Black Friday Chaos Photo and Video collection

Not everyone knows the fact that the renowned “Black Friday” is an informal name for the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is a public holiday in more than 20 states inside the USA and is considered the start of the US Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days not just in the USA but in many countries all over the world, even in Namibia. As the Collins English Dictionary puts it: “The day after the US Thanksgiving Day in late November, regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season“. There are two popular theories as to why the day after the American Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday. The first theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on most American roads, leading to the term “Black Friday”. The second theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits before Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day. Now since Namibia doesn’t celebrate the American public Holiday “Thanks Giving” somehow almost 90% of all Namibian Retailers adopted the Black Friday idea into their Sales strategy, with great effect (see video clips below).

Over the years, one occasionally gets to see video clips, photos or even first-hand accounts on the absolute mayhem and chaos with which many Shopping and Retail Outlets need to be prepared for… disregard of global location. Below is a small insight with media showing the insanity happening throughout Namibia specifically from 2018/11/23 – Namibia’s Black Friday.

The next three photos below show the masses cue’ing up before opening time at one of the biggest South African retail-franchises here in Namibia – Game.







The photo above: Game Shopping Mall in Hochlandpark, Windhoek – Black Friday in Namibia 2018 approx. 23h30 (Photographer unknown). On the Black Friday of 2018, the doors opened at 24h00 to make the specials available to the public, hence the parking bay gathering.







The photo above: Game Shopping Mall in Grove Mall, Windhoek – Black Friday in Namibia 2018 approx. 07h45 (Photographer unknown)









The photo above: Game Shopping Mall in Grove Mall, Windhoek – Black Friday in Namibia 2018 approx. 07h45 (Photographer unknown)









Image above: The first-page from the pamphlet on Black Friday specials on offer from the Game Retailer (click for more details). Please Note: The Information provided on this Link could change without prior notice hence it seems to be a temporary online publication(!).









Above a Social Media Snapshot warning – shared via Namibia’s Informante Newspaper.

     + Videos (from unknown Individual’s):

The video above: Game Retail outlet at the Grove Mall in Windhoek, Namibia 2018/11/23 (from: currently unknown)

The second video above: Game Retail outlet in Windhoek, Namibia 2018/11/23 (from: currently unknown)

The third video above: Game Retail outlet in Windhoek, Namibia 2018/11/23 (from: currently unknown)

Above a News Broadcast from the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation reporting on Black Friday 2018

Above (International): A nice compilation on how different countries react towards Black Friday (Israel, USA, UAE, Canada, Finnland, Russia and RSA)

We would like to Note that the Game Retail outlet is not in any way to be seen as a negative perspective due to “Black Friday” but rather in how well the folks at Game handle their Marketing to achieve brilliant success. The masses seen inside each clip prove a point of excellent forms of advertisement. Respect! Furthermore, it still boggles our mind how the back-office of Game handled the overall sum of sales once closing. Must have been quite a mountain to climb (symbolically)…

     + The extra clip’s with extreme mayhem and chaos from 2017:

Below are three clips showing the absolute chaos from the Foschini Fashion Retail Outlet having their first Black Friday in 2017 at their Windhoek Outlet (Please Note: low cellphone quality recording).

Authors Note: After seeing this, imagine how mankind will behave in a scenario where food runs out(?)…. just something to think about!

      + Links:

• Check out this photo and video collection from various Game Outlets in South Africa

• Read our past Blog Post on 14 outstanding Namibian Products

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