Black Friday exists because of the United States. The day after the American Thanksgiving became known as it for a variety of reasons but the main one is because it seemed to begin the Christmas shopping season after US Thanksgiving. Canada adopted it mainly to curb Canadians from going to the states to shop. Canada wanted us to stay here and spend money! It worked. Other countries have jumped on the Black Friday Sales too, we are assuming they are being profit-driven due to the large success American and Canadian retailers have experienced. Not to mention competing with other retailers for a piece of the “sales pie”.
If Wikipedia is to be believed, the term Black Friday did not originate until the 1950s. When certain individuals called in sick the day after US Thanksgiving. In the 1960s the name itself came from a term. The two Eastern states’ police dubbed “Big Friday” for all the shopping traffic. Later on, it was used because many retailers were going from being in the red to being in the black after Black Friday Sales were tallied.
Black Friday Sales, and now, Cyber Monday Sales are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. With many starting their Christmas shopping on these days. We cover Cyber Monday in another post so be sure to read it too! When do you do your Christmas shopping? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear when our readers do their shopping.