Black Friday? Who is she?

November 28, 2018

The term “Black Friday” was originally used to refer to the financial crisis that occurred when the US gold market crashed on September 24 of 1869. Over time, the story that came to mind when the term was talked about became that, after an entire year of operating at a loss, stores would earn a profit on the day after Thanksgiving due to the significant amount of money spent on discounted merchandise. Sparking the annual celebration of Black Friday, millions of people spend the day after Thanksgiving, and, for certain stores, the day of Thanksgiving, crowding shops and filling their carts with discounted items.

“I don’t like going shopping on Black Friday. There are way too many people, plus most of the time I can buy everything online. Also, the fact that people end up camping outside of stores waiting for them to open is so insane. It seems like a waste of time and energy,” senior Quinn Hall said.

While some people are not fond of the so-called holiday, others go berserk and take advantage of the sales, digging up the best deals to stock up on supplies or even gifts for the holidays that follow Thanksgiving.

“My parents ask for my Christmas wish list in November so they can shop for what I want on Black Friday. It’s nice because then they don’t have to spend as much money on some things and use the money they save to buy more gifts,” junior Makenna Pipes said.

Black Friday could also be a great way to spend quality time with family and friends that people may not get to see very often.

“If I go shopping, I go with my brother and extended family. We get to spend time together and it makes shopping more fun when we’re goofing off every second. Otherwise, I stay home with my family and we spend the day watching movies and playing games,” freshman Briggs Maynor said.

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