Black Friday is synonymous with American consumerism. But it didn’t start that way. It’s all about shopping. Retailers make massive price cuts and are open at very early hours for campers who enjoy camping outside. Black Friday is all about people lining up to become the first. Let’s find out more!
Black Friday is a more well-known shopping holiday than others. It has been celebrated as the start of Christmas season since 1952, when the idea to shop for Christmas gifts in advance became popular.
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and has been one the busiest shopping days of the year. According to History.com, the term “Black Friday” was not created for shopping but as a result of a financial crisis. The Wall Street financiers were thrown into chaos when the U.S. gold exchange crashed in 1869.
This term was not used again until 1950 in Philadelphia, when police used it to describe the chaos that followed when tourists and suburban shoppers flooded into the city every year for the big Army-Navy game.
In its original form, it had a negative sign. However, by the 1980’s, most people saw this opportunity to make profit.
Overnight Black Friday has extended into Thanksgiving, when retailers opened their doors earlier to let customers rush to buy their products. This caused safety concerns as people would crowd into stores to purchase their products, sometimes causing chaos.
Despite the fact that there were more than 101.7 million people who participated in the fiasco in 2016, it has been steadily decreasing as people switch from outdoor shopping to shopping online. It is still a holiday with many famous stories that continues to capture the excitement of consumers.
You don’t have to be brave enough to go with the masses in your favorite shops, but you can still enjoy the chaos of Black Friday shopping. You can plan ahead and check out the Black Friday deals at your favorite stores. Then coordinate with your friends to decide where and when you should go.
Depending on your location, you can set alarms and bring snacks. You can also dress appropriately for the occasion. If you don’t like crowds, you can watch the action from a distance and then wait for it to calm down. If you prefer a slower pace, you can also wait until Cyber Monday.