Black Friday Coming to Mac

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By Managing Editor Teri L. Hansen

Whether you love it or hate, Black Friday has made an impact on holidays for decades. After a day of family, festivities and Turkey, folks across the nation battle fatigue, crowds and climate to get the best deals on products for themselves and gifts for others. Many a tale has been told on the origins of the day of retail frenzy.

The use of the actual term “Black Friday” had very little to do with the shopping. It is associated with the fall of the U.S. gold market on Sept. 24, 1869. Wall Street financiers Jay Gould and Jim Fisk caused the fall when they purchased as much gold as they could in hopes of driving up the price. They wanted to turn around and sell it for a significant profit, however when the situation was discovered, the stock market tanked and bankrupted everyone from Wall Street to rural farmers.

Myths surrounding the origin of day after Thanksgiving include everything from a profit margin conspiracy to slave trading, but according to www.history.com, the true story comes from the 1950s. It was a nickname that Philadelphia City Police gave the day to denote the mass amount of people who surged into the city for the Army, Navy football game. The tourists would come on Friday for the Saturday game, but with a whole day of nothing to do, they got themselves into plenty of mischief awaiting the big game. No time off was granted to the police as they spent the day coping with the crowd crazy which included traffic issues, violence, theft and shop lifting.

With such a negative stigma surrounding the day, retailers decided to reinvent the title. Using the “red to black” concept they made Black Friday a positive notion, by saying that it was a day that the country’s stores turned a profit. Though in reality is was historically the Saturday prior to Christmas that truly held that distinction.

The dark days of Philly forgotten; the tradition has now become a shopping extravaganza. According to the National Retail Federation, more than 165 million people shopped over the 2018 weekend, slightly over the number predicted, proving that the call of a good bargain is hard to deny.

In McPherson, here is a list of those retailers that will be participating in Black Friday sales along with the hours:

Walmart

205 Centennial Drive

Opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Dillons

1320 N. Main St.

6 a.m. to midnight

Walgreens

2095 E. Kansas Ave.

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Factory Connection

2212 E. Kansas Ave.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Orscheln Farm & Home

2204 E. Kansas Ave.

6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tractor Supply

1330 N. Main St.

6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Graber’s Ace Hardware

319 N. Main St.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dollar General

1444 N. Main St.

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

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