Ever wonder about how Black Friday got its name? The day was dubbed "Black Friday" back in the 1960s when when accounting books were still logged in pen and ink and the day's sales helped move stores out of the "red" (losses) in into the "black" (profits).
In this post, we'll take a look at some of the fun facts about the day that has expanded to an entire weekend of shopping deals.
- Before Black Friday, there were Santa Claus Parades: In the early 1900s many cities across America had "Santa Claus parades" in early December. When Santa appeared at the end of the parade, it was a symbol of the beginning of the holiday season. American stores followed the lead and in 1924 the first Macy's ThanksgivingDay Parade was held.
- Black Friday wasn't officially claimed to be the busiest shopping day of the year until 2001: It was thought of as a busy shopping day, however it was actually the SATURDAY before Christmas that beat it every year until 2001.
- Black Friday can be deadly: Since 2006, 10 deaths and 105 injuries have been attributed to Black Friday.
- The worst deals: Despite huge advertising campaigns, computer and phone sales (as a category) offer the worst deals on Black Friday. According to WalletHub, computer and phone discounts average only 34% on Black Friday.
- Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers: As bizarre as this may sound, it was reported by CNN who explained that the plumbers are needed to clean up after guests "overload" the system.
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