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Did you celebrate Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day this year? Both holidays are informally scheduled on the Friday after Thanksgiving on the expanding seasonal calendar of named days. According to Sarah Pruitt’s reporting on the History Channel website, two myths about Black Friday deserve to be busted. One is a twisted internet-driven rumor connecting the term to discount slave auctions. Squash that one.
People don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, or Denmark, or the Czech Republic – but they do shop on Black Friday
Despite the availability of online retail, many consumers in the Pacific Northwest still prefer to do their holiday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Washington State University study.
Those shopping Friday suggested the continuing trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving has made Black Friday a tamer affair.
Early deals dampen Black Friday frenzy after retailers gave shoppers a head start to compensate for shorter holiday shopping season
Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer.
As Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to be the most popular days to shop for holiday gifts online and at big-box stores, Spokane retailers are gearing up to meet customer demands with a variety of unique items.
Although retail analysts predict consumers nationwide will spend more on Christmas gifts this year because of job growth and higher wages, a recent study indicates Spokane residents will keep their budgets tight during the holiday shopping season.
Two San Diego teenagers who took a Black Friday trip to Ensenada, Mexico, were shot and killed execution-style in a triple homicide Sunday morning at a Tijuana apartment complex, according to family members, school officials and Mexican media reports.
Marilyn Henderson, the retired program coordinator at the school for children with developmental disabilities, is prepping for yet another season of giving away toys to families. Henderson, who signs letters “Mrs. Santa,” said she’s motivated by a desire for all children to receive one toy under the tree at Christmas.
Stores were bustling Friday morning but most early bargain hunters said it didn’t seem like the rush was as intense as it had been in past years. With several stores opening Thursday evening and deals available online, those who did brave the early morning chill said they had specific items in mind and were mostly shopping for themselves.
Some of Amazon’s workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday.
Retailers are offering much of their Black Friday deals online, but shoppers still showed up at malls and stores around the country looking for discounts – and also to take in the scene.
A man was shot and killed by police after a fight at an Alabama mall ahead of Black Friday shopping resulted in gunfire that injured a teenager and a 12-year-old girl.
Firas Alhasani had a plan. Get in. Get the TV. Get out. Such is the life of a Black Friday shopper. Especially one who shows up three hours early to get the coveted first spot in line. Only, it wasn’t Friday. It was Thursday – 30 minutes before J.C. Penney at the NorthTown Mall was set to open at 2 p.m. for early Thanksgiving shopping.
Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines.
For those wanting to plan their shopping excursions Thanksgiving Day and Friday, here’s a list of Black Friday hours for a score of area stores.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.
Retailers and United Parcel Service are trying to give customers accustomed to quick deliveries a few incentives to be patient, following the Black Friday-through-Cyber Monday shopping spree.
Black Friday deals and strong consumer confidence could push auto sales higher in November despite waning demand for post-hurricane replacement vehicles.