Black Friday: Good, Bad or just Ugly

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Over the years, Black Friday has become its own faux national holiday. Given that, when did that phrase become associated with joyful spending in excess, amazing deals and big profits? An executive producer from Vocabulary.com, Ben Zimmer, said “its association with shopping the day after Thanksgiving began in Philadelphia in the 1960” (Stout). This was mainly due hordes of shoppers heading out to shop, causing major traffic headaches, so it was not a positive reference. As a matter of fact, many retailers wanted that day to have a more positive name attached to it like, Big Friday, but it didn’t take. Thus, a new meaning was associated to Black Friday, and that meaning was “The day retailer’s books went from the red ink to black” (Stout).
As a result, Black Friday use to be just one day, but over the past few years stores have started opening earlier and earlier on Friday, and even going so far as to open on Thanksgiving. With this in mind, now that this faux national holiday stretches over several days, does this also mean consumers are spending more than the previous year or giving them more options to save money? Consequently, many have shown their displeasure by keeping their businesses closed on Thanksgiving Day, consumers are boycotting stores, starting online petitions and even workers going on strike(Tuttle, Tis the Season)?
Additionally, history has shown us that the word “Black” has long been associated with lose, devastation or just plain back luck. For

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