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Black Friday: Stop the Madness

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Enough already, seriously. You already know how I feel about Christmas decorations and music before Thanksgiving. But Black Friday shopping ON Thanksgiving?! That’s just ridiculous.

Think about it. If you decide to go shopping on Thanksgiving, someone else isn’t able to spend time with his or her family. Why can’t we all just wait until after the turkey has been carved and the sweet potato pie has been served?

Five years ago, I was assigned to cover Black Friday for my community newspaper. The first year, my sister tagged along with me and we went to sleep around 11 p.m., only to wake up at 2 a.m. to interview people waiting in line for sales. The next year? We simply stayed up late Thanksgiving night to talk to early bird shoppers. My point?

Black Friday happens earlier and earlier every year, so much so that several stores (here’s looking at you, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Macy’s) are starting their sales on Thanksgiving, which is a Thursday, last time I checked. So what gives?

Retailers are blaming the earlier launch on a shorter holiday shopping season and the aftermath of the government shutdown. It’s consumerism at its worst, or finest, depending on how you look at it.

Now, I’m not knocking Black Friday shopping altogether. I mean, you won’t catch me sleeping outside the Best Buy overnight, but there are deals to be had, money to be saved, etc. I get it. And, if you’re looking for the best way to shop, check out these tips from our financial blogger.

But, please, can we all agree to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start shopping? After all, Thanksgiving is a time to spend communing with our loved ones…not beating down strangers for the last Xbox.

 

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