Black Friday Madness

Shoe rack at Macys

By the time the post is published.. 8 am .. there are millions of americans all over the country.. ALREADY SHOPPING or ALREADY SHOPPED.

Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving Thursday — Forget dinner! Let’s start shopping early, if you are not already camping outside a Best Buy. Some people have been camping out at a California Best Buy since Nov 12.

Facts

  •  According to Google Trends, online searchers started googling “Black Friday” on Oct. 14, with activity revving up around Oct. 20.
  • In 2008, Jdimytai Damour, a Long Island Walmart employee, was trampled to death when crazed shoppers pushed open the doors to get their hands on the goods.
 

Surprising Facts about Black Friday 2011

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When did this start? (kind of boring)

The day wasn’t originally named after the time that retailers get “in the black” in terms of profit, although it has come to be promoted as such. The earliest documented reference to the moniker was in January 1966, when Bonnie Taylor-Black of the American Dialect Society wrote: “‘Black Friday’ is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. ‘Black Friday’ officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.”

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