Post by Peter Moylan Post by Paul Carmichael Post by Quinn C
Black Friday has long spilled over into Canada, even though it's
not our Thanksgiving week. Any opportunity to name a sale.
Now it seems to pop up even as far away (culturally) as Germany.
Here in Spain Black Friday starts on Monday.
Here in Australia some advertisers are using it, but I suspect that the
readers of the ads don't know what they are talking about.
I suspect that the ubiquity of US-based advertising and consumer
culture is such that businesses well outside of our direct ambit
figure that they might as well get some benefit from the overwash of
"Black Friday" advertising by having their own sales. "Black Friday"
is followed by "Small Business Saturday", a promotion driven almost
entirely by American Express, even though most small businesses don't
accept Amex cards, and then "Cyber Monday" which is a reference to the
fact that 20 years ago we didn't have smartphones and many
white-collar workers stole time and bandwidth from their employers to
shop while on the job. The latter two are new within my adult
lifetime, and I think much of the "Black Friday" fuss is, too -- we
have a much more nationalized media and retailing environment now than
we did even in the 1980s.
The only thing I'm planning on buying on "Black Friday" is dinner, in
the airport as I wait for my flight back home. (I sure hope IAH has
better in-terminal food options than HOU does, although it's looking
like this is the only time in my life that it will ever matter.)
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