Stop the Black Friday ‘creep’

By From page A6 | November 26, 2013

As we close in on the official start to the holiday shopping season, many stores are preparing themselves for a day of huge discounts and deals. The infamous “Black Friday,” as it is known, is the biggest in-store shopping day of the year. Millions of people flock to stores to score the best deals they can get.

Black Friday definitely helps stores and discount hunters alike, but in recent years Black Friday has become a competition rather than a big sale, with stores competing for customers and customers competing for products.

Only a few years ago, stores weren’t opening until 5 or 6 on Friday morning. Openings have become progressively earlier and earlier and now, some places are even opening the morning of Thanksgiving. It’s supposed to be a day of family gathering, not a day of bargain hunting. What about the workers and store clerks that are missing their family gatherings? Lastly, the only place anyone goes to buy things on Thanksgiving is the grocery store.

What about all the people who line up and camp out days before stores open? These people are probably missing dinner with their families, too. It’s good to find deals and bargains, but it gets to a point where paying regular price for something is almost better simply because of convenience.

The only relationship between Black Friday and Thanksgiving should be that they are on consecutive days. Basically, Black Friday needs to stop creeping into Thursday.
Aaron Levin-Fay

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