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Historically, Black Friday is either met with powerful excitement or some incensed groans, and we’re here to explore just what it is that makes this unofficial holiday unique.

According to History.com, “…back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term ‘Black Friday’ to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Not only would Philly cops not be able to take the day off, but they would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic. Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache. Sometime in the late 1980s, however, retailers found a way to reinvent Black Friday and turn it into something that reflected positively, rather than negatively, on them and their customers.”

The result was the “red to black” concept of the holiday, meaning that throughout the year retailers operated mostly in the red and that the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when America’s stores finally turned a profit, i.e. operated in the black.

This Black Friday story has stuck, and nowadays the term’s more negative roots established in Philadelphia are largely forgotten. Now Black Friday is met with anticipation of the best deals, and excitement in finally securing that special item you’ve had your eye on at an even better price point.

More recently, the one-day sales craze has evolved into a four-day event, and produced other “retail holidays” such as Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Stores will open earlier on that Friday, and now the most dedicated shoppers can even head out right after their Thanksgiving meal!

That brings us to this year’s Black Friday. Finnin Ford wants you to have the best deals when it comes to your vehicle purchases, and we won’t miss out on that Black Friday energy! This Friday, Finnin will be doing a limited time Black Friday Sale with massive blowouts, outstanding financing options, free maintenance and free appraisals! View our inventory now online to pick out your favorite items ahead of time. Visit with our helpful sales team who can get you into a vehicle for a test drive whenever you’d like between now and then. Our Finance team is ready to assist and find the best opportunities for you and your loved ones. Now is the time to trade in and secure that new-to-you ride.

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