ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Personal Finance»
  • Frugal Living»
  • Bargain Shopping

What's the Deal with Black Friday?

Updated on January 18, 2016

Special Deals Start at Mid'Night

You MUST hurry - While supplies last!
You MUST hurry - While supplies last! | Source

The Black Friday Obsession

People Go Crazy Over Black Friday

Black Friday is NOT a National Holiday

People flock to retail stores and will wait, sometimes for hours, for stores to open - some will open at mid'night when Black Friday officially starts.

But how did all this happen? Who started this? How did the first Friday after Thanksgiving get called Black Friday?
Find out these questions and more by continuing to read this HUB.

How did Black Friday Start?

The Philadelphia Police Department Named the Friday after Thanksgiving 'Black Friday'

Black Friday (when referring to shopping) Started in 1961

Although the Philadelphia Police Department named the Friday after Thanksgiving "Black Friday" back in the 1960s, the term has been around since the 1860s...really.

The Philadelphia Police Department, bus & cab drivers all refer to the Friday after Thanksgiving Black Friday because of how heavy car & pedestrian traffic became back in 1961. People were rude, quick-tempered and even sometimes became violent.

Fact:

The two (2) days following Thanksgiving are the BUSIEST shopping days of the year; Friday being the BUSIEST, which is why it has it's own name!

Black Saturday?

For a little while, people use to call the Saturday after Thanksgiving "Black Saturday", but it didn't really stick. It didn't have that ring like Black Friday does.
The Deputy City Representative even tried changing the term Black Friday into something more positive. Abe Rosen wanted to change it to "Big Friday" & "Big Saturday" back in 1966, but it didn't work - Black Friday sounded way cooler.

FACT:

The police may refer to Black Friday because of ALL the chaos, but retailers refer to Black Friday as a day of profit because at the end of the day business is "in the black".

Now for the Stuff You Want to Read About Black Friday

Bad Black Friday Stories

Greed NEVER Shows MORE Clear than it does on Black Friday

Consumers on Black Friday can be Dangerous - Literally!

Black Friday may be the first day of the Christmas shopping season, but it also can be the first day in a hospital bed, behind bars or even dead!

That's right.
Consumers beware, and PLEASE, shop at your own risk. Be aggressive, show no fear & never, ever back down from intimidating customers.These are tough words, and if you're going to risk life & limb for a super deal you'd better live by them - at least for that day.

AT STORES FOR CHILDREN

Back in the year 2010, in Madison, Wisconsin, a woman got arrested outside a Toys-R-Us store for cutting in line and threatening to shoot anyone who would object...say what?
That's right.
And a Toys-R-Us store at that.
Can you believe a Toys-For-Tots volunteer was stabbed by a shoplifter in Georgia? Well, it's true.

AT WAL-MART

In Indianapolis a woman walked around inside a Wal-Mart store starting arguments with other shoppers - for no reason. She was asked to leave but refused. She eventually got arrested.
In a Florida Wal-Mart, a man was noticed carrying a handgun loosely inside of his coat and was reported to police. When apprehended they found not only a gun, but two knives and a pepper spray grenade. He came prepared.
The most famous unfortunate incident that happened at Wal-Mart was back in 2008. A 34-year-old employee at a Valley Stream, New York Wal-Mart opened the door at 5:00am and got trampled to death.

Taverns in Full Bloom

While the women are at the shopping malls, the men are at the taverns.
While the women are at the shopping malls, the men are at the taverns.

Other "What's the Deal" HUBS

Other Interesting HUBS

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Well I am glad we don't have black friday over here then! lol! some people are strange though aren't they? they have all year to find bargains yet go mad on black friday, or as we have over here, the January sales, glad I am broke most of the time, saves me having to put up with the pushing and shoving! lol!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)