Many people are counting down the days leading up to Black Friday. Yes it’s that time of the year where you can find some of the most popular items in the stores marked down at prices that will have you jumping for joy! Black Friday deals are just around the corner and consumers are anticipating the discounts that they know are coming their way. The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday and it officially designates the beginning of the holiday shopping season.You can trace this day back to the 1960s when consumers flooded the sidewalks, streets and stores looking for the best possible bargains. In a financial sense when you speak of being in the “black” you are talking about a period of time where your sales are profitable. Retailers look forward to this time of year because they know consumers will be spending frivolously and they anticipate making huge profits during this time. Many people will begin arriving at the stores as early as midnight the day before the doors open to be the first in line for the discounts that they know are waiting for them. Some shoppers will even sleep in tents, cars or shopping carts on the outside of the store just to be the first one in the store.One of the main reasons why this shopping extravaganza is almost as popular as any other American holiday is because of the many bargains the stores will offer. Stores such as Target, Walmart, JCPenney, Macy’s and Best Buy will have mark-downs on many popular items such as electronics, clothing, home goods and other miscellaneous items. It is not unusual to find flat screen televisions markdown as much as 50% of the normal price and these types of discounts attract shoppers in the hundreds. These are just a few examples of the many types of discounts that consumers are looking forward to as the holiday shopping season begins.Television advertisements help to stir up the anticipation of this shopping season by depicting consumers sitting around in their homes watching the clock and calendar counting down the days till shopping begins. However you do not have to be like these individuals in the commercials, many of the stores that have these deals usually run them 48 hours or more and will have extended opening and closing hours available to accommodate the many consumers that will be flooding the stores.As a consumer one of the best ways to prepare yourself for what is probably the biggest shopping event of the year is to begin looking online for savings and coupons. You will be surprised at the different deals you can find by simply logging onto your computer and going online.In fact you will probably begin seeing discounts as well as TV commercials starting in the first week of November. The retailers want customers to know that yes they are going to be discounting many items just as they do every year and want the consumers informed and ready to begin their shopping vendettas. It would not be unusual to find many stores opening their doors at midnight prior to Black Friday.You can be sure that whatever time the doors open shoppers will be lined up and ready to begin shopping. The Friday after Thanksgiving has become an American tradition and an unofficial holiday that helps to stimulate the economy and is beneficial for both consumers and retailers.
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