21 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Friday

Published November 24, 2015
Updated September 28, 2018

These Black Friday facts will have you staying home.

As Thanksgiving approaches, so too does Black Friday, an annual reminder that as much as we like to give thanks, we absolutely love to consume goods. Whether you participate or not, the colossal shopping day has become firmly embedded within our cultural fabric. Here are some Black Friday facts you may find shocking:

Black Friday Facts
From 2006 to the present, there have been 7 known Black Friday-related deaths and 98 Black Friday-related injuries.Flickr/Diariocritico de Venezuela

Black Friday Facts
A Long Island Walmart temp worker was trampled to death on Black Friday 2008. Paramedics who tried to help the man were also trampled.Wikimedia Commons/Powhusku

Toys R Us Black Friday
That same yaer, a Black Friday shooting at a Toys 'R' Us left two dead.Wikimedia Commons

Shooting At Florida Walmart
In 2012, two people were shot outside a Florida Walmart over a parking space.Wikipedia

Pepper Spray At Walmart
In 2011, a shopper at a California Walmart showered pepper spray at fellow Black Friday deal seekers, leaving dozens of people with irritated noses and throats. Wikipedia/Katrina L. Beeler

Pepper Spray Incidents On Black Friday
41 cases of Black Friday pepper spray incidents have been reported since 2006.Wikipedia

Shopping At Walmart On Black Friday
The most dangerous place to shop on Black Friday is Walmart, in terms of the amount of Black Friday-related deaths and injuries that have taken place there.Flickr/Walmart

Black Friday Facts In Japan
In 2013, 137 million shoppers participated in Black Friday. That's a little more than the entire population of Japan.Wikimedia Commons/JoelinQueens

Biggest Shopping Day In America
Black Friday is not the biggest shopping day of the year. In general, it's the Saturday before Christmas.Flickr/The Pug Father

Black Friday Facts Never Missed
According to one poll, 21% of shoppers say they've never missed a Black Friday.Pixabay

Stocks On Black Friday
The phrase Black Friday was first used in the 19th century to describe a stock market crash.Wikipedia

People Calling Out Sick After Thanksgiving
The term gets its present day meaning from a labor market newsletter, which used it to describe the suspiciously high level of sickness the day after Thanksgiving.Pixabay

Origin Of Black Friday
Police in 1960s Philadelphia first popularized "Black Friday," saying it to express their frustration at the congestion shoppers caused that day.Flickr/Joiseyshowaa

Black Friday Facts National Term
It was only in the 1990s that "Black Friday" became a national term.Flickr/Sue Clark

How Much Money is Spent On Thanksgiving Weekend
In 2011, 226 million Americans purchased $52 billion worth of goods during the Thanksgiving weekend.Wikimedia Commons

How Much Money Is Spent On Black Friday
For comparison's sake, that's a little more than the GDP of Ethiopia.Wikimedia Commons/A. Davey

Black Friday Facts Average Spending Copy
In 2012, average consumer spending on Black Friday was $423 per person, a 13% increase from 2011.Wikimedia Commons/Ray Bouknight

Cheating On Black Friday
According to one survey, nearly one in ten Black Friday shoppers admit they'd break the speed limit or cut lines to get into a store earlier.Flickr/Nathan E. Photography

In the same survey, 18 percent of those polled would not step away from a Black Friday sale no matter how long the line was.Flickr/Patrick Hoesly

Black Friday Deals
On average, the survey reported that Black Friday shoppers are willing to wait in a 2.5 hour line for a Black Friday deal.Flickr/Judit Klein

Black Friday Facts About Sales
Some Black Friday "deals" aren't actually deals: many Black Friday items are originally priced with the future discount built in.PhotoSpin

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