Are you a Black Friday expert? Take the quiz!

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Why do we call it Black Friday? Where can you get the biggest discounts? And what products should you avoid buying? Make sure you're ready for everything Black Friday can throw at you before hitting the mall after Thanksgiving turkey. 

By , Staff writer

1. How did Black Friday get its name?

The name “Black Friday” was coined by the Philadelphia Police in 1966 in reference to the chaos caused by massive traffic jams, car accidents and congested sidewalks and shopping centers that resulted from the shopping day. The more commonly known explanation, that stores operating at a loss for most of the year turned a profit for the first time on Black Friday, putting them "in the black," appeared later.

The name “Black Friday” was coined by the Philadelphia Police in 1966 in reference to the chaos caused by massive traffic jams, car accidents and congested sidewalks and shopping centers that resulted from the shopping day. The more commonly known explanation, that stores operating at a loss for most of the year turned a profit for the first time on Black Friday, putting them "in the black," appeared later.

The name “Black Friday” was coined by the Philadelphia Police in 1966 in reference to the chaos caused by massive traffic jams, car accidents and congested sidewalks and shopping centers that resulted from the shopping day. The more commonly known explanation, that stores operating at a loss for most of the year turned a profit for the first time on Black Friday, putting them "in the black," appeared later.

The name “Black Friday” was coined by the Philadelphia Police in 1966 in reference to the chaos caused by massive traffic jams, car accidents and congested sidewalks and shopping centers that resulted from the shopping day. The more commonly known explanation, that stores operating at a loss for most of the year turned a profit for the first time on Black Friday, putting them "in the black," appeared later.

The name refers to 1987 stock market crash that occurred on Black Friday.

 

The name refers to the dark and early opening hours of retail stores on Black Friday.

 

The name refers to the traffic jams and accidents caused by the shopping day.

 

Named after Cornelius Black, a 19th-Century Manhattan drugstore owner who offered deep discounts on his wares the day after Thanksgiving.

 
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