IMPERIUMDAILY.COM-UNITED STATES- Today, (11/29) citizens of the United States are celebrating Black Friday, the shopping season on the first Friday after Thanksgiving.
Black Friday is identical with massive discounts at various shopping centers. Starting from the sale of food ingredients to electronic equipment. From roadside shops, to online stores like Amazon, eBay, and many more.
Black Friday usually falls in the last week of November. This year, Black Friday is held on November 29, 2019.
According to data from National Retail, 114.6 million people will shop at the Black Friday moment. The term of Black Friday itself is rooted in the excitement of shopping which causes traffic jams to violence.
Excerpted from The Balance, the United States police later coined the phrase Black Friday to describe the chaos that occurred in the shopping center area when massive discounts were occurring.
USA Today reports, the majority of store openings during Black Friday vary. Like in Kmart and Big Lots, the United States shopping center which often holds Black Friday, has been open since morning.
Whereas in J.C. Penney on Merritt Island, Florida, opens at 2 am local time. However, hundreds of buyers have reportedly been lining up since morning to get free coupons.
Many buyers use the Black Friday moment to prepare for Christmas. Some are even willing to leave early to get the first queue.
“I want to start first because tomorrow will definitely panic. I have no other work this morning, so this (Black Friday) will be my initial moment for Christmas shopping,” explained Aidan Sanchez, one of the customers who had arrived before the store opened, reported from USA Today.
National Retail also estimates that buyers will spend $ 728 billion to $ 731 billion in November and December.
Before the term Black Friday emerged, shopping days after Thanksgiving had been a tradition of American society since the 1950s. They even provide days to not come to work so they have a long time to shop.
Due to the large number of employees taking permits, several companies making Black Friday as a holiday.
Black Friday began to be popularized by the Philadelphia Police due to a long traffic jam right on shopping day after Thanksgiving week in 1966. In the same year, The American Philatest magazine then published an ad titled ‘Black Friday’. Since then the term Black Friday began to be known by Americans.
Quoting The Telegraph, when the name Black Friday spread throughout Philadelphia, some traders and business drivers had changed this term to Big Friday to create a positive connotation, but it still did not work.
During Black Friday, police in the United States have to work double shifts to control the various riots that are feared to occur.
Until now, Black Friday is increasingly popular throughout the world. Many countries adopt the term Black Friday to hold massive discounts too, but with different terms.
Because of easier internet access, the benefits of Black Friday can also be felt by users of online shopping services throughout the world. (lna)