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History of Black Friday

Black Friday Over the Years

The buzz around Black Friday keeps growing and growing every year. Take a look at how one day in November has become the single biggest shopping event of the year.

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50 Years of Black Friday Fun

The top tech gifts from Holidays past

  • 1966: Creepy Crawlers (Thingmaker), Then: $16.99, Now: $125.46.
  • 1967: Lite-Brite, Then: $6.95, Now: $49.79.
  • 1968: Remote Control Car, Then: $3.99, Now: $27.43.
  • 1969: Easy Bake Oven, Then: $18.99, Now: $123.80.
  • 1970: Bontempi Console Organ, Then: $29.99, Now: $184.93.
  • 1971: Electric Football Game, Then: $8.99, Now: $53.11.
  • 1972: Remote Control Airplane, Then: $125.00, Now: $715.49.
  • 1973: Baby Alive, Then: $10.88, Now: $58.63.
  • 1974: Lionel Train Set, Then: $49.66, Now: $241.01.
  • 1975: Atari Home Pong Console, Then: $98.95, Now: $440.05.
  • 1976: Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle, Then: $9.94, Now: $41.80.
  • 1977: Mattel Classic Football, Then: $29.95, Now: $118.25.
  • 1978: Simon, Then: $14.95, Now: $54.86.
  • 1979: Walkman, Then: $200.00, Now: $659.12.
  • 1980: 2-XL, Then: $54.99, Now: $159.67.
  • 1981: The Empire Strikes Back Laser Rifle, Then: $17.99, Now: $47.35.
  • 1982: Glo Worm, Then: $9.99, Now: $24.77.
  • 1983: Atari, Then: $199.99, Now: $480.42.
  • 1984: Imperial Shuttle Toy, Then: $37.99, Now: $87.48.
  • 1985: Teddy Ruxpin, Then: $64.99, Now: $144.51.
  • 1986: Nintendo Entertainment System, Then: $89.99, Now: $196.45.
  • 1987: NASA Voice-Activated Walkie Talkie, Then: $19.99, Now: $42.10.
  • 1988: Power Wheels Corvette, Then: $139.99, Now: $283.13.
  • 1989: My First Sony CD Player, Then: $189.10, Now: $364.87.
  • 1990: Nintendo Game Boy, Then: $89.99, Now: $164.74.
  • 1991: Sega Game Gear, Then: $129.99, Now: $228.35.
  • 1992: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Then: $199.95, Now: $340.99.
  • 1993: Talkboy, Then: $29.99, Now: $49.66.
  • 1994: George Forman Grill, Then: $59.85, Now: $96.62.
  • 1995: Sony PlayStation, Then: $169.99, Now: $266.88.
  • 1996: Tickle Me Elmo, Then: $27.99, Now: $42.68.
  • 1997: Nintendo 64, Then: $169.99, Now: $253.41.
  • 1998: Furby, Then: $39.99, Now: $58.70.
  • 1999: Tomagotchi, Then: $9.99, Now: $14.35.
  • 2000: Samsung DVD Player, Then: $349.00, Now: $484.91.
  • 2001: Microsoft Xbox, Then: $89.99, Now: $196.45.
  • 2002: Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Then: $99.99, Now: $132.98.
  • 2003: Robosapien, Then: $90.00, Now: $117.03.
  • 2004: Apple iPod, Then: $399.00, Now: $505.37.
  • 2005: Microsoft Xbox 360, Then: $479.99, Now: $586.82.
  • 2006: Sony PlayStation 3, Then: $599.00, Now: $710.90.
  • 2007: Apple iPod Touch, Then: $399.00, Now: $460.42.
  • 2008: Apple iPhone, Then: $399.99, Now: $443.40.
  • 2009: Zhu Zhu Pets, Then: $9.00, Now: $10.04.
  • 2010: Apple iPad, Then: $829.00, Now: $909.62.
  • 2011: Kindle Fire, Then: $199.00, Now: $211.67.
  • 2012: Apple iPhone 5, Then: $649.00, Now: $676.33.
  • 2013: Microsoft Xbox One, Then: $499.00, Now: $512.50.
  • 2014: Fitbit Charge, Then: $130.00, Now: $133.52.
  • 2015: Self-Balancing Scooter, Then: $500.00, Now: $504.73.
  • 2016: ?

Adjusted 2016 Price was determined using the CPI Inflation Calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which can be found here: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl.

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What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is a retail shopping event that takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the United States and is generally considered to be the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. If you've ever asked yourself "Why is it called Black Friday?", there are a number of ideas on where the name originated. One of the more commonly held thoughts is that Black Friday got its name as the first sale of the year when retailers start to realize a profit, or move to being "in the black" from a financial perspective. Featuring some of the best deals of the season, Black Friday sales attract a large number of excited shoppers each year, making it one of the most successful shopping events of the year. No matter how it got started, the Black Friday name has withstood the test of time and the event continues to draw impressive crowds of deal seekers to both brick-and-mortar retail stores and e-commerce websites.

When is Black Friday?

Over the relatively brief history of Black Friday, event hours have evolved from standard retail business hours on the day after Thanksgiving (the fourth Friday of November) to morning openings as early as 12 a.m. In more recent years, Best Buy and many other retailers have extended their Black Friday sale hours even further and have opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day evening. The much-anticipated deals are most often revealed in advance of the sale in both print and online Black Friday ads so people can plan their shopping trip ahead of time.

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Black Friday 2014

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