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Black Friday Shopping

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If you are in the United States for Thanksgiving you cannot miss out on the Black Friday experience. The Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, the day shops and retailers offer considerable mark downs to kick off the United States’ Christmas shopping season. Today the name commonly refers to retailers turning a profit and thus being “in the black” as opposed to in the red, but the name has taken on different meanings over the years.

Black Friday is not for the weary. Stores often open as early as 4am, and customers are known to line-up outside of shops the night before to get the best deals. The day attracts massive crowds, and a sense of chaos has become part of the tradition.

Black Friday is recognized nationally and takes place throughout the United States. Large chain retailers get the most publicity for their Black Friday deals, and shoppers can find everything from clothing and cosmetics to home goods, electronics and tools. New York City, a major shopping destination everyday of the year, is a mecca Black Friday shoppers. For smaller crowds, though, you may want to head to areas outside of the city or smaller cities such as Philadelphia – the city to coin the phrase “Black Friday," located just two hours south of New York City. Some retailers, notably Amazon, are now working to bring the Black Friday tradition to Britain and other parts of the world with online, international sales.

If you are ready to brave the aisles this Black Friday, experienced shoppers advise that you map out where you will go and what you want before you begin your shopping. With extra pedestrian and vehicle traffic, you will need more time to navigate the crowds. Be sure to wear your trainers and stay hydrated. For shoppers, Black Friday is a competitive feat calling for planning and endurance.

Written by  Christine Fisher.

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