Black Friday is tomorrow (27/11) in Australia and merchants have jumped the gun to drop the prices of their products, both online and retail. Some boasts up to 40% off whilst some give away gifts with minimum purchases. But how did Black Friday came about? When did Australia caught on this traditional American sale?


The History

‘Black Friday’ refers to the day after Thanksgiving as early as 1951, and again in 1952. According to Wikipedia, this term is used due to workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving in order to have a four-day weekend. Although this has not caught on, police in Philadelphia and Rochester use the term ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Black Saturday’ to describe the crowds and traffic congestion due to the start of Christmas shopping season.

On November 29, 1975, the term was used on New York Times which refers specifically to ‘the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year’ in Philadelphia. It is also said that the once-common accounting practices in using red ink to show negative amounts and black ink to show positive amounts may contribute to the word ‘black’ in Black Friday’ as Christmas season is the beginning of the period where retailers would no longer be ‘in the red’ by taking in the year’s profits.


The Arrival Of Black Friday In Australia

Sadly, the term Black Friday refers to the devastating Black Friday bushfires that occurred in Victoria in 1938 – 1939. Shopping references to Black Friday only begun when Apple extended its Black Friday deals to Australia in 2013, where customers receive free shipping and iTunes gift cards with every purchase. Since then, numerous stores in the country run Black Friday promotions in-store and throughout the country.


Best Black Friday Deals Online?

Without a doubt, Amazon and eBay are the top two choices but we noticed that Catch have decent Black Friday sales as well. Drop by Shopper’s Delight for on-going deals. As we are preparing for summer, Radicool Australia is having 40% off its sun protection hats and sun protection swimwear so it’s worth having a look.


You get all year round deals on big supermarket such as Big W, Target or even Coles and Woolworths for groceries – sometimes you get 50% off deals. If you’re pressed for time and you wish to buy imported specialty goods – we’d reckon Asian Pantry would be a good choice for asian grocers in Australia.


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