Black Friday.. or is it Thursday?

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Black Friday.. or is it Thursday?
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Mon, 11-14-2011 - 5:16pm

Target is facing some backlash about their decision to open up on Thanksgiving night in order to compete with other big box stores:

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:16am

When my dh was in the Air Force, they usually got a week off and you could pick either Christmas or New Year's.

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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:21am

I just got a sale notice that says Old Navy is open all day on Thanksgiving from 9 am to 8 pm.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:21am
is there anything more they're doing in offering sales at midnight than what they weren't already doing at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning? if the only difference is offering those sales a little earlier, it's a stupid idea.

 

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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:23am

hey, i shop ALL year and save stuff for Christmas, shame on me for not paying attention to those special shopping days, Lol.

 

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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:32am
egd3blessed wrote:
is there anything more they're doing in offering sales at midnight than what they weren't already doing at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning? if the only difference is offering those sales a little earlier, it's a stupid idea.

I'm sure the idea is to get more hordes of people in, in the earlier morning hours.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:36am

It wasn't to "plan travel."

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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:51am
I don't know. And I don't really care. You couldn't pay me enough to do any shopping on Black Friday.

My point is simply that these employees aren't being abused and mistreated by having to work a few hours on a holiday.

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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 10:53am
I have no idea. I don't pay any attention to BF sales.

But they wouldn't be doing it if they didn't think it would increase sales.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 11:19am
I don't think the employees are being "abused," but I don't think they should have to work on Thanksgiving or Christmas. And I'm not convinced it's just "a few hours" out of their holiday--it means the worker has to get some sleep during the day when he should be enjoying a holiday with his family, so he can work all night. I hate the consumerism and the big corporate culture that drives all this. It' s unnecessary and makes me feel even more adamant about not shopping on Black Friday and trying to shop local businesses instead.
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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 11:23am

What you are suggesting is the only way to make change happen -- if people didn't shop Black Friday, they wouldn't open early.

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