Next week is the day: Black Friday 2022. It came over from the United States and had long since ceased to be linked to just one day. The commercial holiday is a discount feast for the consumer, but it is not always as beautiful as it seems.
Black Friday 2022: 5 important things to know
Officially, Black Friday 2022 is a commercial holiday on Friday, November 25, 2022. However, practice shows us that it has gone so far that a week before that day, the discount is already flying around your ears, not only in the United States but also in the Netherlands.
To prepare you perfectly for this glorious and (sometimes) dangerous day, I’ll list five things about Black Friday 2022. Not only a piece of background and motivation but also a warning.
#1 Where does Black Friday come from?
In 2022, Black Friday is a term that we almost all know. But where do the name, and the action itself, come from?
To understand that, we have to go back to the 1950s. In Philadelphia (United States), the name was used by the police. It was aimed at the massive traffic congestion that occurs on the Friday after Thanksgiving (a major holiday in the US).
This has to do with the fact that employees in America are off on this day. Since this usually doesn’t happen very often in the United States, this is also when most people shop for Christmas. A great moment for shopkeepers to stunt with a discount so that as many people as possible walk into their store.
The two were linked together, and voila! A holiday was born.
What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day, more commonly known as Thanksgiving, is an American holiday in the United States and Canada. Originally conceived to be thankful for the harvest, but now mainly for things like family and friends.
#2 Research is key
Shopkeepers have been stunting for years with a discount on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Very nice for the consumer, but it also ensures that people can no longer see the wood for the trees. Black Friday requires some research to make the most of it.
You have to do that research in different areas. It is good to see which items you need, for example, from which brands you want them and how much they cost during preparation.
#3 Black Friday is also dangerous
So Black Friday is a wonderful way to save some money. And with the right research, you will undoubtedly succeed. You have to because it can also be an extremely dangerous day.
Retailers do everything possible to get as many consumers as possible to their stores. That is why many of them sometimes make the offers a little more beautiful than they are, for example, by raising the suggested retail price in the days before Black Friday.
So be careful and critical. An offer can look great on paper, but it is always good to see if the discount is as great as it initially seems.
#4 Create your accounts right away
It’s important to start your Black Friday bargain hunting early. That is why it is a good idea to list the online stores where you would like to shop.
To be fully prepared, it is important that you already create accounts for those webshops. There are a lot of offers during Dlack Friday, but also many people want to make the most of them. So make sure you can act as soon as possible when the time comes.
#5 Your wishlist is extremely important
That fast action is also part of a clear wishlist. This way, you know which products you should keep a close eye on and ensure you don’t buy too much stuff.
Black Friday is usually a huge load of discounts you, as a consumer, get dumped on you. So make sure you don’t buy yourself completely cross-eyed and buy products you don’t need. Make a wishlist and stick to it.