Black Friday: How it all came to be

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Run; don’t walk because Black Friday is upon you.

Now is not the time to casually stroll through the mall and window shop for hours on end. If you want to get the best deals, you’ve got to act fast.

A lot of your favourites are having storewide discount parties that only last for a cool 24 hours. Other store offers require a code, and then some are offering deals on specific must-have products (limited-edition lip palette, anyone)?

Whether you’re planning to knock out your Christmas shopping list in one day or you’re simply picking up a few things for yourself, these are all Black Friday deals you need to know about now.

Where did Black Friday come from?

It is traditionally the day, which follows Thanksgiving in America and is regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Americans have Thanksgiving Day off and the next day, so usually people celebrating this holiday will have four days free to shop.

In the recent years, retailers stay open longer or open earlier with special deals to entice customers.

What’s the theory behind black Friday? Many people say that Philadelphia police and bus drivers used the term “Black Friday” to describe all of the wild traffic around downtown stores starting in 1961.

Apparently, the phrase remained a Philadelphia behaviour for quite some time until it became more widespread in the mid-’90s.

The idea has now spread across the world with many other countries also participating in the day, or week, of uncontrolled shopping.

Each year, big retailers like Amazon, Argos and Morrisons use Black Friday to give massive price reductions to shoppers just before Christmas kicks in.

The discounts keep on going until Cyber Monday, which is always the first Monday after Black Friday, so this year it will fall on November 27.

Apart from the days, there are a couple of other differences between the two, one is that Cyber Monday deals only apply to online shops while Black Friday is in store as well.

Also, Cyber Monday is a strictly 24-hour shopping window but Black Friday tends to be a five-day long affair.

Why is it called Black Friday?

The day was given its name as it is often the day that shops “move into the black”, meaning they have enough money to cover their costs while reducing prices.

But it also originated within the police to refer to the Friday before Christmas, which is when emergency services anticipate extra pressures put on them due to Christmas celebrations.

However, among shoppers, it is well known as a day of bargains which has come across the pond from the US since the beginning of the 21st century.

Now that you know the history, maybe you want a few more interesting Black Friday tidbits to impress your relatives

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