Black Friday was first used in the 1960s and there are several different theories for how it was named. Being “in the black” was a term most commonly used when stores kept their account records by hand. If they made a profit they used black ink to record their earnings, and red ink meant the store made no profit that day. It is also said that Philadelphia police may have been the ones to originally refer to that day as Black Friday because of the streets and sidewalks being overly congested with pedestrians, and the vehicles of shoppers.
It is very common for most American workers to have the day after Thanksgiving off of work, except of course for those who worked in retail.
Retailers offer door buster items to people first in line, and lower prices on each year’s hot ticket items. The recent release of Sony’s Playstation 4and Microsoft’s XBOX 1are sure to make these two gaming systems the hot ticket items in this year’s Black Friday deals.
Black Friday deals are beginning to start earlier and earlier this year. Wal-Mart isn’t even waiting for its customers, or their employees, to finish their Thanksgiving dinners. Their doors will be open on 6pm the day of Thanksgiving.
This is an especially strange decision after Wal-Mart held a very controversial canned food drivefor the Thanksgiving dinners of retail associates in need.
If the deals are just too good for you to stay away, be careful. There have been many fatalities during Black Friday shopping sprees. Customers have been shot or stabbed by other customers, and in 2008 one Wal-Mart employee was trampled to deathwhen customers forced doors open earlier than the opening time and mobbed the store.
If you enjoy your sleep, and you aren’t interested in being rushed in enjoying your pumpkin pie you can always wait for Cyber Monday. This is the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. The term was first heard in 2005, and it is now the biggest online shopping day of the year. Many retailers are offering huge discounts that you can access from the safety of your own home (or the desk at your office).
Written by: Emily Gadd