Retailers now stretch Black Friday sales over several days

Black Friday, the shopping holiday that follows American Thanksgiving every third week of November, used to be a one-day shopping blowout, similar to Boxing Day in Canada. Now, thanks to the borderless nature of online selling, Black Friday has become an international phenomenon—and a protracted sales opportunity. Home Depot Canada’s Black Friday started this week and is advertised to continue until Dec. 4.

Canadian Tire’s Black Friday event runs to Nov. 30, offering everything from tech gadgets to outdoor sportswear. Home Hardware’s sale also runs to the end of the month, featuring early Black Friday specials that include deals on heavy appliances, snowblowers, and, of course, Christmas decorations.