Listen up, friends. If you are in the market for just about anything (i.e. a new laptop, a winter jacket, or even a new car), it’s time to open up your wallet. Why? You ask. Because tomorrow is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
When I was younger, there was no such thing as Black Friday in Canada. Instead, my family and I would go shopping in the U.S.A. where we would find amazing bargains. In recent years, Black Friday has crossed over into Canada. Now, it is considered a very important day for retail businesses and draws huge crowds to stores and shopping centres.
Black Friday is always on the Friday after American Thanksgiving. As you may recall from a previous entry, Canadian Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday of October. In comparison, American Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year. Therefore, Black Friday always occurs at the end of November, which is about the time people start their holiday shopping (actually, most people wait until the last minute). Black Friday has now become a part of Canadian culture.
In case you were wondering why it is called Black Friday, here’s a bit of history for you. The term Black Friday was coined in the 1960s. Apparently, the Black in Black Friday refers to the accounting term indicating a profit (you know, like the expression “to be in the black”). Since businesses could attract many consumers to their stores by offering huge discounts, the term stuck. Black Friday suddenly became the day to shop, with even steeper discounts than last-minute Christmas sales.
Unfortunately, a negative aspect of Black Friday is that retail employees pull super long hours. Some stores open as early as 5 in the morning and close later than usual. And, since the sales are so good, many people line up outside the stores hours in advance. In Canada, stores might open a few hours earlier, but certainly not THAT early.
If you are feeling too lazy to visit the nearest shopping centre, don’t worry. Many retailers are offering Black Friday sales online. You can shop from the comfort of your couch.
Let the shopping and savings begin!
To find out more about Black Friday sales in Canada, click here.