Hooray for Black Friday!

Hooray for Black Friday!

By Emily Hayes


It’s that time of year again. The day after we express our thanks and gratitude for all of our blessings and then we gorge ourselves. And then we wake up at the crack of dawn the next day to stand in long lines and find our favorite items at huge discounts! I mean, who doesn’t love the thrill of sprinting through a department store to be the first to get your hands on that credenza you’ve been eyeing all year? Talk about an adrenaline rush!

If you’re like me, you might be wondering how did this groundbreaking day start and where did the name “Black Friday” even originate? In relation to retail, Black Friday was created in the 1960s as a kick-off to the inevitable holiday shopping season. The name is a reference to accounting. In that corner of the office, red refers to a loss and black refers to a profit. Get it? Black Friday means profits for the company, companies, stores, manufacturers and let’s face it, it’s a bonus for shoppers too.


Once retailers started to realize they could draw large crowds with discounted prices, Black Friday became THE day for holiday shopping. According to this article on blackfriday.com (where else?), 116 million people planned to shop on Black Friday last year. It’s become so popular that instead of businesses waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to start their sales, many are now advertising early Black Friday sales. It’s not very traditional, but profits are profits and this year consumers are expected to spend an average of $504 on Black Friday (up from $472 last year).


Hewlett-Packard is an NPP vendor that offers big price cuts on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. NPP members can get up to 65% off select products from 11/24/2019 to 11/30/2019! This includes laptops, desktops and more. Don’t miss out! Seriously, computers and accessories are expensive… save extra while you can!


Not an NPP member? Eligible businesses can sign up for NPP for free. More than 300,000 NPP members coast to coast save on essential items such as discounted wireless service, painting supplies, work uniforms and discounted hotels when you travel. Businesses can even share select employee deals with the whole team.


You can think of NPP as your year-round “Black Friday” marketplace. Membership is always free and there’s no obligation to buy, but we think you’ll dig our discounts. All you need to do is sign up, sign in and save! It’s that easy – and you probably won’t get trampled on your way into the store!

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About National Purchasing Partners (NPP)

NPP is a trusted savings provider for businesses and their employees. By leveraging the purchasing power of more than 300,000 members, NPP can provide top discounts and special B2B pricing to businesses of all sizes. NPP is owned by non-profit hospitals and a substantial portion of NPP proceeds goes to support medical research at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) in Seattle, WA.