Black Friday, the Friday after the Thanksgiving Day in the US, is the beginning of Christmas shopping season, and it is the day that witnesses heaviest traffic on the streets, heaviest crowd and chaos at shopping centers, and the lowest traffic for Internet and websites. It’s not an official holiday but majority take off and ramble through shops from early morning as early as 5 a.m., (or even the night before, the Thanksgiving night), until closing time, hunting for discounts on electronic items, popular toys or whatever they want to buy. Though there are a lot of theories floating around about the origin of the term Black Friday, it got wider exposure when The New York Times in 1975 in an article cited that Philadelphia police and bus drivers call it “Black Friday,”
the day each year after the Thanksgiving Day, the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year. The alternate theory is that it is the day where sales figures for shops cross from red figures to black figures in their account books.
Similarly, Cyber Monday, the Monday immediately following Black Friday, associates with the theory that consumers returning to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, would make purchases online that they were not able to make in the stores. The term “Cyber Monday” is a term coined by Shop.org
, part of the U.S. trade association National Retail Federation
. It was first propagandized during the 2005 holiday season based on the research by NRF and Shop.org that 77% of online retailers reported a significant increase in sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2004. So it symbolizes clearly as a festival day for online retailers.
Hey, how’s that idea to compile a list to find bargains for Black Friday online sales and Cyber Monday online shopping deals for those who stay back fearing the hectic crowd, chaos and traffic? Won’t it be useful for our work at home readers too? (Hope it pulls some traffic to my blog too) But before that, don’t forget to read the Online Shopping Tips by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, American Bar Association’s Safe Shopping Tips and advice for safe online shopping this holiday season by Council of Better Business Bureaus (and my own version of Safeguarding Yourself From Internet Frauds).
Here are a few quick links for you try for discounts and deals for Black Friday Online Shopping:
A few quick links for Cyber Monday deals and bargains:
A few more online portals for bargain hunting:
This is a great hunting season for shoppers with many stores offering great discounts to push sales. Enjoy the season and have a wonderful shopping week ahead!
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