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November 26th, 2009

The History of Black Friday

We can talk until we’re blue in the face about Black Friday, and how silly it is, and wonder why anyone would want to go to Toys ‘R’ Them at midnight (midnight!) to drop some hard-earned cash. We can.

Or, in your post-pie stupor you can read the fascinating history of Black Friday and how all of this madness came to be in the first place. The most interesting tidbit has to do with the date of Thanksgiving here in the US: Teddy Roosevelt moved it up a week. Just like that. For the hell of it. More precisely, really, for the benefit of retail shops.

Lots of good stuff here, and lots of myths busted. Me? I’ll get to a store or two tomorrow, but only in the evening once everyone else is back home sleeping. And I’ll just be buying some milk anyway.

Posted in Consumer Commentary

jk November 29, 2009, 4:41 am

My store opened at midnight, yes indeed. We have no choice :o). We were mobbed…I am sorry, but any money I save is negated if I have to wait in line for an hour. My time IS valuable.

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