Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales patterns are still rather predicable and an interesting observation of human behavior.
Leading up to Thanksgiving people are busy traveling or preparing for the big family holiday. Then some people enjoy skipping out on the dishes and hitting the stores on Thanksgiving evening to get an early jump on holiday gift buying or perhaps reward themselves with a nice new toaster or holiday outfit.
I know from personal experience that holidays always seem to bring about some failure of an appliance – the stove goes, or the microwave or the furnace acts up. It seemed like every Christmas or Thanksgiving growing up my Dad would have to run out to the local pharmacy that was always open to get a new coffee maker. This year in our household something happened to the dryer.
On Thanksgiving the pile of sales circulars comes and I flip through them while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. By the last one I’m worn out by commercialism and decide I really don’t need anything. Then Black Friday comes a few more shopping oriented family members might brave the crowds for a few deal.
Then Saturday comes around and the Christmas Tree goes up and the Thanksgiving stuff is put away and perhaps we head out for a money. We took in “Arrival” and it was excellent. There was a big crowd at the theater, fellow holiday people looking for an excuse to get out of the house and perhaps away from those leftovers. We opted for Thai food – curry, pad tai and pho seemed about as far away from turkey, gravy and mash potatoes as we could get.
Sunday morning is for a bit of relaxing than then the online shopping starts on Sunday night and continues on Monday. These patterns seem natural and happen year after year. Here is what has been selling lately.