Yakezie Carnival:The End of Black Friday Edition

For years, Black Friday has brought the crazy out in people. I mean standing out in the middle of the night in arctic temperatures brand of crazy. At the end of the ice-cold, wait-till-midnight-to-shop hysteria is an expensive piece of electronic equipment discounted by $100. Then, after great feats of effort, you wrap up the expensive piece of electronic equipment and give it to someone else. Sadly, I’m here to announce that Black Friday might be coming to an end.

Bloomberg notes that sales were down this last Black Friday. The biggest culprit was the number of retailers trying to get a jump on Friday by offering Thanksgiving sales. However, the article also notes that many retailers have been offering deals all week. This defeats the magic of Black Friday, which was that all retailers initiated holiday specials at the same time. As deals spread out, the need to hit the stores at midnight fades. This could be the beginning of the end for Black Friday.

What are your thoughts? Could Black Friday be drawing to a close?

Yakezie Carnival

Now that I’ve either made your day or ruined your life. I leave you with this week’s Yakezie Carnival.

Great articles everyone!

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  1. says

    Hi. Thanks for hosting and including myself.
    As for BF, I don’t think it’s dying, at least not here in Canada, as we had nothing like BF before other than Boxing Day, so it’s relatively new and the retailers are working OT to keep shoppers from going in US for BF.

  2. says

    I don’t know that it’s dying, but just being extended for the several weeks before hand. The research I’ve done shows that the deals really are starting several weeks prior to Turkey Day and that the Saturday before Christmas is now the best day to get deals.

    Thanks for including my post by the way & for hosting!

  3. says

    Thanks for including my post! I definitely think Black Friday is dying – the retailers won’t keep the good deals just to that one day so it dilutes the purpose of shopping then.

  4. says

    I can’t be bothered to deal with the crowds and take so much time out of my day. I don’t need anything that bad, even if it is on sale. I think deals with come more frequently to encourage shopping in general. A lot of people have gone quiet since the recession.

    Thanks for the inclusion and for hosting. I really appreciate it.

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