What the heck is Black Friday anyway?

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What the heck is Black Friday anyway?

11.23.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States and the unofficial day that marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Like Boxing Day sales, most retailers open early and offer promotional sales on this day.

But how did the name, Black Friday, come about?

Apparently it originated in Philadelphia where it was used to describe:

 the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. – Wikipedia

The origin of the term even goes back to the nineteenth century where it was associated with a financial crisis in 1869 in the U.S.

But then it was later reclaimed as a term that would refer to the merchants’ day to make profits (black ink) and be “in the black.”

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Will you be an active shopper today for Black Friday?

If so, what kind of products and deals will you be looking for?

If not, why not?

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2 thoughts on “What the heck is Black Friday anyway?”

  1. I like the title of your post! I am sooo not getting involved. I live in Canada near a border and there is usually an exodus to the States to sniff out deals. I don’t like shopping on the best of days, so I’ll be staying home instead. Have a nice weekend! 🙂

  2. I went one year and that was enough. I got stepped on and shoved and just didn’t want to work that hard for just stuff.

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