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How the Black Friday Tradition Got Started

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Carrie No
- 736 days ago -
While it wasn't called "Black Friday" until the 1960s, and then not popularly called such until the last two decades, retailers have been trying to push people to shop the Friday after Thanksgiving since the late 19th /early 20th century.

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Christeen Anderson (647)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 3:55 pm
Interesting. Thank you.

cecily w. (0)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 4:29 pm
Thank you. I didn't know all that.

Teresa Garcia (39)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 5:18 pm
Good to know it! :)

Joanne Dixon (36)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 5:21 pm
I don't guarantee to buy nothing, but I will guarantee I won't go to any stores. You can get hurt out there, even if you are not disabled.

Carrie Not Well B. (316)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 5:26 pm
Never participated and have no intention of starting now.

Jason S. (50)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:13 pm
Good posting, thanks

Dandelion G. (383)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 8:11 pm
I avoid shopping on that day like I'd avoid the plague. Why anyone would want to get caught up in that madness is beyond me, I guess I'm not that mad.

Veronica C. (39)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 8:15 pm
The whole Black Friday thing isn't for me, but I still think it's wrong that "black Friday" now begins on Thanksgiving!

. (0)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:02 am
Well, it's a stupid tradition. Storming stores and buying things mere hours after giving thanks for what we already have. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Elizabeth M. (68)
Friday October 4, 2013, 12:38 pm
We have what is called 'Boxing Day'. the day after Christmas, went once to the mall in the city and never again.
I think some stores here are trying copy the US tradition - Thanksgiving here is always the second Monday in October,
Thank You Carrie.

Birgit W. (155)
Friday October 4, 2013, 2:29 pm
You would not be able to find me in a mall on a Black Friday.

Roger Garin-michaud (134)
Friday October 4, 2013, 6:46 pm
noted, thanks

Colleen L. (2)
Friday October 4, 2013, 9:24 pm
Interesting. Thanks Carriell

Sue Clayton (8)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:07 am
I live in Australia and the only Black Friday I've ever heard about is Friday 13th.

Karen Kersten-Chestney (112)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:23 pm
Thanks---very interesting article. I enjoyed the "history" lesson.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 4:41 am

Sergio Padilla (63)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 4:45 pm
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