Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, often at 4 a.m., or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. Black Friday is not an official government holiday but many employees do receive the day off. The increased number of shoppers creates the busiest shopping day of the year.
Amazon.com, Dell, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Kmart, Sears, JC Penney, Best Buy and Newegg are some of the most popular Black Friday retailers, offering storewide savings on everything from appliances to Dan Post Boots.
The term “Black Friday” has two meanings. In the 1960’s, “Black Friday” was used by police in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day. Prior to that, “Black Friday” was set to mark the first day that a retailer had sold through enough inventory and turned a profit for the year, putting them “in the black” according to the old by-hand accounting system of using black ink to indicate a profit and red ink to indicate a loss.
What does Black Friday mean for shoppers? Black Friday = Sales! Whether shoppers are searching in malls or online, Black Friday specials are the ultimate goal. Shopping for deals on Black Friday has become a post-Thanksgiving custom for many families. In preparation for this “holiday,” shoppers map out the best routes to their favorite stores, each clutching a stack of Black Friday ads & coupons.