I am from asia. I want know what is Black friday & why online companies giving lot of discounts for their products on that day.
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the USA. It is what the retail industry likes to call the busiest shopping day of the year. But it is a total myth. Just a marketing ploy to get people to buy more crap they don't need. The busiest shopping day of the year is actually in December and the actual day varies from year to year.
It is a new marketing ploy for the most part. Just trying to get more people into thier stores and get those sales numbers up before the end of the year.
It is a Friday that falls on the 13th of the month. It is supposed to be unlucky.
13 is generally considered an unlucky number in 'West'.
Maybe someone knows the origins of it, I can't help you with that.
EDIT: LOL apparently I'm completely off the mark here - but that is what I always thought it was. I didn't see the other post.
On a related note, if you're unhappy with the commercialization of christmas, then please participate in 'buy nothing day'... which happens to be black friday.
('Buy nothing christmas' even better, but that's too much to ask from most people.)
The only way to fix the screwed up way things are now is to begin with the people themselves.
Another note. The name Black Friday is because supposedly most business' operate in the red until Black Friday comes around and they start making a profit. So it is also an accounting term I guess.
Just figured I would toss that in.
And I don't expect I will be buying anything today. Maybe some beer and a burger from a local business. But not much more than that. I make things for gifts. I find it more meaningful that way.
All I can say that this year I went to walmart at midnight to get a kindle and NEVER AGAIN.
I really did assume that it was Friday the 13th for a while there.
Hmm. Oh well.
I'm liking the humor. I did stick to the buying beer and some food. But both at a local business. Tossed in a couple games of pool and darts with a wicked hot babe that I work with for good measure. Then it was home and off to bed. (Beside said wicked hot girl from work!)
Black friday is one of the biggest commercialized events which takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving and marks the beginning of many peoples' Christmas shopping. This is a day in which stores open extremely early with sales, discounts, and deals that have customers lining up outside their doors, willing to fight for the perfect gift.
Historically, people camp outside stores such as Best buy, Target, Walmart and other major retailers to buy merchandise at cheap prices. When these consumer campers are herded through the doors at opening time, people get trampled to death—every year. This can be the mark of successful advertising to these companies, as people are willing to camp, stampede and trample other people—sometimes to death—in order to buy merchandise. This is a day when consumerism takes over the world.
It's just a day after Thanksgiving where retailers lower their prices because the holiday shopping season has begun.
In the Philippines, Black Friday is a "holy" day for the Catholics. So people are mostly on leave from work or in church or just in their homes. So probably because there's a lot of people that are free on that day, then businesses give discounts to attract more crowds to them.
hm, last time 13th date occoured on a friday... my workpals son had a terrible MC accident, hospitalized for 3 months...
This time my car got a parking ticket outside my house!!!!!
It is a strange day!!!