So last year I was absolutely FLABBERGASTED that Black Friday turned into an 8pm Thursday thing. If you remember, I boycotted it then too. But now? NOW they want to start at 6pm on Thursday night. And this, my friends, is where I wish I had BlogHer behind me to spread the outrage.
Does anyone else agree with me that there should be some sacred preservation of one of the last family holidays on the calendar?
For the record, I am not outraged at trying to protect shopping rights of every American on the traditional "Black Friday" holiday. But, dear friends, I ask of you, when did "Black Friday" turn into "Thanksgiving Thursday"???
What makes me sad is the fact that our state of economy has turned us into money-grubbing fools over &6.92 Tupperware. It makes me sad that unfortunately, there are many that will forsake their family dinner time so they can score a 50" tv for less than $300. At 6pm on Thanksgiving Thursday.
Maybe what makes me the saddest is that I used to really look forward to Black Friday. It used to be a "sport" for me. And now, the ads are leaked (by the actual retailers) well in advance of the holiday. And they start their sales at ridiculous hours that not only drag their own employees away from their family tables but drag us away from our tables as well.
And while I would love to "score" a deal just like the rest of America, I have decided that a $29 bicycle or a $197 television (while they are a good deal) just don't mean enough in my life for me to abdicate my family dinner table to beat off crowds of other shoppers.
The sad thing is, there will be those that absolutely have to hit these deals for it to make sense in their budget. And for those, I wish all the best. But for the rest of us that can make our budgets stretch a little farther or perhaps don't really NEED those luxuries.... I say..... BOYCOTT. Stay home with your family. Hit up the big retailers on Black Friday as you normally would.
If you want to know how my boycott went last year, I will tell you, I got every single thing I really wanted by waiting until roughly 6am Friday morning, even though the items went on sale at 8pm Friday night. I don't know whether that was because we were still in an economic slump or not but let me say one thing - do not be fooled. Just because commentary states that the economy is on the rebound does not mean that you can replace the cost of time spent with family.
Right now there are more people that have abdicated their job search to simply stay home with their family... keep in mind the the jobless numbers do not reflect this. And that the economic numbers do not ever reflect the value of "family time".
For those that have no economical choice, know that I do not judge you if you have to cave to the demands of the retailers on Grey Thursday. But I beg of you, if you have a choice, please, PLEASE, do not let yourself become a statistic that supports the retailers decision to continue moving up the opening times of "Black Friday". Right now, there is nothing "Friday" about this.
As for me, I plan to cook an enormous meal, open multiple bottles of wine, and enjoy every single MINUTE of time that I would not otherwise get with my family. While I have the luxury of paying full price for a bicycle or a TV (but would prefer not to) I will do so if I must, because preservation of one of the very last family holidays is important to me.
If it is important to you, please pass this along. Please send a message to our retailers. Their bottom line is important to them, and we understand that, but we are not willing to compromise ourselves and the value of the time with our family to enhance their bottom lines. So sorry that the number of shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shortened but hey, we didn't create the calendar. Retailers should plan ahead for that. Perhaps put things on sale BEFORE Black Friday.
If there are others like me, we are shopping in advance of this "holiday" that used to be a HOLIDAY so that we can reasonably forgo the madness and ridiculousness that comes with a "Black Friday" shopping sale that begins on Thanksgiving Thursday.
I just have one last thing to say and I don't really care if this angers people. This wouldn't happen in Canada. Protect the few last holidays we have as Americans. There really aren't many of them left. What, Thanksgiving. Maybe Christmas? We don't even observe Easter as a United Nation anymore.
Come on citizens of the US. Be greater than your pocketbook. Stand together. I know you can....