have been known to line up outside of stores to be the first inside to snatch up the doorbuster promotions.
Where will you be on Black Friday? The best news ever may be that you do not have to deal with traffic jams, crowds, or even lines to score some pretty amazing Black Friday deals. As a matter of fact, some of the smartest Black Friday shoppers of all may be sitting pajama-clad, eating a turkey sandwich in front of the computer clicking their way to some pretty epic holiday specials.
Black Friday means deals and deep discounts on many holiday gift items, including electronics, toys, clothing and much, much more. If you decide to brave the crowds, you will not be alone. If you decide to stay home instead--never fear. Cyber Monday is just around the corner.