BLACK FRIDAY: Where does it come from?

In the run up to Black Friday, many of us are already attacking the shops, looking for the best deals in the run up to Christmas. But where did this tradition originate from?

The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers. As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise.

Since being introduced to the UK around 2000, this year it is estimated that Brits will spend more than £1bn, making it the biggest shopping event of the year. If like me, you don’t fancy embracing the crowds, I would suggest making the most of the vast amount of online deals flying about, from the comfort, and moreover safety, of your own home!