(Closed) Thanksgiving shopping..

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving?

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  • Post # 32
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Hell no. 

     

    FH works in retail and has been with his company for 8 years. In those 8 years, he’s had two Thanksgiving Days off. This year’s and one three years ago. It’s not fair for people who work in retail to be stuck at work when they could be spending time with their families just so someone can go shopping a little early. He also works every Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas, meaning he usually only gets one day during the holidays to see his family. He gets off at 8 on Christmas Eve, then has to drive two hours to his family’s house, then he has to leave by 8 the day after Christmas to be back at work on time. And there is no picking or swapping holidays. He gets told he has to work and if he misses a day through October to January, he better be close to death or he could be fired. 

     

    Retail employees don’t get paid enough to work holidays.  His company only pays extra for half of the hours he works. He might work 13 hours but he will only get extra money for 6 of those hours. 

    On holidays, I treat everything like it’s closed whether it is or not. 

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I VOTED – NO

    I am a Canadian, we don’t really have “Black Friday” here in Canada as our Thanksgiving is in October… altho in recent years many Retailers do have now what they call “Black Friday Specials” but the even is NOTHING compared to the magnitude it is in the USA (kick off to Christmas Shopping Season)

    I chose to vote & comment on this topic tho, because MANY Canadians who like myself live within spitting (or driving) distance of the US Border do travel over often to shop.

    When I first heard about this here on WBee, I was appalled.  Isn’t Black Friday and ALL THAT enough ?

    I mean seriously… stores used to open on the Friday, then it became the crack of dawn, and in recent years somewhere’s after Midnight.

    To now spread it into Thanksgiving seems wrong to me.

    Americans don’t get as many vacation days as other countries as it is… and US Thanksgiving is one opportunity when many are able to get together with their families for the long weekend (Thanksgiving being truly a bigger holiday in the USA than it is in Canada… and when many “get home” vs Christmastime… here Christmas is bigger for families cause we get 2 Days off then for Christmas Day & Boxing Day… and many companies throw in December 24th as well… so if it falls around a Weekend, means people could end up with up to 5 days off in a row !!)

    To take away the “opportunity” for people to be able to spend time with family… just so more shopping can be done seems wrong to me.

    (Especially when Stores in America are only closed 2 or 3 days a year as it is)

    I was watching Bill Maher the other day and he put it eloquently when he said:

    “Trust me folks, no RICH People will be working Thanksgiving Day”

    Without a decent Minimum Wage in America, people who are the working poor… or truly need a job (or to keep their job) will be the ones who will lose out / be forced to work on Thanksgiving.  They won’t have a choice… they’ll have to work.

    And that is wrong… sooo wrong.  What makes their time with their families any less valuable than anyone else’s ???

    — — —

    Truth is sadly, once the die is cast, things rarely go back to the way they were.

    In Canada for eons we didn’t have Sunday Shopping… yet the US did.

    Retailers here said they were losing out.  People argued that we weren’t the USA that our values were different, and we had a much smaller population, that stores were already open 6 Days a Week, etc.

    In the end, the Retailers won out.  Nowadays one would be hard-pressed to find any store that isn’t open on a Sunday

    People work.  People who need to work work.  People who would “prefer not to” often don’t have a choice if they want to keep their jobs.

    Consumers flood to the stores / malls, and most have forgotten what it was like before.  And few (none) truly care to the plight of the workers who work the Sunday.  Most just say “ya so what… that is the way it is for that trade / job”

    — — —

    So ya USA, I hear you.  I’d love to think that a boycott might work for you all… but in reality most people don’t care enough about their “fellowman” vs themselves.  I do think this is a slippery slope and just the beginning.

    (sorry)

     

    Post # 34
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Absolutely not, but I will be doing some shopping online from the comfort of my home.

    Post # 35
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    Busy bee

    I’m not American, but even if I were I could shop on a holiday and it wouldn’t bother me (except for the crowds). I try and see my family whenever I can, not just on specific holidays.

    Post # 36
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I won’t go shopping exluding groceries for the Thanksgiving in October (and the sales are starting to take over that too), but I have no problem going shopping this Thursday.

    Post # 37
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Yes, because I’m Canadian! I also don’t care about our own thanksgiving, it’s just not a big deal here.

    Post # 38
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I will be shopping online when the sales start on Thanksgiving, but I won’t be going out to the stores

    Post # 39
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Nope. I don’t even do Black Friday sales so I doubt that I would somehow be tempted to leave the warmth of my home to brave the cold and crazy crowds Thanksgiving night.

    Post # 40
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MichiganGirl24:  I hope we will. even though fiancé found same exact camera deal that best buy offers 2 days ago on amazon. So check around. It was same bundle- free shipping- no lines etc…

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    No . . . except for online shopping. I don’t like the hassle of black friday shopping either . . .

    Post # 42
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Stores being open on Thursday is just ridiculous. I’m okay with Friday, but it’s bullshit to force retail workers to forgo a holiday for the sake of selling things. 

    Post # 43
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    No.  Thanksgiving starts late at my house, around 5pm.  Guests arrived at 6pm yesterday and left after 10pm, so no, I would not be shopping that late.  Fil went out todat for black Friday but not sure what he got.

    Post # 44
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My Fiance works in retail managment I REFUSE to go shopping on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what you have, not wanting/getting more. I don’t think anyone should go without a meal, and time with their family on Thanksgiving.  Which is exactly what my Fiance had to do. 

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