- Black Friday trivia
- In 2010, 212 million shoppers spent $39 billion.
- Nearly 60 percent of sales are of electronics.
- It’s not actually the biggest shopping day of the year. Shoppers make more purchases on the last Saturday before Christmas, when they must get everything done and wrapped for the holiday. Black Friday shoppers tend to look for specific sale items.
- And Cyber Monday isn’t the biggest day for online sales. Most online shopping happens between Dec. 5 and Dec. 15.
- Black Friday history
The popular Thanksgiving Day parades were originally hosted the day after the holiday, and served as a major advertisement for stores like Macy’s. After the parade, the audience would go shopping. Most retailers subscribed to the unwritten rule that Christmas sales would begin at this time.
But the name Black Friday started in Philadelphia in the 1960s. Police officers, bus drivers and taxis drivers dreaded the Friday after Thanksgiving because so many people were out and about, cramming sidewalks and mobbing stores in the city center. The name and the shopping trend both stuck and became much more popular in the last 20 years.
— Source: www.todayifoundout.com
Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 10:25 am, Thu Nov 22, 2012.
Check the ads. Make your list. Ready the team. Black Friday is coming more quickly than ever, with many stores starting their sales on Thursday night. Eager shoppers looking to score a great deal may leave the Thanksgiving table for a quick nap before heading to the stores.
Not everyone is pleased with the trend of starting sales on Thanksgiving Day. More than 60 petitions on www.change.org hope to persuade stores like Target and Walmart to keep doors closed, at least until the dinner dishes are washed. Some have hundreds of thousands of signatures, but no retailers have announced a change in sale schedules due to the petitions.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 10:25 am.