What is Black Friday?
So the holiday season is on its way once again which can only mean that “Black Friday”, is also on its way. With each year that comes around we hear this phrase used more and more, but what exactly is “Black Friday”? What does it mean?
Well! Let me tell you!
First of all, there are many recorded events which have been given the title of “Black Friday”, many of these events are unhappy or tragic. The name often relates to death or destruction, taking place or having taken place.
However this particular “Black Friday” is related to a holiday that is celebrated in the USA. This particular Black Friday falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving itself occurs on the 4th Thursday of November and Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving which is a Friday!
Black Friday is not observed as a public holiday. Although certain states in the USA to consider the day after Thank as a Day Off – for those working in the Government. The term Black Friday began in Philadelphia and related to the swarms of pedestrians and traffic, that would fill the streets right after the day of Thanksgiving.
Later this phrase would relate to the profits made by those who ran shops. The time of year when shop owners would be in the Black, this means that they make a profit. They are not in red. They have not made a loss. They are in the black.
Nowadays the term is used to describe the beginning of Pre-Christmas trading. The first day of Christmas trading is normally marked with discounts and sales.
This event grew in popularity during the 1970’s.
During these sales, many people will push and fight each other for the discounted items.
The ‘Black Friday’ rush to buy something on offer has slowly spread to other countries too. Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, all have ‘Black Friday’ sales.
Even here in the UK, we have Black Friday events, the first of which was held in 2003. it normally falls on the same day as the one in the USA. There is even an online version of Black Friday Called ‘Cyber Monday’.
This relates to items purchased through the internet and occurs on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Both ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ are seen as important days for retailers as for some these are their best days of trading during all explained in a nutshell.
Cyber Monday is the online counterpart to Black Friday, the busy shopping day just after Thanksgiving. It marks the start of online holiday shopping – with retailers offering big discounts.
The term was coined in 2005 by Ellen Davis, Senior Director of Strategic Communication For The National Retail Federation, the Los Angeles Times report.
“The name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of Window shopping, were returning to high-speed internet connections at work on Monday and buying what they liked”.
When is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving. This year it falls on Monday, Nov. 26.
However Cyber Monday like Black Friday has fallen prey to the “Christmas Creep”, discounts are now being offered during much of November and December and not just on one single day diluting some of Cyber Monday’s impact.
How does Cyber Monday Work?
Michael Brim, Founder of BFAds.net told that Cyber Monday is more of an extension of Black Friday than its own separate holiday. Many retailers offer deals on both days. But on Cyber Monday, like Black Monday, retailers make limited time offers or store-wide discounts, how the sales compare depends on the retailers and what you are looking to buy.
What time does Cyber Monday start?
Most major retailers begin their sales when the clock strikes midnight on Monday. Cyber Monday deals typically have a shorter duration than Black Friday or Thanksgiving discounts.
Is Cyber Monday better than Black Friday?
That depends on your shopping style and what you are looking to buy. If you would prefer to skip crowds and long lines at stores on Black Friday, then Cyber Monday is probably your best bet. If you are looking for in-store only deals or to avoid shipping fees for other cancellations in-person shopping is for you.