I have never understood black Friday. Is it possible that there are hordes of people trying desperately to find stuff on the busiest shopping day of the year? It is horrible. People go to the stores to buy more food instead of enjoying Thanksgiving with a meal of turkey and pie.
Black Friday still stands out. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Black Friday was a big deal for 165,000,000 Americans last year. This is half the population. Online sales reached an all-time high of $6.22 trillion. The average sales volume ranges between $50 billion and $60 billion.
Many people aren’t aware of the origins of Black Friday, despite its popularity.
When I started researching this article, I wasn’t sure what Black Friday was. It turned out I wasn’t the only one. My wife had no idea. I asked one wicked friend. He was totally clueless. One young man that I spoke with said that Black Friday was the result of slavery. (This is a myth, for the record.
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Black Friday isn’t the only one. Black Friday is a historical term that was used to refer to several historic events such as the Panic of 1869 when large amounts of gold were released by the Grant Administration to combat speculators trying to overtake the market. This is the official version. It is enough to know that gold prices plummeted and that fortunes were lost.
This does not have anything to do with Black Friday or Thanksgiving shopping. It is one reason people still have questions about Black Friday. The bigger reason Black Friday’s origins are organic and hazy. Black Friday’s origins are organic and hazy. There are at least three reasons Black Friday is known as “Black Friday”.
Black Friday is National Hooky Day
A 1950s obscure magazine was the first to call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday.” This was an American joke that Americans would skip work Friday in order to enjoy a four-day weekend.
This article, titled Friday after Thanksgiving, appeared in maintenance. It is an engineering and factory management periodical. It dealt with the problem of people not showing up at work after Thanksgiving.
Black Friday was essentially the 1950s version. It was solved by some east coast stores that gathered in 1960s to rebrand Black Saturday as “Big Friday.”
Philadelphia department stores continue to resist the term despite being nearly two decades since it was first used in the media.
A local chairman of a department shop said that Black Friday was a sinful term and that it was disgusting for the Inquirer 1995. “Why would anyone call Black Friday a day where everyone is happy and smiles on their faces?
The phrase gained popularity despite not being widely used. Black Friday became a popular topic in stores, and they realized that the Black Friday tag was still being used. (Historically, stores that used black ink made profits while those with red ink lost.
Monday after the Super Bowl. Everyone called in sick. This led to a decrease in productivity. People didn’t know what to do. Many companies began giving the day off to their employees.
Black Friday: Chaos and Exploitation
The “hooky” Black Friday was something I’d never heard of. I thought the name was related the holiday’s madness. This…
You may think I am serious. In the shopping frenzy, over 100 people have been injured and 12 have died since 2006. This is why Black Friday is incorrectly called such.
Everyone was playing hooky in the 1950s (see #1), so it was necessary to do something. Many Americans needed to purchase stuff. Black Friday was a popular shopping day for Americans, Philadelphia included.
Factory Management and Maintenance had published “Black Friday” and Philadelphia law enforcement started to use that term to describe the huge crowds of shoppers who flooded the city between Thanksgiving and Saturday’s Army-Navy football match.
Bonnie Taylor-Blake works as a neuroscientist for the University of North Carolina. CNN reported this in 2014. “Traffic officers had to work 12-hour shifts. People would flood streets, parking lots, and sidewalks, making it impossible for anyone to get up. The cops couldn’t handle it so they created the term.
The term was popularly used in Philly, but it was also used by some New Yorkers. According to a 1961 report, New Yorkers were trapped in traffic for 13 turns at one traffic light. Bus drivers struck.
This story portrays Black Friday in chaos, consumerism, congestion, and consumerism. It also shows worker exploitation.
Black Friday: Merchants Enter the Black
The big shopping day that featured dark imagery was hated by retailers. Black Friday sounds dark, let’s face it.