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The Tradition of Black Friday

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Have you ever been in a Black Friday fight? Have you ever woke up before five o’clock to go shopping? Many people have on this specific holiday exclusive to the US. Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving there are sales that go through the roof on any store-bought item, excluding food or drinks. Every year people fight to get tech, furniture, toys, and clothes with deals that put stores in the “black”.

This event/idea originated in Philadelphia where two businessmen had an idea. Their idea was to bring people from all over town to buy their gold by having one of the biggest sales of the year.  Black Friday is a tradition that spread all over America in 1869. This was the beginning of a bigger event for the coming years but the tradition wasn’t popular again until 1939. Ever since then, there has been a “Black Friday” on our calendars. The name “Black Friday” became popular because this was usually held every Friday and the lines and trafficking would “lead into the black”. It was also said that red ink meant loss and black ink meant profit so on Black Friday the “black” meant profit for the retailers.

Black Friday was created by an idea formed by James Fish and Jay Gould when they tried to take over the gold market with crazy deals.  However, after that incident, Black Friday wasn’t reinstated until 1939. Then during the 1990s some states even legalized it as a holiday.  Suddenly in the 1990’s Black Friday became so popular people started camping out the night before, buying items in a crazed rush. Then, in 2005, Cyber Monday debut and became a game changer with companies like Amazon lifting off.  Soon fights started breaking out and a once innocent holiday became violent. In fact, last year there were 12 deaths and 117 injuries in 2018 alone. To get more background info we interviewed a few adults about their past experiences.

We interviewed Danielle Wilkinson (teacher) on her opinion and experience about Black Friday. According to her, she went before with her sister and grandma, “My sister told us to meet her at 6 AM after she had already been shopping for the past 2 hours!” Danielle never liked Black Friday and had a bad experience when she went with her sister.  But Danielle still says that “If I could buy one item 50% off I would buy a new Tesla.”She also thinks that Black Friday is a rip-off because the items that they sell are at least 7-8-month-old items. “It’s a rip-off, it’s not worth the hassle of fighting for last year’s supply of items.”

Christine Hogen-Esch another avid online shopper in our modern, virtual world talks about her experience during past Black Fridays.  “It was really exhausting because I had to get up at 3 in the morning, and I went with my mom about ten years ago. It wasn’t particularly fun because we went to JC Penny and Sears buying towels and such,” says Christine on her first experience.  “I would go to anyplace depending on the deal, say that there are incredibly crazy deals but there would be only ten. Like a flat screen tv on sale for $200 instead of $1000.” She also said, “Honestly, I think that Black Friday is a little overrated and I feel sad for some of the workers that have to deal with the grumpy shoppers and most of the time they don’t even get holiday pay.”

So, in the end, is Black Friday good or bad?  Does it coincide with our ethics and morals that define our values and lives?  Is it worth it? We’ve heard from multiple sources claiming different things about Black Friday with diverse experiences.  Now it’s your turn to choose between waking up early and possible violence to gain a few hundred dollars off on your dream item.  Or stay in bed and experience peace and quiet but miss out on the biggest savings of the year. It’s your choice but would it be worth it either way?

About the Writers
Sean Dieu, Reporter

Sean Dieu is a proud asian who that has been going to AdVenture STEM for 2 years now. He is currently a 7th grader and a Reporter for the Patriot Power...

Kevin Hong, Editor-in-Chief

Kevin Hong wasn't planning on going to AdVENTURE, yet here he is now and loving every minute of it. He is currently a 7th grader at AdVenture. He is currently...

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