Black Friday started off in Philadelphia in the early 60s when shoppers from that city would go out shopping on the day after thanksgiving, which is the fourth Thursday in November. As the shoppers took to the streets of Philadelphia in increasing numbers, the storeowners would seize the opportunity to try and entice them into their particular store by making special offers or having sales. Over the following years this became almost a tradition and the idea had started to spread to other cities by 1975 and so the larger, nation retail chains, in order to stop local shops receiving all the profits, also started to make their own special offers on that day and they too would have sales. This of course attracted even more people to go out shopping that day and as so many retail businesses were doing so mush trade in just one day, their accounts for the year would often appear in the black for the first time in the year, hence creating the term black Friday.
By the year 2000, many shops had started to open earlier to try and catch the early shoppers and later, this even turned into rivalry so that shops would start to open even earlier until today when some shops now open from as early as midnight. Of course, all this time the shop owners loved it and in a hope to encourage even more shoppers, they would claim that black Friday was the busiest shopping day of the year, however, although it often came close, it didn’t actually become officially, the busiest shopping day of the year in the US until 2005.
As this phenomenon had spread across the US, Canadian’s wanted to take advantage of many of the offers that were being made just across the border and so they soon started to cross the border in droves on black Friday but this took business away from the Canadian retailers and so to counteract that, they started to make offers of their own on black Friday, encouraging Canadians to stay at home and shop, thereby creating the black Friday phenomenon throughout North America.
More recently, online retailers like Amazon and Apple have been trying to encourage the black Friday phenomenon to take off in places like the UK and Australia by making special offers like free shipping on that day and when European online shopping sites tried black Friday as an experiment, they received their highest ever number of site visits, encouraging them to make it a tradition. In Brazil, in 2012 another experiment was made with their supermarket giants participating, resulting in a doubling of sales from the previous year.
Although, traditionally, black Friday special offers aren’t advertised earlier than the Monday of that same week, some online sites like http://www.doorbusters.net/ – black friday deals 2014 have the details and so, if you wish to, you can try and plan your spending on that day, if you can beat the other shoppers to them.