The History of Black Friday.

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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Limited Time Sales – 8-12 November.

I am bringing you more great deals for this 8th to 12th November weekend of sales 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.

  • As an affiliate marketer I may earn a small commission if you buy through these links. You won’t pay any more for your items because of this. It will however help me to keep this site and others I have up and running. For that I thank you.*

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

Gaming Headset.

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!!

 

Nice little set of gift ideas for you, all at bargain prices that will be available until 12th November.

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

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Great Deals on NOW!

Well it’s not time for all those amazing Black Friday to Cyber Monday deals yet but there are still great deals about that are worth looking at.

sales galore

Are you thinking about Christmas yet? Starting to buy gifts or even started a while back if you have a lot to buy for. Do you want some good deals now rather than waiting for the BIG weekend when it gets a bit crazy?

Yes there are lot’s of amazing deals but sometimes a limited amount at that price and its annoying when you miss out.

How about a few deals now?

Wouldn’t it be great to get your deals ahead of time,  get those gifts sorted so you can feel smug while many are swearing at their computers or fighting in overcrowded shops? I think so.

So I decided to have a look around on Amazon as they have such a massive variety of goods and many big retailers have a presence on there too. I thought I could bring some good discounted deals now, maybe a few each day.

Does that sound good?

Here we go?

This one is a cookbook massively discounted, down to £8.00 from £20.00

BOSH!: Simple recipes. Unbelievable results. All plants. The highest-selling vegan cookery book ever. Hardcover – 19 Apr 2018

It’s a cookery book produced last year and apparently a best seller. The Kindle version is of course cheaper than this hardcover version. When giving as a gift though or even buying for yourself it’s lovely to have the actual book.

Let’s face it, a book, especially a recipe book is lovely to look through when you are planning meals. Great to have on a stand beside you as you create these wonderful recipes. Trust me, a stand is a good idea for a book, phone or ipad when cooking because otherwise they are likely to get very messy.

I have been using many of my books for 30 plus years, (got at different times) and they are in quite a state some of them. The most used recipes look the worst. Recipe book stands weren’t a thing in those days.

There are a good variety of recipes from Breakfast, Quick eats and Big eats to Cocktails and Desserts and a few others too.

  • The book is jam-packed with fun, unpretentious and mega satisfying recipes, including Creamy Mac and Greens, Burrito Samosas, the Big Bhaji Burger, the World’s Best Pesto Lasagne, Satay Sweet Potato BOSH! Bowl, Spanish Beach Churros, Gooey PBJ Brownies and Salted Caramel Chocolate Crunch Tart, all easy enough to be rustled up any night of the week. It’s enough to convince the staunchest of carnivores to give plants a whirl.
  • Whether you’re already sold on the plant-based lifestyle or you simply want to incorporate more meat, dairy and egg-free meals into your week, BOSH! The Cookbook is your plant-based bible.
  • BOSH! Vegan Cookbook
  • Winner of the Lifestyle Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the British Book Awards 2019!

  • The Times said: ‘The vegan Jamie Olivers’ 

 

 

 

 

So what’s up next!

Wow, I am impressed with this discount! £90.99 off the price. Quite a bargain this one.

LG Electronics 32LM630BPLA.AEK 32-Inch HD Ready Smart LED TV with Freeview Play – Ceramic Black colour (2019 Model) [Energy Class A]

It’s not one of the really big TV’s bit ideal for a bedroom oe smaller room. It’s a smart TV, another bonus. Because of the software you get a surround sound effect.

The reviews on this TV are mixed, with some loving it but others not happy, which is fairly normal with any product. It is down to individual taste and what you expect from a TV.

LG Electronics 32LM630BPLA.AEK 32-Inch HD Ready Smart LED TV

Product details.

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 73.6 x 46.4 cm ; 4.65 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 5.9 Kg
  • Item model number: 32LM630BPLA.AEK
  • ASIN: B07RT5FJL8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 May 2019

 

 

This one is an unbelievable price!

Superdry Men’s Analogue Quartz Watch with Silicone Strap SYG189OB

Not sure that even Black Friday deals will be this good.

The original price, the RRP, is supposed to be £114.38.  The massive saving is £112.70 at this moment in time!! Can you believe that?  Prices do change on Amazon all the time, going up and down. So if you want the great savings, don’t dilly dally or wait and think I`ll look at it tomorrow because it could be priced higher.  Or I suppose even lower, if that’s possible.

Superdry Men's Analogue Quartz Watch with Silicone Strap SYG189OB

 

I know Superdry as a brand is very popular as my teenage and preteen grandsons always head for the shop and drool over the clothes and goods. Even the adult grandchildren do.

Would make a great Christmas gift or even a stocking filler if you go all out at Christmas and want to impress.

 

For those that like the details.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 11 cm ; 18.1 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 18.1 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: SYG189OB
  • ASIN: B072SGBSXM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Jun. 2017
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8 in Watches (See Top 100 in Watches)

Off to find another bargain!

Janly Christmas Santa, Electric Climbing Ladder Santa

Couldn’t resist adding this cute little chap. Is it too early for Christmas things? No I don’t think so, it’s good to be prepared and get everything done in good time so you can relax and enjoy yourself.

The saving off the RRP is £13.44 at this time of writing. I suspect he may go up as all things Christmas suddenly become highly sought after once more.

Janly Christmas Santa 🍑 Electric Climbing Ladder Santa

Product description.

Santa Claus can climb the ladder automatically with music.

It is made by PVC and plush,unique and durable.

Battery: Needs 2 x AA batteries(Not included)

Size: Ladder length 65cm old man 19x9cm

Notice: For Ages 3+

Actual color may be slightly different from the image due to different monitor and light effect

Package Includes: 1x Santa Claus(No battery) 1x Ladder

 

That’s 4 amazing bargains, let’s go for 5. One more before we finish. Let’s see what I can find this time. I’m enjoying this, it’s fun and I`m getting great ideas for gifts too. Although I do have 4 couple gifts and 1 single person gift already.

New bargain!

This time it’s a kindle up for grabs.

All-new Fire 7 Tablet | 7″ display, 16 GB, Twilight Blue.

All-new Fire 7 Tablet | 7" display, 16 GB, Twilight Blue

 

It’s amazing what they do now. My first kindle, literally was for reading only. Now you can surf the web, watch videos and listen to music. It even has a camera! It has evolved a lot.

This bargain has a saving of £15.00 at this moment in time. Another great christmas gift idea, especially at this price.

It’s the 7″ size and comes in 4 colours. Good price with those savings.

Some Product details.

  • 7″ IPS display, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 512 GB of expandable storage with microSD).
  • Faster 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video and listening to music.
  • 2 MP rear-facing camera and HD 720p front-facing camera.

Well what do you think of my bargain hunting? Do you fancy any of those?

A nice selection I think. Ideal for Christmas shopping, birthdays or any occasion. Get a really nice gift and save cash too.

Will consider whether to do some blogs on one subject, like toys, maybe by age. Will have to give it some thought.

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog and the bargains I found for you. If you did please share.

If you have any questions please ask away. If you have any ideas on particular items you want to see please let me know in the comments.

Thank you for visiting, come back soon.. Look out for more blog posts like this.

 

What deals are we looking for?

Black Friday to Cyber Monday!

Black Friday

I am looking for the best and most interesting deals available for you, over the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend.

The deals I look for and post here will be varied. I am hoping to bring you the best deals online.

There will be goods, I will be looking at Amazon as many of their deals are excellent. I will look at online courses, to see what deal’s are available. If I see an amazing deal it will be here whether I am affiliated with the company or not.

After all, finding great deals is fun and exciting. Plus with Christmas coming it’s a chance to make great savings on gifts and all things Christmas you would have bought anyway. #Result!

Wealthy Affiliate business course.

If Wealthy Affiliate have a deal this year it will definitely feature on this blog. I have heard it is usually an amazing deal. What is Wealthy Affiliate? You can read my assessment of it here and here. These are a 5 month and 6 month review written by me on what I am learning and how I am getting on.

This blog post Action Required to build a website! will tell you the reality of starting your own business. You won’t read any of the pie in the sky stuff on my blogs. I believe in being honest and telling you what the reality of building a business is. That yes, it is hard work, but a few months down the line it does get a bit easier as it all starts to fall into place.

Will it be like those videos that promise you mega earnings almost instantly for 2 hours a week? NO it won’t. This is a proper business that you build from the ground up. Once you are earning from it you will need to keep the momentum going by working at it.

Is it worth it?

For me it is. I can go and stay with my daughter twice a month and other family every month and my work goes too. I am away nearly 2 weeks out of every month to keep up with family, I couldn’t do that with a regular job.

It is a laptop lifestyle that suits me.

Laptop lifestyle

I am not sitting on a beach like those videos you see that promise much for large sums of money and deliver very little. But REALLY? Is that even practical? Sunlight on a screen, sand everywhere and that gorgeous sparkling sea! Isn’t it better to be enjoying relaxing in such a location without putting your expensive equipment at risk?

Anyway, I am hoping that there will be an offer, which I believe is usually a years premium membership at a great price. If you are thinking about something like this it is an excellent time to go for it, while it is discounted.

Check it out first.

Don’t jump into though if you haven’t done your homework first and researched it thoroughly.

Why? Because you will be making a year long commitment to work hard while still running the rest of your life and whatever else that entails. We all have commitments, many have full or part time jobs and families. This has to be fitted around all that.

The more time you can commit the better you will do and the faster you will reach your goals.

Now don’t get excited about the whole ‘faster’ bit, it will still take months at the very least. I would hate for you to jump into this and a month down the line start complaining you still haven’t earned anything.

For a start there is loads of training to get through. Think you know it all already? Trust me you don’t!

I know this for a fact because I thought it would be a doddle getting through the training because I have run an online craft business for 10 years. I thought the hardest part would be learning to build the website. It wasn’t!

Face reality.

Building it was easy following the training, then you have to make it yours! The training continues but it’s still a big learning curve. Then once you have it the way you want, you have to fill it. Legal stuff, Privacy page, Affilliate Disclaimer and a page about YOU. The first two are easy there is help with those, standard pages you adjust to your site.

What do you put on your page about you?

Not your entire life story, it will take forever. A capsule of your life and what brought you to your website and why. My first one was written, rewritten, added to and subtracted from countless times. It did help to have other members critique it so I could improve it.

Then while learning everything else you have to start filling your site with content as in blog posts.

Are you getting the picture? Yes it’s hard work.

BUT it’s building you a business for a better future. Sound good? It is good! You have training, site support and an amazing community always ready to help.

Whoever you sign up with, me or someone else, they will be there to offer encouragement when needed. They won’t do it for you or tell you how to do it. If you get stuck they will offer advice or point you in the direction of the right training or who/what will help you best.

It will be YOUR business and there are no shortcuts but help and advice in spades is always there.

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Learn how to earn.

 

You can have a look now by signing up to the free membership.

 

 

Most who are serious about having their own online business, know within days if this is what they want. Just from looking around, seeing and trying out the free training on offer, building a website and talking to those in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

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