What is Black Friday? It’s a name given to the day following Thanksgiving Day in USA. This year 2012, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on November 22nd. So, the day following it November 23rd is celebrated as Black Friday (shopping). Traditionally it’s the beginning of Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open early often at 4 am or earlier and offer promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season.
How the term Black Friday is related to shopping? “Black Friday” officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city and it usually brings massive traffic jams and overcrowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing. So the name was given by Philadelphia police department to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day.
In recent years, many retailers have been trending Black Thursday, the evening of Thanksgiving Day. This year Walmart will begin its black Friday sales at 8 pm on Thursday night. Target will be opened at 9 pm. while Macy’s and Best Buy will open doors at most locations at midnight. This is regard to offline shopping.
Internet plays a major role in Black Friday sales. Because, most of the shoppers stated that they trust the internet for information on products and services instead of magazines and TV ads. So how these Black Friday sales begin? While most of Americans plan to spend a relaxing night at home after traditional Thanksgiving feast, others are gearing up for another tradition altogether. Typically begins at 4 AM on November 23rd, 2012 where retailers slash their prices in stores and online.
If you’re going to shop online then it’s called Cyber Black Friday – The name given to Online Black Friday. Also the Monday immediately following the Black Friday will be called as Cyber Monday. The ecommerce sites will offer huge discounts on products.
The recent stats on Black Friday – the shoppers seem to be most likely to make their Black Friday plans on Wednesday during thanksgiving week. The Cyber Black Friday, the traffic to ecommerce shopping sites like EBay and other deal sites peaked at 8pm on thanksgiving evening.
Most people use twitter and other social networking sites using their smartphone from the shopping store to start their shopping before thanksgiving. They’re in look out for the deals and coupons. 44 percent of searches for last minute gifts and store locator using their tablets and mobile devices.
Some of the top stores include Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Sears, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Amazon.com, Kmart, Nordstrom etc. You can get the best deals on Laptops, tablets, LCD TVs, Luggage set, Vacuum cleaner, etc. The stats tell us that last year 212 million people hit the shopping aisles on Black Friday spending $45 billion. In that 53% of male and 47% of female talking and shopping on Black Friday. On an average a person spends $365 on Black Friday shopping.
So what items can you buy on Black Friday 2012? Some of the most popular Black Friday shopping items includes clothes, toys, electronics, and multimedia such as video games, movie DVDs, Sporting goods, and jewelry and gift cards. Computers and tablets such as iPad 3, iPad mini, MacBook Pro, HP laptops, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Kinect, Latest games etc. Apart from that you can buy shoes, clothes, 42 inch TV’s with 3D, cellphones iPhone 5, Nexus 4, Nexus7 and Nexus 10 tablets etc.
There is a Black Friday humor going rounds that says “The day you’re twice as likely to end up in hospital, the day wallets are lost and rashes are found, the day of mysterious ailments, etc.” Because the sales begin at 4 AM and you will likely to be crushed in a human stampede.
In spite of all this, why are these US people shopping on Black Friday? Black Friday sales will get you the best deals possible. To start the holiday shopping early and you save lot of money. To continue the tradition and to see what the buzz is all about.
Some people keep away from this Black Friday shopping due to the crowds, don’t want to get up early, would rather spend time relaxing at home with family, don’t think the savings are worth it. If you’re into the latter group, you can always take advantage of Cyber Black Friday. You can compare if the deals will be better in store or online by doing a simple research.
So let’s start off with the Black Friday Shopping Guide:
1) Make sure you communicate with your Bank or Credit card Company in advance to secure your funding to shop on the Black Friday.
2) In preparation for Black Friday Shopping, be sure to do your stretches to avoid injury while shopping in crowded areas.
3) Physical activities like cardio training, jumping jacks, push-ups, sit ups will help you with good fitness.
4) Strategy is very important. Consider shopping in teams to hit multiple retail outlets at the same time.
5) Make sure you have enough practice in parking your cars and be sure your vehicle has full gas. Reduce spending your time on gas station and parking lots on Black Friday shopping.
6) You must be aware of the stores opening time. Plan your shopping according to it. Split the teams and make your Black Friday shopping successful.
7) Most stores have special Black Friday shopping hours that being at crazy time in the morning. You should need to show up to these stores hours before they open their doors for business.
8) Look out for flyers and coupons in the Thanksgiving newspaper ads.
9) Wake up early on Thanksgiving and get several of the newspapers in your area. Check out for the flyers and coupons for good deals.
10) Also look online for details too. Some retailers may offer online deals too.
Websites to Find Black Friday Deals
- Black Friday deals & Cyber Monday deals on Best Buy
- Walmart Black Friday Deals 2012
- Black Friday @ Gottadeal.com
- Black Friday deals @ Target.com
- Amazon Black Friday Deals
- Black Friday @ Bradsdeals.com
- Most popular Black Friday Deals
- Tech Deals for Black Friday @ Ebay
- Deal News.com
Whether it’s a long standing tradition to walk off that thanksgiving meal at the mall or you’re a first time participant, Black Friday will always be synonymous with outrageous adventures and unbelievable savings.
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