To Shop Or Not To Shop On Thanksgiving Day. That Is The Question.

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not shopping on Thanksgiving DayAre you shopping on Thanksgiving Day? Or are you taking the pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving Day? It's one day until Thanksgiving and there's been so much controversy these past few years as to whether retailers should open on Thanksgiving Day or give their employees a day off to gather and enjoy a day off with family and friends.

 

The "good news" this year is that according to Consumer Reports more Americans are saying that Thanksgiving Day shopping is ruining their holiday and more stores have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day. Is the bloom starting to come off the rose when it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

 

I'll admit to my own bias that I find the idea of shopping on Thanksgiving Day somewhat distasteful. And as I follow my own social media, it seems to me that everyone I know feels the same way and has no plans to shop on Thanksgiving Day. So that again raises the questions of "who's shopping on Thanksgiving Day?"

 

Why can't we wait for the traditional "Black Friday" shopping day? This rush to shop seems a bit like seeing Christmas themed product on store shelves in September before the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. I actually saw some Christmas items put out this year already in late August! I've yet to see that by opening 12 hours earlier and/or pushing Christmas product months in advance that these retailers actually make more money--or do they simply make the same amount spread over a longer selling season? I know I don't spend more on my planned "gifting" just because I can shop sooner or over a longer period of time.

 

Or am I just old-fashioned and behind the times?  Then again, what's so old-fashioned about looking forward to spending an afternoon and evening enjoying good food and good company without infusing "retail therapy" into the equation?

 

The more I hear about this, the more I feel that when I get around to doing my Christmas shopping, it will be at those retailers who are closed on Thanksgiving Day. If you feel the same way and want to support these retailers,  here's a partial list of those stores that won't open until the "real" Black Friday:

 

 

Stores Closed On Thanksgiving Day 2015

 

PLUS:

H&M

American Girl

Patagonia

Half Price Books

A.C. Moore

Babies R Us

Bed Bath & Beyond

IKEA

Saks Fifth Avenue

Staples

Sur La Table

Staples

Office Max

Office Depot

Golf Galaxy

Pep Boys

True Value

Fred Myer

Christopher & Banks

Mall of America

 

 

What say you? Are you shopping on Thanksgiving Day or are you (like me) taking the pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving?

 

 

 

No Shopping Pledge Image courtesy of www.davidmcelroy.org

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Will Hamm
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Hello Nina Hollander, the only think I will shop for on Thanksgiving is which pie I will get off the table to eat.

 

Nov 23, 2016 09:51 AM #1
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Will Hamm ~ hi Will, now that is my kind of shopping and you won't even have to take out a credit card! Happy Turkey Day to you and yours.

Nov 23, 2016 09:57 AM #2
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Nina, I have two things on my list for tomorrow:  have a good meal and (hopefully) watch the Cowboys beat the Redskins.  I have zero interest in shopping tomorrow or partaking in Black Friday events.  I do have a lot of mulch to try to get down in our flowerbeds this weekend though!  Bill

 

Nov 23, 2016 11:06 AM #3
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Liz and Bill Spear ~ hi Bill... well, enjoy your day and hold off on the mulching till after tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

Nov 23, 2016 11:46 AM #4
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Nina,

I like hanging out with family and friends.  A

Nov 23, 2016 02:44 PM #5
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel ~ hi Alexandra and Ron... I really see no need to keep commercializing all of our holidays. Have a happy, happy!

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If we were to go out shopping for anything on Thursday it might be for ant-acids or alka-seltzer

Nov 23, 2016 04:57 PM #7
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Hi Nina

No I am not shopping on Thanksgiving. I have no need to shop then, I don't want to ruin a wonderful and special day, and I just don't get the fascination with heading out that night to stand in line for special deals. Guess I'm boring and old fashioned!

Jeff

Nov 23, 2016 08:48 PM #8
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Ed Silva ~ hi Ed... so what you're saying is that you plan to indulge today! Indulge away and enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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Jeff Dowler ~ hi Jeff, well, if you're boring and old-fashioned, so am I. I have a feeling we'd have quite a club we could put together in this regard. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Nov 24, 2016 05:26 AM #10
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