Black Friday or Cyber Friday?

When looking at the past years in retail many wheels are turned by the power disruption. Technology and also the laziness of people has extinguished many traditions in the retail field, or at least replaced them. Everyone living a fast pace life is aware about how much easier it is to online shop rather than driving all the way to a store and having to wander around trying to find something you like. People simply do not have the time or the energy for something like that. But more than just the action of going to a brick and mortar store is going out of fashion, certain shopping holidays are going with it. What’s the biggest shopping holiday of them all? Well if you asked someone five years ago they would all probably say Black Friday! However now, that shopping tradition may be getting over run by the more comfortable option, Cyber Monday.

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            In an article by CNBC, David Kohl writes about how consumers care all about prices. When one combines good prices with the comfort of home then, it makes sense that Cyber Monday be equal or more popular than Black Friday. Dan de Grandpre, CEO and editor-in-chief of Dealnews.com, says it himself, “Over the last year, Cyber Monday has caught up to Black Friday.” Also Cyber Monday happens after the hectic chaos that is Black Friday, so retailers are more inclined to move product out, which in turn means better sales. The article also mentions that, “Very few retailers’ brick-and-mortar stores are open on Thanksgiving, though there are some, but shopping at their online counterparts on Thursday is a big option.” So does that mean that Cyber Monday will envelope itself and turn into Cyber Thursday, Friday..and all into Monday? I would not be surprised that in ten years Black Friday was a thing of the past.

 

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38 Responses to Black Friday or Cyber Friday?

  1. Zack G November 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    Although the statistics do show an increase in sales on Cyber Monday as compared to Black Friday, I don’t believe Black Friday will ever be “a thing of the past”. For some people Black Friday is somewhat like a holiday within itself, for families and friends to get together and go shopping and regret how much money they spent the following day or talk about the amazing deals they got on something they’ve always wanted. In a sense it’s somewhat of a bonding experience or adventure waking up early in the morning, grabbing the last size of a popular clothing or even being the first to get a very limited item. Another big part why the in person shopping experience will never go away, is simply people like to try things on and it eliminates having to go back into a store and return something. Many times you order something online and click on what you think is your size and when it comes, it’s either too big or too small. Other times what you ordered online just wasn’t what you first saw in the picture online, many times you can be fooled by the color, texture or just overall appearance of the item displayed on a computer screen. When comparing Black Friday and Cyber Monday or Friday in this case, there really is no comparison. Often you find different products on sale on Black Friday rather than Cyber Monday. Essentially one can be missing out greatly on a particular sale on a product one day compared to another.
    Although according to recent studies done by CNBC big retails are opening up their discounts online for Black Friday sales. As big stores such as Macys and Target have been using this black Friday strategies, a most recent store in the past weeks was Walmart that lifted their lid. Walmart has just recently decided to have 96 percent of their deals available online starting 3:01am Thanksgiving Day. With this said although Walmart Is trying to satisfy all its customers both in person and online, they say “getting shoppers to visit a physical store, discourages them from jumping ship to other competitor”. Essentially getting customers to shop in person betters their chances of revenue and eliminates those customers from spending elsewhere. Another study has shown that 56 percent of employees that didn’t find what they were looking for on a certain retailer website would jump ship and find that item on another retailer website at a click of a button. Thus, online retailers have shown to be only 15 percent loyal to a certain retailer.

    • Paras Patel November 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

      To an extent, I agree with Zack. I don’t believe that Black Friday is going anywhere anytime soon, but I do believe eventually, perhaps ten or twenty years later, that Black Friday will be significantly overshadowed by Cyber Monday and other Thanksgiving weekend-related sales. Some people still have not transitioned to online shopping. For example, my parents still very much prefer to do their shopping in brick-and-mortar stores. Recently, they’ve started asking me to order things for them online, such as wiper blades for my mom’s car or shoes for my dad. My parents were surprised when the products arrived in two days. Even my three year old nephew has started to utilize online shopping, coming to me to order a new Thomas train online because all the brick-and-mortar stores will not have it in stock.
      My nephew’s rationale of a brick-and-mortar store not having stock of a specific product or my parents’ growing reliance on saving a trip to a physical store is exactly the driving force behind growing Cyber Monday stores. Standing in line for hours with hordes of other people who are also trying to get the same discounted products is not safe, demonstrated by trampling incidents over the past few years, some which have resulted in death. With online shopping, people can access many of the same deep discount deals from the location of their choosing. Everyone can stay over at Grandma’s house after Thanksgiving and take care of their online shopping without immediately traveling back home. In addition to that, people do not have to run around from one store to another; instead, they could just switch tabs and have a wider selection of stores available to shop from. For example, last year on Black Friday, my sister and I did not even have to go into a physical store. We took care of all of our shopping online on our laptops and then went out to meet up with some friends. Whatever we didn’t find online on Thanksgiving night or Friday morning, we were able to find online on Monday at a comparable discounted price. A couple days before Black Friday, my dad and I were able to find the TV we wanted at a reasonable sale price and avoided the long lines outside the electronics store.
      Brick-and-mortar shopping no longer makes sense for me, especially for holiday sales that can also be found online. I also enjoy living and would prefer not to be trampled just because I wanted to save a couple hundred dollars. If I need a textbook for class, I just order it online for a generally cheaper price than I would find in the campus bookstore. I get to save money and avoid long lines. Sure, I might not have the product right away, but waiting two days and having the product on my doorstep when I get home is more beneficial for me and a growing amount of people. Instead of going to Best Buy for a new video game, I can just order it online from the same retailer and save myself time and gas. I can’t even remember the last time I went to a mall and tried on clothes before buying them. I just order them online and if they don’t fit or I don’t like them, I can just send them back for free.
      Without a doubt, Cyber Monday will definitely overshadow Black Friday down the road. That said, Black Friday will still be around for a while because some people just prefer shopping in a physical location. Some retailers are already anticipating Cyber Monday overtaking Black Friday and have tried to capitalize on it. For example, retailers like WalMart and Amazon have begun offering Black Friday-like discounts in the weeks prior to the actual day, helping free up inventory and traffic, both physical and virtual, on the big days. It is an interesting move that is likely to further spread every year to more and more retailers and benefit both consumers and retailers in the long run.

  2. Miles N November 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    Black Friday is an age old tradition where stores discount their prices to all-time lows. The appeal is that people can get all their Christmas shopping done almost a month before hand and save a boat load of money in the process. This article “Black Friday or Cyber Friday” by Karolina Zujewska looks at how the changing world has become more influenced by Cyber Monday than by Black Friday. According to the chart Ms. Zujewska shows the sales for Black Friday continue to go down well the sales for Cyber Monday continue to soar. She raises the question is Black Friday becoming a thing of the past? In my opinion it is not. Black Friday is a tradition that people look forward to every year. There’s something about almost being trampled to save a couple hundred dollars that gets people going. This holiday season many stores have announced that they will put their Black Friday deals on their website as well. By putting everything online, people can get the same deals well still shopping from the comfort of their living room couch. Although this sounds great there are many stores who have been using this Black Friday strategy for decades and it has been paying off. Stores like Marshal’s and Walmart have been gearing up for Black Friday for months and have been running ads for lay away since September. Stores rely on Black Friday so much that they have even started opening their doors on Thursday also known as Thanksgiving. Although people love comfort and ease, stores would not be putting so much into Black Friday if they did not see it as a while to make money. According to a study done by The Atlantic, people are more likely to buy things when they are on discount just because in their brain it registers as if you are saving money even if the deal is not that great. One example from The Atlantics study is that if you offer someone to buy one item with a 33 percent discount versus two items with a 50 percent discount, people will most likely buy the 50 percent discount because in their minds you are getting more money off for more product. In reality you are not actually getting a better deal and usually you as the consumer are spending more money on more things that you do not need. Another idea which retailers use is to put the most expensive item on display and then have the cheaper ones all around. This applies to Black Friday because stores will advertise the most expansive television they have and then why you go to the store you can find a comparable one for a much lower price. This all being said, retailers want you to come to the store so that they have the ability to push you toward the merchandise they want to sell. If you are online shopping there are not many ways to get people to buy certain things because what you see if what you get.
    Karolina brings up a very good question when she asks if Black Friday will become a thing of the past. But as I stated above I do not think that will happen anytime soon. Retailers want you to come into the stores because you are more likely to spend money and you are more likely to buy more than what you originally planned on buying. Although retailers do take part in Cyber Monday, they do want Black Friday to continue because it is such a major part of their business.

  3. Walker J. Mondt November 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

    Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that seems to overshadow the real holiday. It is a day where stores discount their prices to attract customers in a wild frenzy. It seems that Black Friday is the one day a year where people lose their humanity.
    This article “Black Friday or Cyber Friday” by Karolina Zujewska looks at how the changing world has become more influenced by Cyber Monday than by Black Friday. According to the chart, Ms. Zujewska shows that sales for Black Friday have fallen, while the sales for Cyber Monday have risen. She seems to state in her writing, that Black Friday is going extinct.
    Personally, I believe that her claim is not true, at least not yet. Sure, people love the sales and love to be able to save time and money by doing their shopping from home, but two things lead me to believe that retail stores will survive. First, people still enjoy shopping in person and there are many advantages in it. With clothes people can try things on and make sure they fit. Secondly, I believe that stores will continue to compete with their online sales and keep promoting their actual stores in order to sell. Furthermore, people like to buy things and then have them right away. Buying online means that you have to wait to get it. Some online stores have improved their delivery systems. Amazon for example now has Amazon prime which speeds up delivery for customers.
    I could see a day in the far future where people will only buy online. If delivery systems can be faster and more efficient, and if people lose their habit of going into stores, then one day I can see the extinction of retail stores. That would be a dramatic change in society. What would happen to shopping malls? That would be a large part of society’s culture.
    I think overall this article is very good, and really poses interesting questions that now a lot of people are raising. This topic, like many others, will be fun to follow over the next coming years and decades.

  4. Alley Ehrhardt November 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    In Karolina’s article, she discusses the power disruption, which has begun to affect Black Friday shopping. Black Friday has been a tradition, although it may have had a different name back then, since the early 20th century. It is a day where avid shoppers wait in enormous lines and fight over five dollar t-shirts. In the early 20th century, it was understood by most major department stores that they would all hold off their Christmas décor and advertising until after thanksgiving. Black Friday just became quite popular within the last twenty years or so as the economy picked back up and consumers began to have more money to be spending frivolously. It is a way to start of the Christmas shopping season by promoting low prices to attract consumers. Cyber Monday on the other hand was created in the early 2000s as the Monday after thanksgiving where sales are promoted online as opposed to having to go into the actual stores. In her article, Karolina implies that the biggest shopping holiday of the year about five years ago would be Black Friday however according to an article on todayifoundout.com, Black Friday is not even ranked in the top five most popular shopping dates. Last year, 92 million people shopped on Black Friday while a whopping 131 million people shopped on cyber Monday according to a dealnews.com article. In agreement with Karolina, I too believe that Cyber Monday is going to soon make Black Friday a thing of the past. With similar or the same deals and free shopping, why would one choose to wait on lines and fight through a hectic store when they cans it on their couch and order everything that they need for the same or similar prices? Over the few years that Cyber Monday has been coined, sales have been started even before Monday even begins. The concept of cyber Monday and black Friday have almost merged into one in my opinion because the sales are being spread out more by stores to increase the amount of shopping that consumers will participate in. Sales are now ranging from Thursday night until Tuesday now making it almost a whole week of discount shopping whether it be in stores or online. Now, with the use of technology increasing so quickly, it is common for people to resort to sitting at home and ordering everything they need with the touch of a button on their iPads, however I still do believe that Black Friday shopping is almost a holiday for some people. For myself, I participate in both online cyber Monday and in stores on Friday because sometimes it is just easier to try on the clothes instead of ordering them, waiting for them to arrive, and then trying them on to see if they fit. In Karolina’s article it seems that because of her sales chart that she included comparing cyber Monday sales versus black Friday sales, that black Friday may become a thing of the past. Although I do agree with her in that cyber Monday is giving black Friday a run for its money, Black Friday has existed for so long and at this point it is almost a ritual for some avid shoppers that make strategies to hit up every store just to get the rush of waiting on the lines and being able to shop at all hours of the night because its something you don’t get to do any other time of the year. So in conclusion, even after looking at the statistic of black Friday and cyber Monday sales, I think that the weekend after thanksgiving is beginning to turn into one big holiday as opposed to cyber Monday just replacing black Friday. Consumers are still going to attend black Friday, and continue to take advantage of the cyber sales as well for things other than clothes that do not need to be tried on or anything like that. I believe that Black Friday traditions have been engrained in some families and among friends that it will never be a thing of the past, even though cyber Monday is shadowing onto it.

  5. Robert Sheran November 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    With the holiday seasons coming up, this article is extremely relevant and has caught my eye in more ways than one. Black Friday has become another holiday tradition that the completely insane people of this world enjoy doing every midnight after Thanksgiving. I myself do not partake in Black Friday as often as I would hope because I am a broke college kid regardless of the extensive discounts all retailer stores give. When I think of Black Friday there are a couple of things that come to mind. The most predominant thought is that of the millions of people risking their lives by the possibility that they might be trampled when those doors open at midnight. But as the author raised the question in this article, has Black Friday become a thing in the past. From my personal opinion I believe it will slowly decline but truly never go away.
    We live in a world dominated by technology and the internet. There is not one thing you cannot find online at a stores site or, my personal favorite, Amazon. Sometimes people resort to shopping online for certain things simply because they do not have the time or effort in their busy schedules to get out and go to the mall to shop. This is completely understandable. I myself buy all of my technology devices online. Due to this trend in consumer behavior there has been a shift between those who prefer Cyber Monday over Black Friday. As shown in the graph given by the author, sales from consumers who shop on Black Friday are sharply declining as those who shop on Cyber Monday is exponentially increasing.
    I agree with the author that one day Cyber Monday will completely dominate Black Friday however, I do not think this means that Black Friday will completely disappear as argued. As stated before, Black Friday is a holiday tradition that has been prevalent for years. The simple adrenaline one gets from going out at midnight to shop for great deals is enough to keep customers coming. As a frequent, in-store shopper I also know that there are also some things that one cannot just buy online. Sure, if you find a new plasma screen television online for dirt cheap be my guest and buy it. However, I will never buy any of my clothes online ever again. Last Cyber Monday, I went on Vineyard Vines online website and purchased three long sleeve shirts, pants, and a jacket all in a size large. When my packages finally came in the clothes looked like they would only be able to fit Shaquille O’Neal. When I tried sending them back and reordering a new size they were already out of stock from the influx of people making purchases for the holidays. I know that if I went Black Friday shopping there I would at least be able to try on the sizes to make sure they fit. That would be my last Cyber Monday shopping for clothes. Another aspect when choosing to keep Black Friday around for clothes shopping is the fact that everyone is always changing their wardrobes or growing out of their old clothes so the need to try the clothes on during Black Friday will always be prevalent. The use of buying appliances and technology online during Cyber Monday will soon decline because not every household will need a new television to mount on every wall in their house. Thus, Cyber Monday may dominate Black Friday, but there will always be a need for both.

  6. Robert Sheran November 14, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    With the holiday seasons coming up, this article is extremely relevant and has caught my eye in more ways than one. Black Friday has become another holiday tradition that the completely insane people of this world enjoy doing every midnight after Thanksgiving. I myself do not partake in Black Friday as often as I would hope because I am a broke college kid regardless of the extensive discounts all retailer stores give. When I think of Black Friday there are a couple of things that come to mind. The most predominant thought is that of the millions of people risking their lives by the possibility that they might be trampled when those doors open at midnight. But as the author raised the question in this article, has Black Friday become a thing in the past. From my personal opinion I believe it will slowly decline but truly never go away.
    We live in a world dominated by technology and the internet. There is not one thing you cannot find online at a stores site or, my personal favorite, Amazon. Sometimes people resort to shopping online for certain things simply because they do not have the time or effort in their busy schedules to get out and go to the mall to shop. This is completely understandable. I myself buy all of my technology devices online. Due to this trend in consumer behavior there has been a shift between those who prefer Cyber Monday over Black Friday. As shown in the graph given by the author, sales from consumers who shop on Black Friday are sharply declining as those who shop on Cyber Monday is exponentially increasing.
    I agree with the author that one day Cyber Monday will completely dominate Black Friday however, I do not think this means that Black Friday will completely disappear as argued. As stated before, Black Friday is a holiday tradition that has been prevalent for years. The simple adrenaline one gets from going out at midnight to shop for great deals is enough to keep customers coming. As a frequent, in-store shopper I also know that there are also some things that one cannot just buy online. Sure, if you find a new plasma screen television online for dirt cheap be my guest and buy it. However, I will never buy any of my clothes online ever again. Last Cyber Monday, I went on Vineyard Vines online website and purchased three long sleeve shirts, pants, and a jacket all in a size large. When my packages finally came in the clothes looked like they would only be able to fit Shaquille O’Neal. When I tried sending them back and reordering a new size they were already out of stock from the influx of people making purchases for the holidays. I know that if I went Black Friday shopping there I would at least be able to try on the sizes to make sure they fit. That would be my last Cyber Monday shopping for clothes. Another aspect when choosing to keep Black Friday around for clothes shopping is the fact that everyone is always changing their wardrobes or growing out of their old clothes so the need to try the clothes on during Black Friday will always be prevalent. The use of buying appliances and technology online during Cyber Monday will soon decline because not every household will need a new television to mount on every wall in their house. Thus, Cyber Monday may dominate Black Friday however, there will always be a need for both.

  7. Mike Gavela November 14, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    As per my classmates previous comments Black Fridays is indeed an unwritten tradition in the US. I was not made aware of Cyber Monday until I was in high school and even then I was not able to find phenomenal deals as opposed to 6am door busters. Fast forward 5 years into the future and now the current fights are not, who can deliver the best deals? The fights have become, why are we working on Thanksgiving? Major retailers such as Walmart had employees work on thanksgiving, only coming back to their families with a 6-8 hour break until they had to leave again for work to get the store ready for a 6 am door busters. In my opinion this is completely outrageous, unnecessary, and an abuse of employee time. Looking at this situation from a macro perspective the price and overall savings on these deals have very little correlations. Thanksgiving Day sales are seen more as an intro and our preview with few selections and even fewer savings. As pointed out in this post by Karolina Cyber Monday has been leading the way in terms of savings. As much as I love the early morning rush to save $50 on a new video game system, I would rather we move these deals online and avoid the employee abuse. I hope this trend continues and we can keep Thanksgiving alive while saving more!

  8. Ryan Stetz November 15, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    I do not believe that Black Friday will ever be totally wiped out, but it is not surprising that Cyber Monday has caught up to the post-Thanksgiving tradition. People across the country enjoy going to the store on Black Friday not only for the deals, but for the rush that comes from it and the fun of running through the store, trying to find that one thing you are looking for. In addition to this, companies love for consumers to actually come into the store and spend more money than they originally planned. For example, I have a friend who wanted to buy a television that was on sale during Black Friday. He planned on just getting the television, nothing else. He ended up walking out of the store with a bunch of shirts, a television and a new iPad. Because of this way of shopping, companies are not going to want to end the tradition. While there are some who will want to take part in this tradition for however long it lasts, there are also some who will choose the more convenient option, Cyber Monday.
    I have never been a fan of Black Friday, or shopping in general. I hate going to the store and having to shift through all the stuff, looking for the one shirt that I want or the one pair of shoes. Online shopping has made the experience more fun for me, wasting less time on finding items and not having to worry about actually getting to the store. I’m not the only one joining in on the shopping day, as the post points out.
    USA Today also reports that in last year’s Cyber Monday, online sales grew 8.5% for the 24-hour period. In addition to this, shoppers spent an average of $124.21 per order. The number of transactions were also up and people bought more items on average per order. The article also points out that in 2013 online sales were up 20.6%, but this can be due to the fact that many companies are allowing their Cyber Monday sales to last all week.
    Many companies took advantage of the sales, with Target naming the week its biggest yet, with more than 100,000 items on sale all week. Other companies like Kohl’s and Amazon also had sales, with Amazon offering new deals up to every 10 minutes.
    At the end of the day, all these numbers and the participation of companies prove that Cyber Monday is the way of the future. Although Black Friday is still a major day for retailers, it is important for these companies to realize the way our country is moving and the way technology is affecting their business. Ecommerce is growing at an astronomical rate, with companies like Amazon making online shopping easy for millions of people. As Karolina wrote, “Everyone living a fast pace life is aware about how much easier it is to online shop rather than driving all the way to a store and having to wander around trying to find something you like. People simply do not have the time or the energy for something like that.” This thought process should be a red flag for retailers, and should show them that they must adapt to technology and the changing environment so their business stays afloat.

  9. Jessica Page November 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    Karolina brings up a very hot issue, especially considering the holiday season is quickly approaching. Growing up, we all knew about the pure chaos of Black Friday, many of us being crazy enough to partake in it. More recently though, convenience and efficiency has become more important to consumers. Why waste an entire evening or day battling lines and crowds of people, when you can easily just sit in front of your computer and shop for all different items in one place? I remember when I was younger, people would gear up for Black Friday, leaving their Thanksgiving dinners, some people not even having Thanksgiving dinners, just to wait outside a store for 12 hours to get one item that was supposedly on sale for the best price all year. Now though, I have more friends and family partake in online shopping than ever before. It’s fast and convenient, the deals are just as good or if not better and people are overall just less concerned with the hype of Black Friday then they used to be.
    This year, more stores also announced they will not be opening on Thanksgiving and I think that is a great move. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday to enjoy with family and friends. Not one to work extra hours or wait outside a building for a big screen TV you probably don’t need. I definitely agree with Karolina in the fact that Black Friday has seen its better days and it will probably be non-existent in the near future. Stores will have to continue being creative though, especially as more and more retailers are offering such great deals online. It will be interesting to see if the online phenomena becomes a full Thanksgiving weekend ordeal and it will also be interesting to see how stores continue to compete with each other, what they will offer their consumers as incentives and what stores will do for consumers who don’t online shop. There will still be those consumers who need to try things on or see items in person before buying them, especially bigger and pricier purchases.
    I really found Karolina’s article to be interesting and I think the graphs and sources she included really helped solidify her statements. It will be interesting to see how trends continue over this holiday season and for those to come.

  10. Kevin George November 16, 2015 at 2:59 am #

    With Thanksgiving approaching, the timing of the blog post is ideal. What’s better than stuffing your face with food, watching football, and then devouring food again? All of the above and a weekend full of immense sales. Karolina Zujewska does an excellent job in discussing the difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I am glad she addressed the issue of laziness right in the beginning. Humanity definitively loves efficiency and to be items online is the definition of being efficient. What is easier than buying things off a click of a switch? At the same time, I absolutely agree with the ideals of paying discounts on black and Friday and waiting on long lines. Additionally, there are long lines that are social magnets you would not want to miss and a social gathering for many. Ms. Zujewska had an excellent chart that showed the different in real-time sales between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. She also addressed how consumers care about prices, but more importantly care about accessibility. This accessibility factor is more than understandable; especially when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Would you rather shop online or would you rather buy in store? Some people like the idea of feeling your clothes but most like buying online and would rather experience the easiness of Cyber Monday. Also, the innovation we are experiencing as a whole is incredible. Do you think Cyber Monday will turn into Cyber Friday? The current Black Friday has to keep up with its competitors to stay in the game. For example, Best Buy has been having a hard time to stat with its competitors to combat with the traditional movies. How does innovation change the game? Would you rather go and wait on a line for three hours instead of ordering the same CD online 3 days later on Cyber Monday. In essence, has Cyber Monday affected sales on Black Friday? The answer to this question is simple: absolutely. Black Friday was one of the biggest shopping holidays. My family was a major Black Friday fan and tried to purchase the newest technologies, without paying the outgoing expense. At the same time, Cyber Monday shoppers have the ability to buy from their home and do not have to pay other expenses. I really enjoyed this article and was amused by affects of the book’s story line, which is a direct result of cheaper costs and declining racial relation sips.

  11. Brianna Young November 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    This article drew my attention because in one of my previous classes we discussed this topic. My professor asked us would we prefer to go shopping on black Friday and wait on all those crazy lines or go online add the item to your cart and be able to checkout. Of course the whole class said they would rather the second option. This was no surprise. Our generation is more about doing things in a faster and convenient way and Cyber Monday is just that. Though the sales aren’t as good as the ones on black Friday they target more products and include clothing. Where black Friday is more for electronics and gadgets. I think as the years go on black Friday may become obsolete. Instead it will be cyber Friday maybe. The whole cyber thing would help avoid a lot of problems that are caused on Black Friday. Also it can mean an extra day of rest for everyone after thanksgiving. People get so overwhelmed and worked up for Black Friday that they barely get rest for that Thursday because of thanksgiving and then shopping all day on Friday. The only thing that could really cause a problem if black Friday became fully cyber would be getting things shipped out and delivered on time. Warehouse workers would have to double up on hours to help get things out on time. I would like to see how this really changes in the next few years.

  12. Tamila Garayo November 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    The holidays are absolutely nothing without Black Friday. For millions this event is one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States- falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. Though it’s not considered an official holiday, many employees have the day off- expect those working in retail (like myself). The bustling holiday shopping season is absolutely insane, big crowds swarm malls hours early for high discounting prices. It’s an extremely long day and many retailers open up at 5 am, some even early to hoard all the anxious people waiting outside. Offers are placed weeks before hand to entice shoppers while some companies take the different approach and wait till the absolute last minute just to create a buzz from eager customers.
    As for Cyber Monday, it’s very similar to Black Friday just the online version. Close to 9 out of 10 retailers will offer a special Cyber Monday promotion, and spending in 2011 topped out a $1.25 billion dollars, making it the biggest Cyber Monday ever (Gobankingrates). It’s no surprise that more and more consumers are choosing to shop online because they do not want to wait outside in early mornings with hundreds of other shoppers who are fighting over the last item on the shelf. Coveted items do sell out quickly, and some shoppers even leave the stores at times empty handed. Therefore, the benefit of online shopping is that people will be able to know right away if the items they are longing for are still in fact in stock, rather than traveling from store to store just to find it. Also shoppers have the benefit of being casually comfortable, and have easy access to shopping in their home which is always a plus.
    Though there may be multiple pro’s when it comes to Cyber Monday. I don’t believe that Black Friday is going anywhere anytime soon. It has adapted to our culture over the years that’s it’s almost like tradition for the whole family to wake up early and go to the Mall, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. It may be a hectic shopping frenzy but it’s one of the beginning starts to the holiday season and bringing people together, (even if it’s fighting for the last Iphone). I personally enjoy it, and it was one of the first things my family did when first coming to this country. I find a lot of happiness because whether it’s shopping online or in person, whoever is receiving the gift will be thankful no matter where it came from.
    Nonetheless Cyber Monday deals certainly affect retailers. From personal experience I can say that we greatly rely on this hectic shopping day. We get the most revenue those days, and our ultimate goal is to get the most sales, which means more commission. If a lack of people start showing up that will definitely affect our pay that day. It even affects employers, after all it does fall on the Monday everyone goes back to work. Employers indulge in online shopping during work hours, causing productivity and misconduct standpoint to be questioned. Research conducted by Proper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation about shopping during the 2013 season shows that over 130 million adults were planning to shop on Cyber Monday. Of those shoppers, an estimated 12.4% (about 16 million) used a computer at work and an estimated 18.9% (about 24 million) used a mobile device (Xperthr).
    There are definitely pro’s and cons to both Cyber Monday and Black Friday, I think it all depends on the person and what their situation is that weekend and what they are willing to do, and spend. I don’t think either is going to get knocked off any time soon, since it does depend on a person’s capabilities. We have become so accustomed to both these two days that I would hate to see any of the them to disappear. I personally take advantage of both depending on the item, and whether I know it has the possibility of getting out of stock more quickly than others. However as a retailer, I really depend on Black Friday because that’s when I make the most money out of the whole entire year.

  13. Anthony Hector November 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    The holidays are what some people live for. It might not be the reason that most love the holidays either. In my opinion I am always waiting to the next holiday because it usually means family coming over and no school, which is always a plus. For most Americans holidays like thanksgiving follow every special days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On both of these days they’re many sales going on that involve basically everything. I have never been Black Friday shopping because first I have never thought of something I have wanted, but also due to the fact that people go insane over Black Friday. There has always been incidents during Black Friday because people are in just a craze that they do not care about anyone else, but just trying to get their deals. Black Friday is more widely recognized than Cyber Monday. This is a great thing for many people who shop online because they have more room to get the deals they want while everyone else is fighting for their lives basically on Black Friday. In my personal opinion I would easily choose Cyber Monday over Black Friday. The answer is very simple, it is more convenient to shop online compared to going to a physical store.

    Convenience is key with customers because people are lazier than they have ever been. They reason why Cyber Monday is such a huge hit because of the way people are shopping now. More and more people shop online. The timing of Cyber Monday as well plays a huge factor because people have just gotten over thanksgiving. It allows them to still relax at home and purchase things on sale in the luxury of their home. People are for knowledgeable about Black Friday so it makes sense for more people to get products on sale on that day rather than Cyber Monday. I have never bought anything on either of these days, but I will definitely buy some stuff on Monday. On Friday I do not want to go out of my house because I am going to be do busy sleeping after the huge meal I had. I want to enjoy my break and get products on sale from my bed. It sounds so much better than Black Friday and soon I would not be surprise if Black Friday is a thing of the past when people talk about sales during thanksgiving. Technology is taking over this planet in all aspects.

  14. Lauren Gutowski November 19, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Black Friday is more than finding great deals on electronics, clothes and other items. We all just consumed pounds of food from Thanksgiving, most go out for a midnight escapade of shopping until dawn and the vibes are just great since most get all of their Christmas shopping done around this time. Not only that, but the vibes are great since Christmas and New Years are just on the corner. I would not consider Black Friday even remotely close to a Holiday, but that day of shopping is definitely part of the American culture; the twenty-four hours of craziness. Sadly we are losing the traditional value of this day due to disruption. As said in this post, Cyber Monday produces better prices for customers so even convenience could not be fully blamed for the day of online shopping. According to this post, there are a slew of benefits in just going on your computer that following Monday than nosediving into the Friday drama. It is funny how my friends and I go out to shop on Friday then we are all together that Monday at one of our houses to shop again, but online. Even though I mentioned better prices as a reason people decide to online shop on the holidays, it all comes back to the idea of convenience. And how can Black Friday outrun Cyber Monday? People can shop in the comfort of their own home for better prices. This disruption may push out the tradition of Black Friday within the next decade or so. Can this be constituted as laziness though? I honestly do not want to know how millennials will shop in the next forty years. If online shopping continues down the course it is on, malls may become barren; closed down retail stores left and right, a huge loss of jobs. It cuts off the middle man (retail stores) while distribution warehouses ship the product straight to the consumer’s home.

    This increase in Cyber Monday participants says a lot about technology and how it is disrupting our society. Who knows what the future holds, whether we are continuing to make the “long, burdensome, time consuming” drive to the mall 15 minutes or less away. Or are we going to wake up on our Sunday and plant our butts to our desk chairs and begin to shop our little hearts away. From the looks of it, shopping is only one click away. Sure, stores will still be open that Friday with some sales going on, but nothing compared to that following Monday. The mutual benefits are too great for both the companies and customers. Even those poor workers who have that dreadful 12 am – 8 am shift on Black Friday do not need to endure the chaos if we shopped online. The real question is, is this a bad thing? Yes and no. Yes, of course shopping will be more convenient and no because it can determine the fate of retail stores. Bottom line is the world is going through changes that are inevitable. So it may be impossible to keep how we shop the same as well.

  15. Dana Guittari November 20, 2015 at 1:17 am #

    One time in my life I went out on Black Friday. I was sixteen years old, and one of my good friends and I thought it would be a good idea to go to the mall and try to get some deals. And all I can say is I will never again go out on Black Friday. The idea sounds great in theory. It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Most people are off from work. There are huge sales at all the good stores and there are great deals everywhere you turn. But you know what else there is everywhere you turn? People. People are everywhere on Black Friday. Hundreds and thousands of people. My one Black Friday experience scarred me for life and I hope this “holiday” is coming to an end. I only made it to one store before I gave up completely. I went to Victoria’s secret and there weren’t even any huge deals. But you know what was huge? The lines. I spent more time waiting in line than I did doing anything else. And it’s impossible to find what you are looking for through the crowds of people. And these people are not neatly looking through the piles of clothes trying to find what they’re looking for. They’re knocking over the piles of clothes and turning the stores into disasters. Never again.
    Now Cyber Monday? I am 100% a supporter of that. Same deals minus the crowds minus the lines? Count me in. And that’s the way the majority of our society thinks today, too. I have heard horror stories of people actually dying on Black Friday. I believe it was two years ago, maybe three, when a man was actually trampled to death at a Walmart when the doors opened and the other savages waiting in line crushed him to death. No thank you. No wonder the Cyber Monday sales are growing while the Black Friday sales are on the decline. And like Karolina Zujewska mentions in her article, many stores are trying to adapt to customer demands by expanding their Cyber Monday sales to Thanksgiving and Black Friday. So now, Cyber Monday is Cyber Thursday and Cyber Friday and Cyber weekend. Customers now have more time and are offered more deals and do not have to leave their houses and wait in the insane lines to get them. As Karolina said in closing her article, “I would not be surprised that in ten years Black Friday was a thing of the past.” Maybe it’s just my own bad experience, or maybe it’s my incline towards internet shopping, but I personally would be surprised if Black Friday even makes it another ten years.

  16. Michael MacRae November 20, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Black Friday has always been a legendary day in my life. My parents never had the energy or time to go but all of my friends always made a big deal about it. It was explained to me that you paid your time and some of your money to get a few nice things in a long line. I always have considered my time very valuable – the idea of standing around for hours just to get 40% off is ridiculous to me. It appears that most of society is becoming like me in that respect, as Cyber Monday appears to be on the rise according to the graph in the above post. Cyber Monday is the day that all of the unsold inventory from Black Friday goes on sale for (sometimes) even cheaper than the Friday before. It’s also a great way to do all you’re shopping at once with a single card number on a single site (usually Amazon).

    There’s no denying that Black Friday is an adventure though. I have plans to go this year purely because I want to spend the time with my friends back home. I think it’s a great bonding experience because of all the ridiculous things that happen at 3 am when you’re trying to find the best deal. I have no intention of spending my money or waiting in a long line, but I might as well support my friends who want to do it but need a buddy to tag along. Cyber Monday eliminates the comradery aspect of shopping and makes it a meaningless, quick, solo trip. While the post alleges that Black Friday could be gone in a decade, I disagree. I think there is a certain tradition aspect involved in the activity that will never really dwindle. Sure, it’s a selfish and capitalist tradition, but it still means something to some people. According to the source from CNBC, deals traditionally only offered on Black Friday are being offered on thanksgiving Thursday online. This is a huge undercut to Black Friday participation but that appears to be the intent of retailers. They would rather do online sales to decrease retail employee necessity on the day following thanksgiving.

    According to the national retail foundation, the average shopper plans to do 36% of his/her shopping online this year – a rise from 2010’s 32%. With this continuous increase in online shopping, we will likely see online deals become more and more beneficial to the consumer. Economics tells us that consumer habits directly affect pricing and frequency of sales. In effect, it appears that consumers are getting tired of shopping in-store on Black Friday.

  17. Nicolette Devish November 23, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and Christmas is right around the corner, this article has plenty of relevance. It interests me how Black Friday is considered a holiday nowadays. As tradition has it, millions of people go out shopping every midnight after Thanksgiving. From experience, I noticed it gets extremely hectic but everyone enjoys the prices. Personally I enjoy going out and catching the deals just like my entire family does every year after Thanksgiving dinner.

    Now Karolina Zujewska does a great job with deferring the differences between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I completely agree with the lazy aspect. Cyber Monday is a lot easier and simpler than going out and shopping with mobs of people and long lines. A simple couple clicks gets you discounts. Black Friday has lines out the door of people waiting to just get in and shop for a sale. Zujewska displayed a chart that showed unique sale prices between both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. She also focused on the fact that consumers really only pay attention to the numbers, or the prices of what they want. Now not only was this mentioned but she also makes it clear that us, consumers love accessibility. The accessibility plays a huge role for society today, because it’s all about the ease of individual’s desires. This may come off as a bit selfish, but totally understandable.

    Some people would rather shop online rather then go out and shop and wait on lines. Also, some people like the idea of seeing the items and trying them on over guessing how they’d look in person. Cyber Monday is obviously the quicker and simpler method to saving. On the other hand, Black Friday is still known to be one of the biggest shopping holidays. Overall, I agree with the author that one day Cyber Monday will dominant Black Friday, because I am a big fan of online shopping. I also believe Black Friday may slow down with customers but will never stop tradition. I really enjoyed reading this article and it made me want to decrease my every year shopping in malls.

  18. Isabel Goodman November 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    Currently, it is Black Friday so this blog post could not be more relevant. Black Friday is a tradition for many Americans that wish to partake in as much shopping as possible without breaking the bank in the process. The deals that arise on this “holiday” are created especially for today and are designed to satisfy customers’ wants and maximize profits. As I made my way to the mall today I was shocked at my ability to get a decent parking spot. It was prime time for shopping and yet here was a spot right in the front. Was it just luck? Or was it something more? I believe this post explains why I managed to get an amazing parking spot on the busiest shopping day of the year. Online shopping is the current shopping craze. Why waste gas and stand in lines when you can press a few buttons, make a few clicks, and have exactly the same product? This is the thought process for many Americans on this very day. While online shopping is big any day of the year given the accessibility and consumer’s desire for stuff, it is widely used today. Why is this? As the post explains, there are deals online as well. Companies are making it so it is even more unnecessary to travel to the brick and mortar stores. The malls are crowded and you are stuffed from dinner, so just stay in and buy our products online. That’s what companies are telling their consumers. As a result of this however, the physical retail stores are suffering. They have goals they must reach and Black Friday is a day where they are supposed to make a substantial product and blow that goal out of the water. But many stores are feeling the burn of online shopping and are actually suffering losses instead of profit. I worked retail for a few years and I noticed that as the years progressed there would be less and less people in the mall. This we can attribute to the online deals people are getting and their desire to stay at home and do their shopping there. So what is there to do from here? Retail stores are being harmed but the online stores are growing substantially. What may be the future is simply just cyber deals. That is certainly where this tradition looks like it is headed. While the tradition of pushing and fighting over merchandise exists, we may adopt the more civil approach to shopping. We may decide to do away with Black Friday all together and spend our Thanksgiving with family and friends and worry about shopping when the emails about deals are sent to our mobile devices/laptops/ etc. if this happens, I will always have an excellent parking spot at the mall because everyone will be at home buying their products and the malls will have no reason to be open the day of Thanksgiving and for non-traditional hours the day of Black Friday.

  19. eric novembre November 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    “When looking at the past years in retail many wheels are turned by the power disruption. Technology and also the laziness of people has extinguished many traditions in the retail field, or at least replaced them. Everyone living a fast pace life is aware about how much easier it is to online shop rather than driving all the way to a store and having to wander around trying to find something you like. People simply do not have the time or the energy for something like that. But more than just the action of going to a brick and mortar store is going out of fashion, certain shopping holidays are going with it. What’s the biggest shopping holiday of them all? Well if you asked someone five years ago they would all probably say Black Friday! However now, that shopping tradition may be getting over run by the more comfortable option, Cyber Monday.” black Friday has been something I have look forward too every year. I enjoy going out in the middle of the night and just finding stuff to by for Christmas and myself. last year in fact was the first time I actually did go black Friday shopping and I enjoyed every second of it.
    “”Black Friday or Cyber Friday?” DTL Blog. Shannonweb, 02 Nov. 2015. Web. 27 Nov. 2015. . “

  20. Marquise Moseley November 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    It is ironic that I just discovered this post and that it is currently Black Friday. Personally I did not go out on this holiday, but I do have a bunch of friends that did go out today to try and snag some of these deals. I do believe this post is right in believing that Cyber Monday is bigger than Black Friday nowadays. The only thing that I feel differently about is the fact that I feel Black Friday is worse than Cyber Monday by default.
    I think it is important to note that there is not that many people nowadays that want to go to the store or the mall and roam around looking for the things that they want anymore. It is so much easier to just go online and type in what you want and have it pop up on your screen 5 seconds after hitting enter. The convenience of Cyber Monday I think is what makes people desire it so much more. The other biggest thing that I think separates the two is the fact that Black Friday is done in person and is beyond scary. Over the years there have been an insane amount of injuries and deaths during Black Friday because people seem to lose control once they get around a bunch of great sales and a limited supply of goods. Just today alone I saw a video online of two women going at it in a fight over an item in the store as soon as the doors open. What person do you know that would want to go out for an item after seeing something like that? Especially, when they can just order that same item while in the comfort of their own home, while in bed, and with a bunch of their loved ones around them. I feel like this new danger that is equipped to Black Friday shopping is why Cyber Monday has become so widely popular for people. No one wants to be the woman in the video that was getting beat up even if it is over an item that you may have wanted really badly. Cyber Monday provides the same items, with the same competition, but the biggest difference is if you do not get the item online you just do not get it. In person at the store if you are trying to “compete” for that item you may get beat up for it if someone wants it bad enough. Also, in some cases people have been trampled after the doors have opened for Black Friday, but the only thing you worry about for Cyber Monday is a lot of online traffic that may make your internet a little slower. I just feel that is a better idea than risking your life in person for an item that you may want. I feel like if Black Friday did not come with so much danger that the race between the two would be a lot closer than they are right now. That is why I feel Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday by default.

  21. Carlee A November 29, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    This article was an interesting one to read especially since it is the time of year where the need for materialistic items peaks. I have always liked to follow how the concept of Black Friday has evolved over the years. Within the past few years, Black Friday has moved into Thursday night, the night of Thanksgiving. I find it fascinating and ironic how people choose to go out Black Friday shopping on Thursday night when they should be thankful for everything they already have and spend and appreciate the time you have with family. I do not believe, however, that Black Friday will disappear altogether in the next 10 years. I believe that it will always be like a holiday tradition for some. I do believe that Cyber Monday will continue to become more popular in the years to come, as seen by the statistics shown in the article.

    I personally have not gone Black Friday shopping because of all of the news reports I have heard over the years of people being trampled to death. I believe that Cyber Monday is the safest option for many, and much more convenient, where you can shop online in the comfort of your own home and avoid the long lines, and sometimes rude and selfish people. I often shop on Cyber Monday to buy the gifts for the holidays. To me, this is the best option, that way I can spend much more time with the family over the long weekend and truly appreciate everything I have, which is the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

  22. Lori Slevin November 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    When opening my email the week before Thanksgiving, I had received emails from all my favorite stores announcing their sales beginning early, online and in stores. I had even shopped at Express on Wednesday night for their 50% off everything sale. I didn’t step foot into the mall on Friday, I bought some clothes and christmas gifts from the comfort of my bed early in the morning. On Cyber-Monday I spent my day looking to purchase new shoes with all the great deals. Within my weekend I had purchased about 20 items, and only 3 of them were in store.

    The new ways of online shopping are canceling out the need to go to stores, especially with websites such as Amazon that has anything form groceries to clothing to couches. The need for stores has definitely decreased, which is why so many stores have now changed their discounts and deals to be online for those customers. Most stores today even had free shipping tagged onto their deals.

  23. Nick M. December 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    While I do believe that Cyber Monday has caught up and possibly even exceeded Black Friday, I do not believe it is purely about prices for the consumers as CNBC’s David Kohl describes. As an avid Christmas gift shopper looking for the best deals, Cyber Monday is my preferred day to complete shopping lists. However, it is not because of prices, in fact I’m convinced that the shipping prices for Cyber Monday products levels the playing field with Black Friday. The biggest difference is the ease of access during a very busy time.
    While so many wake up bright and early to shop on Black Friday, I fulfill a different tradition near and dear to my heart. My father, brother, grandfather and I go golfing bright and early in the crisp November air, a Black Friday tradition that is about seven years strong. While I could easily go shopping after our round of golf, there is still much to be accomplished, such as putting Christmas decorations up, setting-up the outside lights, meeting with friends as they’re on break, and cleaning up from the Thanksgiving feast. So while all of these activities must be accomplished, shopping has a lower priority on my to-do-list. Yet when the weekend concludes and I finally have time to breathe, I take to the websites to find deals because of my exhaustion from the past weekend. So while Cyber Monday may have more appealing deals for some, it’s all about the ease of access and the time of the season for me.

  24. Manpreet Swaitch December 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    In all honesty Black Friday should be experienced once by everyone, just for seeing the rush and the craziness that happens in the stores. However, in today’s date you can do all the holiday shopping in your pajamas just as I did. I know on Cyber Monday I was on the computer constantly looking for good deals, and my brother did the same thing. I feel as though Black Friday is some where you can only go once, because after that it’s just the same thing over and over again. Black Friday makes you tired, especially having to carry all the bags around with you if your car is parked. In today’s date it is all about online shopping, I know some stores offered free shipping with their deals, can’t get better than that! I know Amazon had many great deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, my sister bought me an amazing watch! I believer having Cyber Monday is great because it is great for consumers, so they don’t have to wait in long lines, with heavy bags and hurt their backs. For the upcoming years, let’s say 5 years from now Black Friday will still exist but not ten to twenty years from today. Since, technology is growing so much each and every day the next generation will do anything not to step outside of their comfort zone.

  25. Will Nguyen December 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been a tradition for many years. Generally for teens its about buying the latest fashion clothing at discounted prices and electronics occasionally such as headphones, T.Vs, speakers. I can relate to this. Throughout the years I have participated every single Black Friday. To me its more of the thrill of going out late at night and being a part of the atmosphere than shopping. Although I do shop. I mean how often can you and your friends go out at 3 A.M and just wander the mall?

    I can see why Cyber Monday has more sales for adults than teens. First of all more adults have credit cards than teens and are able to buy what they like online, also they work everyday and do not want to spend their nights out shopping, some not all. This year changed for Black Friday shoppers, doors opened earlier at 6pm on Thanksgiving and malls closed at 1 A.M and re-opened at 6 A.M, this ruined the thrill of the “all night shopping.” This happened to me and I ended up not even going. From the sales I have read online the discounts are the same on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The only change is that you do not have to leave your house, you cannot try on clothes if you buy clothes, and shipping is free. Personally I would rather go out at night and experience the thrill of Black Friday.

  26. Samantha R December 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    Due to my past retail experience, I have had the opportunity to work both Black Friday and Thanksgiving. I have experienced the rush of consumers into the store and seen the amount of purchases made in the early hours of the morning. Although Cyber Monday has become more popular over the years, consumers can still be seen shopping at the opening of store hours. My first experience working on Thanksgiving began with a woman waiting outside the store prior to the mall’s initial opening, after I had just finished my Thanksgiving dinner. Mike Gavela raises the question of why do people need to work Thanksgiving and the answer revolves around one concept: this is the time of the year where the most amount of business revenue is made in a short amount of time. Businesses rely heavily during the holiday season to break even to compensate for the remainder of the year. Although I do not agree with having employees work on this family-oriented holiday and praise stores that refuse to open, I can see from a business standpoint where revenue can be made. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become two of the most anticipated busiest sales days of the year. According to the graph, it is evident that there has been a rise in Cyber Monday participation over Black Friday. I predict this will only continue to rise in the future as consumers make the switch to online shopping entirely.
    The author asks the question whether or not the idea of Cyber Monday may expand and potentially take over the surrounding days following Thanksgiving, having a Cyber Thursday to Monday tradition. I can see this occurring in the near future as online shopping grows in popularity. It is convenient for consumers to shop at any moment in any location using their mobile devices. Many stores have designated company websites with easy user accessibility options. One point the author had brought up was the significant change in discounts offered online in comparison to those offered in store. I can personally attest to this and do agree with statement. It is better for the business to sell leftover inventory at a discounted rate with the hopes of making a profit rather than paying for an inventory carrying cost while keeping it in storage.

  27. Nicholas B. December 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    With the availability to get on the Internet at nearly everyone’s fingertips there is no need to go to a store to shop anymore. There are more reasons to shop online versus in store on Black Friday compared to Cyber Monday. There are equal if not better deals when shopping online because consumers have the ability to buy goods from anywhere in the world and have it shipped to their doorstep. In the chart shown in the post it proves that Cyber Monday is becoming the new trend. Since there is virtually no difference from ordering online Monday or in store on Friday why not do it online and now have to leave the house. The only problem I see with Cyber Monday is that it has been impacting the production of the workforce on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Employers will surely come up with a solution to stop workers from shopping in the office and this may hurt the success of Cyber Monday

  28. B.Brar December 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Black Friday vs Cyber Monday, great question. I look back at what I purchased on Black Friday vs Cyber Monday purchases. I purchased more items on Black Friday than Cyber Monday. Both these sales have their benefits besides the low prices. For example, shopping on Black Friday people can actually try on clothes and know right away if it fits on them or not. A benefit for Cyber Monday is no lines. Although technology allows shoppers from leaving their house there still can be some setbacks.
    So in my opinion I think traditional Black Friday wins. Even though people may have to wait in line. Shopper’s receive the item right away and can physically interact with the items to see if it’s worth buying. Unlike Cyber Monday shoppers have to pay for shipping and have issues occur like receiving the wrong item or even the item getting lost. Also shoppers can get surprise discounts when they shop in the stores. I’ve had that experience when I was shopping in Lord & Taylor, the worker gave me a $25 off coupon with no minimum purchase required. Shopping online won’t have that benefit.

  29. Allison Yashay December 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    I personally am a cyber Monday fan. Not from the laziness aspect, but I’ll save being stampeded over to get the limited edition Darth Vader toaster. Being able to shop a wide range of stores all at home, versus driving to a mall, having trouble parking, standing on ridiculous line is a much better option for me. Its true shopping online alleviates a lot of stress. David Kohl makes a point that I absolutely agree with. He states “how consumers care all about prices. When one combines good prices with the comfort of home then, it makes sense that Cyber Monday be equal or more popular than Black Friday.” I couldn’t agree more! Being able to do Christmas shopping in my pajamas was great. And let’s not forget the deals I scored! I’m a bargain shopper to begin with, so Cyber Monday is one of my favorite shopping days. I score amazing deals for really good products. I do think that people and even companies are beginning to see a switch from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday “happens after the hectic chaos that is Black Friday, so retailers are more inclined to move product out, which in turn means better sales.” The web can feature numerous more products than a mortar and brick store can. Looking at the chart, as Black Friday deals decreased, Cyber Monday deals increased significantly. Also, companies like Walmart have to have employees work overtime, which costs money. Having an online store, companies no longer have to worry about overtime salaries. One of the things I despise about Black Friday, is that many stores open their doors at 6pm on Thanksgiving. This is why I will never support Black Friday. Thanksgiving is meant to be spent at home with family, not in ridiculous mile long lines. For this reason to I prefer Cyber Monday. I think a lot share my view, and that is why so many are making the switch to Monday. I like the transition to online. I think it alleviates a lot of stress. I mean who wouldn’t want to find great Christmas deals at home in their pajamas?!

  30. Andrew Lentini December 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    America’s economy has not been in the best of shape over the last couple years but no better way to help that than spending. We spend most of our money on shopping and other products that goes directly back into the economy. The promenade time to buy gifts is right now in the end of November all the way to the beginning of December. The holidays are by far the busiest time for retailers because they always run the best deals. The two biggest days of shopping are the two days that just passed. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In more recent years technology has helped keep the hype in these two big days. All over you will see ads for the big deals that are being run. We are living in an environment where we need everything done as quickly as possible and we are doing a million things at once. This has caused traffic in the stores to decline as companies see their online sales raise. People would rather sit on their couch watching TV in their PJ’s then go to stores. I cannot blame people for this. Every time I go to the mall it takes me at least 10 minutes just to find a parking spot. Once I find this parking spot I have to travel a mile just to reach the mall and then I have to walk to the store I want that might be on the other side of the mall. Finally after 30 minutes when you do make it in the store you go looking around just to find your section. Once you find something you like the struggle is always if they have your size or not. You realize that you just wasted 45 minutes at the mall for absolutely nothing you then go home just to buy it online. The convenience of online shopping is like no other with just a click of a few buttons you can have whatever you want delivered right to your door in a couple days. Black Friday used to be the more popular day out of the two but now Cyber Monday has surpassed that and more sales are made on that day. I feel like Black Friday is where you can get great deals in the first couple hours if you are willing to wait outside of the stores in the cold. Many great deals are only offered for the first couple people that come into the stores doors but is it really worth leaving your family at thanksgiving dinner early just to get a good deal on a TV? I love my family and would not leave a holiday early (the food influences this decision also). Cyber Monday on the other hand is my favorite because I can order anything I want at any time for a great deal all while watching some Netflix and drinking hot chocolate. Over the next few years I think we will start to see a shift of sales move from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Americans have very busy schedules and do not have time to wait outside for hours just for a deal. Cyber Monday is simple and easy that is what Americans love with everything they do and I think this trend will continue for a long time.

  31. Themba Lungu December 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    I have never been a big Black Friday shopper but all the women in my family are. They’re the type to go at midnight after Thanksgiving dinner and buy all the unnecessary stuff that they do not need; only buying it because of the great deals that accompany Black Friday. They usually always come back with crazy stories of them witnessing heated arguments or all-out mayhem. It was an essential part of my Thanksgiving holiday. However, this year I was shocked to hear from my aunt that Black Friday was not as “hype” as it has been in prior years. Of course it was still hectic but not as hectic. The all-out mayhem ceased.
    Cyber Monday is more of a holiday that I can enjoy rather than Black Friday. I hate the long lines and chaos that Black Friday offers. I really enjoy online shopping because of some of the exclusives and instant availability of it. It takes a few seconds to log online and start shopping rather than driving to a store. Online shopping is a rather new phenomenon in my opinion and it was evident to me that the holidays started adapting to the times. I do not think Black Friday should change to Cyber Friday because I like the idea that both exist, one on Friday and the other on Monday. It serves both mediums of the customers. According to the article, Cyber Monday has become more popular than Black Friday. I would not be surprised if Black Friday started to add more exclusive sales and deals to increase its appeal and popularity. Black Friday will still remain as is because it is instilled in the holiday or Thanksgiving as the turkey is. It is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. It has become a staple of the holiday and I feel that Cyber Monday will also evolve into that status. However, I do not think Black Friday will become a thing of the past.

  32. Kaitlyn McCluskey December 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    For as long as I can remember, Black Friday has always been one of the biggest days of the year. I am the first to admit that I definitely have a shopping “addiction”, if you will. I love to shop, in unnecessary amounts and I honestly prefer to do it in the actual store. I know that online shopping is the new big thing to do and cyber Monday has become bigger than black Friday. Like this article talked about, cyber Monday is more convenient and saves shoppers from all the chaos that comes along with black Friday shopping. Every shopper, actually every person for that matter, loves a good deal especially on Black Friday when items that aren’t typically discounted are discounted. A lot of people actually wait to buy things until black Friday and a lot of people also get most or all of their holiday shopping done on that day. The good thing about online shopping, is items are in stock a lot longer than they are in store. If I person is black Friday shopping and the store is sold out, then they can just wait until cyber Monday and get a similar deal.
    When it comes to huge shopping events like this, I hate the chaos and stress that comes with black Friday. I never really went when I was younger because my mom hated it and I do not go now that I am older because honestly it is just too much. The deals are great but everything else that comes along with it is really not fun to experience. The crowds and the lines and the mean people just don’t seem all that attractive to me. I think that one day, cyber Monday will out shine black Friday. I think that a lot of people are coming to the conclusion that technology is the best way to go. It is most efficient and it gets the same job done. I think that the only reason that shopping in the actual store is better is because you can actually see the item and feel the quality and try it on (if it is clothing/apparel). But then again, returns are quick and easy in most cases. A lot of the times, shipping is actually free. For people like me, I rather try things on because I am very picky and I am also impatient so I rather get the item right away. But honestly, I have been noticing myself doing more online shopping lately…especially since I have been at college. I feel like as people get older, their lives become busier and it is just all around more convenient to do it online. I know that a lot of normal things are one day going to disappear because technology is going to replace it. But I personally don’t think that stores are ever going to disappear. Even though cyber Monday has quickly become bigger than black Friday, I think a lot of it has to do with the stress and the chaos of a “holiday” like that.

  33. Matthew Multer December 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    I hate Black Friday. Absolutely hate it. Have I gone out for black Friday before? Yeah I definitely have, just like every other sucker who leaves thanksgiving dinner with their family early to go try and get the hottest new “deals.” Too bad it’s all a sham. Black Friday is nothing more than some marketing scheme that some big wig company guy dreamed up of one day to get more people coming to the stores by offering deals. Fast forward 20 years later and everyone is still so gung ho about going out at midnight to shop. The deals offered aren’t even real. Retailers scheme up ways to draw customers and then you either end up paying full price anyway or once you show up at the store they don’t have the big TV you wanted left. How could that be its Black Friday? How can a company not have enough units in stock? Because they do that on purpose. People don’t ever realize that 9 times out of 10 when those big doorbuster deals on TVs or washer and dryer combos are a rip off because the store only even has 6 units in stock. That sure does suck for the 7th person who gets in the store after they camped out 12 hours prior and even missed their thanksgiving dinner.
    Retailers manipulate and trick customers into thinking they are going to get some huge deal but it’s all just to get you to the store. People have got to do their own research and check the specifications of the “deal” that they want to get on Black Friday. With all of that being said I’ve got my viewpoint across on about Black Friday. The point of Black Friday is to get people out to the stores, out to their retail location. But this doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Just as this article addresses sooner or later it’s going to be Cyber Friday. People can stay in the comfort of their homes and with the click of a button have exactly what they. I think the best display of this is the graph that’s provided in this article. It clearly shows that online shopping is the taking over completely. Now on thanksgiving you can just go on your phone, maybe even at the dinner table and get everything you want.
    Sooner or later I wouldn’t be surprised if there a cyber weekend. Friday through Monday with deals, deals, deals! I really enjoyed what David Kohl said about consumers. We like low prices. And when you can combine low prices with the comfort of being home, who wouldn’t want to do that. I love being home. I would have no issue kicking back with my laptop and doing all of my online shopping on thanksgiving night after my family left. To close I also would like to make the point of employees who have to leave thanksgiving with family early to work. I’ve never thought that was necessary. I believe businesses should take this into consideration. I understand it’s hard, money could be lost, but family is important.

  34. Javon Diggs December 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    Black Friday may be one of the best, yet at the same time on of the worst events ever created. The idea is amazing. Almost every retail store offers every item at an incredibly discounted price, turning the idea of purchasing the new, flashy piece of technology from a pipe dream to a very real possibility. Items that are way too expensive for the average person to buy on a normal day are offered at a much cheaper price, creating much more sales and revenue for all companies involved. It sounds like a mutual beneficiary transaction, as the consumer gets the item that they wanted, and the store sees their sales go way up, because Black Friday is always busy and is usually one of the best days for profits for stores. The problem is for the consumer actually being able to buy the item, if they make it to the store first.

    The tragic side of Black Friday is that many people often get injured in the rush to the stores in order to purchase the items they want. Black Friday operates on a first come, first serve basis, and as previously mentioned, stores are very crowded in Black Friday. This means that people are willing to do whatever it takes to get the item they so desperately crave, and will resort to such disgusting actions such as stealing, fighting, and even trampling innocent bystanders over materialistic items. Thankfully, security during Black Friday has grown much stricter in recent years, but it shouldn’t have had to come to that. In addition, since Black Friday is always the Friday after Thanksgiving, many people choose to leave their families in order to camp out at the store in order to be first to get the item they want. At some point, people need to come together and ask themselves, is the item really worth putting aside their families and putting themselves in harm’s way.

    Now, according to the article above, with the internet craze running as rampant as it is, online shopping is becoming popular now too. This is not surprising in the slightest. The internet essentially does everything else people want for them nowadays, so they might as well add shopping to the list too. Honestly, it would not surprise me one bit if Black Friday turned into Cyber Friday (or Monday, actually any day of the week). Instead of having to deal with traffic and the hassle of waiting in line (along with the other downsides of Black Friday), one could just sit in the comfort of their own home and shop for the items they need. With the internet age quickly evolving like it is, why wouldn’t online shopping become a staple too?

    Normally, I’m one of the few people who are against the internet taking the place of everyday human activities as I feel that it may make people become lazier, less efficient, and ruin the job market, but in this case, I’m not so sure. On one hand, a person would miss out on being able to go to the store, meet new people (those that aren’t crazed), it would encourage people to stay at home more often to take care of their problems, and would take away jobs from those who work at stores, as clerks really wouldn’t be needed if people are shopping online. But on the other, online shopping is much quicker, more efficient, and most importantly, a lot safer. It really provides an interesting debate. I guess it really comes down to personal preference, but if online shopping does become a new regular occurrence, then I guess preference really won’t matter.

  35. Jesse Klarfeld December 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times because you can get so much stuff for so cheap. I personally do not go out and shop, but my mom does for the holidays and gets gifts for a good price. As I do not care much about these days, I have looked on websites for deals on cyber Monday. The reason I never checked out black Friday deals is because I did not want to go out and wait in line. For this exact point, cyber Monday is predicted to be more popular and totally wash away black Friday.

    A very valid question and comment within this article is posed when the author Karolina Zujewska states, “So does that mean that Cyber Monday will envelope itself and turn into Cyber Thursday, Friday..and all into Monday? I would not be surprised that in ten years Black Friday was a thing of the past.” This could certainly happen, no doubt about it.

    Many people love the festivities and chaos of going to stores and fighting for the products. I know that I have seen many fights break out. This is a common thing that people enjoy, and some people like camping out waiting for the deals. Cyber Monday has so many benefits no wonder its numbers are outweighing black Friday’s. This article includes a summary of an article “by CNBC, David Kohl, who writes about how consumers care all about prices. When one combines good prices with the comfort of home then, it makes sense that Cyber Monday be equal or more popular than Black Friday.”
    In this day’s economy, everyone looks at the price tags. And if you don’t, I certainly do. I wish it was that easy to walk into a store, find something you really liked, and buy it right there and then. The point is, is that days like these are in high demand, and now that technology is implementing itself deeper and deeper into society, cyber Monday is going to be the new big thing.

    The shopping tradition is changing as a whole. On a side note that is insane is that there is now a store run by Amazon where you don’t even need cashiers or anything. You just pick up and item and walk out the store. These innovations are crazy and really shaping the game for the futuree.

  36. Thomas Batelli February 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    Black Friday has been monumentally one of the largest “retail” holidays in history. Many people that know the real history of Black Friday, know that it was a tradition in which was named in reference to the financial crisis which struck in 1869 where the stock market completely free fell to bankruptcy. Retail since has been returning into the black on the day after Thanksgiving, However, with technology drastically innovating into further simplicities. The internet has created an online world of not only the same or better deals you would find at the store or the mall, but with no lines, the often promotional free-shipping, and of course, from the luxury of your own, comfortable couch.

    Nowadays, people want instant gratification and often of times, they can have it on their doorstep the next day. Take Amazon Prime for example; a service that acts as a third party between the buyers and the sellers through a networking of warehouses. The convenience both parties undergo stimulates both the consumer market as well as seller market. The demand for haste and simplicity drives our current business market. There is no question involved if the buyer is going to purchase, contrasting natural forces that could occur on a busy, senseless Black Friday morning.

    With that being said, Black Friday has always had a negative connotation to it. Not only in relativity to the actual history of the event itself, Black Friday has been looked down on in more modern reflections. Not only is Black Friday considered a “superficial” experience, it also shows the true color of some people who will do just about anything to satisfy their greedy needs. If you were to mention in a conversation nowadays that you participated in Black Friday, you may or may not be held judgment against.

    Not only does Cyber Monday make more sense, it is definitely a more comfortable option of the two. It is completely understandable why the market is shifting towards an online consumer market. Warehouses for online markets allow sellers to stock more products than they would in a store, and also have access to far more clientele than the local Wal-Mart. It is absolutely inevitable that Black Friday will one day begin to die out as a well-recognized event. There are plenty of other holidays that are observed in the online market such as President’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc. Holidays provide consumers with a means to purchase; therefore sellers take advantage of the consumers potential to spend.

    All in all, the business world will always see intense fluctuations in the market due to the advancements being made in technology all across the globe. The contributions that have been made alone, not only in the past one hundred years but the past ten years, have proven the truth of what is yet to come within the decades to follow. However, the more important question may be- are they for our own good as humans? Maybe, Black Friday should be ended, after all.

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