Cyber Monday Overtaking Black Friday

More than 150 million expected to shop Cyber Monday 2016

October 27, 2016: Couponbox.com asked more than 1,500 Americans the question “Are you more likely to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?” 47.8 percent of respondents stated that they were more likely to shop Cyber Monday this year. 26.3 percent were more likely to shop Black Friday in-store, and 25.9 percent were more likely to shop Black Friday online.

These results show that overall, 52.2 percent of Americans will be shopping on Black Friday. However, a whopping 72.9 percent will be shopping online between both days. In other words, shopping online on Cyber Monday alone is more popular than shopping either in-store or online on Black Friday. Check out the results of the survey in the infographic below, and compare it with last year’s survey results.

Which one is more popular?

When Did It Start? Black Friday History

Since 1932, the day after Thanksgiving has been considered the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Today, we call it Black Friday, but it didn’t always have that name. No one knows for sure where the term originated, but according to some sources, it was first used in 1961 in Philadelphia by police who were inundated by traffic problems due to the shopping frenzy.

They attached the word “black” (often used to denote a tragedy) to the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving because on those days their workloads increased.

Another origin story is that the day after Thanksgiving was the day when the account ledgers of retail shops went from being in the “red” to being in the “black.” In this case, the positive connotation of the word black comes from accounting jargon.

When Is It? Black Friday Date 2016

Whatever the origins of Black Friday are, this year it comes on November 25th. Cyber Monday, the Monday that follows Black Friday, comes on November 28th this year. According to the survey above, Cyber Monday has the potential to outperform Black Friday for the first time since 2013.

Many shoppers still believe that Black Friday has the better deals compared to Cyber Monday. However, both shopping days have their pros and cons. Shoppers looking for that extra 10 percent discount at Best Buy or Target will do well on Black Friday.

For those interested in shopping efficiently without all the chaos, Cyber Monday will likely be the day they find what they are looking for at the price they want.

How to Get the Best Discounts: Black Friday Deals 2016

Black Friday is not only an American shopping day. It is recognized around the world as one of the most commercially lucrative times of year. From Canada to South Africa, Black Friday is a day for deals. This means that international shipping rates might finally be worth the cost for shoppers looking at brands they can’t find in the US.

Naturally, this especially applies to online shopping, where deals can be found in the most unlikely of places. An important aspect of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days are that they are no longer concentrated on those single days. Retailers often begin promotion of their sales in November and even October through December.

Black Friday Milestones

2005 – the first year that Black Friday was the biggest shopping day of the year

2006 – the first injuries associated with Black Friday are reported

2008 – the first death associated with Black Friday is reported

2009 – Kmart opens on Thanksgiving Day so customers can avoid Black Friday crowds

2011 – the first time major retailers opened for Black Friday at midnight

2013 – Cyber Monday beats Black Friday as biggest shopping day for the first time

2014 – the first time Black Friday sales decreased since the 2008 recession

2015 – Amazon.com introduces Prime Day in July as a Black Friday alternative

Be Safe on Black Friday

However you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving and the lead up to Christmas, it is important to take safety precautions if you are shopping in-store on Black Friday. Always take water and snacks with you and avoid confrontations with other shoppers.

Remember that Black Friday deals are no longer exclusive to the day. Great deals are to be had both before and after Black Friday. Online shopping is a safe alternative to Black Friday with many of the same deals available.

Your health is more important than discounts and sites like Couponbox.com are there for you all year round. Risking your safety is simply not worth a few extra dollars.

View and share the results of the Black Friday survey with the mini infographic above and search for discounts on gifts for the whole family on Couponbox.com.

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Steve Cuffari

Steve is a writer, researcher and avid traveler from NYC. His favorite products to save money on are travel, food and beverage and tech gear. If you have any questions or suggestions, just email him: steve@stevencuffari.com.