Based on data from previous Black Fridays, many Black Friday sales started on Thanksgiving evening, and will continue throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday. This year saw opening hours creep increasingly back into Thanksgiving Day. K-Mart opened at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Several retailers (Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears, J.C. Penney) opened at 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. The way the trend is going, we’ll soon be calling Thanksgiving “Black Thursday.”
Some stores, like Costco, Home Depot and Nordstrom, are fighting this trend, trying to give employees time with families on Thanksgiving. Others (Target, I’m looking at you) threaten to fire employees who refuse to work on Thanksgiving. K-Mart made the same threat to an employee.
Kmart will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year and remain open for 42 hours, meaning that many employees will have to come to work to staff shifts. While the company says it tries to fill the slots with volunteers or seasonal hires, workers are reporting that the reality on the ground is very different.
Some stores that did not open yesterday did not just announce that fact, but boasted, “We’re going to remain closed on Thanksgiving. It shows that we care about our workers. It shows that we care about the holiday. It shows we care about their families.” Three states — Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island — prohibit stores from opening on Thanksgiving.
You can always opt to wait to shop until Cyber Monday. If you missed out and weren’t at Target on Thanksgiving at 6:00 p.m., Cyber Monday arrives December 1st. You can shop online from the comfort of your own home instead of lining up in the cold dark to snag that 65″ Vizio TV.
According to Wikipedia,
Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005, in a Shop.org press release entitled Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year
One of my pet peeves is the extension of the Christmas holidays into November and January. Stores have been playing Christmas music for a couple of weeks, and of course all of their holiday merchandise went on display around Halloween. My local classical music station begins playing Christmas music this week, and for about the two weeks before Christmas plays nothing else. They still play occasional Christmas music until New Years. And two of my neighbors put Christmas lights up last weekend when the temps weren’t so frigid, but they turned them on. There oughtta be a ban on turning Christmas lights on before Thanksgiving!
By the time the holiday arrives, all I want is for it to be over! *grump*
NOTE: I am spending this holiday weekend with family in Indianapolis, so I am unlikely to be around much this morning. Catch you on the flip side!