Black Friday Traditions
Black Friday is the busiest retail shopping day of the year. Why black? It refers to retailers being well into the positive “black”, opposed to the negative “red” due to their high volume of transactions and sales. When and where the term and tradition originated is a bit up to debate, but most believe the tradition of beginning your Christmas or Hanukah shopping the day after Thanksgiving began in the 1930s Philadelphia. It wasn’t until the 1960s they day was giving an official name.
What To Expect When Shopping On Black Friday
If you have never experienced the crowds of the day after shopping, then you must prepare yourself. Many stores open at the crack of dawn, or before. Some even open on Thanksgiving evening, or at midnight. Stores that offer rock bottom prices, often have shoppers standing in long lines, or camping out the night before opening. Why? To access the limited quantity of rock bottom electronics, clothing, toys, and more!
Black Friday Evolves
With the growing popularity of online shopping, Cyber Monday was born in 2005—which is the busiest online sales shopping day of the year. Since the day after and Cyber Monday sales are geared toward major brands, Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday—in which shoppers are encouraged to visit their small local retailers.
As the popularity of these 3 shopping days continues to evolve, many stores start many of their sales early. This allows shoppers who aren’t a fan of the crowds the ability to benefit from the sales. However, there will always be special same-day sales.