The History of Black Friday

Black Friday  The History of Black FridayThis has become and epic day for shoppers and retailers alike. With great deals being offered and snapped up quickly.

 

But where did it all begin? What is The History of Black Friday?

Where it all began.

It all began in the United States of America where they celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving as a celebration actually began as a Harvest Festival carried out by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621.

Wikipedia on Thanksgiving. 

Thanksgiving meal

  • Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress.
  • Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday, and its celebration was intermittent until the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863, during the American Civil War. Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.
  • Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the date was changed between 1939 and 1941 amid significant controversy. From 1942 onwards, Thanksgiving has been proclaimed by Congress as being on the fourth Thursday in November. 
  • Thanksgiving is regarded as being the beginning of the fall–winter holiday season, along with Christmas and the New Year, in American culture.*

So Why Black Friday?

Originally any day dubbed as Black was because something bad had happened.

The term “Black Friday” was actually first associated with financial crisis, not sales shopping.

Two Wall Street financiers Jim Fisk and Jay Gould, together bought a significant amount of US gold in the hope of the overall price soaring and in turn being able to sell it for huge profits.

On Friday, September 24 1869, in what became referred to as “Black Friday”, the US gold market crashed and Fisk and Gould’s actions left Wall Street barons bankrupt.

So Why For Shopping?

Lady shopping

Wikipedia explains it better than I can about the term being used for shopping.

For the bigger explanation go HERE!

  • The earliest known use of “Black Friday” to refer to the day after Thanksgiving occurs in the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance, for November 1951, and again in 1952. Here it referred to the practice of workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, in order to have a four-day weekend.
  • However, this use does not appear to have caught on. Around the same time, the terms “Black Friday” and “Black Saturday” came to be used by the police in Philadelphia and Rochester to describe the crowds and traffic congestion accompanying the start of the Christmas shopping season.
  • In 1961, the city and merchants of Philadelphia attempted to improve conditions, and a public relations expert recommended rebranding the days, “Big Friday” and “Big Saturday”; but these terms were quickly forgotten.*

 

The Telegraph newspaper states:

  • Black Friday later became known in print, after an advertisement was published in The American Philatelist magazine in 1966. By the late 1980’s, the term was commonly known across the nation and retailers soon linked it to their post-Thanksgiving sales.
  • Today, Black Friday is the USA’s biggest shopping event of the year, when many shops cut their prices on a range of products, in order to boost profits and officially kick off the festive season.

So what about Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday was so called because retailers in the United States noticed that the Monday after Thanksgiving was a really busy shopping day online. So it was marketed as Cyber Monday for that reason, whereas Black Friday was originally in the real world shops then later moved online.

Both also spread over to the United Kingdom in the last few years and it has become a very big event here too.

As an online seller I became aware of it before much was known about it here, in general.

And so it came about that we ended up with an entire weekend of sales for Black Friday to Cyber Monday. The retailers were and are still delighted as they make most of their profits over this weekend and the online community of sellers can’t wait for it to arrive for the same reason.

So are the Deals Real?

A good many are. Just like anything else you have to do your research. If you are hoping to buy one or more items at a good discount then check the prices out ahead of time in various selling venues. That way you know whether your deal really is a good deal.

You need to do this offline as well as online as some so called deals are cons. But the other side of the coin is that many aren’t.

What is a Good deal?

Black Friday Deals

For me, a good deal, has a chunk of money off. I don’t consider a few pounds to be a sale, let alone a good deal.

I suppose  20% is a good starter deal. Of course it does depend upon what the product is. Foe example: Apple products are rarely discounted so many would see a small discount as better than none.

I have seen and added quite a few products on other blogs of mine, with 50% and upwards discounts. Now they are definitely worth having. Look HERE and HERE!

Some of the deals were time limited and may not still be available.

 

Wealthy Affiliate Black Friday sale.

This deal though, from Wealthy Affiliate, is one deal that runs from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, 29th November to 2nd December. It’s a deal for those wanting their own business online.

If you are interested, read all about it HERE!

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New Black Friday Deals just for You

I decided not to go with the short time limited deals today, the 2-3 days ones, to give you a bit more time. So I looked for new Black Friday deals just for you,  that are useful and/or make great gifts. These are running from 22nd – 29th November, so if you don’t want to miss out be quick and get ahead on your Christmas shopping.

I am fairly sure there will be more deals until the end of Cyber Monday.

There are always deals somewhere on Amazon, its just finding them. If it seems too good to be true then I check out the reviews and try to discover whether its true or not.

 

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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric.

 Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal Fabric New Black Friday Deals just for You

The most popular smart speaker with voice control to stream music from many popular sites. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.

It’s compatible with other Echo devices and with a second one will give a rich stereo sound.

Alexa can be used answer questions, tell you the latest news, check the weather forecast, set alarms and reminders and also compatible smart home gadgets.

Hands free calling to UK mobile and home phones. It has built in layers of privacy and an OFF button can be used to disconnect the microphones.

A great price with 56% off. Check it out HERE!

 

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | streaming media player.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | streaming media player

If you have an older Fire Stick, this is a good time to upgrade. Using the voice control for search makes it so much easier to find what you want to view quickly and easily.

I upgraded as using the old one I had was so much slower and little ones wanting to watch something on Prime got impatient, even more than I did.

You can watch all your favourites from BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, ITV Hub, All 4, Curzon and any others you might have.

As an Amazon Prime member you get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, as well as ad-free listening to over two million songs with Prime Music.

What more could you want?

This Firestick is 50% OFF. Why not check it out HERE.

 

Real Leather Purse RFID and NFC Blocking

Leather Purse  New Black Friday Deals just for You

This is a great looking purse and as its leather should last you for years. For me that is ideal as I get used to a purse and don’t want to part with it.

 

This purse has RFID and NFC blocking to stop hackers stealing your card details when they stand nearby. This has been quite an issue for several years now, so much so that when I bought a new purse a few years ago I ensured it too had the blocking within it. You don’t hear as much about it now mainly due, I think in the rise of people taking steps themselves to stop it by buying, purses, cardholders and wallets with the blocking material within.

RFID means: Radio Frequency Identification.

NFC means: Near Field Communication

 

With 40% off its a great time to buy if you need a purse or want one as a gift.

Check out the deal HERE!!

Sale Clearance Fashion Women Girl Warm Winter Faux Plush Wrist Fingerless Gloves

DEELIN Sale Clearance, Women Faux Plush Fingerless Gloves.

 

Now these are a real bargain with free delivery too.

Gorgeous knitted fingerless gloves with fake fur (you wouldn’t want real fur), for an elegant yet cosy look.

They come in Black, Coffee, Deep Gray, Gray, Khaki, White, Wine and Yellow.

A fantastic pair of fingerless gloves at such a very low price.

There is no percentage  amount off these as they are in the clearance sale.

Very worthwhile to have a look.  Check these out HERE!!

 

FINEJO Fashion Women Faux Fur Long Wrist Fingerless Winter Gloves 

FINEJO Fashion Women Faux Fur Long Wrist Fingerless Winter Gloves

These are also knitted with Faux fur, the same as the gloves above but these are longer  on the wrist/arm.

 

Fingerless gloves are so popular know with everyone always on their phones while out and about but still wanting to stay warm.

 

These come in Black, grey, white or coffee and are an equally astounding price with free delivery, definitely not to be missed out on.

Go check them out HERE!!

 

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Limited Time Sales 8th to12th November

I am bringing you more great deals for this limited time sales 8th to 12th November offer weekend on Amazon.

I discovered it by chance and realising it has some great deals in it.

I will be buying Christmas gifts myself this weekend with all these great deals I am discovering. It also helps that there is a wide range of products in this sale, so hopefully something for every age.

I have a good age range to buy for so hopefully will get several of them. Fingers crossed on that one.

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XIBERIA-V20 USB PS4 Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset

Gaming Headset. Limited Time Sales 8th to12th November

Now this is an excellent bargain, couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it.

 

This gaming headset has 1.95 Meter Cable and Noise Cancelling Mic Headphones with Memory Foam Ear Pads. These can be used  for Laptops, Computer, Mac and Macbook with RGB Light,

 

These have a massive 61% off for this weekend, a major bargain not to be missed.

 

 

Havit RGB Wired Gaming Headset PC USB 3.5mm XBOX/PS4 Headset.

Gaming headset

I.m on a roll hear with another Gaming headset for you.

 

This one can be used for XBox, PS4 as well as the computer.

 

At this price you could get an extra set as a spare. Sometimes handy if you have a young gamer who throws them down when they are finished with or even because something doesn’t go their way.

 

A few of the Details:

  • Headsets for PC/ Xbox/ PS4 Console】This USB 3.5mm wired gaming headset is well and widely compatible with PS4, PS4 pro, XBOX , XBOX One, Nintendo switch, desktop PC/ computer, laptop. Plug and play, no driver is needed. Easy to use. [Note: For XBOX old version which is without 3.5mm jack, you need to prepare a Microsoft adapter first. *18 Months Warranty *

This headset is offered with 49% off for this long weekend, another great offer.

 

EVOVACS Robotics DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner

ECOVACS Robotics DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner-

 

This robotic vacuum cleaner  has High Suction with a Beater Brush, Auto Self-Charging, Drop Sensor, Alexa & App Connect and works on Hard Floor & Carpet. It comes with a 2 Year Warranty, not bad at all.

 

My daughter has a robot vacuum cleaner and has done for the past few years. If you have a busy life but like a clean house, these are ideal. You set them to work at a time that suits you and off they go. They go back to charge, then continue with the work set.

Messy after eating? You carry on with family time/socialising and set it to work. Neat and clean in no time.

This little robotic cleaner has a massive 40% off until 12th November. Go check it out!

 

Coredy R650 Robot Vacuum Cleaner 

Coredy R650 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Thought I would add a second make for your to compare. Plus these two have the biggest discount in this weekend sale.

This robot vacuum has Boost Intellect technology. It has a 1600Pa Power Suction with  Boundary Strip Included. It’s Ultra Slim, Quiet, Self-Charging and Cleans Pet Hair, Hard Floors and Carpets too.

This one is a massive 39% off for this sale weekend. Check it out HERE!

If you fancy one of these and don’t fancy fighting crowds offline and online the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend, now is your chance.

 

 

eufy Smart Scale with Bluetooth

I am very impressed with this find.

eufy Smart Scale with Bluetooth

This Wireless Digital Bathroom Scale measures body fat. It has 12 Measurements including Weight, Body Fat, BMI, Fitness Body Composition Analysis, bone mass, muscle mass and more.   It comes in Black or White, with the white being slightly more expensive, and weighs in lbs, kgs and stones.

 

For a keen fitness person this is great to keep track of how you are doing as well as being useful for someone wanting to lose weight or needing to keep on track after weight loss.

 

It can be used by the whole family, you can have up to 20 accounts.

 

These scales for this long weekend (until 12th)  are a massive 64% off. Check them out HERE!

Smart Body Fat Scales

Smart Body Fat Scales, High Precision Bluetooth Scale

These bathroom scales don’t have quite as an impressive reduction, they are however still very good in a sale that has mostly 25% off items.

 

These are a High Precision Bluetooth Scale with Upgraded APP. They are Digital Weight Bathroom Scales for measuring Body Fat, Weight, with the FITINDEX app with Body Composition Monitors for BMI Muscle. The weight is shown in kg, st and lbs. Colour is Black, white is available at a slightly higher price.

 

Would make a great gift to yourself or someone else, especially with a fabulous 53% off until the 12th. Go check it it HERE!!

 

Seneo Fitness Watch

Seneo Fitness Watch, Waterproof IP68 Smartwatch

This Waterproof IP68 Smartwatch has a Colour Screen Fitness Tracker. It also has a

Heart Rate Monitor, Sleep Monitor and Steps Counter. 

 

You can also  get notifications of incoming calls etc by syncing your phone to the app and allowing notifications. Handy if you  are waiting for an important message of call.

 

A great feature is the  lifetime warranty, an added bonus.

 

With a fantastic 50% off until the 12th this is an ideal time to get this for yourself or someone else. Check it out HERE!!

 

Ticwatch E Shadow Smartwatch

Ticwatch E Shadow Smartwatch,

A great Smartwatch that’s a Water Resistant Sports Watch with GPS, Heart-rate Monitor and Compatible with Android and IOS.

 

You can get your information at a glance, checking on calls, texts and alerts. Keep a check on your fitness  progress and use the voice capability to ask questions of google search. Use google for navigation, translating and checking the weather. Plus there are more features to explore.

This watch has an enticing 25% off which is a decent amount as it is higher priced as you would expect with so many features. Check this out HERE!!

 

A fabulous set of sale items once again

Nice little set of gift ideas for you, all at bargain prices all limited time sales 8th to12th November.

I love finding the few super discounts in various categories, some are astounding.

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Board Game Bargains

This post is continuing the sale bargains that are available now, if you saw yesterdays post there was a variety of 5 items.

See yesterdays post here.

I was going to go for toys today but while looking, I came across a game that had a good reduction so I changed my mind and decided to go for board games bargains instead.

They tend to be popular this time of year with the long dark evenings stretching ahead of us. Cold winter evenings around the fire, the family all together to play board games. Makes a nice change from everyone on phones, ipads, laptops and desktops.

They are also popular to give as a family gift or for a couple to enjoy. A break from TV during long dark evenings.

Christmas is such an expensive time of year that we have to make savings where we can without compromising on quality.

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My first find of the day.

The LOGO Board Game 

Logo Board Game

A great board game for fun and laughter with friends and family.

Do you know your Logo’s, Brands, packaging, flavours, characters and advertising from the past?

For ages from 12 years to adult and 2-6 players. With 1600 questions, there will be hours of fun. A game to play over and over again.

Right now there is a saving of £12.81 on the price, grab your bargain while you can.

 

 

 

What’s next?

I spotted this one just as I found the first one. A lucky discovery as I am searching for games with a good amount off.

Articulate Family Board Game – The Fast Talking Description Game.

Articulate board game

A great game for 12 years to adult. Ideal for parties or big family get together’s as players from 4 right up to 20 plus players. The more there are the greater the fun.

Fun and laughter trying to describe a word without actually saying it. Talk fast as you have to get through as many as you can in 30 seconds.

Right now you can save £18.00 off the usual price.

That makes it a great gift or a bargain something to put by for Christmas gatherings.

 

 

The search gets tougher!

This one took me quite a while to find. It’s surprising how many games there are available even though it was narrowed down to 12 years to adult.

I wanted a game that looked fun and interesting and was a good sale price. This next one fitted the criteria even though I had never heard of it.

 

Catch The Chameleon: Multi Award-Winning Board Game.

Catch The Chameleon Board Game.

 

This game has won awards and 86% of the reviews are 5 star.

The players are trying to catch the chameleon before it’s too late. They all know the secret word apart from the player who has the chameleon card…..

Taking only a few minutes, it’s easy to learn and takes about 15 minutes to play.

  • MULTI-AWARD WINNING: Best Party Game at UK Games Expo. Seal of Excellence from Dice Tower Games.

Right now this game has a £15.00 saving, so get yours before it goes up again.

 

Number 4.

Took a few pages of searching to find this little gem. As soon as I saw it I hoped it would be a candidate and the price did not disappoint, much to my delight. I have a daughter and son in law who are Game of Thrones fans and love board games. #Result.

Do you have to get gifts for any Game of Thrones fans? It seems to me that most people seem to like it, whereas I just couldn’t get into it.

I bought some board games last year as gifts but it didn’t occur to me to look early enough to get them at better prices.

 

Game of Thrones Risk Board Game – Skirmish Edition.

Game Of Throne-Risk Edition Board Game.

 

A saving of  £16.26 at the moment, don’t dally if you fancy buying this game.

A game for all the Game of Thrones fans out there, an ideal gift.

Beautifully crafted pieces, with lots of favourite characters. Choose sides, deploy your armies and battle it out a game of strategic conquest.

For 2 or more players from 12 years and upwards.

 

 

Here we have Number 5!

Assassins Creed Syndicate Monopoly Board Game.

Assassins Creed Syndicate Monopoly Board Game

A great game to drag the gamer away from his console for a while.

An old family favorite in a new guise.  Join the brotherhood, invest, trade and negotiate your way to victory with fun game tokens, Big Ben, Steam Ship, Bowler Hat, Crown, Gun or Knuckle Duster.

While there are many variations of Monopoly now, this particular version has a saving of £13.00. If you fancy this as a gift or to add to your board games get while it’s a good price.

I have loved Monopoly since I was young. I played it with my daughters and now grandchildren, it’s a game that’s always popular in it’s many different guises.

 

Another 5 selected board game bargains for you today.

Was a tough one finding games with a good discount. Quite a few have a pound or two off but not many with as much off as these. I suspect it won’t be long before the price on all of these goes back to normal.

I expect to be bringing a variety of goods, from toys for various age of children, to toys for adults. Will be looking at a variety of things for every room in your home and maybe garden. Who knows what I will come across once I start searching again. I am going to try to blog at least every other day but hope to accomplish more on a daily basis.

If there is anything you would particularly like to see on here, something you have looked for and not found perhaps, just let me know in the comments. I will do my best to find whatever it is.

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