Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysOther - Holidays · 1 decade ago

when is black friday?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. Many consider it the "official" beginning to the holiday season. Most retailers will open very early and usually provide massive discounts on their products.

    Although Black Friday is typically the busiest shopping day of the year in terms of customer traffic, it is not typically the day with the highest sales volume. That is usually either Christmas Eve or the last Saturday before Christmas.


    The first use of this term to describe the day after Thanksgiving is not exactly known. There are two popular theories as to its origin.

    Accounting practice

    One theory is that stores traditionally operated at a financial loss for most of the year (January through November) and made their profit during the holiday season. When this would be recorded in the financial records, common accounting practices use red ink to show negative amounts and black ink would show positive amounts. Black Friday is the beginning of the period where they would no longer have losses (the red) and instead take in the year's profits (the black).

    Stress from large crowds

    Another theory comes from the fact that shopping experience on this day can be extremely stressful. The term is used as a comparison to the extremely stressful and chaotic experience of Black Thursday or other black days. According to The Word Spy:

    Earliest Citation:

    Christmas decorations around Tampa Bay started going up in late October, and business has been brisk since then. And while Friday--known as Black Friday for the legendary hordes--will be the biggest shopping day for many area stores, others ring up the greatest sales the Saturday before Christmas.

    —Marilyn Marks, "Retailers expect good sales this Christmas," St. Petersburg Times, November 27, 1986

    There exists an earlier reference, speaking to the Friday after Thanksgiving:


    There have been many Black Fridays in recent history. Most of them have been days of financial panic. There has been none of blacker foreboding than last Friday. And the blackness is not loss or fear of loss in stocks and bonds.

    New York Times (1857-Current file).

    New York, N.Y.: Dec 3, 1922. pg. 38, 1 pgs

    ISSN/ISBN 03624331

    Employees of retail stores have for years referred to Black Friday in a satirical way, to note the extremely stressful and hectic nature of the day. Heavy traffic and customer demands added to the long hours make it a difficult day.

    Black Friday on the Internet

    Advertisements in advance

    Certain websites such as offer information about Black Friday deals up to a month in advance. The text listings of prices are usually accompanied by adscans -- complete PDFs either leaked by insiders, or intentionally released by large retailers to give consumers insight and allow them time to plan.

    Cyber Monday

    The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, which unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday online shopping season.

    In recent years, Cyber Monday has become a busy day for online retailers, with some sites offering low prices and other promotions on that day.


    Response (Buy Nothing Day)

    Anti-consumer frenzy protesters have chosen this day as Buy Nothing Day in North America, where those concerned about the increasing power and influence of consumer corporations are urged to not make consumer purchases.


    In recent years, some retailers (including Wal-Mart, Target Corporation, Best Buy, and Staples, Inc.) have claimed that the advertisements they send in advance of Black Friday and the prices included in those advertisement are intellectual property and protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

    Using the take down provision of the DMCA, these retailers have threatened various internet web sites who post Black Friday prices to the internet in advance of the intended release date by the retailers. This policy apparently derives from a fear that competitors, in addition to customers, will also have access to this information and use it for competitive advantage. The actual validity of the claim that prices are protected intellectual property is uncertain as prices might be considered a 'fact' in which case they would not receive the same level of protection as pure intellectual property.

    The benefit of threatening internet sites with a DMCA based lawsuit has proved tenuous at best. While some sites have complied with the requests, others have either ignored the threats or simply continued to post the information under the name of a similar sounding fictional retailer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Black Friday is today it always falls on a Friday after thanksgiving which is on a Tthursaday <3

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is the Friday after Thanksgiving... it is the biggest shopping day of the year!!! Everything is on sale... yes stores open at 5a.m. and that is early but that is because stores mark down there prices more than ever before... if you ever plan on going shopping on Black Friday I would consider getting to the stores early... for example... if the store opens at 5a.m. I would get there at 3a.m. beacuse the lines are sooo long and everything sells fast... So go out and go shopping!!! And be careful because a lot of people get hurt trying to rush in the doors...=]

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Today. The day after Thanksgiving is black Friday because it's one of the busiest shopping days. Lots of sales going on and people go crazy!!

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  • mlakar
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    3 years ago

    Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving while there are various sales and individuals are doing countless determining to purchase for Christmas. sometimes clientele get in fights with one yet another, and so on. I certainly have very almost laways controlled to avert Black Friday. it extremely is a team of hype to get you to spend a demanding day spending all your money. Who desires that?

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  • Autumn
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    The day after Thanksgiving, which is on a Friday. Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The biggest shopping day in the year.. right after Thanksgiving.. Everyone will be out for the bargains.

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  • 1 decade ago

    today, the day after Thanksgiving. its the biggest shopping day of the season.

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  • Kipper
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    for you last friday...for me--today.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This morning

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