NEW YORK, November 27. /Corr. Kirill Volkov/. Hundreds of stores of the largest retailers of the United States opened on Thursday night its doors, despite the weekend here on the occasion of thanksgiving Day. In the country kicks off the season pre-Christmas sales and huge discounts.
Officially it begins with the so-called “black Friday”, but the vast majority of retailers – such as Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s, J. C. Penney and Sears – traditionally decided not to wait for tomorrow, allowing millions of Americans to acquire the necessary goods at extremely low prices as early as Thursday.
The black Friday discounts typically reach 90%. However many stores they intend to make a full “black weekend”, announcing multiple price cuts until Monday. For example, the flagship Department store Macy’s in new York, which opened on Thursday at 18:00 local time (02:00 GMT Friday), will work all night.
U.S. residents will spend about $3.8 billion
In order to be among the first people to buy products at the lowest prices, many Americans take the queue several hours before store opening. So, the most popular outlets in new York the morning of Thursday there were dozens of people who have decided to neglect the traditional family dinner with Turkey, to be able to benefit from the best low cost offers.
Projected for Thursday, with the opening of stores until midnight, U.S. residents will spend during the sales, about $3.8 billion, which is 19% higher compared with last year. In the “black Friday”, the expectations of specialists, Americans forked out a total of $8.8 billion, and these statistics do not include online sales.
Booming of Internet shopping in the U.S. is expected in the so-called “cyber Monday”, which this year will be held on 30 November. On this day, almost all the major online stores of the country sell their wares at bargain prices. Last year’s “cyber Monday” sold goods for more than $80 billion.
In 2014, according to the retail Federation of the US, black Friday and the following weekend the stores were visited by about 133 million Americans. This year, according to some projections, that number could reach 135 million people.
On “black Friday”
Custom to arrange the sale of the Friday after thanksgiving started in the US in the nineteenth century. The very term “black Friday” was first coined by the American residents of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) who were dissatisfied with the huge traffic jams witnessed in the city on this day. Later this name was applied exclusively to the biggest year in sales and in the value spread both in the U.S. and around the world.