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Cyber Monday

Updated on March 15, 2011

Cyber Monday and Black Friday for Non-Americans

Cyber Monday is an interesting American phenomena. Building on from the Black Friday of shopping madness the Americans indulge in the day after Thanksgiving, the following Monday has now been dubbed Black Monday or Cyber Monday. On the Monday following Thanksgiving on-line stores offer substantial discounts for shoppers to encourage them into the pre-Christmas spending frame of mind! Shops open very early in the morning so that shopping can be done on the way too work. However Cyber Monday takes it one step further and means that you can shop while AT work! Cyber Monday originated in 2005, and was picked up by the American mainstream media who dubbed it as the biggest on-line shopping day. In fact it was originally true that many workers would shop on-line from work on that Monday, but with the general availability of fast connections at home this is probably not so true any more. Regardless of reality though the marketing push remains!

Its interesting the way different terms mean different things in different cultures. In most of the non-American English speaking world, black Friday is Friday with the date of the 13th - a combination of bad luck items apparently! The term black Monday therefore had me totally confused! The term apparently was originally coined from the line-up of black cabs in front of the large department stores who started off the sales promotion!

Naturally too the natural opposite has also been created - "Buy Nothing Day" coinciding with Black Friday! This was started in Canada in the early 90's by activists wanting to protest the western world's increasingly consumer-driven society.

However the good news is that even if you have never heard of Cyber Monday, Monday (or Tuesday depending on your timezone) may be a great day to grab a bargain at an American on-line retailer!


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    • Lissie profile image

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Its really quit odd Pete because Americans in general are very well-behaved at work. It would never take off in Australia cause most Australians buy online any day of the week if they are at work :-)

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      I always had a problem with Cyber Monday. Aren't people getting paid to do something at work? Isn't this a clear theft of company resources for personal use? Shouldn't companies shut this practice down? Just becomes something is popular doesn't mean it's right.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Patti - Black Friday/Cyber Monday doesn't exist anywhere in the world excpet the US ! I wrote this hub because I had never heard of it!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Interesting to know what is going on in the rest of the world in regrads to Black Friday and anti-Black Friday movements. More people shuld read this.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 10 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks stubbs - good point !

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      stubbs 10 years ago from London

      hi lissie you might want to make your links open in a new window to keep people on your hub. if they are navigated away from it they may not return, you want them to navigate away through an ad. just a thought

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Did not know anything about black Monday You are the 5th this year.