Black Friday Computers and Laptops
The Roots and Trends of Black Friday
When purchasing a desktop or laptop computer, the best deals in the United States can be had on Black Friday. Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Though not a federal holiday, many consumers take this day off for shopping. This is because Black Friday has the best deals of the year in order to kick off holiday shopping. Black Friday has become popularized in the media for attracting aggressive crowds, with multiple reports of trampling (resulting in death), assaults, and even shootings. Historically, sales would begin early morning on Black Friday and would last throughout the day. However, as of 2011, many stores have begun opening as early as midnight to get consumers in the door and begin the sale. Although just about everything available to consumers goes on sale on Black Friday, the most popular items to buy are electronics. Many stores advertise Black Friday computers and laptops, specifically, as a means to get more consumers in their doors.
The term "Black Friday" goes back to the late 1800s, where it was associated with a financial crisis in the United States. Then, in 1961, the term was applied to shopping the day after Thanksgiving in a public relations newsletter from Philadelphia. It wasn't until 1966 that the term "Black Friday" became more widespread throughout the Philadelphia Police Department. Still, however, the term "Black Friday" had negative connotations associated with it, as police likened it to massive traffic jams and over-crowding. It wasn't until 1975 that the term "Black Friday" was given more exposure and became commonplace. It was then that The New York Times wrote two articles depicting the Friday following Thanksgiving Day as Black Friday.
In recent years, there have been derivations from Black Friday. As of 2011, retailers began having Black Thursday, as a prequel to Black Friday. The first retailer to do so was Walmart, as they began their sale at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving (Black Thursday). Online, a derivation from Black Friday is Cyber Monday. This refers to the Monday following Black Friday. Retailers found that consumers were either too busy to shop on Black Friday or they were intimidated by the crowds and could not find what they were looking for. The only other country that observes Black Friday, to a degree, is Canada. Since many large cities in Canada border the United States, retailers in Canada started having Black Friday sales in order to keep consumers in the country (rather than have consumers go cross-border to shop).