Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

I wanted to do a post about Black Friday. I have run a sale every year for the past several years and have heard many different explanations of where the name came from. Most of this post was taken directly from the daily I thought this was a good, brief explanation of the name
Today, we’ll be taking a short lesson in history, looking way back at the origin of the term Black Friday.

The term Black Friday has nothing to do with Thanksgiving or discounts

One of the earliest recorded uses of the term Black Friday has nothing to do with the sales as we all know and love today. In fact, it was first used in 1869 in reference to the financial panic in the US due to a huge crash of the gold market.
why is it called black friday

Black Friday is black because it’s deadly and dangerous

In the late 19th and early 20th century, many Thanksgiving day parades were sponsored by department stores in an effort to sneakily advertise their Christmas sales as early as possible. Later on, it became common practice to only run Christmas advertisements after the Parade was over. From then on, the day after Thanksgiving marked the official start of the shopping season.
where did the term black friday come from
This drove huge amounts of traffic to the city centre, where shoppers would jam into stores and severely injure one another as well as the sales representatives. Policemen and public transport figures called this day Black Friday, referring to the danger and havoc brought on by the manic shopping spree.

Black Friday means huge profits

Olden day accounting practises would use different coloured inks in their accounting books to reflect the store’s sales — red ink indicated losses and black ink showed profit. On this very special day, most merchants would would record their sales in black ink to show positive amounts.
where did the term black friday come from
So there you go. It’s not just about shopping. There’s actually quite a bit of history behind the term that that we now use to refer to the deals available after Thanksgiving. I hope now you’ll understand why it’s called Black Friday.
I also am having my annual Black Friday sale. I usually take orders on dolls for a super low price but this year I have stock left from the TRXC sale (I will stop talking about them when they have new homes...) and I thought they would be great as a blowout sale. Here are the available dolls:
These dolls are prices at $75-$120. They are SUPER bargains. See the MH$P ad for more details.

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