Black Friday is fast approaching and today is second to the last week of October. Some of my friends are actually asking me the history of Black Friday ? Who coined the term and Why is it called Black Friday?
I would just have pointed out the LMGTF site but then again, It is a nice trivia and a good research and read for me that is why I made a post out of it today.
Before Friday, there is “Blue Monday” by Fats Domino, “Ruby Tuesday” from the ever famous Rolling Stones. Know why black together with the friday and why does the FRIDAY after Thanksgiving is considered as black?
There are many stories that I have browsed and read and honestly, I am not sure what to believe. In one article, the term “Black Friday” was coined way back in 1965 when Phillie policemen began using the term when customers are on a shop mode that usually lead to a crowd control problem.
Retailers, on the other hand used this as the official kickoff of the Holiday Season. It is the last few weeks that shoppers would really go into a shopping frenzy before winter steps in.
Black Friday is considered the busiest shopping day every year. All are aware that malls and outlets will be opened before sunrise and after that, it will really get crazy all throughout the day.
It is a negative connotation that this day would literally turn shoppers into an animal frenzy when it comes to shopping. Shoppers would patiently wait outside the stores just to be the first of the few to grab as many as they want. (again, these are for gifts - for others and for self) - They would really shove each other and somehow would have a fist fight over an item.
So for those who anticipates Black Friday 2009 - I salute you. Enjoy MAJOR SALES and quit shoving other people already.
Other definition of black friday
The origin of Black Friday comes from the shift to profitability during the holiday season where retailers go “in the black”.