Named for the color used to show that businesses have turned a profit, "Black Friday" has become a bellwether for predicting how well the holiday shopping season will be.
But with America still in the grip of The Great Recession and stubborn unemployment, there's a chance that this year's Black Friday may be proof of ongoing problems.
Then again, the first official day of the holiday shopping season — and the deep discounts offered by most retailers — usually draw hordes of deal-hunting shoppers and could be a sign of a rebound in consumer spending.
So, which are you — a deal hunter, or someone who avoids Black Friday?
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