R U ready 4 Black Friday?

Are you ready for Black Friday?

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Black Friday (November 25, 2016) :   Ready to shop?

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day, which in the United States occurs on the fourth Thursday of November.

Since 1932 it has been regarded as the start of the holiday shopping season, and most major retailers offer promotional sales. For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping –even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! But, since it is  the first day after Thanksgiving Day , the last major holiday before Christmas, it marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Additionally, even if it is not a Federal Holiday in the USA. many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the following Friday off to enjoy a long weekend. Most banks are open on Black Friday, but some financial institutions might be closed on that day.

The earliest reference to  the phrase Black Friday – applied to the day after Thanksgiving in a shopping context –  was published  in the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 28, 1981. Before that,  the term was used to describe the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians,  on the day after Thanksgiving. But  since 1981 this day has represented  the date when retailers would no longer be “in the red” and begin to have a profit, thus starting to be “in the black”. For many years shops opened at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000s many  moved to 5:00 or 4:00. This was taken to new extremes when several sellers  opened first at midnight , then at 8:00 p.m. on the previous day.

There have been reports of violence occurring among bargain hunters on Black Friday  throughout the United States It is common for prospective shoppers to camp out over the Thanksgiving holiday to secure a place in front of the line and thus a better chance at getting desired items, which creates a significant safety risk

In the United Kingdom, the term “Black Friday” originated within the Police and the National Health Service to refer to the Friday before Christmas, when. those services had  to deal with the  extra pressures and emergency services caused by the great number of people going out drinking on the  Friday before Christmas.

Since the start of the 21st century a retail “Black Friday”  has been introduced into the United Kingdom and other countries all over the world

Anyway, this sale day has caused a number of controversies over various practices: such as the unreasonable demands on staff during this period,  or health and safety risks due to the  problem of crowd management, and also the presence of poor “derivative” products manufactured just for Black Friday.

 

 

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