Black Friday is just like Brit’s Boxing Day
America’s busiest shopping day is in full swing today as traditional Black Friday sales hit streets across the country. The exciting shopping season began as early as 4am with around-the-clock shoppers pouring in to bag themselves opening sale bargains and even early Christmas presents. The seasonal event comes following a much awaited Thanksgiving yesterday when Americans around the world gathered to mark the annual historical occasion of giving thanks together.
Black Friday, also known as the US shopping frenzy, kicked off late last night following weeks of sale preparation and months of eager anticipation from American shopaholics. The day traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. In many ways, I see Black Friday as our Boxing Day, the moment we Brits patiently wait 365 days for our favourite stores to finally hang up those half price banners.
Impatient shoppers were queuing this morning whilst other stores began sales on Thanksgiving day yesterday in a bid to cash early by enticing shoppers with early bird Black Thursday discounts. To commemorate the festive spirit many retails also gave their staff a Black Friday day off despite the anticipated busy spell.
Offices and businessmen also enjoy a day off today to indulge in the Black Friday festivities. Obama himself was spotted last year hitting the stores with his wife and two daughters. He was pictured splashing out in a Washington D.C bookstore in aid of Small Business Saturday, which follows the frenzy of Black Friday and encourages seasonal shoppers to support small and local businesses that are neglected over the Thanksgiving period.
The term Black Friday itself doesn’t immediately remind us of splashing out and seasonal bank holidays. In fact it may sound rather gloomy, negative even. The day’s name originated in the sixties to kick off the social shopping season – ‘black’ represents stores shifting in price from the red to the black in a period when accounting records were indicated using red for loss and black for profit. Although coined decades ago, the shopping occasion initially began following the Modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924 which later led Thanksgiving’s Boxing Day to become the busiest shopping day in the American calendar.
What stores are celebrating?
Almost all stores in the US will be celebrating today with special offers and one off deals across high streets.
Apple’s exclusive Black Friday offers went live in the early hours and are offering rare discounts on the latest iPod touch, the new iPad with retina display, Apple headphones, Smart Covers and MacBooks. Sadly, the iPhone has been excluded from all offers! Macy’s, the home of the ‘little brown bag’, started their ‘Black Friday specials’ online last night and stores opened from midnight, to 1pm this afternoon. These one off’s however are only available until November 24th and online deals in stores supposedly end today. For any Brits hoping to bag some offers, visit Amazon for international Black Friday deals the site are currently offering as much as 70% off on watches, fragrances and electrical.Tagged in: amazon, apple, black friday, boxing day, macy's, sales, shopping, thanksgiving, us
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