Friday, November 28, 2003
In America, retailers refer to the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday. They don't mean black as a negative exemplified by the 1929 Stock Market Crash dubbed Black Tuesday, but in the sense that profitability for the year (getting into the "black") is generally dependent upon sales during the twenty-odd days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Today's Black Friday gave us scenes like this and this:
Retailers make 25 percent to 40 percent of their annual sales during the holiday season. Customers reach out for the season's hottest video games at a Kmart in Philadelphia
Today I think it's helpful to remember that for some people everyday is Black Friday and they're not trampling each other to buy Madden NFL 2004.