Q&A: What were first stores that had a Black Friday and also how did Black Friday come about?

Question by Mellow Fellow: What were first stores that had a Black Friday and also how did Black Friday come about?
What stores first had a black friday and do u know how black friday was created

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Answer by whispers and shadows
Macy’s
Gimbels
Warnermakers
all in NYC
It means to try to pull your business in the black one of the final days of the fiscal year. Day after thanksgiving, the largest profitting shopping day in the year. They mark down the items for a sale to sell more in quantity.

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4 Responses to Q&A: What were first stores that had a Black Friday and also how did Black Friday come about?

  1. Frosty says:

    The stores call it Black Friday because it’s the busiest shopping day of the year and their profits are in the black. The Associates working in those stores call it Black Friday because you end up black and blue at the end of the day. It all started when one store got the big idea to have special sales to lure customers into their store on that day. Traditionally Christmas shopping starts the day after Thanksgiving and since Thanksgiving is always on Thursday, the next day is Friday. Every year it gets more and more competitive. This year one store is opening at midnight and others are opening at 4am and 5am and 6am when their normal hours are 7am or later. This year is very competitive because the economy is in the toilet. So all the stores have some loss leaders in limited quantities to try to entice shoppers to their store first so they can get the most profit.

  2. Elmyr says:

    The day after Thanksgiving has always been the first big shopping day of the Christmas season, any department stores you give credit to just had promotions related to the day, they didn’t pioneer the day as a shopping day.

    “Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term ‘Black Friday’ has been traced back only to the 1960s.”

    The term originated in Philadelphia, by the Philadelphia Police Department in 1966.

    “JANUARY 1966 — ‘Black Friday’ is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. ‘Black Friday’ officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.”

    The only reason to give Macy’s specific credit is their Thanksgiving Parade. In Canada, it’s Eaton’s.

    “In the late 19th century and early 20th century, many Santa parades / Thanksgiving day parades were sponsored by department stores. These include the Toronto Santa Claus Parade sponsored by Eaton’s and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade sponsored by Macy’s. 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.”

    And giving Wal-Mart any credit is just wrong. The day after Thanksgiving as the first big shopping day before Christmas probably predates the chain by 100 years.

    Edit: Wal-Mart and the idiotic shopping lemmings gave new meaning to “Black Friday” this morning.

    “At 4:55 a.m., just five minutes before the doors were set to open, a crowd of 2,000 anxious shoppers started pushing, shoving and piling against the locked sliding glass doors of the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., Nassau County police said. The shoppers broke the doors off their hinges and surged in, toppling a 34-year-old temporary employee, Jdimypai Damour, 34, of Jamaica, Queens, who had been waiting with other workers in the store’s entryway.”

    “People did not stop to help the employee as he lay on the ground, and they pushed against other Wal-Mart workers who were trying to aid Mr. Damour. The crowd kept running into the store even after the police arrived, jostling and pushing officers who were trying to perform CPR, the police said.”

    “Mr. Damour was taken from the Wal-Mart to nearby Franklin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m., the police said. His exact cause of death has not been determined. The police said that three other shoppers were injured and a 28-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant was taken to the hospital for observation.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/business/29walmart.html

  3. Kasie B says:

    Macys
    Gimbels
    Warnermakers
    walmart
    in nyc
    cause a lot of ppl were shopping the day after thanksgiving and so aftera few yrss They mark down the items for a sale to sell

  4. zappy3pro says:

    Well it use to be all the shopping was done on saturday and friday’s since sunday’s was against the law to have your shop open. But stores did it any way during the holidays for the huge profits.