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Biggest Shopping Days and Seasons

Black Friday is not the only big shopping day of the year. There are plenty of other days that are giving it a run for its money. However, it is still the leader with its fantastic deals after Thanksgiving Day. But what are the other shopping days and seasons throughout the year that are proving to be quite profitable for businesses? We know that there are more than one.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day in which mom is honored for everything that she has done. It is that one day a year where everyone stops and thinks, ‘Thanks mom for everything you have done for me.’ There are so many gifts that are made available to buy mom such as flowers and even electronics. It has been advertised and hyped up to the point where mom receives gifts similar to what she would receive on her birthday or Christmas.

As for Father’s Day, unfortunately, dad is second place to mom. Father’s Day is still an incredible shopping day, but it definitely does not come with all of the hype that Mother’s Day does. This isn’t to say that dad isn’t appreciated, because he is. It’s just that dads aren’t really gift receivers like mom unless they simply don’t want to admit how excited it makes them, even if you do buy them a tie each year.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is another day in which appreciation is shown for your significant other. That’s when the department and food stores start stocking up on roses, various flowers, and boxes of chocolates. There are even stuffed animals and balloons thrown in there to make the day special. This is also a huge shopping day for jewelry stores because this is a day in which a lot of proposals for marriage are made. It may seem a little cliché, but a lot of restaurants seem to set the mood on this particular day, making it perfect for that marriage proposal.

Christmas and Black Friday

The Christmas shopping season is kicked off by Black Friday. It is that shopping day after Thanksgiving in which stores offer up door buster deals by opening their doors at 5:00 a.m. and letting the hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of people into their stores to scoop up the best deals of the season. In all reality, it is the best time of year to shop for such items as clothes, toys, and various other gift items.

Once Black Friday begins, the stores remain busy until Christmas Eve as shoppers are taking advantage of last minute deals to get their last minute shopping done. This explains why these stores have to have extended hours and why they have to have seasonal help. This is by far the busiest shopping season of the year. Where Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day are all busy periods, the Christmas shopping season lasts just a little under a month. All of the rest only last for a matter of days to a week and that is it.

There you have it!

So there you have it, a rundown of the biggest and busiest shopping days and seasons of the year. Although there are other busy seasons, such as Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, these are item-specific seasons. You’re either buying food or fireworks. These other seasons are huge money-makers for businesses. They are also great times for people to do their online shopping because of all of the sales that encourage people to buy more. So whatever your favorite shopping season is, be sure to find the best deals and to have fun.

Planning Ahead For the Biggest Shopping

Planning ahead is always a good idea, especially when you are talking about Black Friday. Black Friday 2009 is expected to be one of the biggest in recent years. As the country is coming out of the recession, more businesses are becoming generous on their discounts. Major stores, whether they are online or not, are going to have plenty of sales that are bound to please everyone. Today it is possible to seek the sales before they come out in the ads on Thanksgiving Day. Before deciding to wait in the long lines at a store, you can see what sales you want to go after and what stores to hit. Several Black Friday-goers wait in the long lines as window shoppers. While there is nothing wrong with that, there is also nothing wrong with standing in line if you know what you want to buy.

Black Friday 2009 ads will be plentiful and places like Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, Amazon, Apple and more will be having their ads early for people who want to explore that possibility. Get great deals on electronics, clothes, jewelry and much more.

There has never been a better time than now to start if looking for sales. With slightly less than two months before the big day, get excited about the possibilities. Some sales will last for several days while some will only last for a day. Don’t miss out and be prepared.

How Did the Biggest Shopping Day

Internationally on the 14th of February every year, it is known as Valentine’s day to many. It is the day to celebrate couples being together. However for those who are single, it may be saddening as singles do not have any partner to celebrate with.

The history is that in the 90s, students at Nanjing University in China started celebrating 11th November as the single peoples’ version of Valentine’s day. The date Nov 11th was chosen as figuratively, the 4 ones characters signified as 2 single person together. After all, one is the loneliest number – and the Chinese name Gu?nggùn Jié (???) literally means “bare sticks day.”

The day was then commercialized by Chinese eCommerce company, Alibaba, who launched the first Double 11 sale in 2009. The term was trademarked, and only Alibaba can use the official “Double 11” name. In order not to infringe on the copyright, other companies which follow suit, use 11.11 or Singles’ Day.

Singles’ day is the biggest sale in the world! It is much bigger than Black Friday, and Cyber Monday combined. Black Friday in the US saw online sales hit a record of just over US$3 billion US and sales between Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday accounted for only $12.8 billion in 2016.

Singles’ Day had been under the radar for most of the world, but in 2016, Chinese shoppers spent an incredible US$17.8 billion in 24 hours on the Alibaba online platform. In 2017, It was reported by Alibaba that sales from Singles’ Day amounted to $25.3 billion, a 40 percent jump from last year’s figures. The growth is fuelled by its growing international popularity. Similar to the US version of the shopping holidays, Alibaba offered discounts on a variety of goods, from household items to electronic gadgets to clothing to beauty supplies.

Over the years, the holiday’s cultural meaning has evolved for some into an opportunity to say goodbye to the single life. Many youngsters celebrate Singles’ Day by going on blind dates or attempt to woo a partner by buying the perfect gift. There are ironically more weddings held on 11/11 than other days of the year.

Some of the deals were also matched by offline Brick & Mortar stores and in the near future, sales are expected to be more personalized as brands used big data to hone their targets. All in all, Singles’ Day now become a day when everyone, regardless of their relationship status, buys gifts for themselves.

The Busiest Shopping Day of the Year

When you sit down tomorrow to turkey dinner, make sure to enjoy the relative peace and quiet because you know what comes after that, don’t you? The Friday after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday.

Known for sometime now as the “busiest shopping day of the year”, this day after Thanksgiving is seen by many as the official start of the holiday shopping season. A popular day off for employees, the Friday after Thanksgiving has more than the usual amount of people out hunting for bargains and looking for gifts but how did this day get the name of Black Friday?

It all started in the greater Philadelphia area in the 1960’s, when the term “Black Friday” was first used by the Philadelphia police force. They coined the term due to the heavy traffic they had to manage on this day and from the blackish fumes that were emitted from the increased amount of vehicles on the road. The term gained popularity along the East Coast where Black Friday eventually came to mean that this was the day when retailers would start to post profits, or “be in the black” (as opposed to “in the red” and operating at a loss). The term “Black Friday” continued to catch on and by the year 2000, it was a commonly used term that was recognized by most everyone.

It was even earlier, though, that the day after Thanksgiving became THE popular day for holiday shopping and the unofficial start of the Christmas season. This shopping tradition began after the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1924. Maybe it was the word “Macy’s” splashed everywhere that made people think they should start shopping, or maybe it came about because this day has always been a popular choice of a day off for employees in order to create a four day weekend. Regardless, marking Black Friday as a day for shopping has, over time, only seen an increase in the numbers of shoppers.

Retailers have taken advantage of this by offering “doorbusters” and special promotional prices that are good only for Black Friday. Stores opening early have also increased over the years with some now opening so early it’s arguably just “really late at night” on Thanksgiving! Whether it’s the great deals, the day off, or enjoying the shopping, Black Friday has become its own unique holiday. Enjoy!

Is It Really The Best Shopping Day?

Black Friday!

It is the one day everybody waits for to find the best deal!

Are you one of those people who wait all year long for this one day and go stand outside in those long lines for hours on end waiting to burst through the door with eager and anticipation all on the name of a deal?

More power to you my friend and good luck! I have never really understood the logic behind that craziness but I have friends and family all over the place that cannot wait, they leave Thanksgiving dinner early to get some sleep, or to go get in line.

Now in their heads Black Friday is the day of all days that you can get the best deals and the best sales but in order for you to capitalize on it you have to get in line at an god awful hour and stand in it for hours on end. I mean it is pitch black when you get in line and still pitch black when you enter the store.

Black Friday Mania

How people can leave all that turkey, stuffing, pies, yams, greens and football in beyond me. I truly do not understand what people are thinking. Can someone please help me out? I think that this is the craziest thing on the planet that people do and they do it faithfully every single year all over the world. I mean this is a straight up epidemic that gets people in a uproar.

Do you ever see the stories or the videos on youtube about people actually fighting over toys for the kids, I mean they have knock out drag out fights! People get trampled, they have police on standby, now how crazy is that!

The best shopping day of the year if you let the shop-aholics tell you and you have to have a police escort so that people will not get hurt or possible even killed so that you can save a few bucks on items that you probably do not need anyway! I mean seriously, really?

I know I sound like the grinch that stole Black Friday, but you will never ever catch me out there in all that madness. My own daughter and her father was actually out there last year standing in line at Best Buy so that he could get her a TV for goodness sakes, his cheap ass, just did not want to pay the regular price so he had my baby out in the cold, (she was 14 at the time) but still my baby is shivering in the cold for a TV, hilarious, but she loved it!

Hey all I am saying is that this is really something people love to do and no matter what I think or how I feel about it, I actually do not begrudge anybody anything that makes them happy and makes their family happy for the sacrifice people make on this Black Friday to ensure they get all they want for Christmas!

But if you want to know what I do so that I can sit in the comfort of my home make lots of money and shop when I want so it really does not matter if anything is on sale or not, MY BLACK FRIDAY IS EVERYDAY yours can be too!

Shopping Days Leading Up to Christmas

With only so many shopping days left until Christmas, countless consumers will likely be mobbing shopping malls and retailers in the next few days looking to finish off their spending for the season.

However, in the midst of the last-minute shopping chaos, the Connecticut Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be careful with their personal belongings, especially ones containing personal information, as identity thieves will likely be on the prowl looking for victims.

While online identity theft has seemed to dominate the headlines throughout the year BBB President Paulette Scarpetti warned that more traditional “low-tech” methods of appropriating one’s identity such as pick-pocketing

“There is considerable attention given to online identity theft and with good reason, however there are still pickpockets and crooks that will grab a purse or wallet and make a run for it. Consumers should keep this in mind when walking around a mall or store, or waiting in line to pay.” Scarpetti said.

When out shopping, the state BBB suggested that women keep their purses tightly tucked under their arm and not to overwhelm themselves with too many shopping bags that would make it easier for a thief to swipe a bag or purse and have it go unnoticed. Additionally, keeping copies of receipts stored in a secure place other than a bag can also be a proactive way to deter thieves from obtaining credit or debit card information.

The final week before Christmas may also prove to be busier than in years’ past, as a recent Consumer Reports survey found that many shoppers have taken to shopping later into the season in order to find good deals. Thirty percent of shoppers surveyed said they would not finish their shopping until December 23, while 13 percent did not think they would be done buying gifts until Christmas Eve.

Black Friday for Beginners

What is Black Friday?

Perhaps the most popular shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving (Friday) is named “Black Friday” because this is the day that most retailers go from being not profitable (red on earnings statements) to profitable (in the “black” on earnings statements.) Deal finders love these sales, and I have been going for a few years now. Generally speaking, I love Black Friday, but with the birth of my new son, it doesn’t seem practical to get up at 4:00 in the morning to find these great deals!

Here is the strategy I have used to be successful in getting every item on my wish list:

1. Get the ads – Either online or the day that they come out in the paper, grab all the ads from the papers and sit down with a pen and paper. Remember that rural areas don’t often get all the ads from the retailers, so if you are missing one from a store you want to shop, you can probably go online and get one from them at their website directly.

2. Ad by ad, circle the items that you want the most. Remember that many stores will be offering the exact same items on sale, so price compare. I use 3×5 cards to make a list for each store on each card with the items I want for that store. Group them by department if you wish for easier navigation in the store.

3. Make note of the times that the stores open on each note card. The strategy will be to go to the stores that open earliest first, and so on so that you can grab those best deals as they become available.

4. The day before the sale – Lay out your clothes, wallet, notecards, and a quick breakfast bar or other item to snack on before you go or on the drive. Remember that it may be very cold at 4a.m. where you live, so dress warmly. Avoid bulky coats if you can (dress in layers), as you will not have room in your cart to stash your coat, and it will get very, very hot waiting in those lines.

5. The day of the sale – Hit the road with your best co-shopper. This works best with a friend.

6. Hit the earliest store first. Try to get there at least 10 minutes before the store opens. You will possibly have to wait in line, but get in there. When you door opens, never push or shove other shoppers. In fact, if it is overwhelming for you, hang back a bit and let the most aggressive shoppers through first. I usually wait casually until the rush gets in, and if there is already a cart or two in the parking lot, grab them! There will be a mad dash for carts that will cause the biggest confusion. (Sometimes they run out of carts.)

7. Head for each item on your list. Most of the really good early sales (those listed for opening until about 11 a.m. only) will probably be out in the aisles for easy access. If you find an item on your list that is hard to get to (due to crowds or narrow aisles) have one of you wait by the carts and the other grab the item. This teamwork approach works great for “divide and conquering.”

8. When you are about done, try to combine all items into one cart and head for the check out line. One of you wait in line while the other roams the store for any missed deals. Check out and head for the next store on the list!

9. Don’t forget to get some breakfast, coffee and bathroom breaks as needed. Don’t let the experience stress you out! After all, you are getting some great deals.

10. And last but not least, DON’T FORGET GIFT RECEIPTS! These are very important to have if you are claiming any rebates.

If you get home and want to venture online, many stores will be having some or all of their sale items online, too! You may find that this approach works best for items where you only have one thing to get at a retailer and it is not offered exclusively during that “early bird” morning window.

The Biggest Shopping Day of the Year

With Thanksgiving soon approaching, so too is the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. If you are looking to save a lot of money on your Christmas shopping, shopping on this day is the best way to do it. You can get some amazing deals on some of the most sought after items, if you are quick enough.

Shopping on Black Friday can be the best shopping experience of your life if you plan ahead. It is a really good idea to scope out the bargains before the big day. You can do this by perusing through the sale flyers that the stores usually send out well in advance. Make a list of the items that you want and where you need to go to get them. Keep in mind, though, that you are not the only one looking at those flyers. There are literally thousands of other people doing the exact same thing.

In order to get the items that you are after, you may need to get up extremely early on Black Friday. While most stores have all day sales, some of them will also offer early bird specials where they offer a limited number of hot ticket items for a limited amount of time, usually an hour or two. Some people will spend the night on the sidewalks outside of the stores in order take advantage of these specials. You can count on waiting outside in line for an extended period waiting for the stores to open. It might not be a bad idea to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

A divide and conquer approach is the best way to go once you enter the store. This is where planning ahead comes in handy. Find two or three of your friends or family member that are willing to brave the crowds. Have each one go after specific items on your list. While you go after certain items in one store or department, someone else can be looking for other items in a different store or department. By doing this, you stand a much better chance of getting the items that you want before they disappear.

Be aware, that on Black Friday, just about any store you go to will be a chaotic mess. People tend to be rude, cranky, and possessive. Anything goes. Some people will do everything in their power to obtain the items they are after before they disappear. In past years, physical altercations over hot ticket items have been reported. So, if crowds and chaos intimidate you, you may want to stay home and take advantage of some of the deals that can be found online. Many online stores have awesome after Thanksgiving sales. If you so choose, you can do your shopping without leaving the quiet comfort of your home. Some stores also have great sales on Thanksgiving Day if you do not mind sacrificing part of your holiday in order to save money.

The Best Christmas Shopping

Big shopping days are the Friday after Thanksgiving, the day after Christmas, and New Years Day.

New Years Day is the day that women get even with their husbands for watching a zillion football games. They spend and spend and spend.

The problem with all of these days and all the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas is that there are a zillion customers in the stores. To get there they cram the streets with their cars. The clerks are working themselves to death. When they get home at night they say, “Oh, my feet! My feet!”

The best day to do Christmas shopping is the day that the stores are full of new Christmas merchandize that has not been picked over.

There is a plethora of clerks a smiling.

The clerks joke with you, help you find the right set of earrings for each of your twenty-three granddaughters, binoculars for your nine grandsons, a stuffed lion for your great granddaughter, books for your kids and their spouses, and then the clerks say, “Have a nice Thanksgiving! Can we help you to the car?”

Now you have guessed the day, haven’t you?

How many said, “Christmas Eve just before the stores close when the stores panic if they have too much leftover merchandise. They cut their prices and you buy, buy, buy!

If you are not poor, you are wrong. Now days, the stores have to cut their prices much earlier to compete with Target® and Wal-mart®.

The best day to shop is the day before Thanksgiving.

Stay-at-home moms are all baking pies.

Working moms are heading straight for the grocery store at noon and after work.

Nobody goes shopping that day but my wife and I and a few little old ladies who have “caught on.”

We went shopping this morning and were home by 3:30 p.m. That was after I had the salmon at the Sizzler® and my wife her usual salad bar. I had a salad bar too.

When we got to the Sizzler®, I was starved from shopping for our five children, their spouses, our 32 grandchildren, including two new spouses, and our great grandchild that still says, “Goo, Goo!” (Our triplets still say, “Goo, Goo!” too.)

I started with a bowl of clam chowder, then salad, then the salmon, then the ice cream. Yum! Yum!

Back in our home town exhausted by the metropolis of Twin Falls with its thousands of people, I laid down on the bed to get the kink out of my back that I always get when shopping.

When I woke up, I had missed Jeopardy®.

That’s when I decided that I had to get the presents under-wrapped (that is in the wrapping under the pretty stuff. I made up the word. Go ahead and use it).

I needed to write the name of the child, grandchild, or great grandchild on the inner wrapping or my wife might send a wrong present to a wrong person in a wrong state!

She didn’t want to, but she gave me a hand.

Now I’m sure that we will be sending a wrong present to a wrong person in a wrong state.

But we have plenty of time to do it!

Shop early!

Be of good cheer!

Damn the torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!

New Holiday Shopping Day

“From “Black Friday to Cyber Monday”

Many moms, dads, and grandparents have patiently waited the biggest shopping day of the year to find the gifts of loved ones around the world. Most shoppers wake up before 5:00 AM, drive many miles to participate in this busiest shopping day of the year. Over the years there have even been stories about people waiting in line for more than 4 hours for a long awaited game, or newly launched product.

We’ve all heard about “Black Friday”, the Friday after Thanksgiving when shoppers still reeling from the effects of tryptophan wrench themselves out of bed at 6 A.M. to catch holiday shopping bargains. But what about “Cyber Monday”? This new term applies to the Monday after Thanksgiving when consumers return to work to take advantage of shopping online with fast broadband connections. Generally, 58 percent of all online shopping is done in the workplace, but 88 percent of Cyber Monday shoppers made purchases from the office.

Last year’s Cyber Monday sales totaled $687 million, up from $484 million last year. So, although Black Friday’s storefront shoppers have slacked by about one million consumers since last year, Cyber Monday welcomed two million more shoppers to the Web this season.
Although rarely reported, there are many that dread Black Friday because of the heavy traffic, overdrawn bank accounts, and domestic arguments over finances.

I feel obligated to tell all who want to do holiday shopping without getting dealing with traffic, and the other headaches of high impact shopping that there is an alternative.

Cyber Monday takes place the first Monday following Back Friday where you can do more in much less time and the great thing about that is you never even have to leave your home.

If you are a holiday shopper you can participate in both shopping days and really have the best of both worlds. I have listed below some of the advantages both “Cyber Monday” and “Black Friday”. Although I am not much of a shopper I recognize the importance of balance in order to avoid the stress and negative impact that can result between Thanksgiving and New Years.

December is a month that unfortunately has a bit of devastation for many American families because of the financial decisions that are made during the holiday shopping season. For example:

o More people announce decision for divorce during December than any other month.

o More people attempt suicide between December and end of January than other months of the year

o Family bankruptcy and financial woes are strongest during the first quarter of the year

Advantages of Participating in Black Friday

1. enhance your local economy

2. have a holiday experience when shopping with loved ones

3. Get a head start on holiday shopping

4. Occurs shortly after Christmas club money is available

5. Occurs during Thanksgiving holiday (Schools closed and usually non workday)

Advantages of Participating in Cyber Monday

1. You can purchase holiday gifts without ever leaving home

2. You can make thousands of dollars so that there is no debt in January

a. Because millions of consumers are on line looking for specific holiday gifts you can do the following to make sure you are getting paid

i. Become an affiliate for major merchandisers

ii. Purchase resell rights to digital products and sell them

iii. Attend trainings where you can learn make money this holiday season

b. Have many items shipped directly to the recipient with Free shipping

3. Get ongoing discounts for using the internet for your purchase

4. Earn residual incomes that will pay you long after the holiday season

5. Position yourself to even quadruple your 2008 holiday income while saving time and money.

2006 was my first year participating in online holiday shopping, and selling and it literally changed the way my family lives are lives for ever. Remember “Cyber Monday” is responsible for $687 million in online transactions 2006. Although “Black Friday” is down in annual revenue, as you can see it’s really not down at all. Shoppers now are shopping on and offline and you can too.

Now I am aware that many folks right here in Tampa are not use to using a computer for more than email, solitaire, and games, however you can definitely turn your computer into what I call an ATM, and a Shopping Mall at the same time. I am sure you agree that this is a wonderful combination.

I have listed some tips for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday for you below.

o Save time during the holidays

o Take advantage of free wrapping offered by most departments stores

o For Black Friday participants get started at approximately 5:00 AM to avoid most of the heavy rush

o For “Cyber Monday” shoppers, ship gift items as early as possible

o Save Money during the holidays

o Visit the site of the store in which do your shopping now and look cyber Monday promotions

o Ship gifts to loved ones early to avoid sending overnight

o Look early for the many free giveaways in sales papers and online for all sorts of products (batteries and many other items)

o Make money during holiday shopping season

o Get to a training as soon as possible to learn how to leverage these huge consumer days (this will pay for all of your shopping)

o Look up places online where you can lean how to get the most out of the holiday season shopping

o Set a goal of how much you are determined to make this year to offset your spending. My first year I made over $3,800

$100-$500

$500-$1,000

$1,000 and up

o Remember the importants of both “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” so can truly leverage both

o Recognize that Christmas holiday time really has nothing do with shopping in it’s true meaning. However you can have more time to focus on the true meaning if you are not caught up in using your off days for shopping.

On November 3 at the Westshore hotel from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, D. Golden & Associates, Inc. will host a free training “How To Pay For Holiday Shopping”to show Tampa residents how to face participate in the “Cyber Monday” and even “Black Friday” shopping without negatively impacting your family budget and more. During this event we will be giving away gift cards and more.