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Black Friday: Paradise or Madness for Shoppers?

24. November 2009 by Marie 0 Comments

The Friday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is called Black Friday. It is considered one of the biggest shopping traditions of the year, and it officially begins the Christmas shopping season.

Black Friday is known for its big discount sales, so it attracts a lot of shoppers (see photos below)!

Retail stores have done poorly in America's economic crisis. They are counting on Black Friday to help them stay afloat financially.

Here is how Black Friday works:

Companies begin advertising desirable holiday items many weeks before Christmas (December 25). Stores expect a surge of customers on Black Friday, and they stock a limited number of each item.

For this reason, people plan their Black Friday shopping carefully. Some memorize the layout of the stores, so they will not get lost in the rush to buy the items they want when the stores open for the day.


There are also Web sites devoted to Black Friday, such as www.BlackFriday.info, that tell shoppers what is available at certain stores and the cost.

But the thrill of shopping is what draw people to this mad day. Some people actually line up at midnight the night before, or very early in the morning, so they will be among the first in a store -- even in very cold weather! Some stores open at 5 a.m. or earlier.


The tradition is to burst into the store and rush to grab the desired merchandise. It can be very dangerous. Some people have been trampled or hurt by the pushing and shoving. 

In recent years, because of the bad economy, Americans are not buying as much for Christmas. Yet bargains are even more in demand, so Black Friday has a rosy future.


Did you know:

  • The name Black Friday is linked to the accounting terms red ink (loss of money) and black ink (profit). Many retail stores expect to go from red to black on Black Friday alone!
  • Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States (this year it is November 26), so Black Friday will occur on November 27th.
  • Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many employees have the day off.
  • Shoppers can often order the same items online and enjoy Black Friday discounts.