When is Black Friday 2020?
Black Friday 2020 is on Friday, November 27, 2020 (in 18 days)
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is an informal name for the U.S. Friday after Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving Day has been seen since 1952 as the start of America’s Christmas shopping season, although the term “Black Friday” was not widely used until more recent decades.
Most retailers on Black Friday offer highly promoted discounts and open very early, such as at midnight, or may even start selling on Thanksgiving Day at some point. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but sometimes “The Day After Thanksgiving” for government employees is used by California and others as a holiday in the place of national holidays like Columbus Day. Many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the following Friday off, making it a four-day weekend along with the following regular weekend, thus increasing the number of potential shoppers.
Black Friday has consistently been America’s busiest shopping day since 2005, although news reports that were inaccurate at the time described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time. Similar stories emerge year after year at this time, describing panic and product shortages, creating a positive feedback environment.
For the first time since the recession of 2008, sales size on Black Friday dropped in 2014. During the four-day Black Friday weekend, $50.9 billion was spent, down 11% from the previous year. The U.S. economy, however, was not in a recession. Christmas creep has been cited as a factor in Black Friday’s diminishing value, as many retailers are now spreading their offers throughout the months of November and December instead of concentrating on a single shopping day or weekend.
The earliest evidence of Black Friday’s phrase applied in a shopping context to the day after Thanksgiving Day suggests that the term originated in Philadelphia, where it was used to describe Heavy and perturbing traffic for pedestrians and vehicles on the day after Thanksgiving. This use dates back to 1961 at least. More than twenty years later, as the phrase became more widespread, it became a popular explanation that this day was the point in the year when retailers were beginning to make a profit, from being “in the red” to being “in the black.”
There have been reports of violence taking place on Black Friday between shoppers. There have been 12 deaths and 117 injuries reported throughout the United States since 2006. It is common for prospective shoppers to camp over the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort to secure a spot in front of the line and thus a better chance to get desired items. It poses a significant security risk, such as using propane and generators in the most complex cases and generally blocking emergency access and fire lanes, resulting in at least one city banning the practice.
When is Black Friday 2020? And what is it?
We’re going to keep this brief, simply because you’re probably well versed in history: this year’s Black Friday is on November 29 and will see the advent of the “doorbuster” once again, the deals people are waiting for long and hard for.
Some retailers will keep those deals just for in-store offers, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for the Black Friday 2019 ads to appear online, but more often than not the great deals are on offer online as well as having to snag through the crispy snow-we know how we’d prefer when still stuffed with turkey.
This year’s date is closer to Christmas (less than a month before Christmas Day), giving you less time for online shopping. That may not seem like a big deal today, but waiting for the best deals, hitting the lowest price, and factoring shipping waiting times will have to be a factor.
As we have pointed out, Black Friday weekend is not just a four-day affair, and deals don’t necessarily follow the normal pattern of prime products to be unleashed-you can see new TV deals in the morning’s tiny hours or a brilliant wearable price slash just after the Thanksgiving turkey is being prepared, so shoppers need to be more flexible than ever.
The origin of Black Friday: a history lesson
Let’s take a history lesson on Black Friday: the first known mention of Black Friday related to this shopping experience was in November 1951, when it was used by the Factory Management and Maintenance newspaper to describe people calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving so they could have an extra day off work.
At the same time, the phrases “Black Friday” and “Black Saturday” were used by US police to describe the horrendous traffic that occurred at the beginning of the shopping season before Christmas. There was a local government campaign in 1961 to turn the shopping season into “Big Friday” and “Big Saturday,” but it was evidently not caught.
When will the Black Friday ads appear?
Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and Target have the habit of spreading the savings over several days before the classic four-day window, posting ad leaks in October and early November on Black Friday.
Trust us when we say we’re going to monitor hard this year’s Black Friday 2019 ads and give you all the information as they go down.
These ad leaks, usually through major U.S. newspaper print outs, give the first signs of price drops. Black Friday ad scans go online, giving you a heads-up on what to buy, how much to spend, and where to shop.
This means that Black Friday is more than just a one-day sales frenzy or even an extended tradition of weekends. If you know where to shop and when to hit the checkout button, it’s a whole month of savings. It’s the best time of the year to shop if you’re smart, and you can save a lot of money.
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