Cyber Black Friday

Internet version of Black Friday
Cyber Black Friday
Observed byUnited States, Canada, United Kingdom and Brazil
DateFriday after Thanksgiving
2023 dateNovember 24
2024 dateNovember 29
2025 dateNovember 28
Related toThanksgiving, Christmas and Black Friday (shopping)

Cyber Black Friday is a marketing term for the online version of Black Friday,[1] the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The term made its debut in a 2009 press release entitled "Black Friday Goes Online for Cyber Black Friday".[2] According to TechCrunch, there was $9 billion in online sales on Cyber Black Friday, which is up 21.6% from 2019. With this, the average cart-size for a shopper was $95.60, and Shopify noted that there was an average of $6.3 million spent per minute across their more than one million merchant platform. A lot of this spending was directed towards technological devices, primarily smart phones. Of the $9 billion is sales, $3.6 billion (40%) was for smart phones. However, Cyber Black Friday is still inferior to its sister, Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is primarily known to offer more discounted items, and is projected to reach sales between $11.2 billion and $13 billion in 2020.[3] On a more promising no†e, Gian Fulgoni of comScore said, "Black Friday, better known as a shopping bonanza in brick-and-mortar retail stores, is increasingly becoming one of the landmark days in the online holiday shopping world."[4] Some Cyber Black Friday sales are short-lived, last through the weekend, into Cyber Monday, and beyond.[5]

Origin of the term

'Cyber Black Friday' was created in 2009 by after observing that online retailers launched their holiday sales before Cyber Monday to compete with the Black Friday brick and mortar frenzy. According to Talya Schaeffer, founder of Cyber Black Friday, "Cyber Black Friday sales are typically the largest of the season. Online retailers are hoping that by offering early discounts, consumers will shop early and often."[6]

Black Friday online sales

Black Friday Online Sales
Day Year Sales in Millions ($) % Change
November 24 2006 $430 n/a
November 23 2007 $531 22%
November 28 2008 $534 1%
November 27 2009 $595 11%
November 26 2010 $648 9%
November 28 2011 $816 26%
November 23 2012 $1042 28%
November 29 2013 $1930 85%
November 28 2014 $2400 24%
November 27 2015 $2700 13%
November 25 2016 $3340 28%
November 24 2017 $5030 51%
November 23 2018 $6200 23%
November 29 2019 $7400 19%
Source: comScore, Inc.

In 2009, most major retailers began Black Friday-style sales online, betting that many would rather click for deals on Thanksgiving or Black Friday than wake up before dawn and head to stores in search of door-busters the following day. Dozens of retailers dangled special offers on their Web sites, though not all were identical to what could be found on Black Friday in stores.[7] On July 23, 2010, announced its first ever "Back in Black Friday" one-day online-only sale.[8] On October 27, 2010, Sears debuted its "Black Friday Now" campaign with a Black Friday sale on October 30 and 31 and every subsequent Friday until Christmas. Like other retailers, Sears started its Black Friday sale early because consumers were looking to shop earlier in the season and spread out spending in the weeks before Christmas.[9] In 2011 sales was $816 million which is a 26 percent increase from 2010. In 2012 Sales was over one billion (1.042) which is 28 percent increase from 2011. This is the first time that Black Friday online shopping broke one billion dollar in sales. In 2013 Online Sales was 1.930 billion which is 85 percent increase from 2013. In 2014 Online sales was 2.400 billion which is a 24 percent increase. In 2015 Online sales was 2.7 billion which is a 13 percent increase. This increase was the lowest compared to the other years. In 2016 Online sales was 3.340 billion which is a 28 percent increase. In 2017 Online sales was 5.03 billion which is a 51 percent increase from 2016. Two billion dollar were on mobile sales alone. In 2018 Online Sales were 6.2 billion which is a 23 percent increase from 2017. In 2019, 93.2 million buyers made purchases online during Black Friday, amassing 7.4 billion dollars in revenue and surpassing Cyber Monday (83.3 million) in total online buyers[10] There was a 19 percent increase compared to the year before. Also, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 50% reduction in people that went in-store shopping for Black Friday compared to 2019, while online sales increased 22%.[11]

Consumer trends in other countries

As expected, other countries that also participate in Black Friday have seen the trend of transitioning from in-store Black Friday shopping to online. This is particularly evident in Israel, Europe, and Canada.

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day in Canada, surpassing Cyber Monday by 11 percent. Similar to the United States, the largest percentage of consumer purchases is in electronics. The second largest buying category, one that has become increasingly popular to buy online - is fashion. This is important to be noted as fashion has always been primarily bought in-store. As of 2019, there was an approximate equal number of shoppers who took Black Friday online and in-store. However, experts are reasonable to predict that there will be a larger gap in online versus in store shopping for 2020 with COVID-19.[12]

Online sales on black Friday in Europe rose significantly in the years before the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, popular shopping categories included technology, health and fitness products, and kitchen appliances.[13]

Black Friday has also become the biggest day for online shopping in Israel. Local retailers prepare weeks ahead for heavily increased online activity in the country. Increases in orders from the US has caused almost half of all canceled orders to be due to high shipping costs. The largest problem with the increased online sales for Israel is that it also attracts a large numbers of scammers, which has become an ongoing problem with big online shopping days in Israel.[14]


  1. ^ "What is Black Friday?". theguardian. November 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  2. ^ "Black Friday Goes Online for Cyber Black Friday". November 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  3. ^ "Black Friday online shopping comes in $9B, $3.6B on smartphones". 28 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Black Friday Boasts $595 Million in U.S. Online Holiday Spending, Up 11 Percent Versus Year Ago". comScore. November 29, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  5. ^ "Black Friday online deals lure shoppers to make it a cyber Black Friday". Christian Science Monitor. November 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  6. ^ "10 Strategies for Saving Money". More Magazine. November 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  7. ^ "Retailers Shift Discount Focus Online". The Wall Street Journal. November 27, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  8. ^ " 'Daily Deals' Offers First-Ever Back in Black Friday One-Day Sale". July 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  9. ^ "Sears Black Friday deals begin early October". WEWS. October 29, 2010. Archived from the original on November 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  10. ^ "25 Black Friday Sales Statistics to Know in 2020". SpendMeNot. 2020-02-26. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  11. ^ "Black Friday Was a Bust for Many Stores, Better for Online - WSJ". Wall Street Journal. 29 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Black Friday is Changing How Consumers in Canada Shop During the Holidays".
  13. ^ "Black Friday: Are buying habits across Europe different this year?". 27 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Israeli Black Friday Sales Down Despite Partial Mall Reopenings". Haaretz.
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