Archived from the original on After , Black Friday in Belgium has grown strongly. However, currently, the term "Black Friday" has become so popular in the country that stores have been under closer scrutiny from consumers and cases of known scams have been reduced greatly. One theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.
We're going to begin amassing pre-Black Friday deals ahead of November 23 on this page, and be among the first publications to post Black Friday ads of what will be on sale. The date for Cyber Monday November 26, and we often see a spike during this prominent before-Christmas sales event.
Why start so early? That doesn't even account for the 6. This means we expect even bigger deals for in the US, and in turn, you'll need our expertise to suss out the best prices. There are good prices and great prices for a lot of the things you want to buy, especially electronics. That's usually how Black Friday and Cyber Monday work. There are often low prices and lowest prices, and we'll do the digging for you. And really, the routine is the same. Cameras will be on sale from Canon and Nikon, but the most popular camera deals will come from GoPro.
When it comes to video game consoles, Nintendo Switch may get its second year of big deals it was massively popular last year — and actually in stock , and PS4 and Xbox One will continue to be big sellers on Black Friday. Overall, the best value comes from games bundled with the system rather than reduced prices. The best noise-canceling headphones, wireless headphone, and Bluetooth speakers are gadgets that just about everyone on your holiday wish list will want in The same goes for even bigger ticket items: You're going to see a lot on sale in these categories, and from these stores — some of which will have early deals in the days and weeks ahead of Black Friday:.
The first thing you may ask is: The actual date shifts year-to-year, but it's always the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday is November 23, Of course, retailers begin hours and even days ahead of time with pre-Black Friday deals. We'll be running those, too. Cyber Monday is November It's always the Monday following Black Friday, and one of the best ways to find online deals without the hassle of showing up in a store.
It's one of the biggest days for TechRadar when it comes to referring people to deals. The Black Friday vs Cyber Monday debate is an important one.
You don't want to buy something for Black Friday only to have it become cheaper on Cyber Monday. Our best advice is to buy everything you need on Black Friday and keep a watch on additional price drops on Cyber Monday. If it's all cheaper on Cyber Monday, return your Black Friday item or cancel it if that option is still available and walk away with the cheapest price possible. But, in advance, Black Friday usually offers steep discounts in stores, while Cyber Monday is almost strictly an online sale.
Retailers, like Walmart and Amazon are very keen to keep you shopping all weekend long, so they often slowly roll out deals with 'rollback prices' in Walmart's case to keep you browsing throughout the Black Friday and Cyber Monday dates. There are two reasons why Black Friday Matters and why Cyber Monday is beginning to matter even more in than it did a few years ago.
First, Black Friday is when we save up to spend our money on gifts for others and of course merchandise for ourselves. It's for good reason: Second, it's when everything comes out. Notice that new GoPro cameras come out right before Black Friday every year and so do new Apple iPhones — the tech product cycle is almost geared toward this invent sales holiday weekend.
It's more of what you want at the prices you've wanted all year. Even better, all of the old versions so the prior GoPro action camera and year-old iPhone X will be remarkably cheaper in You can find the deepest discounts on year-old items.
It was hard to find Nintendo Switch last year, never mind find it on sale. But we did manage to exclusively discover some price drops a year ago. That made it an instant top-seller. It seems like every year, as they age and get better games , retailers are more willing to drop prices on these consoles. That's win-win for consumers. Amazon continues to mark down its own products: Kindle, Fire tablets and, of course, Echo speakers see dramatic price cuts.
We won't see these discounts again until Amazon Prime Day Listing the best Cyber Monday deals last year started off with cheap iPads. Apple's iPad Pro is wildly expensive for the average consumer. Sonos speakers and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1 were also big sellers thanks to price cuts. Yes, Apple's HomePod had just launched and MacBooks do remain very popular, but Sonos and Microsoft have offered better prices and better value. She had been asked to leave the store, but refused.
He was discovered to also be carrying two knives and a pepper spray grenade. On Black Friday , a woman at a Porter Ranch , California Walmart used pepper spray on fellow shoppers, causing minor injuries to a reported 20 people who had been waiting hours for the store to open. The incident started as people waited in line for the newly discounted Xbox A witness said a woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line.
The witness said she pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the other people in line. On Black Friday , two people were shot outside a Wal-Mart in Tallahassee, Florida , during a dispute over a parking space.
On Black Friday in , a person in Las Vegas who was carrying a big-screen TV home from a Target store on Thanksgiving was shot in the leg as he tried to wrestle the item back from a robber who had just stolen it from him at gunpoint. The suspect and the dragged officer were treated for shoulder injuries.
Three people were arrested. At the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia a fight was caught on camera in which a woman was taken to the ground. The video also caught a separate, possibly related, fight happening simultaneously.
Friday morning on November 25, The shooter fired multiple shots, leaving an SUV covered in bullet holes, but the motives remain unclear. Cottman's year-old brother was also injured. An apparent argument over a parking spot at a Reno Wal-Mart resulted in one of the drivers pulling a weapon who shot and killed a year-old man. That incident technically occurred before Black Friday on the evening of Thanksgiving. Derrick Blackburn, 19, was later arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon.
A 61 year old pharmacist, Walter Vance collapsed and was left for dead by shoppers while being trampled and passed by a stampede, with the exception of an off-duty paramedic and a nurse giving CPR to Vance in a Target store in South Charleston, West Virginia during Black Friday , but died soon after. The day after Thanksgiving as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season may be linked together with the idea of Santa Claus parades. Parades celebrating Thanksgiving often include an appearance by Santa at the end of the parade, with the idea that 'Santa has arrived' or 'Santa is just around the corner' because Christmas is always the next major holiday following Thanksgiving.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many Santa or Thanksgiving Day parades were sponsored by department stores. Department stores would use the parades to launch a big advertising push. Eventually, it just became an unwritten rule that no store would try doing Christmas advertising before the parade was over. Therefore, the day after Thanksgiving became the day when the shopping season officially started.
Thanksgiving Day's relationship to Christmas shopping led to controversy in the s. Retail stores would have liked to have a longer shopping season, but no store wanted to break with tradition and be the one to start advertising before Thanksgiving. For this reason, in , President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation proclaiming Thanksgiving to be the fourth Thursday in November rather than the last Thursday, meaning in some years one week earlier, in order to lengthen the Christmas shopping season.
Other companies followed with "Black Friday in July" deals which were as good as, or better than, those in November. For many years, retailers pushed opening times on Black Friday earlier and earlier, eventually reaching midnight, before opening on the evening of Thanksgiving.
In , Kmart opened at 7: Two years later, a number of retailers began opening at 8: In subsequent years, other stores have followed this trend, opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day, or remaining open all day, beginning in the early morning hours. Some online stores invest a lot of money in promo campaigns to generate more sales and drive traffic to their stores. However, they often forget about the high loads their sites are going to experience.
This just highlights that some retailers have not taken the necessary steps to prepare for Black Friday. Failing to prepare for peak can cause poor performance, site downtime, and ultimately lost revenue for retailers". Such carelessness results in huge reputational demage.
Moreover, The Veeam Availability Report shows that "Unplanned downtime costs organisations around the world an average of Rm annually, up from the Rm of the previous year". Proactive retailers invest time and money into preparing their sites for high traffic. You should follow certain procedural tips like keeping your staff informed, assigning duty and on-call engineers as well as limiting new feature deployment , and technical ones preliminary site audit for potential bottlenecks, setting up monitoring systems, scaling heavy parts of your site, applying vertical scaling, and speeding up content delivery process to keep your site uptime during this highly-trafficked season.
Some websites offer information about day-after-Thanksgiving specials up to a month in advance. The text listings of items and prices are usually accompanied by pictures of the actual ad circulars.
These are either leaked by insiders or intentionally released by large retailers to give consumers insight and allow them time to plan. In recent years, some retailers including Walmart , Target , OfficeMax , Big Lots , and Staples have claimed that the advertisements they send in advance of Black Friday and the prices included in those advertisements are copyrighted and are trade secrets.
Some of these retailers have used the take-down system of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as a means to remove the offending price listings. This policy may come from the fear that competitors will slash prices, and shoppers may comparison shop. The actual validity of the claim that prices form a protected work of authorship is uncertain as the prices themselves though not the advertisements might be considered a fact in which case they would not receive the same level of protection as a copyrighted work.
While some sites have complied with the requests, others have either ignored the threats or simply continued to post the information under the name of a similar-sounding fictional retailer. However, careful timing may mitigate the take-down notice.
The court dismissed the case, ruling that only the third-party posters of the advertisements, and not the ISP itself, would have standing to sue the retailers. However, in recent years, the convenience of online shopping has increased the number of cross-border shoppers seeking bargains from outside of the U.
Statistics Canada indicates that online cross-border shopping by Canadians has increased by about M a year since Dedicated cross-border shopping solutions such as the Canadian shopping platform Wishabi  and Canada Post's Borderfree exist to mitigate the problem through estimation of the various cost involved.
Retailers noticed that many consumers, who were too busy to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend or did not find what they were looking for, shopped for bargains online that Monday from home or work. In , Hitwise reported that: Thanksgiving weekend offered a strong start, especially as Black Friday sales continued to grow in popularity.
For the 2nd consecutive year, Black Friday was the highest day for retail traffic during the holiday season, followed by Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. As reported in the Forbes "Entrepreneurs" column on December 3, The National Retail Federation releases figures on the sales for each Thanksgiving weekend. The survey estimates number of shoppers, not number of people.
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