Friday, November 23, 2007

One More Link

If you don't live in the U.S., then the idea of one incredibly huge shopping weekend probably seems very strange. The day after Thanksgiving is called "Black Friday" here--and if you're wondering how that term originated, several DQ readers last year explained that it represents the day that retailers supposedly go from being "in the red" for the year (a loss) to "in the black" (a profit).

So it's totally crazy, and I saw an article at the NY Times this morning that gives some details, which you can read about here. Basically, millions of people across the country get in line outside these stores in the middle of the night so that they can be first in line for specials that the retailer is promoting just for Black Friday. And almost all these stores are opening at 6 a.m. or sooner. It sounds crazy even as I type that description.

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