Post Thanksgiving / Black Friday slumber

The thanksgiving turkey has been gobbled up once again, the dressing is not so dressy, and the cranberry sauce has been cut one more time.  Now what ? I’m calling it Black Thursday.

Black Friday line
Black Friday line (Photo credit: tshein)

But first, Black Friday!  Yep, it’s that time of year again.  Eat all you can.  Stuff yourself to the gills and then hope that you can pop up early again in the morning, well let’s just call it late night, to go shopping.  You HOPE you can be in line soon enough to get that 99 inch LCD TV for $99.  But then again, they only have 2, and there are about 600 people standing in the front of the store!

Things are a little different this year though.  Black friday, the day after thanksgiving, is now encroaching on thanksgiving day.  So much so that I am now calling it “Black Thursday”. Yes, I know the term is already taken, but I am re-purposing it.  In fact, it is almost encroaching on thanksgiving supper (that’s what we call “dinner” here in the south).  Walmart, Target and few other stores are now opening at 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving night, all in the name of a good deal.  There are a  few other things, but the majority of the “door busters” as they are called are all electronics, games and related items.

Was I out for “Black Thursday” as I am now calling it?  NO!  I personally think that stores are getting a little too jumpy at the idea of making a buck.  Don’t get me wrong, they have every right to open as early as they want to.  However, I as the consumer, have every right not to shop, or to at least wait until the turkey breath is gone before taking off for a great deal.  If enough people stay away from “Black Thursday”, then the stores will drop back, punt, and return to opening at midnight on Thanksgiving.

English: KAWS (artist) @ Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong K...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And as I’m typing this post, I was just introduced to KAWS, and how is that related to Thanksgiving?  I saw his float on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but had no idea what it was.  I asked my wife “what was that float with the X’s on the eyes?  I did a little googling, and now on the CBS Sunday Morning show, there it is..  Hum..

Ok, back on track now.  What about you?  Did you get out early (or late) shopping on Black Friday or Black Thursday?  Were the deals worth it for you?  Did you you have any good stories, send them my way.  I would like to hear about your experience.

 

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3 thoughts on “Post Thanksgiving / Black Friday slumber”

  1. I wonder how the numbers came out for “Black Thursday?” I’m sure that the stores are probably satisfied with the results. Consumers can’t stand to see a good deal go to waste, so I bet there were plenty of people standing in line.

    I wish that at some point people would take a stand against this type of greed, but we all know that it won’t happen. Marketing works and if you tell someone that they can get something really cheap, then there will be a line for it.

  2. I think the market will take care of itself. I will be interesting to see what happens next year, since this seems to be the first year that this has really pushed into Thanksgiving day.

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