Are 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:
Half Price Books
Babies R Us
Bed Bath & Beyond
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sur La Table
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?
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