Friday, October 31, 2014

The Pursuit of Profit at the Expense of Families


Yesterday Costco, GameStop, Dillard's, Marshall’s and Nordstrom said they will no longer be open on Thanksgiving and will return to having Black Friday on actual Friday. I commend them for this. 

Unfortunately, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Walmart, Kmart, and hundreds of others will be opening on Thanksgiving yet again. 

I have really disliked the recent trend of stores starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. They only do this of course to squeeze every possible penny out of the consumer. Consumerism at its worst. Sadly though, this everlasting pursuit of profit is depriving their employees of spending that time with their families. 

We as consumers have the power to change this though. We have to remove the retailer’s incentive by boycotting their stores on Thanksgiving. A pipe dream? Maybe. But it doesn't have to be...

What are your thoughts on this recent trend?

137 comments:

  1. I say amen brother! All you have to do is STAY HOME! I am so rural that this doesn't really affect me, but no matter where I lived I would not shop on Thanksgiving Day or for the entire weekend for that matter. Makes me so mad!

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  2. I am hoping that stores like Walmart will see all the brouhaha that goes with stores trumpeting they won't be open on Thanksgiving and will follow suit. It's a dream I have.
    Speaking of Walmart....while I make horrendous fun of Walmart (it is so darn easy), I do shop there occasionally (especially when I'm "slumming").
    Last week, as we were walking into our local one, my sister-in-law commented on how horrid the place is. While I tend to agree (working hours, employee salary, etc), I replied, "And yet, look at where we-and many others-are going."
    If you sell it at low prices, people will come. Unfortunate, but true.
    On a related note, when we learned about the closing of many Sears and K-Marts, my sister-in-law commented how sad it was. I agreed, yet I asked her, "When was the last time you shopped at K-Mart or Sears?"
    She said she couldn't remember.
    And, that is why many Sears and K-Marts are closing.
    Okay, off to sneak pictures of fat people in stretch pants at Walmart.
    Just not on Thanksgiving.

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  3. It all started with stores being open on Sunday......we need to give Sunday and all the stat holidays back to the people. We can wait to shop.

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  4. so right .... quality time they trade-off against the long working hours only for a meager bait on such days when they should be spending time with their families ... it should be condemned rightfully ...

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  5. I'm Canadian and our small city ( 78000) nothing is open on Thanksgiving or Christmas or Boxing Day, yet, I say yet because its been put before city council to open on holidays and so far its been banned but I do know one store that pays the fine and opens anyway. Surely people can refrain from feeding the consumer habit for the holidays, give the people that work a holiday too! Thats what I say!

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  6. Yay for awesome stores with awesome courage! It wasn't that long ago that most places were closed on Sundays too, right? Now everybody works the weekend. The world is definitely changing, but I agree. We should totally boycott the stores opening on Thanksgiving day for Black Friday. (That's why I don't shop Black Friday.)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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  7. Good for them! No store should be open on Thanksgiving. That is just wrong. I've never shopped that day and I won't ever start.

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  8. Bravo to the more responsible stores for staying closed on Thanksgiving and returning to have Black Friday sales back on that particular Friday.

    WalMart knows too well that people are so addicted to shopping for bargains wether they need more stuff or not that they prey on peoples addictions. They are really ruining the economy underhandedly by their huge buying powers and making it impossible for a regular business to survive. This should have never been allowed in the first place. Every legitimate business have a right to be able to exist and make enough profit to survive.

    Even well established old companies can no longer survive in this economy and so many people have no permanent jobs and barely can survive with their meagre income or lack of income. It's getting worst instead of better because we allow it by shopping at these big chain stores. Someday, it will all collapse.... then what?
    Happy Halloween, I hope your pumpkin is smiling.
    Hugs,
    JB


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  9. To be honest I don't mind when stores are open on public holidays. I get that people think that families should stay together on Thanksgiving but a lot of people don't have that much of a tradition. To be honest my Christmas is usually over by about 5PM. As soon as I've had my Christmas Dinner and gone home that's it. Others are the same. I can see where people are coming from but I'm just very in the middle on this particular issue.

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  10. It is a sad state of affairs. We should have more family days. That is a recognized holiday in Canada but we need way more than one. Family time is important. B

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  11. I don't know what Black Friday is? But I agree stores shouldn't open on your holidays - we don't do thanksgiving. It I expect it is the equivalent of Christmas day here - it always amazes me how people just want to spend spend spend regardless of the day or the time - the world has gone consumer crazy. 😢

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  12. Yes, it is the same here. There is no sense of occasion anymore...stores open on every public holiday - even Christmas Day for some...and my pet hate, hot cross buns on sale all the year!
    No time is special family time anymore, is it?
    Seems the western world has gone mad!! :/

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  13. I like your post Keith. I have never believed or participated in competitive shopping and that's what Black Friday seems like to me. We have a voice when we consciously choose to spend our dollars with businesses that align with our values. I believe in creating different markets by not supporting the businesses who do not provide value and compassion for all concerned. Win-win-win. Happy Halloween and enjoy. Hugs!

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  14. I have often wondered why this country continues to have a national Thanksgiving holiday when people seem more interested in acquiring more STUFF at CHEAP RATES than being thankful for what they have. I have long held the belief that most of the crazed Black Friday shoppers are NOT buying gifts. They are buying for themselves, or they are buying cheap to re-sell at a higher price. Greed is the name of the game.

    Thanksgiving has become the Gimme holiday ... and the same kind of goes for Christmas, come to think of it. And Halloween. And Valentine's Day.

    Now I'm depressed.

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  15. I refuse to shop anywhere on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Refuse. Yes, if we all stayed home this would end, but we all know that won't happen.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  16. Love this idea, Keith. I have never nor will I ever shop on Thanksgiving. It is a day to be with family and friends.

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  17. Unfortunately this will only half-work at best. The only true way to stop this is to infuriate the Libertarians with the imaginary degrees in economics and pass a law to stop retailers from doing it.

    I personally boycott any place open on Christmas other than something obvious like gas stations. It's Christmas day people, you don't need Jack in the Box.

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  18. I really like your idea of boycotting. Having been a cashier or sales associate on many Thanksgivings/Black Fridays, I was infuriated when people entered my check-out lane and told me how outraged they were at stores being open - yet they told me this **while they were making purchases** ! Did they not realize that THEY were the ones who make Thanksgiving openings a success for the companies?

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  19. I never go shopping on Thanksgiving Day. I think it's a terrible idea. Your point is well taken that it deprives employees of the time to spend with their families. It also demolishes the idea of a family get-together for those who leave the table to go shopping. What are they thinking? Why have the holiday at all if you aren't going to stick around, talk, share memories, etc?

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  20. I hate the fact that Boxing Day is just a shopping day here!

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  21. I think it's ridiculous to be shopping on Thanksgiving day. Very un-American! I say everyone should boycott stores that are open on Thanksgiving.

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  22. I hope thanksgiving has changed seems that from all history almost to the present it was blood battle, every year, so I don't celebrate, maybe people really think of it as a time to share with your family. But I've read to much about the massacre. I simply can't celebrate it. And whether they shop or not, really?

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  23. Don't get me started! I grew up with Sundays being always closed and all holidays closed. Christmas-people had the 25 and 26th off. people coped, they were fine. they went out when the stores were open and nobody suffered. The "deals" people feel they get are not deals at all. A friend of min used to work at radio Shi! and they would have things on sale in Oct. Place the price back up to regular in Nov and Dec and after Christmas have the Boxing Day sale and the prices would be higher than what it was in Oct!!. People deserve to spend their time with family and friends or even to have a day off and not feel threatened of losing their job if they don't cooperate. I wish people would not go on these holidays but they will because they are lemmings

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  24. We have limited gift giving in our family, so much so that I don't even think about big box stores. If you eliminate the crazy notion of "gift" giving and focus on other traditions, this isn't even an issue.

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  25. They are being brave in doing the right thing! Like Birgit above, Sunday was always Sunday, and businesses closed down. The Black Friday on Thursday was always silly.

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  26. You are absolutely right. T-giving should be time of getting together, not shopping together. Sunday should be a day of worship.

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  27. Good for them, I'm for boycotting the whole T-day weekend shopping time and ditto for Christmas. We'll be with family on Thanksgiving and then we hang together further on Friday. It's us as consumers that can change this.

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  28. I don't know about thanksgiving, because of course we don't celebrate it. But as a general point, it's kind of nice to keep special days special and, to me, keeping stores closed should be part of that. I also believe there should be legislation which bans public displays/mentions of particular feasts/holidays until, say, a month beforehand. Christmas decorations in shops during October - come on! Is it too soon to say, "Bah, humbug?".

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  29. You offer the solution. And your readers understand this and are ready to jump your wagon but so many don't mind skip the tradition - and Thanksgiving is so much more that a tradition - in order to have a bargain, which might not even be one but...
    Humans can be so selfish and cruel. People behind those balconies are means not humans.
    So sad. And we were afraid machines would take over the planet ;)... at least you can program a machine to mind somethings, not so sure we can on humans any more.
    Enjoy Halloween and Have Fun!
    Teresa

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  30. I plan no shopping on Thanksgiving Day! In fact, I probably won't even shop on "Black Friday." I'm hoping to have all mine done before then. Now, that's a real dream.:-)

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  31. I think they should be closed on Major holidays, and i never shop on holidays. but then I don't shop much on other days either and in my whole life have only shopped on Black Friday one time.. i have jumped on a few on line black Firday deals in the last couple of years. the thing is we eat out on Thanksgiving since we are the only two and i hate to cook. and that makes the staff have to work. i liked it better in the old days when everything was closed on holidays... don't think that will ever happen now

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  32. Hi Keith - I agree .. I don't think they should open - in fact I think we should have shopping free Sundays ... sadly we're in the mode now, so I can't see them stopping it ...

    But we can shop 24/7 - on line now ... still glad you've posted and everyone seems to be in agreement .. be thankful and celebrate family and life, nature and friends ... Happy Halloween - Hilary

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  33. Yes, boycotting does work especially if everyone joins hands.

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  34. These are Ameican stores, but if anything, they have a dirty job to do.

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  35. Without knowing much about Thanksgiving, there are some days that should be sacred from commercialism, well pretend to be at least.

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  36. I've never shopped on Black Friday, and I plan to continue to boycott it. The whole thing is ugly and ridiculous to me. I fully agree with your sentiment.

    Happy Halloween, Keith!

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  37. I don't do any shopping when there's a mob! I like online shopping! Lol!
    My take on being open on holidays is some people don't celebrate or need the cash or have no families to go to.....I don't think stores should make/force you to work. But if you want to, hey why not....
    Cheri

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  38. I don't do holidays any longer .. simply because of the commercialism ... I buy what I want year round for whoever I want ... and sing for whoever on the holidays ... hiss on going into debt for such ... and I know plenty of people who have done so ...

    quit doing that eons ago ... everyone seems to say .. they would like the Christmas spirit to last all year long ... well? it can and should ... emphasis on SPIRIT not material stuff that nobody wants regardless ... certainly not stuff I could buy them on my budget!

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  39. My 'power' is to NOT shop for Christmas or any other 'gimmick' sales day. They don't get my money...Bud and I stopped buying anything for Christmas 'cause we get each other something all the time....Christmas and Thanksgiving are for family and enjoying one's company.

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  40. I rarely go shopping especially on crowded days so I inadvertently don't support their behavior, although I have been known to go to the grocery on a holiday if it's open.

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  41. I'm not a Black Friday shopper and we try our best to avoid shopping on Thanksgiving. We always make an effort to get all our grocery shopping done before Thanksgiving so we can just focus on cooking and family...but then occasionally there's the "Oh no, I forgot to buy stuffing!" and off to the store we go, like it or not. Let's just hope we're better organized this year!

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  42. I totally agree with you and you won't see me shopping on Thanksgiving!!

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  43. I won't step foot in a store on Black Friday, let alone a holiday... 100% with you on this.

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  44. I'm a firm believer in voting with my feet. If enough people boycotted shopping on Thanksgiving Day, it wouldn't be worth the stores opening.

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  45. Yet again, we appear to beat to the same drum. You are completely right when you say, the pursuit of profit is depriving their employees of spending that time with their families.

    And we can make a difference. It just takes "one" after all.

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  46. Frankly I hate the Black Friday "open up at midnight" crap! When I had to work the midnight shift I had to make sure I went to sleep early on Thanksgiving and had to miss out being with them so I could make sure I wasn't sleep deprived.

    All the horror that I have seen on that day, I don't go to the stores until it's like 3pm on that Friday.

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  47. While we don't have Black Friday here we have too many shopping hours and days. Which impacts on families so very badly. Christmas Day is about the only day that 'most' stores are closed here. Which is wrong. So very wrong.

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  48. That's wonderful, we should shop at those good stores!

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  49. I agree! I won't be shopping on Thanksgiving. I am older than you, but I remember when stores were not open on SUNDAY. Now they are, and most people don't remember when this was not the case. I also remember when businesses were closed between 12 - 3 on Good Friday, but again that is no longer the case. I really admire the stores that are saying no to staying up on Thanksgiving! Good post, Keith.

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  50. I don't shop on Black Friday, and I'm certainly not going to go out on Thanksgiving. You're right. It's up to the people to stop going.

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  51. I never understood people wanting to shop on a bloated belly anyway. Much more fun resting my eyes in a recliner. Kudos to those stores that are closing.

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  52. I'm with you, Keith. I absolutely will not step foot in a store on Thanksgiving or any other holiday. I think it's appalling, and I've written letters to retailers over just that thing. To keep things honest though,I have gone out to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in restaurants; but I always thank the staff and leave a generous tip.

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  53. Everything closes here, but then it isn't the day before some black friday where they are trying to fleece everyone out of as much dough as they can.

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  54. I think it's great that those stores will be closed on Thanksgiving and I think every store should do the same. Thanksgiving is about family, friendship, life, and happiness. No one should have to work. I don't even go shopping on Black Friday...too hectic for me.

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  55. I totally agree with you and think it's disgusting that we can't set aside a few days to let families be together. I don't think, however, that greed is necessarily the driving force behind this trend. Companies are even having early Christmas sales. I think it's because they're trying to survive in a failing economy, so they're all competing for that shrinking, elusive dollar.

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  56. "We as consumers have the power to change this though" I couldn't agree more! Most companies are redirected by the power of the people when they're united. I'm glad to see that some companies are not open on that holiday.

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  57. Our holidays here at different ~ We have Boxing Day after Christmas ~ I agree with you on commercialism and applaud those companies who keep their stores closed ~

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  58. in theory this should work but too many are trapped in the system.

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  59. Keith, I am so with you... all people that are not essential services should be able to spend time with their families. I am grateful to be working for a company that gives me all the holidays and they are paid. I wouldn't shop on a holiday...

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  60. Hi Keith,

    Holidays should be enjoyed with family and no I would not shop on a holiday.
    Surely a few days a year can be sacred.
    Thanks for the kind visit and note you left me.
    Enjoy the weekend
    Carolyn

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  61. It depends. Do the store employees have a CHOICE over whether or not to work on holidays... for say, time and a half pay... or are they forced to work? Some may not have family around to spend the time with, and would actually welcome the opportunity to earn more money. For me, I'd rather be with the family, and wouldn't dream of going shopping on Thanksgiving, let alone work. If stores are strong-arming people who'd rather be with their families into working, I think it's crass and heartless.

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  62. I NEVER have shopped on Black Friday or Thanksgiving. I am not a sale person, preferring to avoid the already tense crowds and relaxing at home or on a nature walk or drive. Nothing is worth the agitation!! In faxt, I have not been to the local mall for about 3 years!!!

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  63. I won't be shopping on Thanksgiving. The only reason I have ever gone to a store on Thanksgiving is when we have run-out of a vital ingredient to our Thanksgiving dinner. No Christmas shopping on that day. I want to be thankful for what I already have ~ namely family and friends! Thanks so much for this post!

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  64. It is difficult for me to answer this one, Keith, because our Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. However, I must say that I avoid huge crowds at all costs, and Black Friday definitely fits this category, so I just don't shop then!

    I prefer Boxing Day, anyway, and do shop a bit then, but I don't make a huge deal out of it or anything.

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  65. Since I am an OLD woman, I miss the way things used to be. I am one who HATES seeing Christmas start too early... It's all about MONEY --and I know that. BUT--I love Thanksgiving and that is the one time that families should be together and stores should stay closed...

    We never start Christmas celebrations/decorations, etc. until Thanksgiving is OVER....Oh Well...Just my opinion..
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  66. I commend those stores that decided not to open on Thanksgiving; I think I would rather support them in my shopping expeditions than stores that chose to open up and have employees work instead of being with their families. I never liked when the stores started doing it and I knew slowly but surely more would start, so it is good to see some are seeing a change of heart and not being opened on Thanksgiving. Now if only the fast food places would do the same thing!

    betty

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  67. A good post, and I totally agree with you. As consumers, or indeed human beings, we have the power to change the direction of big corporations, but unfortunately apathy is rife. Over here in the UK, shoppers have been doing it with Tesco, and the company is suffering badly, as you may have seen on the news.

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  68. I agree with you completely. I have felt this way from the beginning. Actually, my family never partook of Black Friday sales (mostly because of extreme poverty), and my first experience with it was working the Thanksgiving graveyard shift as a Denny's waitress just up the road from our shopping mall. I had no idea what was happening when all the people began showing up and we were overwhelmed. I stayed for hours after my shift ended because we were so swamped; it was insane. People were cranky and jerks and I couldn't understand it at all.

    I'll stick to online sales, thanks. I think that people shouldn't be railroaded into working on days that are traditionally important as family gatherings at the risk of losing their livelihood.

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  69. Thanksgiving should be a day to celebrate and give thanks with our families and friends not total strangers in the mall parking lot!

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  70. Obviously, in the UK, we don't have Thanksgiving, but a couple of years ago my corner shop opened on Christmas Day. Everyone hated the idea, and the following year it stayed closed, thankfully.

    I think it's great there are companies who aren't completely swayed by money. Why is a bargain more important than family?

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  71. Not a fan of the current trend, though not a fan of "retail" Christmas to begin with. I, personally, boycott the stores most of the Christmas season. Christmas has become too much of "What do I get?" rather than celebrating time with loved ones. I'm getting to the point where I want to give people homemade gifts, rather than buying a bunch of crap. And I would never step foot in a store on Thanksgiving. Unless it was Kroger and it was because I forgot something I need to cook with... But even then, I would try to do without! :)

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  72. To me I just don't dig the fact that people have to work that night. As far as shoppers go - if that's what they want to do with their lift than fine. Workers have to work because the shoppers shop. I'm not for it. There's plenty of deals year round to prevent this.

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  73. I don't think I could agree more. I find it all too annoying that stores are open on thanksgiving - a day meant to be spent with your loved ones. This way there are so many workers who can't celebrate, and it encourages others to be out buying instead of appreciating.

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  74. I don't and will never shop on Thanksgiving ... nor do I ever shop on Black Friday -- I don't give into that crap ... long lines, cranky people, for one store to have ONE of "The Item" of the season for people to fight and even die over??? No thank you!! I worked in retail management for YEARS (Dillard's being one of them) ... and absolutely HATED the way people treated each other -- my favorite holiday turned into "Tis the season to be cranky" ... ugh ...

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  75. Though Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday (long story), I think the Black Thursday thing is absolutely ridiculous, and just another sign of corporate greed.

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  76. My first year in America we went to a store on Black Friday just because I was curious and I have to say that I have never seen anything like that before. It was horrible. People were so crazy for bargains, they actually got into a fight. We left after 10 minutes. I don't want to go shopping on holidays. In Germany all the stores are closed and I like it that way. And you are so right, the consumers have all the power!

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  77. I don't like it. That said, with inflation setting in, many buyers are REALLY struggling to buy gifts for their families this Christmas. High inflation + fewer jobs = need to save wherever you can. So, I think that people will continue to take advantage of these Thursday sales if what they want is at the price they can (now) afford. Bob Dylan said the times were a'changing. It's still true.

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  78. People should be educated and become smart enough to see that these are not real sales and that they are not saving any money.
    It's very sad.

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  79. I think whatever the reason a day to kick back once in awhile is a good thing. If you've got family or not...what does it hurt?

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  80. I haven't really thought of it, but now that you mention it, that is kind of a crappy tradition to start early, for lots of reasons. I don't go...not my cup of tea, but my MIL loves it, I think she does go late on Thanksgiving Day, and her daughter and grandkids (all grown kids) go too. They make it a family affair, does that count as quality family time? For them, but def. not for the employees. Eek, the employees probably hate Thanksgiving now, lol. That's madhouse shopping.

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  81. I wish they would all stay closed on holidays. It's greed that ruins so much!

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  82. I totally agree with you-and we do have the power-don't shop on Thanksgiving day or Holidays period. I was surprised that actually wal mart and amazon online have already started the christmas sales today
    I did do the same thing for my little shop-as I plan to close it early next year-so I am at fault too for setting up sales so early.
    there was a note being passed around facebook to support not shopping on Thanksgiving day-I was surprised with all the negative comments I got for that

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  83. I boycott all stores both on Thursday and Friday. Black Friday is a ridiculous excuse for shopping and then when they started to hone in on Thursday, it was appalling. If I shop, I support the small businesses on Saturdays. I enjoy making gifts that are more meaningful rather the best deal. We do have the power, change is needed!

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  84. I agree. It's gotten crazy, hasn't it? Have you seen those videos of people pushing each other and people getting hurt or trampled fighting for merchandise at those early sales? Crazy.

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  85. My thoughts? I think it's a disgrace. Opening on Thanksgiving... just to rake in a few bucks.

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  86. I won't shop on Thanksgiving and avoid Black Friday, too. If there is anything that ruins my Christmas spirit, it's mobs of people fighting for a bargain. No thanks! Besides - Christmas doesn't come from a store, right?

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  87. I stayed away from stores on Black Friday, and will definitely do the same for Thanksgiving.

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  88. I tend to do most of my shopping online anymore. I don't care much for shopping no matter what day it is, but I agree with you that the people who work at those stores deserve to have the holiday off to spend with their families too.

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  89. We refuse to do Thanksgiving shopping here, but sadly, as long as the stores stay open, there are many who will flock to get those deals. People are so materialistic and want to save a few bucks, they don't care if it's at the expense of someone missing quality time with their own families.

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  90. I guess I am the only one who doesn't mind it. Mostly because I worked in the cable industry most of my life and we had to be open 365 days a year. People would scream at us on Thanksgiving and Christmas if their precious games or shows went off the air and demanded that someone come to their homes holiday or no holiday. It amazes me that people are up in arms now but don't give a thought to people in civil service or other service industries.

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  91. Agreed...my boyfriend and I moved an hour away from home this year and we most likely won't be able to visit our families for Thanksgiving or Christmas because he cannot take those days off work.

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  92. Wow Keith, I hadn't heard the news that some stores are going to remain closed on Thanksgiving~ I think that's awesome. I don't know why anyone would shop ON Thanksgiving and encourage them. I always feel sorry for the employees who have to work but would rather be home with their families. Such a shame. We put the emphasis on the wrong things in our society.

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  93. I hate this trend. Stores should not be open on Thanksgiving. People should be at home spending time with their families or friends. Consumers need to stop shopping on this day so stores will have no reason to be open.

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  94. I have to say this one passed me by- what is Black Friday!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  95. Thanksgiving isn't a holiday over here but it it were I would boycott stores that opened on Thanksgiving

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  96. Absolutely . . .
    I can't imagine "shopping" on Thanksgiving to purchase a "thing" when being with family is such a treasured time. Personally . . . I have never done a "Black Friday" either . . .
    Good for you Keith . . . I support your Boycott Suggestion wholeheartedly!

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  97. Everything has become commercial and companies are only supposed to see gain with anything happening around! Festivals are to celebrate and feel happy but opening stores on such occasions will make employees vex. Sure people stop buying things on these day, we could see changes in near future.

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  98. I'm doing my part!!! I do my shopping online...IF I shop on Black Friday at all (usually I don't because I'm busy with family). I worked at the movie theater as a teen in the 80s, though, and I had to work both Thanksgiving and Christmas...both days were EXTREMELY busy, even in the 80s. So it does seem on Thanksgiving evening, people are looking for things to do. The difference, I guess, is that they do it with their family in tow, whereas they're likely to leave the kids at home if they go shopping on Thanksgiving.

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  99. I personally will not be black FRIDAY shopping until FRIDAY... When it is meant to happen.

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  100. I'm so not a shopper :) One of the reasons I love Thanksgiving is that there has traditionally been less hype and less commercialism than for many other holidays, at least in the places I've lived. Yup! Boycotting is the way to go. It starts with one person saying no...

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  101. it is ridiculous that the stores open on thanksgiving...and shame on us for letting it happen...if we did not buy into their machine it would not work...it was bad enough people camping out through the holiday...now it is the holiday...and for what..a few moments of excitement ...so we can feel we have successfully bought love....

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  102. You said it yourself. We, consumers, have the power. But, do we ever use it? Will we ever?

    Great post.

    Greetings from London.

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  103. I've never had a Black Friday shopping experience! I hate the commercialism during the season :(

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  104. You have made some excellent points! I'm not a Black Friday shopper - and certainly am not thinking about retail on Thanksgiving day!

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  105. I agree that it's ridiculous to start Black Friday anytime on Thanksgiving. The employees should be able to celebrate the holiday with their families. I'm glad some of the stores have decided to opt out, and hope that more do the same.

    Julie

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  106. I totally agree that WE have the power to stop these ridiculously long shopping hours, purely by not going shopping on these days. I'd still like to know when we reached that point that made us panic because all of a sudden a shop is closed on a Saturday afternoon, a Sunday or a Holiday... It's insane, surely we won't starve and be lacking if we skip just ONE day shopping...

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  107. I do not like crowds and refuse to shop on Black Friday. I know I would not go out on Thanksgiving Day either..I feel sorry for the employees that are not able to spend time with their families.. I am glad some stores are opting out.. good for them! Have a happy new week, Keith!

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  108. Total agreement, Keith. Enjoy your week!

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  109. I'm with you. I've never gone out on T'day to shop. But I'm not at all fond of crowds or shopping, so it's not much of a sacrifice for me. :)

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  110. seriously wish they would just do black friday on friday.. ugh.

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  111. We're on the same page here, Keith. The Black Friday crowds are a huge turn off for me anyway. We all need a break from consumerism.

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  112. I couldn't agree with you more. I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving and will instead, give my business to those companies that wait until the next day.

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  113. I agree. I never go shopping on Thanksgiving, (or Black Friday either). It's gotten to the point of ridiculous across the board.

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  114. I think they need to take it back to the day after, like the used to. Each year it moves back a little bit. Now, family dinner with turkey is being replaced by grabbing things in stores.

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  115. Keith,
    I will never understand this thing we call Black Friday to begin with. I guess if someone wants to shop on Thanksgiving, then that's their choice. Some people don't have a family like we do, and shopping may be the only thing they have to communicate with others on this special day.

    Happy November, Keith.

    ~Sheri

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  116. If it were voluntary overtime for individuals who wanted the extra money, I could support it. Somehow I don't think that's the case. I won't be shopping on Thursday or Friday.

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  117. I'm very afraid that these moral retailers (well, as moral as this stance is) will simply lose massive business to their greedier competitors. Wal-Mart and Target can easily crowd out Gamestop in the games department, for instance, and reap all the Thursday excitement.

    I still loathe that businesses pressure employees into working these hours and won't patronize such stores on that weekend. I can only hope that we support these companies with our dollars.

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  118. We have no here the holidays like Thanksgiving or Black Friday. but the retailers are the same in whole world. Before New Year or Christmas the supermarkets are open 24 hours and I can't imagine when employees are at their homes with their families, Keith.

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  119. I refuse to shop on the holidays, and here's the thing.....my sister and I have gone out the day after Thanksgiving and shopped early for years. We don't usually HAVE to shop for Christmas because we have a traditional family shopping trip we go on the weekend before Thanksgiving and get our shopping done. We go because it's fun and a social event. We see a lot of people we know. So, last year, we went out the day after Thanksgiving, but it wasn't the same. And it wasn't as fun. It seems that by opening the stores on Thanksgiving, the crowds on the day after are thinner, and we didn't see the people we used to see. We might not even go at all this year. (sad face) Time for a new tradition I say!

    Cindy Bee

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  120. i agree. i wish people would stay home and boycott them. i feel for the workers - and i would hope their participation would be voluntary for triple pay. i know some folks who dont mind working - like when i was in my twenties, i spent several thanksgivings with my friends and would have been fine working for triple money. it's those who need those deals and need the money that sacrifice family time for it - and i think thats the sad thing. they deserve and need that family time.

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  121. My thought on it? I think it's awful. Family isn't as important as the almighty dollar anymore. No wonder this country is on the decline.

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  122. I don't know if I have commented already, but I will reiterate my sentiments.
    T-giving is for family. Crashing into stores with weary workers waiting is plain greedy. No one should be so eager to get that toy or that microwave that they would deny the meaning of this holiday.

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  123. Well our Canadian Thanksgiving has already passed in early-mid October but I certainly understand the sentiment. I would be more than irked and I'm glad that at least some of your large retailers get it.

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  124. Dear Keith, I'm with you 100%! Peace.

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  125. No retailer has ever got a cent from me on Black Friday or Thanksgiving either one. I'll take family over crowds any day of the week.

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  126. boycotting it is a good idea because if the demand is no longer there, then they won't open. Convincing people to boycott such a thing is a harder issue, though, but not impossible!

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  127. Why even have Black Friday? Sounds like another reason to increase consumerism...

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  128. Targets has replaced our Zellers, I do not know what it means

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  129. Let Thanksgiving have its day before all the craziness begins.

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  130. Costcos is and will always be a top notch store. Would you ever expect Walmart to close on Thanksgiving?

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-bloggers-jackpot.html

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  131. Wow Keith, I didn't know about this. Probably because I hate to shop. Hehe.
    Good. GOOD for them! Some get it! Finally!
    If only more people would commend them for saying no.
    Can shoppers go ONE day without spending money? ;)

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  132. I really didn't mind the black Friday sales when they were on Friday as I get this day off, but when they started opening on Thanksgiving day I thought how sad as these people have to leave their families to come to work. Before you know it no one will be eating with family and will just go shopping. So, what exactly are you thankful for your family and friends or for the $10.00 you saved. Unbelievable..

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  133. I don't shop on Thanksgiving or on the following day. Except online, of course. I don't like crowds.

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  134. We have Thanksgiving dinner and there will be those who excuse themselves from the grand feast a sort of eat and leave to leave for Black Friday shopping. Or maybe it's just an excuse they use so they don't have to help with the cleanup. It's ridiculous! Personally, we spend Black Friday in the woods hunting!

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  135. I love shopping at Hobby Lobby for that reason. They are closed on Sundays as well.

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