Retailers opening on Thanksgiving is causing a lot of controversy. Judging from my Facebook news feed, most people seem to be against it and refusing to shop, there will be people-lots of them-that will go shopping. Having been in the retail/fashion/wholesale industry for almost 25 years, this latest holiday desperation move doesn’t surprise me. Every year it has gotten just a little bit worse. Retailers trying to beat out the competition. If you open earlier, or stay open later, or open on a day everyone else is closed you are automatically ahead. And once someone does it, more will follow. Last year there was one retailer open all day and another handful opening between 8:00-10:00 PM. This year there are many more. Next year you will see more stores opening and earlier opening times. And , unfortunately that means employees at these stores will have to work and not get to spend Thanksgiving with their families. For me, that is a big reason I do not want to shop on that day.
I want to spend Thanksgiving with my husband, daughter, mother, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts-My family. There isn’t anything I want or need badly enough to sacrifice a holiday or time with them. I want to eat a lot, drink some wine (ok, a lot of wine!), and just hang out and, as corny as this may sound, be thankful.
Then comes Black Friday. Black Friday is always met with a frenzy of people trampling each other for “door buster” deals. You know what I can tell you about Black Friday as an “insider” having been in this crazy business for so long?
1) These will NOT be the lowest prices of the season. No matter how many ads say “lowest price of the season”. That just means lowest price up until that point. They will go lower. The Saturday before Christmas are typically the actual lowest prices of the season.
2) That Flat screen TV or lap top advertised for the unbelievably low price of $29? There aren’t many of them to be had. Its a marketing tool to get customers in the door. Shop online where there are no lines and retailers are already running “Black Friday Sales”. Better yet, wait until “Cyber Monday” where online prices will be even lower.
The sales have already started, which is even less of a reason not to shop the day of. Just in a 2 block radius in midtown manhattan today, here are the “Holiday/Black Friday” Sales I found out there.
Of course, this is just how I feel. I know everyone has their own opinions and I respect everyone’s decision on whether to shop or not. I just wish this wasn’t even a choice.
I would love to hear if you will shop on Thanksgiving and why or why not!