No matter what holiday it is, always count on the fact that stores will have sales. And the biggest sale season that will happen during the year is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. People used to wait in line for hours until the stores doors open at midnight. However, the aftermath of 2016’s Black Friday sale has shown new trends to this holiday tradition.
For one, Black Friday use to actually start on Friday. Now stores start their "Black Friday" sales on Thursday and that is only part of the change. What used to be an all overnight event is now a few hours on Thanksgiving. 6 years ago was the last time stores opened no earlier than 10pm.
Not only does this encourage people to spend less time with their families, it was changed the true meaning of Black Friday.
You would think that two days of shopping fun would lead to more and more deals. But the deals are just not as good as they use to be. Black Friday was a time to get the most wanted items 70-80% off, as compared to the 40-50% off deals.
On the bright side this seems to have decreased the number of people that participate which has created less chaos and shorter checkout lines. The old fashion fighting for the last item and stampeding into the store is not really an issue anymore.
This is probably because online shopping is so popular. Instead of leaving your nice warm house, hop onto your laptop and pull up Amazon for their Cyber Monday deals. Most stores have the same deals online anyways, so there is not much of a need to go out anymore.