With “Black Friday” around the corner, I wanted to share some facts about the crazy shopping day and tips about how to avoid being trampled over.  “Black Friday” is known to be one of the busiest shopping days for consumers.  It is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, where retailers open their stores very early to kick off the holiday shopping season.  After Thanksgiving dinner, consumers stand in line for hours at a time to save what seems to them a worthwhile amount of money.

Some facts about black Friday:

  • In the nineteenth century, the term “Black Friday” was associated with a financial crisis.
  • During the mid-1960’s, the term “Black Friday” was used by Philadelphia Police to describe the shopping day after Thanksgiving, where there would be heavy traffic jams and disruptive pedestrians on the streets.
  • The term started to be recognized outside of Philadelphia around 1975.
  • The term “Black Friday” eventually started to be referred to the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or go "into the black" for the year.
  • In 2011, retailers such as Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Kohl’s began opening their doors at midnight.
  • In 2012, Walmart decided to open their doors at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  This didn’t sit too well with the employees who wanted to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving.
  • Close to 135 million people go shopping on Black Friday.

Violence During Black Friday:

Last year a woman in Los Angeles allegedly pepper sprayed Black Friday shoppers.  In my opinion, saving 60% on a Wii console isn’t worth the criminal charges and the penalties she most likely faced.

I would suggest consumers take advantage of Cyber Black Friday to avoid being trampled over by other consumers.  Most online stores offer similar discounts.

If you decide to stay in those long lines, make sure you have a safe Black Friday without a black eye!  If you do get trampled over or pepper sprayed by an eager consumer, you know where to find qualified attorneys!