Coupon Craze Drives Black Friday Shoppers
Cash-strapped shoppers are turning to websites like Coupon Craze and FatWallet to help them save money on Black Friday this year. These websites and others can help consumers maneuver Black Friday coupons, ads, and deals from merchants ranging from Alibris to Dogtoys.com, Saks, Target, and Walmart, among others.
The term “Black Friday” is said to have originated in Philadelphia around 1965-1966, when the Philadelphia Police Department named the Friday following Thanksgiving Day Black Friday because “it usually brings massive traffic jams and overcrowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.”
Today’s shoppers do not have to mob the sidewalks and roadways if they choose to use Coupon Craze. Coupon Craze is a free, online consumer resource for shoppers who want to cash in on savings by getting free coupon codes from some of their favorite stores without ever leaving their homes. The site has more than 10,000 leading online retailers and adds new coupon codes daily. The site is a boon for money-conscious Black Friday shoppers, although it may give shopaholics a very convenient way to indulge in their obsessive-compulsive behavior.
While websites like Coupon Craze offer direct online savings so consumers don’t have to leave the house and fight long lines, traffic, and rowdy Black Friday shoppers, other websites track all the latest deals at thousands of retail stores. When shoppers go online and visit FatWallet or Black-Friday.net or blackfriday.info, among others, they have access to the most up-to-date Black Friday ads, news, and rumors.
Other websites value-conscious shoppers can visit to investigate Black Friday deals, flyers, and ads include DealTaker.com, blackfriday.fm, and GottaDeal.com. Both Coupon Craze and the many other Black Friday resource websites provide shoppers with another way to look for bargains and save money in this tight economy. Whether shoppers turn to a huge store like Walmart or to the much smaller Cookie Surprises, the savings can mean a lot for a family on a tight budget.
Apfelbaum ML, American Philatelist 1966 Jan; 69(4): 239