Which shopping day is better: Black Friday or Cyber Monday? | The Tylt
Which shopping day is better: Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
Despite the decades' difference in these two retail holidays, people seem to love them both (who can say "no" to a good deal?). According to CNET's Rick Broida:
Black Friday dates back to the early 1950s, when retail stores would kick off the Christmas shopping season with big sales. So big, in fact, that annual store profits would often tip into 'the black' (meaning no longer 'in the red,' which is accounting parlance for losing money) once all the receipts were tallied.
Cyber Monday, on the other hand, is still less than 15 years old.
It's hard to believe, but Cyber Monday dates back to just 2005. Back then, before it was natural to order anything and everything online, shoppers still needed encouragement. Online stores began running their own big sales to compete with the brick-and-mortar juggernaut that was Black Friday.
Why Monday and not Saturday? Because it turns out people like to shop while they're at the office, using fast computers and high-speed connections. (Remember, once upon a time, most people had only dial-up modems at home.)
For most, the day after Thanksgiving is still a time to spend with family and loved ones, and shopping is the perfect strategy for quality time. Black Friday shopping doesn't have to be stressful—it doesn't even have to include a trip to the mall—but it can be a great way to bond with your family and find out what they want for Christmas in the process!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both better spent sitting down. On Friday, you can bond with your family while watching college football and Christmas movies, not sweating through the mall, trying desperately to at least get to the front of the line at Great American Cookies for a Diet Coke and Double Doozie to assuage your losses (just me?). No thank you.
We have the internet now, people; all your deals will be there on Monday.
There is a hunter in all of us, and for many, Black Friday is the perfect time to unleash your fierce alter ego. The entire day is a game in which you know you will come away with multiple prizes.
True Black Friday die-hards are ready to go by midnight on Thanksgiving. We'll see who's laughing once you have a trunk full of toys and trinkets all purchased at 75 percent off.
Nearly a third of holiday shoppers (31%) say they’ll do most of their shopping on Black Friday, while 22% say they’ll do most of their shopping on Cyber Monday.
It's clear which shopping day reins supreme.
Not only is Cyber Monday more convenient, it's just the more logical shopping choice. Black Friday shopping forces you to make quick choices on sales, and it's inevitable that you'll find a better deal later on in your shopping. On Cyber Monday, you can easily price compare and can take solace in the fact that you walked away with the best bang for your buck.
Cyber Monday enables you to read reviews, control spending and survey all your choices at once. As Insider's Michelle Larkin puts it:
When you online shop on Cyber Monday, you can guarantee that you'll have a safe, confrontation-free shopping experience, and you'll still get all the products that you want.