What is “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”?

Marking the beginning of the Holiday season, Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. While the term has existed since 1966 on the East Coast, it has been used all over the United States since the year 2000. Many retailers open at 5am or even earlier that Friday, as shoppers utilize their day off to take advantage of the great deals. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas and holiday season weeks beforehand and prep for the influx of eager shoppers ready to get a head start on their Christmas shopping.

“Black” was used as a slang term in the accounting industry. “In the black” meant that a business was making a profit, and this information was documented in black ink. If a business was “in the red,” it was operating at a loss. Since the retail industry makes the majority of its profit within a 5-week period (from Black Friday to last day of the year), the name of the day is seemingly appropriate.

Lindt happily takes part in the Black Friday festivities by offering deals of our own; a free gift of a festive holiday filled bag with 100 Lindor Truffles of your choice at our Lindt Chocolate Shops or online.

Shortly after Black Friday, many retailers take part in Cyber Monday which takes place immediately on the Monday following Black Friday. Cyber Monday has been another busy day for online retailers as low prices and deals are often offered to consumers that day.  Although the term has existed since 2005, it has been a popular shopping day since the early 2000′s.  Shoppers who were unable to take advantage of the weekend deals and did not have a broadband connection at home, often signed online at work the following Monday to shop.  Online retailers noticed an increase in sales and had begun offering the same deals the following Monday.

Lindt takes part in Cyber Monday by offering free shipping on certain orders, as well as gift cards.

Do you prefer to avoid the crowds and shop on Cyber Monday, see the deals in person on Black Friday or both?

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