Black Friday: What’s it about?

Natasha Lichtwar, Staff Writer

The day after Thanksgiving that’s filled with chaos with shoppers buying lower-priced products is most commonly referred to as “Black Friday”. Although the story behind the name is not so pleasant.

The story stems back to the 1950s in Philadelphia. The term was used there to describe the chaos that occurred the day after Thanksgiving where hordes of people swamped Philadelphia with holiday shopping and to watch the Army-Navy Football game that would be held that Saturday every year. Police officers would all have to work that Friday and had to extend their shifts since the traffic was so terrible.

Currently, millions rush to get the best deals all over the U.S.A. and even in 20 other countries including Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, and China. 

According to Salesforce, this year shoppers spent a total of $4.2 billion on in-store products and $7.4 billion on online products! Consequently, setting a record for most money spent on online products on Black Friday! Most likely because it is currently an age where technology is the key source of buying products. 

Further, online shopping for Black Friday deals doesn’t require the stress of in-store Black Friday shopping. All stores are jammed with people who are hurrying to obtain their desired products, so why not purchase your products while sitting in the comfort of your own home?

For the most part, the satisfaction that comes from buying something lower than a price you’re willing to pay is treasured by those who prize shopping. For some, it’s an escape from the stress of their families, especially after a feast the day before.

The thought of being part of the chaos is an exciting experience for others, however, things don’t always work out as well as the thrilling Black Friday shopping experience may seem.

Most know that death can result in a chaotic environment of reckless shoppers. Back in 2008, a Walmart employee was trampled to death in the Black Friday madness on Long Island. A popular hashtag, #WalmartFights, was trending on Twitter as continuous fights broke out in Walmart in 2013.

Not only did these Black Friday horror stories occur in the past few years, but this year as well. A retail employee reported that a stampede of shoppers ran over a woman who passed out after being shoved while waiting on line in a Best Buy store. Further, two women were beating each other up in an Apple store over an iPhone, in which the deal at the time was limited.

In spite of this, it is important to go into Black Friday shopping with a plan since the prices for products are incredibly low, despite the mayhem that Black Friday shoppers will run into!

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