The Day After Thanksgiving: Why is it called Black Friday

The Day After Thanksgiving: Why is it called Black Friday
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The Day After Thanksgiving: Why is it called Black Friday? The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, called Black Friday.

In the business sense at the end of the day, most say they end up in the red. These big stores make claims that the day after Thanksgiving is the best shopping day. They claim it is the only day during which they operate in the Black or make a profit.

Early on stores would use Thanksgiving day parades to advertise sales and such. But later on, it just became an unwritten rule for stores not to advertise in the parade. Therefore, the day after Thanksgiving became the day when the shopping season officially started.

The Day After Thanksgiving: Why is it called Black Friday?

What does Black Friday mean to me? It’s when the crazy people come out of the woodwork. And they act like they have never been out in public.

They will fight you for a Tv or a Computer like a wild animal will fight for its food. They fight like they have been caged up and fed gunpowder. I have never seen such craziness in my entire life and I have seen some crazy stuff.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a Presidential proclamation. It proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the fourth Thursday in November. Instead of the last Thursday, meaning in some years one week earlier, in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season.

The President’s change, most people have adopted it. It was later reinforced by an act of Congress. But many still continue to celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the traditional date.

In 2015, Amazon held what they called Prime Day in July and said there would be better deals than on Black Friday. As a result, they have held Prime Day events in 2016 and 2017 too.

Because of Amazon doing their Prime Day events, other companies started having Black Friday sales in July. And they were offering deals better than Black Friday, November.

There has been some controversy about Black Friday sales for a long time. It stems from stores being understaffed and having to work long hours with a threat of termination if they refused.

The companies have also been accused of selling derivative products. These products have been specially manufactured for Black Friday.

The Day After Thanksgiving: Why is it called Black Friday?

And of course, we can’t forget the millions of people who shop online. They have what is deemed Cyber Monday which is the first Monday after Black Friday.

Some websites offer information days before Cyber Monday happens. This information has either been leaked by insiders or released intentionally by the businesses.

Shopping online is by far the safest most reasonable way to do shopping. For one thing, it’s  not cold and snowy in your house.

You can shop in your birthday suit if you wanted and nobody would care. There are no fights over parking places or products. Generally, if you shop online you can get the purchased product before Christmas anyway.

I never really learned why people wanted to go out in the cold and sometimes in the middle of the night to shop. I’m an anti-social person anyway and I will never go out to a store to shop, especially when it is crowded.



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