Ever wondered how Black Friday and Cyber Monday got started?

More importantly, where can you score sweet Shop-Vac® deals?

Be honest: Have you ever tackled a grandma just so you could score a deal on Black Friday? You can admit it. You’re among friends.

Black Friday! Cyber Monday! Doorbuster! Deals! Deals! Deals! Depending on your love for shopping and crowds and wrestling, these words can spark elation or terror. But what do they really mean? Where did they come from? What awesome deals can you score this year?

According to History.com’s article What’s the Real History of Black Friday?, the term “Black Friday” was first used to describe the financial crisis of September 24, 1869, when the U.S. gold market crashed. Well, that’s a bummer -- but how did the term make it into the holiday shopping lexicon?

Here’s an excerpt from the article: “The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers. As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise. Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition.”

So, what’s the real story? Well, it all started in Philadelphia in the 1950s when police there used “Black Friday” to describe the massive crowds that travelled into the city the day after Thanksgiving to both shop and get ready for the big Army-Navy football game. The combination of unruly crowds, long hours, and the uptick in crimes like shoplifting took its toll on the police. And thus, “Black Friday” was born.

Black Friday, was, however, a major boon for local merchants – and they embraced it wholeheartedly. Surprisingly, the concept didn’t really catch on nationally until much later. But all that was about to change. In the 1980s, marketers managed to spin the concept from its negative roots in Philly to the more positive story focused on retailers finally making a profit, as mentioned earlier. And the rest, as they say, is door-busting madness.

The history of Cyber Monday isn’t so folksy. In fact, it’s just plain good marketing. According to Wikipedia, “The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman, and made its debut on November 28, 2005, in a Shop.org press release entitled "'Cyber Monday' Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year". Now Cyber Monday rakes in billions of dollars all by itself – and grows every year.

Today, you can’t escape the Pre-Black Friday / Thanksgiving night / Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday extravaganzas. For better or worse, it’s part of American culture.

If you’re a Shop-Vac® lover, it’s definitely for the best, because we’re having HUGE SALES! And you don’t even need to tackle a grandma to score these deals. Just mosey on over to Shop-Vac Store® on Black Friday or Cyber Monday and get 20% off everything when you use the coupon code. Heck, with prices this low, you might be tempted to buy something for the police officers in Philly just to say thanks for getting this shopping party started way back in the 1950s.