Black Friday, as it mostly defined, is the day when the thirteenth day of a month falls on a Friday. However that is not the case or what is people is usually looking for during shopping season, especially when Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming.
Then why people call it “Black Friday” even though it is not related to 13 at all. It is because of the commonly used accounting practices of most merchants, they use red ink to show negative amounts and black ink to show positive amounts. That is say that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss for most of the year (January through November) and made their profit during the holiday season, beginning on the day after Thanksgiving, which is Friday.
As the beginning of the big shopping season, most retailers will see their revenue changes from red to black in the day after Thanksgiving, that is “Black Friday”, it has nothing to do with the original meaning of the term.
Due to the importance of the whole year sales performances, most retailers put all of their efforts to prepare for the Black Friday Shopping and make sure customers will visit their stores. Even though more and more people are used to do online shopping this years, it is still the special experience to have in-store Black Friday shopping, where you will understand what is real discount and how cheap those popular items will be, no matter iPhone, iPad, LED TV, digital camera or jacket, shoes, almost everything you were looking for have big discount only if you are in the front of the waiting lines.
Hope the articles can help you understand why do they call it “Black Friday”. There are more Black Friday explanation available at Wikipedia:
- Black Friday Shopping – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)
- Friday the 13th – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)
- Black Friday ads list – blackfriday.info
Leave your comments if you still have any question about why people call 11/29/2013 another Black Friday.