• The rise and decline of Black Friday: Here's how it became a $9 billion extravaganza where shoppers fought over discount TVs - and why it's now dying out

    4 days ago - By Business Insider

    Thanksgiving Day holiday shoppers line up with television sets on discount at the Target retail store in Chicago, Illinois, in 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes
    Though Black Friday became one of the biggest and busiest shopping days of the year, it wasn't always that way.
    Before it exploded into the national, post-Thanksgiving holiday we know today, it was reportedly a quirky tradition unique to Philadelphians.
    Here's the evolution of Black Friday, from its 19th-century namesake to the shopping phenomenon it is today.
    The day after Thanksgiving has long marked the beginning of the holiday shopping...
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