What is Black Friday?
There are numerous stories as to where Black Friday came from. Adopted from America, it could have come from the day that most retailers went from financially being in the red to being in the black. On the other hand, it could be the term used to describe the disruptive traffic seen the day after Thanksgiving. What we know for sure is: it has become the unofficial start of the Christmas rush and a chance to really bag yourself a bargain!
Black Friday is a relatively new concept here in the UK but we love it and are doing it better than the US!! It is traditionally an in store phenomenon in the US, but in the UK it is treated as more of an online shopping experience.
where does the name 'black friday' originate?
The name refers to when retailers turn a profit or are 'in the black' rather than being 'in the red' or in the negative.
when was the first black friday?
The first time that Black Friday was ever mentioned was in reference to a large financial scandal in the United States in 1869. It was only much later, by the 1960's, that people started using the name 'Black Friday' to refer to the day of shopping that follows Thanksgiving.
When is Black Friday 2017?
Black Friday 2017 will take place on Friday 24th November.
What time is Black Friday 2017?
In the US, Toys "R" Us usually open at 5pm on Thanksgiving. Walmart plan to start sales at 6pm followed by JC Penney, Macy's, Sears & Target at 8pm.
Are the Black Friday offers/deals only available in stores?
No, many of the same discounts and deals are also widely available online.
With tons of great deals online, shopping from the comfort of your own home can be a great way to avoid the notoriously boisterous crowds and the long queues to get into some stores.
Can I get all of the Black friday discounts/deals online or do I have to stand in line at the store?
They sell out very quickly so your best bet is to wake up very early in the morning and shop before the items you want sell out. Some deals will be exclusively online although every year, more and more retailers are bringing their Black Friday sales online in addition to traditional in store sales.
what are "early bird specials" or "doorbusters"?
These are products that are only available during specific times. Most early bird specials are available in limited quantities and are limited to one per customer so make sure you shop online or arrive at the store early to get in on these deals before they sell out. Some online retailers rotate their specials each hour to encourage you to check back.
How long do the sales for black friday last?
This depends on the retailer. It usually lasts for at least four days to include Cyber Monday.