Black Friday Has A Dark Past

Posted: Nov 25 2013, 6:40am CST | by , in News | Black Friday


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Black Friday has a Dark Past
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Black Friday is known today as a mega hyped shopping event. The roots of Black Friday are though in a dark place. Take a brief break from hunting Black Friday deals to learn about the origin of Black Friday below.

The color black is usually not used for something good or positive. For Black Friday black works today. Most people think that the term Black Friday comes from the days when retailers turned a profit - going from red to black numbers in the balance books. According to a new report on The New York Times this is not the full truth.

The first mention of the term Black Friday in a New York Times story was back in 1870 to refer to the day when the gold market collapsed. That happend though in the month September. The Black Friday term got associated with the Day after Thanksgiving in the 1960s in Philadelphia. The police called the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday because of the chaotic traffic of shoppers heading into town.

Retailers back then did not like the idea of naming this big shopping day Black Friday. According to Ben Zimmer, executive producer of, the retailers tried to establish Big Friday, but it did not stick.

Then retailers came up with the turn a profit explanation to give Black Friday a positive angle. It has stuck ever since. Today of course there is no profit association anymore if it actually ever has been true. 

What was once a single day of shopping back in the 60s is now a month long affair that also spawned already an offspring in 2005 named Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday 2013 is expected to be the biggest online shopping even again this year.

Now back to Black Friday deal hunting. Today the Walmart Black Friday Week sale launched joining the Amazon Black Friday Deals Week that launched Sunday.

The Black Friday 2013 Deals and Sales Essentials

Some say Black Friday is over hyped, but if you know how Black Friday works, you can get the best deals of the year. We are providing with our full Black Friday coverage the information you need to find the best Black Friday deals. It is important to understand that Black Friday is not on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. It is now! The whole month of November is Black Friday and sales will seamlessly morph into Cyber Monday 2013 sales. Black Friday is very late this year falling on November 29th, 2013. Last year, Black Friday was on November 23rd. This year retailers  have four full weeks to bombard you with special Black Friday 2013 sales until the culmination of the actual Black Friday 2013 sale on Thanksgiving Day. The Black Friday creep will soon make Thanksgiving Day a bigger sales day than the actual Black Friday.
There is a constant stream of deals that we navigate you through with our Black Friday 2013 Deal Guides and daily deal updates from the major Black Friday stores.

Follow I4U News on Twitter to not miss a Black Friday deal and joint our Black Friday Facebook community.

Shop the early Amazon Black Friday 2013 Sale as well as the early Walmart Black Friday 2013 Sale now.

According to Black Friday Countdown there are 5 days until Black Friday 2013. 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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