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"Black Friday Shopping"

Instructions: Watch this video shopping deals and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

During Black Friday, businesses often generate between _____ percent of their sales for the entire year.

Many businesses generate between twenty to forty percent of their annual revenues during this season.

At times, families and friends ______.

Many families and friends get together and uh some camp out in front of stores; others get in line outside the store between midnight and 3:00 a.m. just to take advantage of these great sales.

On Black Friday, Randall usually ______.

However, I personally rather sleep in, just stay in bed and enjoy the holiday season, and just find other opportunities to shop and find the things I want to buy later on.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

What are the busiest shopping days of the year in your area or country? What are the reasons for this shopping rush? Are there similar days when shopping online for gifts is popular?

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall. I'm here on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, right after Thanksgiving here in the United States, and many businesses generate between twenty to forty percent of their annual revenues during this season.

Many families and friends get together and uh some camp out in front of stores; others get in line outside the store between midnight and 3:00 a.m. just to take advantage of these great sales. However, uh, you can find other opportunities; the following Monday is Cyber Monday, and so you can find great shopping online; however, I personally rather sleep in, just stay in bed and enjoy the holiday season, and just find other opportunities to shop and find the things I want to buy later on.