Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:31 am

Shoppers swamp Black Friday stores
November 27, 2009
Anne D’Innocenzio
The Associated Press
Shoppers crowded stores and malls in the wee hours Friday, some after spending the night waiting in line, to grab early morning deals and hard-to-find items in the traditionally big shopping day following the American Thanksgiving holiday.

The retailers across the United States expanded their hours and offered deep discounts on everything from toys to TVs in hopes of getting consumers, many of whom are worried about high unemployment and tight credit, to open their wallets.

A number of stores, including Walmart and many Old Navy locations, opened on Thanksgiving, which falls on the last Thursday of November, hoping to make the most of the extra hours. http://www.thespec.com/Business%20News/article/680484

I noticed that the Walmart store in last year's story about crowds trampling a worker at the door made certain that the crowds did not have such an opportunity to repeat that incident.

At the Walmart store in Valley Stream, N.Y., where a security guard was trampled to death in a Black Friday stampede last year, heavy turnout filled the store to capacity, leading to a snaking line hundreds of people deep around 4 a.m. The store was letting shoppers a few at a time as other shoppers left amid a heavy security presence.
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Re: Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Postby alohasand on Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:26 pm

I would think that people would want to stay at home and be grateful if they had money for shelter, food, and clothing. What do they need more stuff for when money's hard to get? The poor retail staff would not be at work if they had better income options or no need to work at the shops. How many store executives do you think were on hand for Black Friday on the store floors? Telling, isn't it.
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Re: Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Postby guitarblues on Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:41 pm

Maybe consumers want to give up time in lines to save on the spending. But then there would be more lines inside. Heck, parks would be nice and empty so little crowding for a pickup flying disk game or tossing a ball between friends.
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Re: Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:13 pm

It's almost here-Black Friday. Even some stores in Canada are boasting flyer deals for Friday and Saturday or price matches (selected items).

Tomorrow, the USA celebrates its Thanksgiving.

Friday, well there are people who think standing in line for hours before a store opens for its "deals" is worthwhile. Please respect the staff and no PUSHING! I really want humans to acknowledge each other and not trample anyone on Friday or any other day.
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Re: Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Postby deja vu on Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:01 pm

A tale of how 2 Countries deal with the deals on Black Friday.

When you see tapes from various cities it is frightening to see how dangerous it is in the US to be there when the doors open. Running over people, pushing/shoving people to the floor, stabbings, even a taser in one fight at a mall over some deals. Then they show the same stores in Canada and the lineups are 6-8 people when the doors open and plenty of space to move around, and more importantly no one is hurt.

While the bargain shopping day has become popular in Canada, most prefer to wait a few hours after opening to shop that day. The retailers do a good business and every one gets in and out safely. No mad rushes to be the first to a bargain.

To be fair, while it is a holiday in the US, it is not in Canada. Also we don't have a Black Friday during our Thanksgiving holiday. I wonder if it would be as crazy in Canada if we had that holiday over our long weekend.

http://o.canada.com/news/black-friday-2 ... ca-photos/

It’s Black Friday, so you know what that means.

SALES! FIST FIGHTS! SAVINGS! BRAWLMART! MADNESS!

Unless you’re in Canada, where Black Friday looks sort of like a busy Sunday before Christmas. Although Black Friday sales are increasingly popular across the country, Canadians just aren’t as frenzied about potential savings as our neighbours to the south, where there are already reports of violence and arrests.

Arguably, Americans get far better deals to fight over on Black Friday (and on Thanksgiving Day, for that matter). But, arguably, no sale is worth this level of chaos.


CANADA: Toronto’s Eaton Centre, which opened at 6 a.m.
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AMERICA: A mall in Brea, California.
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Re: Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Postby Tsukihime on Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:43 pm

US Thanksgiving is tomorrow. But many stores have been pinning sales hopes on Black Friday pre-sales, online at midnight sales and Black Friday sales in actual stores. Let's be grateful to give thanks for what we do have and try to prevent anyone from getting hurt in stores and parking lots across the continent.

Word's reached me that Canada also does Black Friday sales this week too. Small continent.
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Re: Black Friday-the US retail event following Thanksgiving

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:09 pm

Amazon has been ramping up for the holiday buying season. It has 6 warehouses in Canada for orders.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/25/amazon-centres-in-gta-prepare-for-cyber-monday.html

However, European Amazon workers have gone on strike to demand better pay for their work.
BERLIN—Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centres in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand better wages from the American online giant.

In Germany, Ver.di union spokesperson Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at Amazon facilities in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg, Werne, Graben and Koblenz. In a warehouse near Piacenza, in northern Italy, some workers walked off the job to demand “dignified salaries.”

https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/11/24/amazon-workers-stage-black-friday-strikes-in-germany-and-italy.html

There are some people who object to the focus on consumerism at this time of year-the purpose behind Buy Nothing Day.
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2017/11/24/black-friday-and-bleak-sundays-for-the-unlucky-workers.html
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