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Why is the day after Thanksgiving called Black Friday?

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Because when a business is making profits, they're in the black. The big shopping day put businesses in the black, not in the red, which means in debt

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good answer... I was not quite sure..noodles
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^^^^ yep!

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I agree with desertpilot's answer, but if you work retail, I'm sure you'll come up with a whole other definition <g>

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Black Friday used to be the day when retailers became profitable for the year, but this is no longer the case. Black Friday has become so ridiculous that most major retailers now actually lose a lot of money on the day, but they don't have the guts to do away with the concept, and in fact continue to try to one-up each other.

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Personally, I think it should be called Unbridled Greed Day and anyone taking children or the elderly "shopping" should have criminal charges laid against them.

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THANK YOU FOR THE LAST COMMENT!!!
I hated my mom dragging me shopping every year
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Agree it a jungle out there!!
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I totally agree. Ignore the comment from "hungergames1fan". You have every right to state your opinion, just as we all do.
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It's supposed to be a big day, financially, for businesses. They usually have out a lot of Christmas items, and some new or big-selling electronic stuff. I've heard Cyber-Monday, the following Monday, is also supposed to be a big-selling day online.

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because they give everything that they sell a discount

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because that's the time some of the best prices are on for gifts for X-Mas

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cuz there in the black

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In business talk black means profit and on black Friday is the day most people go shopping for stuff they need and now stores have a big sale to then make an even bigger profit.

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Black Friday was used to compare with the heavily stressful and chaotic 1929 Stock Market crash, called "Black Tuesday." But in terms of shopping, it is used to describe the extreme traffic and crowds among the streets and stores on the day after Thanksgiving: This is when the Christmas sales officially begin.

Bus drivers and taxicab drivers also use this name to describe their headaches that they would receive on that day from the people rushing to get to the store sales on that day.

It refers to a financial term. Most stores and shops operate in the negative and are losing money for the entire year. Then the first day of the Christmas shopping season, their sales jump up enough so they make money or, as they say in accounting, they are "in the black."

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Bingo, last part correct answer since it IS a term used by retail/accounting to denote the 'day' of fiscal year they usually make the $$ to "put the books in the black". At least that's what they hope! Most of $$ for the year isn't just made on that particular day but from that day foreward through Christmas.
I as EX-Retailer detested Black Friday, only day worse; day after christmas when for some reason people expected the whole stores inventory to be basically Free! Wha??
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The Friday after thanksgiving is called black friday because that's when business go from losing money (demonstrated in red on a chart) to earning money (demonstrated in black on a chart).

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It is the time in which the stores attempt to come out of the 'red' for the fiscal period.

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Because you get up so early to shop, it's still pitch black outside. He he.

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I agree with those that say it is when books show that sales are "in the black". no red for losses

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When I was in college in the 70's, the Friday after Thanksgiving was the day my mom used to take my brother and I shopping to get ideas of what we wanted for Christmas before we headed back to school. There were good sales and that's also when my brother & I would buy gifts for our family members. Most of our friends did the same thing with their families. It was crowded but not nuts like it is now. They didn't have the crazy competitive sales and nobody went early to get in line. You couldn't pay me any amount of money to go shopping on Black Friday now!

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The original was created by the Philadelphia police dept years ago lamenting the crowds, pushing, shoving and all day traffic problems on the day after Thanksgiving.

It has now morphed into the "retailers go from the red to the black financially" in order to remove the stigma formerly associated with the term.

If they exist, one day's sales cannot cure an entire year's financial problems for the stores.

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when stores are in debt, there balance is written in RED ink, and black friday is a way for them to get back in to the BLACK ink, or out of debt.

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It's true that this is the day which many businesses hope will put them "in the black", however, if you work retail, it's black because its the hardest day of the year to work. Some of my friends will have to work 12, 14, or as much as 18 hours, on their feet, probably with no breaks or meals, and, unfortunately having to be unfailingly polite to customers--excuse me, "guests"--who are demanding, surly, rude, and generally unpleasant. For my friends, it's a black day, indeed.

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Because for most of the year, retailers are operating in the red (meaning no profit). The day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) is the day that they start showing a profit.

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Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

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"I don't know...Sounds mysterious though!"

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"Black" probably means so many crowds all you see is black and also one day for big business to sell stuff cheap but still making a lot of money.
Then that Saturday is when small business are recognized.

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