Black Friday is back!
Lifestyle Nov 14, 2018
Black Friday is back!
That retail phenomenon is back – Black Friday, the day when prices on select items go crazy. And Rosebank is no different. So are you ready for insane specials on Friday, 23 November 2018?
Black Friday is originally an American event – it is the day that follows Thanksgiving in the United States. Thanksgiving is a public holiday which celebrates how in the 1600s, a group of Native Americans helped the colonists of Jamestown survive the winter, where their supplies had dwindled, by providing them with food and blankets. The Native Americans were led by Pocahontas, famed princess of her tribe’s chief.
The story is recounted numerous times, including in the Disney movie Pocahontas, and in Terrence Malick’s phenomenal tour de force, The New World. The latter gave a more accurate reading of the love story between Pocahontas and Capt. John Smith, where Smith left her and Pocahontas eventually married John Rolf, having a son with him.
But we digress.
The Friday following Thanksgiving is an unofficial holiday for many people – and it has become a long weekend at the States. Because of this, and its timing to Christmas, the Friday became a massive retail day of shopping. In many, many years past, it has been associated with hysteria, specials, and stock being depleted very quickly.
Its name, Black Friday, almost has sinister connotations, but in fact it has been traced to a more positive one. It refers to the fact that many retails operating in that financial year go out of the red and into the black.
How did it wind up here in sunny South Africa? Well, there was an active drive by international vendors to bring it to more countries around the world. Companies such as Disney and Sony insisting on discounts on their products helped import it to our land. The first official Black Friday was in 2016 in South Africa.
Since then, it has been widely supported by both retailers and consumers alike.
And we at Rosebank are no different. Especially at this time of economic difficulties for many South Africans, Black Friday provides an excellent time to get shopping done. Especially with specials worth the scramble for fast-selling products.
Don’t miss out the chance to get your Christmas shopping done at great prices in the Rosebank Mall. Take off the day, if you must. Ditch the heels and put on running shoes. It’s going to be a phenomenal event – be here for it.
Ready, set, go on a shopping spree!
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