JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Tue Dec 3 02:20:58 UTC 2002
Yes, many of the news reports do attribute the name to retailers going into the black, and this may have been a factor in the term's acceptance, but the earliest cites seem to derive the term from its use to indicate a bad traffic day.
From: Ben Ostrowsky [mailto:sylvar at VAXER.NET]
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 8:58 PM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: Black Friday
By way of explanation, since I haven't seen this said explicitly on the
list (or did I miss it?) -- according to the discussion on Slashdot, it's
called Black Friday because it's said to be the day that many retailers
finally get into the black (become profitable) for the year.
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