What’s the Real History of Black-Friday?

What’s the Real History of Black-Friday?

Bacl-Friday Crowds Why Do They Call It Black FridayNo, it’s not based on anything racial. It’s all about profit and saving for the many turkey stuffed shoppers that engage in this decades old ritual. History.com provides great insight into this day loved by many and despised by just as many!
The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black-Friday tradition links it to retailers. As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise. Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black-Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition.

What’s the Real History of Black Friday? – History in the Headlines

It makes sense that the term “Black Friday” might refer to the single day of the year when retail companies finally go “into the black” (i.e. make a profit). The day after Thanksgiving is, of course, when crowds of turkey-stuffed shoppers descend on stores all over the country to take advantage of the season’s biggest holiday bargains.

 

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