17 Ways Black Friday Has Changed Since the 1950s

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Changes happen very quickly nowadays. It wasn’t so long ago that cell phones only had the ability to make a call and send a text; now you can even do your holiday shopping on them. But despite drastic lifestyle transformations, some traditions remain strong. Such is the Black Friday madness.

The big shopping day has been around long before it even unofficially became known as “Black Friday.” It has been described for years as the day when the pre-Christmas bonanza begins, but it has changed in several ways to keep up with the times.  

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year and it has grown to hard-to-believe proportions — going global, too. In 2018, for example, more than 164 million consumers — or about 78% of the U.S. adult population — shopped over the holiday.

In a nutshell, Black Friday has become about getting little to no sleep so you can wait outside malls and megastores to catch the best deals on offer. But consumers have changed their priorities and retailers are adapting. Black Friday is now a week-long event, with new ways to lure shoppers emerging every year. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track and a little planning may be helpful —  here are 30 tips to start planning Thanksgiving right now.