For starters, Black Friday use to 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 and more on possessions, it has changed the true meaning of Black Friday.
The deals are just not as good as they use to be. Black Friday was a time to get the most wanted items 70 to 80 percent off, as compared to the current sale price of only being 40 to 50 percent off deals.
The upside of this is the seemly declining 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.
The answer to this could be because online shopping becoming 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.
Even though the spirit of Black Friday has been crushed, the idea of it will begin taking a new shape in the form of online deals.