Today we turn our data-collecting efforts to looking at a little Black Friday history, statistics and facts….
I never understood Black Friday. People head out in the middle of the cold night (now almost afternoon) on Thanksgiving just to wait in line for hours to buy a deeply discounted item that is likely not on anyone’s actual holiday wish list just because of the deal. Given the amount of gifts that are returned promptly after Christmas, one can imagine that many of these Black Friday purchases are actually sent back. Sure, seems worth it.
Anyways, while I sit here and wait for Cyber Monday deals, here are a few Black Friday facts and stats that you may not have known. If you are brave enough to head out tonight, you can dazzle all of your new friends in line with your Black Friday knowledge. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.
Black Friday History
- Year Black Friday began: 1961 (reportedly), 2005 (more officially)
- Date of Black Friday 2018: November 23
- Date of Black Friday 2019: November 29
- Date of Black Friday 2020: November 27
- Year retailers first opened at midnight for Black Friday: 2011
- Year retailers began starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving: 2012