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Black Friday in the US

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by Apinant Hoontrakul

If you’ve never lived in the U.S. or if you have just arrived, you may have heard people talking about Black Friday and wondered, “What exactly is Black Friday?”

Have you ever seen a movie depicting American people waiting for a department store to open and then rush in fighting for their favorite dress or popular toy? That scene from the movie is most likely a depiction of what happens in many parts of the United State during the morning of Black Friday.

Black Friday happens every year on the fourth Friday in November, the day after Thanksgiving Day. Even though it is not an official holiday, many people will have the day off due to Thanksgiving. On this day many stores open their doors early to officially start the holiday shopping season by giving out big discounts. Because of this, large crowds come out in the morning ready for a good deal.

The term Black Friday is widely recognized as the day when retail business turns a profit going from the “red” (debt) to “black” (profit) due to the large purchases on this one day alone.

If you are an international student in the United States, after you experience your first American Thanksgiving dinner eating turkey and pumpkin pie, consider waking up early on Friday after Thanksgiving Day. You may be able to buy things that you want for a great price. Be sure to check out your favorite stores to see their advertisements so that you can choose your strategy on stores to check out the day of Black Friday. If you plan ahead, you will have a higher likelihood of getting the items you want at a deep discount since most sales usually ends before noon.

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