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Black Friday is the unofficial kick-off of the holiday shopping season. The now international shopping event is the perfect opportunity to score major discounts on everything including electronics, tech and apparel from some some of the biggest retailers in the world.
When is Black Friday 2020 in Canada?
Black Friday occurs on the last Friday of November, making Friday, Nov. 27 the official start of Black Friday for both Canada and internationally.
However, the once one-day only shopping event has evolved to include the Black Friday weekend through to Monday, Nov. 30, which is known as Cyber Monday.
Many retailers are expected to push their Black Friday deals live early, on Thursday, Nov. 26 - while others, like Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy are offering Black Friday-type discounts throughout the entire month of November.
What is Black Friday?
There are many stories circulating about the origins of Black Friday as a shopping event.
The term “Black Friday” originated in 1869 when the United States entered into financial crisis due to the crash of the gold market.
However, it isn’t until the ‘50s when the term is used in the context of shopping. According to researchers, police in Philadelphia used the term to describe the “chaos” that ensued the day after Thanksgiving, when retailers in the city promoted sales ahead of the annual Army-Navy college football game.
The influx of traffic jams and crowds meant that more police were required and officers weren’t permitted to take the day off.
In the ‘60s, “Black Friday” was re-branded to entice people to shop rather than avoid the city and shopping centres due to fear of large crowds. Many retailers created fake etymology’s of the holiday, attributing the name to merchants who were previously “in the red” moving “in the black” because of the increase of sales the day after Thanksgiving.
No matter its origins, Black Friday has expanded beyond just one day of shopping to include Brown Thursday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday.
Where are the best Black Friday deals?
While there are tons of Black Friday deals expected to go live later this month, some of our favourite retailers have already shared their plans for Black Friday - while others are offering shoppers the chance to score Black Friday Deals right now.
Shop and save on items across the entire site, including tech, apparel, holiday decor, candy and more by visiting Amazon Canada’s Black Friday Deals page.
Be sure to act fast - some deals are expected to sell out quickly!
Even though Black Friday is still a few weeks away, Best Buy Canada is offering shoppers access to more than 200 Black Friday Deals now.
In addition to early deals on everything including headphones, TVs, laptops, Apple products, as well as video games and video games consoles, Best Buy Canada is offering free shipping on orders over $35 (some restrictions may apply) as well as the option for in-store pick-up.
Click here more details on Best Buy Canada’s Black Friday deals!
Walmart Canada is a trusted go-to for everyday shopping - and it’s no different during the holiday season. From groceries to apparel, electronics to home goods and toys, Walmart has everything you need to prepare for the holidays while crossing names off your holiday gift list.
Walmart will be offering shoppers the chance to access Black Friday deals early - starting Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9 pm EST.
Deals will take place both in-store an online -but to beat the lines and secure your items, you can fill your cart now and check-out as soon as the deals go live!