Why black Friday?

India
November 26, 2015 10:56am CST
The Friday that comes just after the Thanksgiving day is celebrated, mostly in United States, as Black Friday. The whole world knows what's Good Friday while few countries celebrate Black Friday. This day is known for intensive shopping in United States. Why is this day called Black Friday? What's relevance the shopping has got with the word "black" ? I read that one reason for this name is the black marks on the roads that are made due to heavy traffic on Thanksgiving day. It is the right reason? And another reason is because of the black colour used on this day to mark profit in business accounts. Can you tell what's actually the meaning of black in Black Friday?
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@just4him (128538)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Nov 15
I only heard the term a couple years ago and was told it was associated with the day after Thanksgiving shopping, but also how horrific it can be with all the people trying to get those great deals and in the past so many people get hurt and in some cases even killed in the stampede of sales. I don't know if that's the real reason, just the way I perceive it.
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• India
27 Nov 15
It's too bad to get killed during the sales.
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@just4him (128538)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Nov 15
@vickyblogs I'm not sure when it started, but it used to be for only a few short hours on Friday morning, and people wanted to get their gifts at the lowest prices during that time and items sold out and people would grab them from someone else's hands and fights broke out. Now they have all day sales, but still it's not the safest shopping day of the year.
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@MALUSE (44612)
• Uzbekistan
26 Nov 15
I live in Germany. There is no Black Friday.
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• India
26 Nov 15
Yes, It's not in India too.
@yukimori (9092)
• United States
26 Nov 15
Leave it to us Americans to be the backwards fools that celebrate shameless consumption as a national holiday.
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@MALUSE (44612)
• Uzbekistan
26 Nov 15
@yukimori Even low prices wouldn't lure me into shops. I'm afraid of too many people in one place.
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@LaDeBoheme (2000)
• United States
26 Nov 15
Yes and no. The term Black Friday was first used in 1869 after a U.S. gold market crash. Of course, its meaning has evolved since then.. Read more.
Black Friday - it's a day when millions of Americans hit the stores in search of the best post-Thanksgiving bargains.
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• India
26 Nov 15
Thanks for the reference. I'll go through.
@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
27 Nov 15
That's along the lines I was thinking. The mood of the shoppers was black.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
27 Nov 15
I live in California and wish there were no such thing as Black Friday. It brings out the worst in people. Maybe it gets its name because the shoppers can get in a black mood fighting with other shoppers over limited amounts of merchandise on sale. Or maybe they get into that black mood because they've been standing in the dark and the cold for hours trying to be one of the first in when the door opens. I avoid stores as much as possible on Black Friday.
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• Preston, England
27 Nov 15
it has started creeping in over here too, with some violent hysteria in a few shops - I just avoid it
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• India
27 Nov 15
So, you mean the main reason is the black mood of the sales persons. It also sounds good.
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@moondebi (1209)
• Bangalore, India
27 Nov 15
I didn't know about this before, and still am apprehensive to understand why a profit could be marked with black, especially from and Indian point of view where the color black is never connected with prosperity.
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@bagarad (12838)
• Paso Robles, California
27 Nov 15
Here accountants use black ink for positive numbers or profits, and red ink to indicate losses.
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• India
27 Nov 15
Yes, In Indian point of view black never represents prosperity. But, in US, profit account is marked with black while loss is marked with red colour.
@kaka135 (14130)
• Malaysia
27 Nov 15
I read about Black Friday shopping a lot in Internet these few years, I have no idea why it's called Black Friday, but it seems like there are always great sales going on. I don't think I'd like to go to the stores on this day, but it's okay to buy things online.
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