Thanksgiving in the U.S. is becoming a sign in Canada that good deals are soon to be had.
Traditionally, the Friday after the American holiday signals the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
It’s called Black Friday, and it can prompt the kind of mobs that rival those on Boxing Day.
“It started out with just with just a few retailers doing it, and the results were good and it was successful, so now other retailers have come on board.”
Jeff Novak with Redflagdeals.com shared a survey that asked which shopping holiday was better for consumers, and this is what came up: “Sixty-seven-point-seven percent of respondents thought Black Friday would have much better deals than Boxing Day.”
Novak says despite that, he expects Boxing Day shopping to remain strong, though the opportunity to buy gifts ahead of the holidays, rather than after, is enticing.
Elliot Chun with Best Buy says their experience is that families still wait for Boxing day to shell out on big ticket items.
“I think the classic shot of customers in a Best Buy parking lot carrying out the big screen TV and trying to fit it into their trunk, has become a somewhat synonamous photo with a moment like Boxing Day.”
Best Buy is likely hoping this holiday season is a busy one after the company posted a 25% decline in sales in August compared to the same time in 2014.