Every savvy shopper bookmarks two critical dates in November, which has three holidays with two of them dedicated to shopping. We have Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Thanksgiving.
Whether you are a savvy shopper or not, these three days should attract your attention. While Thanksgiving provides a perfect opportunity to spend time with your family, Black Friday and Cyber Monday usher you in the upcoming festive season. Both the two days are good for shopping as you get irresistible discount deals from different retailers.
Now that both are related to shopping, does it mean that Black Monday and Cyber Monday are the same? What kind of deals can I get during these days? Which one is the best? To answer these questions, let’s look at each day individually then compare them.
The history of Black Friday dates back to 1950s when major retail stores in America kicked off the December festive season by recording massive sales. In fact, the profit generated during this day was too big that it would cross from the red zone all the way to the black region. This explains why it is always referred to as Black Friday. Shoppers used to flock to retail stores because it was just a day after Thanksgiving.
Most people have lots of free time to go shopping during this time, and long queues of zealous and enthusiastic shoppers are witnessed during this day. In fact, some even camp at the retail stores before opening hours. Although it may seem to be a tedious task, the fruits are worth it.
Some of the discounts offered during this day may not be obtained anywhere else on the planet. If you miss getting something, you may have to wait for another 12 months before you get an adorable item at a pocket-friendly price.
Black Friday gives shoppers the thrill of buying goods at affordable prices. During this day, dealers and retailers can also announce surprise sales on some of the items. This means that your flexibility can go a long way in helping you get the best out of this day.
What is Cyber Monday and when did it start?
Cyber Monday was coined years after Black Friday. In fact, people started taking it seriously in 2005. The day came as a result of the sporadic spread of online shopping. Online retailers created it to encourage more online shopping which would then lead to massive sales. At least this was going to match with what brick and mortar retailers reaped on Black Friday.
But, why Monday and not any other day such as Saturday or Tuesday? Monday was chosen because statistics showed that during those days, most people shopped online when they were in the offices.
Keep in mind that during those days, technology was not that advanced as it is today. Offices were the perfect place to conduct cyber activities due to the availability of fast internet and efficient computers. Monday was an ideal day for online shopping, and that’s why most online shops discovered that Cyber Monday was the best day to give shoppers lucrative deals.
Don’t they mean the same thing?
To some extent, Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean the same thing, but they are different in one way or another. Black Friday is for physical retailers while Cyber Monday is for online stores. T
he program was such a way that after enjoying Cyber deals from your local retail store, you would wait to hit an online shop on Mondays and bag more deals. Over the years, there have been minor changes in how these two days are commemorated.
Nowadays, Black Friday is not reserved for the Brick-and-mortar stores. Online retailers have jumped on this bandwagon and have even overtaken traditional shops. Most websites tend to offer incredible discounts during this day to attract more shoppers.
However, some physical stores till hold doorbuster events which are only available for those who are physically present. Just because online sales also take place on Friday doesn’t mean that you should expect the same for Cyber Monday. Brick-and-mortar sales are reserved for Black Friday only.
Which day has the best deals?
No day is better than the other. It all depends on what you achieve. Doorbusters offer the best deals than what you can get from online stores. However, technology has led to an increase in the number of online shoppers, and this is why in 2016, Cyber Monday recorded more sales than Black Friday.