Black Friday is once again upon us, and with each passing year, the event just seems to get bigger and bigger. What was once just a single day of great shopping bargains has now turned into weekends or even whole weeks of slashed prices and mega deals. But what even is Black Friday? And how did it all start? Well, I’ve been doing my research, so read on to find out eight things you probably didn’t know about Black Friday.
1 – Black Friday started in the USA and traditionally takes place the day after celebrating Thanksgiving.
2 – The name ‘Black Friday’ derives from something completely unrelated to how it’s known today. The term was first used way back when the stock market crashed on 24th September 1869.
3 – Apparently, the first use of the term ‘Black Friday’, as it’s known today, was in 1951 in a labour market newsletter called ‘Factory Management and Maintenance’. They compared the suspiciously high amount of sick days after Thanksgiving to the bubonic plague and therefore dubbed it ‘Black Friday’.
4 – Philadelphia was the first city to start regularly referring to the day after Thanksgiving as ‘Black Friday’ in the early 1960s. This was down to the police department’s frustration at the amount of congestion caused by all the shoppers.
5 – The phrase slowly began to spread and finally became known nationwide in the mid-1990s.
6 – Black Friday officially beat records and became the biggest shopping day of the year in 2001.
7 – The ever growing popularity of both Black Friday and online shopping saw Amazon launch ‘Cyber Monday’ in 2005, making the event even more successful worldwide.
8 – The lines between Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are becoming increasingly blurred. But this means you don’t necessarily have to queue outside shops for hours in the cold and dark, bracing yourself for the imminent bombardment of over-eager shoppers. Equally, you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday to do your shopping online. Instead, you’re now able to get great deals online and in stores across a number of days, so relax!
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