12 Interesting Facts
Why is it called Black Friday? What does Black Friday mean? Read this article and discover 12 interesting facts you didn’t know about Black Friday!
It is that time of the year again! November 24 is slowly approaching and everyone is so excited about this year’s Black Friday and the upcoming Black Friday discounts, deals, promotions, and sales.
Have you ever asked yourself why it is called Black Friday or what does Black Friday means exactly? In this article, we are going to focus on Black Friday by presenting you the most interesting facts you didn’t know about the most popular shopping day of the year!
1. Black Friday was a term used to explain the stock market failure in the 1800s. Today, the term Black Friday means something that is totally different.
2. Traditionally, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving (in the US) or the fourth Thursday in November. Before Black Friday there are parades dedicated to Santa Claus which originally started in Canada. At the end of the parade, Santa would appear and that was the sign that the holiday season can officially start. This was an inspiration for the popular store Macy’s from the US to organize their own parades which are still organizing to this day.
3. Philadelphia was the first place to use the term Black Friday when the police officers started referring to traffic, smog, and crowd created by holiday shoppers as Black Friday. The stores and the retailers didn’t like the name at first and they tried to change it to Big Friday, but it didn’t really stick.
4. Today Black Friday is a national event in the US, however, it was not until the 1990s. Black Friday has spread to other countries such as Mexico, Canada, and the UK. In 2001 this popular holiday becomes the biggest shopping day of the year.
5. The shoppers are constantly warned that Black Friday deals or promotions aren’t necessarily the best or they all worth the money. There are a lot of products that are produced specially for Black Friday. They are usually lower quality and they might miss a few features of details, so before you buy something, especially if it is something expensive, double check it.
6. Following the popularity of Black Friday and the huge interest for shopping on this day, Amazon fas the first e commerce platform that decided to launch Cyber Monday in 2005. Today Cyber Monday is popular all over the world! Last year, Amazon UK said Black Friday was the best and biggest sales day ever! There were more than 6 million products ordered.
7. More than 10% of the shoppers that shop for Black Friday admits to being drunk while shopping the night before Black Friday or on Thanksgiving night.
8. Around 70% of the shoppers think that stores and malls should stay closed on Thanksgiving Day.
9. More than 25% of Black Friday shoppers plan on buying between midnight and 3am as they believe this is the best time to buy the products they need.
10. 14 hours is the average amount of time the US citizens spend shopping for Christmas presents each year. Most of these people buy the Christmas presents for Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
11. More than 70% of the US citizens admit they don’t like the gift they receive.
12. More than 10% of the Black Friday shoppers are willing to pay someone else to stand and wait in line for them. Are you one of them?
Are you surprised to hear these facts? What’s surprised you the most? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us!