Did you know? The Origins of Black Friday

Last Update: November 20, 2017

Being an Aussie, I didn't know the origins of Black Friday Sale... being the day after Thanksgiving. A little different here as we don't celebrate Thanksgiving but am happy to take advantage of online retail opportunities just the same.

But... did you know?

According to these sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping) and http://www.history.com/news/wh...

The contemporary/modern use of the phrase is apparently when retailers go 'into the black' in other words profits.

But historically, was first used in reference to a financial crash in 24 Sept 1869 - it was a Friday...

I found this interesting

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jtaienao Premium
Never knew this Fleur. Thanks for sharing this bit of info.
Jerome
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fleurallen Premium
Pleasure
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Armlemt Premium
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!
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fleurallen Premium
No problem!
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N33 Premium
Thank you. It is much nicer to know how and why something is as it is.

I was wondering what would this black Friday be, as it was announced a while ago and I had not a clue. This is not really implemented in Switzlerland, France. Maybe it is coming up through the very Young people. We do not celebrate Thanksgiving neither.

Anyway I am taking part and I am wondering what might happen : surprise, surprise.... !

N with a smile
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fleurallen Premium
Yes agreed I like to know why something is - now wanting to research the origins of Thanksgiving...
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JeannineC Premium
Actually Black Friday is growing fast as a national event. At Awin.com we track all transactions and Black Friday is absolutely growing in both Switzerland and France, with transactions significantly higher that day than any other in November. Here's a snapshot from 2016's results -
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N33 Premium
Hello Jeannine,

Thank you to open to me a complete new world. I read your article and will take action as soon as possible, although for this year time is getting too short.

I wish you a happy Black Friday and Thanksgiving.

Kindly
Anne
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CowboyJames Premium
Interesting information, thank you for posting.

Have a great Black Friday.
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fleurallen Premium
Pleasure - and you too!
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SurfsideBob Premium
All I know is Black Friday by Steely Dan. ;-)
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fleurallen Premium
Nice!
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Kickbacked Premium
Was thinking and wondering earlier today how others from different countries viewed “Black Friday “.

Tim
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fleurallen Premium
Sounds like it is a US focused trend but probably gaining as a retail offer broader than that
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DEversley Premium
Thanks for the info. :)
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fleurallen Premium
Pleasure
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bobrseno Premium
You got it!
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fleurallen Premium
So interesting to know
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ValerieJoy Premium
The name Black Friday certainly fits well with a financial crash. Obviously such events have been happening throughout the ages!
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fleurallen Premium
Interesting to know the origins of it all :)
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MKearns Premium
Australia didn't have a Plymouth Rock. It was mainly settled by conscripts of penal colonies!
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