Aug 27, 2007

Three months to Black Friday

We are arriving to the last quarter of the year 2007 pretty soon. As the end of the year is approaching, so is Christmas. We usually start our Christmas shopping early. Whenever, we see good buys anytime of the year, we will get the item for Christmas gift. But most of our shopping will be done on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

You probably wonder why they call the day after Thanksgiving - Black Friday. Traditionally, this day marks the beginning of Christmas shopping for most people and when the malls are changing their Thanksgiving decoration to Christmas decoration. Why Black? Because retailers for the first time of the whole year will see profits (black) and not losses (red) in their businesses.

Since I've told you what is Black Friday, let me now tell you what we usually do on that day. We get the newspaper on Thanksgiving Day. This newspaper is very thick as it has so many Black Friday Advertisements (BFAds) in it. We would plan our trip for the next day and list all the retailers we are going to visit. They open as early as 5am. Most stores have special and limited items on sale to attract customers to their store first. We would have to wake up as early as 4am to lined up at the stores to get the limited specials. But this was the past and I no longer have to do BF shopping like that.

Since last year, we've been doing our BF shopping online. We signed up with BFAds and get emails notices about BF sales online. We can do our shopping before we go to sleep on Thanksgiving night. For example, last year I got some great deals and Bestbuy special BF promotion before I went to sleep. Place my order and wait for their free delivery. Isn't that wonderful? We no longer have to fight the crowd and wake up at 4am.

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