Cyber Monday vs Black Friday

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Cyber Monday vs Black Friday

Riley Page, Staffer

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 In America, we have many holiday traditions. As a country, we really go all out during this season, regardless of which holiday we are celebrating. Two of these famed traditions are black Friday and Cyber Monday. The two are starting to become more and more melded as the years go by and the convenience of online shopping takes over. Although they are celebrated all over the world, it is commercialized in our country. But the main question is, which one is better?

Typically black Friday starts the day after Thanksgiving. This year it was on November 23 but for some stores in can’t start days earlier. Mass sales in select stores start and millions of people rush in to find the best deals. In certain cases, there have been people hurt and sometimes even killed. According to the Tom Head from The South African 105 people have died as a result of Black Friday.

That doesn’t stop people from going out the day before and setting up camp in front of those stores. Research on sales and stores is always smart too before you go shopping. Most of the time people just look at the signs that say sale, not realizing that they aren’t really saving that much money. Kimberly Amadeo of The Balance has calculated the record-breaking total of black Friday to be $7.9 billion.

Cyber Monday starts the Monday after Thanksgiving and this year it was on the 26th. The team from Reader’s Digest have done their research on the origins on Cyber Monday. According to their team, the term was coined in 2005 when the NRF (National Retail Federation) noticed a spike in online retail made from computers at peoples places of work.

This shopping tradition is incredibly similar to Black Friday but instead, it’s online and there is no waiting in camps outside in the cold. Our growth in technology has made this tradition even more popular than Black Friday. Phil Wahba from Fortune that in 2016 consumers spent more than $3.45 billion online alone.