The end-of-year shopping sales have only just begun with Singles’ Day on 11 November. You can now look forward to Black Friday, happening this Friday on November 29. This popular shopping holiday which originated from the US holds a smorgasbord of amazing deals and discounts from your favourite American online retailers. It includes the likes of Amazon, Ulta Beauty and independent online stores.
In fact, it’s such a huge affair, even local and regional online retailers like Zalora, Lazada and Alibaba are getting in on it.
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How did Black Friday originate?
The term Black Friday was created in the 1960s by the Philadelphia Police Department. It was coined to describe the chaos created by overcrowded sidewalks and massive traffic jams due to downtown shoppers taking advantage of the first holiday sales. In the 1980s, it took on a more positive association.
The idea was that stores were “in the red” or making a loss from January to November and that they transitioned to being “in the black” or making a profit during the holiday season. In 2005, Cyber Monday was conceived as the online counterpart to the brick-and-mortar Black Friday, when stores extended their sales period online over the weekend to include Monday.
But let’s cut to the chase – here are 11 tips and tricks you need to know in order to survive this shopping extravaganza that’s about to hit your world very soon: