Post # 1
Am I the only one extremely peeved by how early the Black Friday sales are starting this year? Some stores are seriously starting their sale at 6pm on Thanksgiving! I’m especially annoyed because my SO works in retail management, and we will be spending zero time together on thanksgiving, because he has to work from 2pm-2am and then get back up to be at work for 7am!! I’m absolutely raging!
Oh and I am very fond of Black Friday sales, when they actually occur after thanksgiving! As a consumer, I have absolutely no interest in leaving my Thanksgiving meal early, with my friends and family, to go and stand in line and fight crowds to save a few bucks! I just don’t see how this appeals to hardly anyone.
Post # 3
Wow, gross. I am so sorry! People are crazy about those sales, unfortunately I’d be lying if I said I was surprised they were starting the night before 🙁
Post # 4
@SincerelyShe: Nope. Doesn’t bother me at all. Several other industries are chugging right along on Thanksgiving day – I don’t think retail should be any exception. All people working in retail know there’a possibility of having to work on holidays. It’s a customer service field – customer service never takes a day off.
Yep – I’ll be shopping.
Post # 5
Doesn’t bother me, but if it does bother someone, show your displeasure with your wallet.
Post # 6
My husband works holidays all the time. He works at power plants so if they go down they need them back up and running as fast as possible. Many times power plants schedule outages over holidays so it’s no big deal to me. It’s just something I expect with his line of work.
Post # 7
I read this earlier and thought it was good. I think it’s sad that people are missing Thanksgiving with their families because they have to work just so corporations can make more money And people can spend more money that they don’t even have.
Post # 8
@misskoala: Its not the fact that they are open that bothers me. I just don’t really care for how early they are starting the big sale. I actually like to shop on Black Friday. I just think starting the big sale at 6pm is a little much. I’m still eating dinner at that time. I guess there are more people like you out there, than me though. And I fully expected my SO to be working on this day, I just didn’t expect the hours to be so different from the previous years. Its not the end of the world, but I am annoyed.
@Hyperventilate: Trust me, there is nothing in those stores that will make me leave the table on Thanksgiving early. I fully intend to do my regular Turkey day routine: eat, nap, get ready to shop. I normally hit the malls at midnight. But I won’t be shopping anywhere at 6pm, I don’t care if the items are 90% off!
Post # 9
Hotels, airlines, grocery stores, taxi cab drivers, restaurant workers, doctors and nurses, hell even the liquor stores here are open thanksgiving day. No one makes a big deal about that – you know, things that are a convenient service to everyone.
I worked at a retail eye care clinic that was open every year on Christmas Eve. No one ever came in, but corporate said we had to be there. Do you think we liked being at work until 8 pm on Christmas Eve, with absolutely no patients, then having to drive 4 hours to see our family on Christmas morning? Nope. But that’s something we knew going into the job.
Post # 10
It bothers me a LOT. Disgusts me actually. Corporate greed knows no bounds. I know several friends who are working retail and they are not working Thanksgiving voluntarily. One will be unable to spend the holiday with her two small children because she must work 10 AM until 7 PM and is not being paid overtime either. There is a need for essential services like police and nurses and doctors to work on holidays. There is no need for people to shop on a freaking holiday.
Post # 11
@SincerelyShe: I was also disgusted when I heard how early stores were opening. I feel so bad for all those workers. It’s one thing for doctors, for example, needing to work on Thanksgiving as emergencies and sick people don’t go away on holidays, but the fact that retail employees need to be forced to work for no reason other than greed for these multi billion dollar companies makes me sick.
Post # 12
Black Friday is a stupid concept regardless of whether it starts on Thursday or Friday. Only in America will people be “giving thanks” one day and stampeding each other for a discount tv the next.
I have not nor will I ever participate in Black Friday shopping, online or otherwise.
Post # 13
Not cool. I would not support businesses who do not let their employees off for Thanksgiving. If people shop on Thanksgiving you know the stores will just open earlier next year
Post # 14
”Black Friday has eaten Thanksgiving alive. Thanksgiving let out a desperate cry as Black Friday devoured its soul, but we barely noticed. It’s hard to hear anything when you’re wrestling 4,000 other people for buy one get one free cargo shorts at Old Navy.”
This blogger is obviously hating Black Thanksgiving as much as I am. Loved this quote!
Post # 15
See, the whole “other people work then” argument doesn’t hold for me. I actually am quite livid it’s even an argument. Here’s why.
In 10 years (or however long), there will be no holiday.
Think about it. More and more people are required to work on holidays every year for a convenience factor. Yes, doctors, firemen, policemen… Those I understand. There is a need to put out a fire. To perform heart surgery. To catch a bad guy.
Retail workers? Not exactly a necessity. Do you really need to buy that sweater that day? No, no you do not. Oh, it’s more convenient for you? Then we’ll start seeing other companies do the same. It’ll be more convenient to shop for insurance, talk to financial advisors, plan a vacation, do anything. And soon, you’ll be back at your job, because hey, it’s convenient for someone else. And we’ll suddenly forget it’s a holiday. It’s just a normal day, maybe a bank holiday at best.
Not that this is exactly the same, but 50 years ago (or whatever) no where was open on Sunday. That was a day for family time. Now? Everywhere is open Sunday in some form or another, for convenience. OK, yes, maybe we’re better off for this. But I can see the same thing happening to Thanksgiving. And then any other holiday after that.
I’m not going shopping on Thanksgiving. I refuse. I used to go out on Friday, but I’m debatingon even doing that any more. I’m completely disenchanted.
Post # 16
@sofialovesmikey: I understand not everything closes down for one Holiday. I just don’t like the huge sales promotion on Thanksgiving. My opinion is simply Black Friday should happen on Friday. So what the stores are open on Thanksgiving, I just don’t like the big sales being on that day. And yes I’m peeved my guy has to work from 2pm to 2am and then sleep at his store, so he can be there 5 hours later for the next wave of the sales. I suppose it may just be the nature of the beast, when it comes to working retail nowadays, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.