Black Friday follows Thanksgiving Day in the United States and has become widely recognised around the world as a massive shopping day. It officially marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season with people scooping up the best deals on big items to gift to their loved ones, as well as treats for themselves, of course. Most major retailers open early in anticipation of large crowds but these days the main event is online. You can find an array of discounts from the comfort of your sofa so you don't need to venture into the crazy outside and can avoid all the ugly shopping scenes assosiciated with Black Friday!
The name Black Friday spread slowly and first appeared in the New York Times in 1975. Now the name and event has garnered much interest and has become a widely known expression. This year Black Friday falls on 23rd November. Despite the fact that, by definition, Black Friday is a one-day event, brands are increasingly extending offers to the week preceding Black Friday and across the whole of the Black Friday weekend. This reduces the likelihood of websites crashing on 1 day events and giving shoppers a longer time period to make their orders. Black Friday deals can vary tremendously from high order value items like TV's and laptops, to everyday essentials and fashion items for young and old. The period is also popular for Flash Sales so the most savvy shoppers can make huge savings.