Black Friday: How will you spend?

November 12, 2010 | Posted By: Brian E Young

It's the largest shopping day of the year in the United States, or at least that's what retail stores everywhere are hoping. Can we predict the Black Friday by looking at the past?

It's been an up and down ride the past few years. Online shopping has increasingly been thrown in the mix and a great recession happened on top of that. What is the landscape in the retail market compared to last year? How did the recession impact retail stores? These are some of the questions that this infographic and illustration hopes to answer. What happens this year is up to you.

According to Wikipedia, the name Black Friday may have first come associated with the day after Thanksgiving in Philadelphia as police described the traffic jams and crowded sidewalks of downtown stores.

Originally, the term was associated with the 1869 financial crisis that occurred on a Friday.

Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the date for Thanksgiving one week earlier to extend the holiday shopping season.

A related event invented by the National Retail Federation's is Cyber Monday, the Monday that immediately follows.

The actual busiest shopping day by sales volume of the year is the day before Christmas

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This is a guest post by Brian E. Young, a graphic designer and illustrator who blogs and podcasts about creativity at

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November 12, 2010 | Posted By: ScottMalinowski
I will spend a bunch on money, but in true FatWallet spirit, most will be on products with rebates and excellent bottom lines!
November 14, 2010 | Posted By: lilone101
Will probably hit up the Vegas outlets on Thanksgiving night. Don't have much to buy. Will hit Victoria's secret for jammies for the kids on Black Friday. Will be on the lookout for 42-46" TV for game room in screaming deals.
November 10, 2011 | Posted By: irishangel160
Got my 2011 shirt; psyched to just be a cherry picker,loss leaders that are needed staples for the next year or two. And 3 picks of too irresistible to not indulge. Finally, on my package from free fatwallet shirt,peeled off return decal with fatwallet return lable, put on van bumper, cool.
September 11, 2012 | Posted By: Alicetian
I will make myself relaxed, and spend some amount of money on clothing for my parents and myself, then I will make full use of the internet to search some coupons and deals on on eating and travelling. In a word, i will travel with my family happily and eat some local special food and deserts, and we'll have a good time without any concerns.
November 13, 2012 | Posted By: bhensonesque
I want to know how to know which stores will be having black Friday online deals. Anyone know?
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