Black Friday losing its luster or is it still a maddening day?

Grace Rostello, Staff writer

Other than Thanksgiving, there is another “holiday” that is very talked about and that is Black Friday. This day is special because of how the stuff at the stores are half price of what you ordinarily get year around.

The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was applied not to holiday shopping but to financial crisis: specifically, the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869.

The history behind Black Friday is far crazier. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday later became known in print, after an advertisement was published in The American Philatelist magazine in 1966. By the late 1980s, the term was commonly known across the nation and retailers soon linked it to their post-Thanksgiving sales.

As of last year, there has been 10 officially total deaths that happened from black Friday.

Last year, American shoppers spent a record $5 billion online in the space of 24 hours.  174 million US consumers went shopping online or in-store last year over Thanksgiving weekend, which spans Thanksgiving Day through to Cyber Monday According to a survey by the national retail federation.

Every year for black Friday is always crazy with the amount of people trying to get into the stores to buy things.

Of course, going outside and shopping instead for everybody and would rather stay inside. As time goes on not a lot of people really enjoy going out for black Friday and would rather stay inside and shop online for their stuff. Online shopping provides an easy alternative to braving the cold and crowds on Black Friday.

Today, Black Friday is the USA’s biggest shopping event of the year and will become bigger as the years go by.