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Black Friday & Cyber Monday By The Numbers


The popularity of shopping both personal for business on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is not only hugely popular in America, but it’s an event that has been adopted worldwide. Why are these days huge shopping events and how have the sales numbers grown over the years?

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, a public holiday in America celebrated as a federal holiday since 1863 – always on a Thursday. Black Friday dates back to the 1950s, describing the workers taking the day off sick to get a four day weekend. Now Black Friday is part of Cyber weekend, the busiest shopping event of the year!

Marketers have created cyber Monday to get people to shop online, and it’s hard to argue that they were anything but successful!

The discount shopping experience is also no longer limited to two days or just the weekend. Like with other shopping events, Cyber weekend can commence whenever a business chooses to set it off. It is not unusual to pick up the Black Friday deals a week in advance.

Some of the top deals on electronics, large appliances, movies, music and books will be available on Black Friday, while smaller appliances, appeal, and toys will likely be among the best offerings on Cyber Monday.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Statistics

Both shopping days kicked off six years ago. In 2011 online spending on Black Friday was $1.3b while Cyber Monday was $816m.

Fast forward to 2016 and online sales had grown by over 300% Online startups as well as businesses not selling product look to these mammoth shopping events to boost sales of their services. For example, you can expect discounts on just about everything, and cyber weekend is no longer the reserve of online shopping. Foot traffic can also get deals in stores.

Plus, are you getting a discount?

Not always or worse still most often not.  98% of Black Friday deals were cheaper ‘after’ Black Friday!

Black Friday Statistics

Black Friday – statista

Black Friday, by the statistics, is a marketers dream come true. Shopping was expected in 2019, and people were happy to flock to retailers and shop to their heart’s content. Spending totalled around $7.5bn on Black Friday and $9.5bn on Cyber Monday.

The following year i.e.2020 online shopping was up by 61% on Black Friday spending was $9bn and $10.8bn on Cyber Monday.

2021 – A Year Like No Other

What’s predicted for the cyber weekend of 2021?

Supply chain challenges will put a lot of pressure on businesses. Do they promote the stock they have or risk failing to deliver until next year! Delivery timeframes of six weeks or more, and it’s the end of the year before you see your Black Friday purchase.

Sales may be down this year which would be a first – but maybe it wouldn’t be a back outcome as growth expectations need adjustment to align with the economic outlook. Watch this space. We will report the statistics shortly after they are in the public domain.

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