The Week of Savings - Black Friday and Cyber Monday in Canada and US

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Posted: 12 days ago

Hello everyone!

Welcome to a place of discussion for all things savings and deals related! I mean obviously we need to discuss the massive savings we get!


Black Friday has typically been the day after Thanksgiving in the US (Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving in mid-October typically). On this day, many stores open early (sometimes even at midnight) and offer deep discounts on must-have items. This day is said to have started in 1961 in Philadelphia in the US and in 2001 in Lower Mainland in Canada when the US and Canadian dollar were at parity. Over the years, Black Friday has made its way to other countries including Mexico, the UK, Romania, France, Germany, etc. due to the increase in e-shopping.


Cyber Monday is the Monday right after Thanksgiving and was created in 2005 to encourage shoppers to spend online. The deals began with big-box items and electronics, but over the years have expanded to anything and everything you can find online.


Today, both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are seen together with sales beginning a week before Thanksgiving and continuing a week or two after Thanksgiving when holiday sales take over instead.

While it would be too much work to note down all the amazing deals that people can find, feel free to share whatever it is you want about these 2 days below.

Deals, tips to find deals, items you have bought or are about to buy, and how you take advantage of these deals are all great options! Share tips on how to avoid scams and how to find the best deals. And just chat away. Everything is allowed!

Tag Credit - Maria (DreamyButterfly)

Edited by Minionite - 11 days ago
Posted: 12 days ago

It is a great initiative by our IF and by you Shreya. smiley27

It introduces a new type of shopping for us. 

With this initiative, new vistas will open for our members, direct international shopping experience, just to have an idea of the different products and the prices and deals. 

Thank you very much. smiley31

Posted: 11 days ago

Earlier I believe it used to be a big event and I used to wait for it as used to buy laptops from USA during Black Friday. 

I feel with Online Shopping and all the effect of Black Friday has gone down considerably. (Correct me if I am wrong)

If you are big on Shopping on Big Friday / Cyber Monday .. do share if you got a good deal on something you bought. 


Posted: 11 days ago

Here is the link for our members to have a feel of the interesting deals --- 

Here is the link, click on deals, and you'll get a detailed list of deals on that particular section.

We’d love to hear what you think! Give feedback please, so that we will be able to know the priorities of our members. smiley1 

Posted: 11 days ago

Thanks for sharing the detailed info on Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, Shreya! smiley31

I've heard a lot about Black Friday from my cousins living in US.. I've never been abroad but one in a while, I do ask one of my cousins to buy there for me if needed.

Posted: 7 days ago

NOV 19, 2021

What’s the Real History of Black Friday?The retail bonanza known as Black Friday is now an integral part of many Thanksgiving celebrations, but this holiday tradition has darker roots than you might imagine


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The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was applied not to post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping but to financial crisis: specifically, the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. Two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.

The most commonly repeated story behind the 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. Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition.

In recent years, another myth has surfaced that gives a particularly ugly twist to the tradition, claiming that back in the 1800s Southern plantation owners could buy enslaved workers at a discount on the day after Thanksgiving. Though this version of Black Friday’s roots has understandably led some to call for a boycott of the retail holiday, it has no basis in fact.

The real history behind Black Friday, however, is not as sunny as retailers might have you believe. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Not only would Philly cops not be able to take the day off, but they would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic. Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache.

By 1961, “Black Friday” had caught on in Philadelphia, to the extent that the city’s merchants and boosters tried unsuccessfully to change it to “Big Friday” in order to remove the negative connotations. The term didn’t spread to the rest of the country until much later, however, and as recently as 1985 it wasn’t in common use nationwide. Sometime in the late 1980s, however, retailers found a way to reinvent Black Friday and turn it into something that reflected positively, rather than negatively, on them and their customers. The result was the “red to black” concept of the holiday mentioned earlier, and the notion that the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when America’s stores finally turned a profit.

 The Black Friday story stuck, and pretty soon the term’s darker roots in Philadelphia were largely forgotten. Since then, the one-day sales bonanza has morphed into a four-day event, and spawned other “retail holidays” such as Small Business Saturday/Sunday and Cyber Monday. Stores started opening earlier and earlier on that Friday, and now the most dedicated shoppers can head out right after their Thanksgiving meal

Edited by Sutapasima - 7 days ago
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