Black Friday Shopping: Thrill or Kill?

By Savannah Brock


For those who don’t know, according to, “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960’s to mark the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season.

Why? Back when stores kept accounting records by hand, they would indicate a loss in red ink and profits in black. Now, thanks to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Friday after Thanksgiving is the unofficial and largest shopping day of the year, hence the name “Black Friday.”

…or Kill?

The name “Black Friday” also comes from a time when police in Philadelphia were aggravated by congested streets. To deter people from shopping and blocking intersections and roadways, police began calling the day “Black Friday.” Shopping on this day can become deadly, shown on this website called, where people can go to see the latest deaths and injuries that occur due to the Friday’s events.

For some, “Black Friday” is a personal nightmare, but for others, it’s another holiday to celebrate.

If you are one who enjoys getting the best deals of year and braves the crowds, then here are some of the times that larger stores will be opening their doors:

  • Sam’s Club: Online sale begins at midnight CST on Thanksgiving Day. In-Store sale begins at 7:00 a.m. local time on Black Friday, Nov. 27. NOTE: Sam’s Club stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Kohl’s:  The doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
  • Belk: The doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
  • Macy’s: The doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
  • Sears: Online sale is expected to at 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov. 25. In-Store sale will begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
  • Best Buy:  Online sale is available online all day Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. These deals are available in stores as well, there is not a specific time set for Best Buy.
  • Target: The doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26. Target is currently having a Early “Black Friday” deals today, Nov. 9 and is offering “10-days of deals” beginning Sunday, Nov. 22.
  • Walmart: Times and a date have yet to be set for Walmart on “Black Friday.” However, last year the doors opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and the online “Black Friday” sale began at 2 a.m. EST Thanksgiving Morning.


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  • Natalie

    It seems crazy to me that people are even still shopping Black Friday in stores these days when it obviously is not safe! Shopping online is the future and will only be growing as more people embrace it. I personally have been shopping online looking for sales and noticed Black Friday deals already being available. For example I found this site on Black Friday drone deals: I’m not sure if these are the best offers yet (it isn’t even Black Friday yet…), but my point is I was able to at least find some deals from the safety of home. These senseless Black Friday deaths need to come to an end — switch to online shopping for the holidays this year!

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