All About Black Friday and Cyber Monday

By Alejandra Castro

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Black Friday is a special day in the United States ever since 1952. Stores all over the United States have deals, and many people can get the lowest prices on electronics, video games, clothes, etc. This day is known as the busiest shopping day of the United States.

Black Friday starts at midnight every year after Thanksgiving Day for California and other states. Stores across the world reduce retail prices to red tag clearance prices that draws the crowds’ attention. In fact, many people get out of control and extremely excited this day to start their holiday shopping spree. Many people start making line the day before and some even sleep outside the malls. Meanwhile, other people eat dinner with their families first and then go to stores to get in line. Ever since 2011, some retailers like; Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, etc, opened at midnight for the first time. In 2000, people had to wait ’till 6:00 a.m. for retailers to open.

According to Los Angeles Times, Black Friday has become a more subdued scene. “This year, stores and malls were less packed and more relaxed,” said Amanda Solomon.

 

Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. This term was created by marketing companies to induce people on shopping online. However, it was generated to allow customers to shop online from the comforts of their homes, offices, etc. Just like on Black Friday, many retailers start their sales online at midnight. Cyber Monday is mainly popular due to the fact that 75 percent of shoppers dive in first thing Monday morning. In fact, retailers like Walmart, Target, and Amazon start cyber week sales on Thanksgiving Day itself.

This year, Cyber Monday online sales grew to a record $6.59 billion, compared with $2.98 billion in 2015 and $2.65 in 2014.

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