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The day after Thanksgiving has always been the traditional start to holiday shopping. Over the years retailers have offered discounts on that day to lure shoppers into their stores.

The Black Friday as we know it today (long lines of people outside stores at 5am or even midnight) didn't gain popularity until the end of the 20th Century.

It had been a long standing tradition to have big sales starting the day after Christmas. It was during the Carter years that retailers tried jump starting the holiday shopping season with super sales on the day after Thanksgiving due to a predicted slump in Christmas gift sales. The previous year the "Day After Christmas" sale had pulled many retailers out of red ink as cash strapped shoppers took in the bargains after a disappointing Christmas season.

Double digit inflation and high unemployment after the Nixon/Ford years had put the nix on spending for luxury items like expensive gifts.

These sales were intended to get would be shoppers motivated and into the stores and re-igniting the "Christmas gift giving spirit"

The plan worked and became an American tradition known as Black Friday as shoppers lined up outside in the predawn darkness all across the country.

The term "Black Friday" was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. "Black" refers to stores moving from the "red" to the "black," back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.

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When do black friday sales start-?

The time that "black friday sales" start depends on the store.


When did black Friday start?

Traditionally, Black Friday will always happen the day after Thanksgiving. This day is on a Friday. That's why it has the name of Black Friday.


When do Black Friday sales start?

Black Friday sales usually begin the Friday after Thanksgiving at 12 A.M. The times of Black Friday sales may vary from store to store.


Where did Black Friday start?

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Why do US stores have so many sales on Black Friday?

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When is black Friday for this year 2010?

Black Friday is the name to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. In 2010, Black Friday falls on November 26, however, Black Friday sales start as early as October and continue through the end of November, but the majority of Black Friday shopping activity is on Nov 26th & 27th.


Is the Black Friday sale in Utah?

Black Friday occurs all across the US and Canada; so yes, Utah retailers participate in Black Friday sales.


What time does black Friday start at walmart?

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Who started the Black Friday in the us?

No official start, but it has been around for nearly 100 years as retailers deem the day after Turkey day Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. It became the thing to do after the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.


What time does black Friday start at walmart in Dickson city?

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When does black Friday start at ross?

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What time does Toys 'R' US Open on Black Friday?

i got hired as a seasonal employee at toys r us and my shift on black Friday starts at 4am.


What year did people start calling the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday?

2005 is the year that the day after Thanksgiving started being called Black Friday


What time does black Friday start?

Black Friday shopping begins in the wee hours of the Friday morning following Thanksgiving day. For example, this year Macy's and Target are both opening at 4 AM.


What hour in Best Buy does black Friday start?

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What does black friday represent?

The start of the holiday shopping season.


What time does Black Friday start Walmart?

6:00


What time does Walmart's Black Friday start?

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When does Black Friday start for west field Sarasota square mall?

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What is the day after thanksgiving known as in the US?

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Should I shop at Sears on Black Friday?

You should shop at Sears on Black Friday, because they offer more than 1,000 doorbusters available until 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. They also announced that they will start their Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day.


What hour does Black Friday start?

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What time does black Friday start this year?

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Do other countries - apart from the US - have the equivalent of a Black Friday?

Black Friday is an unofficial American holiday. It is the Friday after Thanksgiving (which is also just an American holiday). In some countries, Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) is becoming like Black Friday, with massive sales at the shops.


How did Black Friday start?

Black Friday, the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924. The term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the 1970s. "Black Friday" was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day, although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).