What is it with Black Friday?

What is it with Black Friday? Why is it called Black Friday?

I was curious to know what was so great about this day dedicated to shopping.

I did a little research and got to know that the original name had nothing to do with shopping. It originated in Philadelphia and was named so because the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US experienced heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Later on, there was an explanation that traders incurred financial losses from January to November so they were ‘in the red’ and it was on Black Friday that they started seeing profits rolling in (so they were ‘in the black’)  I somehow don’t really see how this version works. Again, I don’t really see the relation.

Now, of course Black Friday has is associated with a shopping frenzy with shoppers jostling and stepping on each others’ toes (literally) to get a deal for Christmas.

Would I jostle? Would I get join the clamour to grab a bargain for a Christmas pressie? No, I wouldn’t. I’m smarter than that! Or at least I think I am.

I have actually had most of my Christmas shopping done already (Yes – I didn’t  exactly wait for Black Friday) But the lure of deals and shopping does beckon. So I decided to go shopping online today. Smart, eh?

Not so smart because quite a few websites that I visited were down as there were ‘experiencing a technical difficulty due to a high volume of visitors’. Figures!!The offers were available in store though inviting people to hightail it to the highstreet to grab a bargain. But is it really a bargain?

Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret – I have been shopping around and there have been deals online that were less than 50% on toys and clothing and gaming and the rest available for sometime now. The same deals, I found, were not available on Black Friday. And believe me those deals were quite amazing.

In fact, I am rather miffed as there was something I wanted in particular for my daughter and it was on a less than 50% discount last week but I decided to wait and take advantage of the ‘hundreds of more prices to be dropped’ on Black Friday, only to find that that deal is not on and it’s full price today. Definitely Black Friday for me!!

Yes, Black Friday may have some really good deals around. Some stores have said that they would even surpass Boxing Day discounts. But, are they really going to be one day prices? And more importantly, are they prices that have not been available a week or two before?

Personally, I’ve had some great deals already with one day deals that brands have been handing out. I didn’t really have to wait till Black Friday. And yes, those deals are not available today.

I’ve also heard that some of these deals are going to be around for the weekend. It is soon going to be called Black Weekend then?

I don’t really thing it’s worth the hype but then that’s my own personal opinion.

How about you? Did you brave the stores on Black Friday? Did you shop online and get an amazing deal? Do you believe in the Black Friday hype? Leave me a comment – I’d sure like to know.

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