Thoughts On: Black Friday

I found out today that a number of stores are starting their holiday sales on Thursday.  This upset me quite a bit.

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Why am I upset?

First and foremost because 6PM on Thursday Thanksgiving dinner. Stores that are open at that time not only tempt people away from cherished family time, but keep their employees away from it as well.

Second, the concept of Thanksgiving is to reflect and be thankful for the blessings we’ve received the previous year. The attitude behind Black Friday shopping is the exact opposite of being grateful. It is an attitude of selfishness an excess. Even where gift giving is the reason – though I doubt a majority of it is – no gift is greater than time spent.

Finally, the focus on shopping puts a strain on many that aren’t in a position to bear that load. Spending is an important part of a stable economy, but unfortunately those in the best position to spend are not the ones camping in front of a Walmart to purchase a TV for $200 less than retail. However much they save this year, I promise they would save more by buying nothing at all.

Action Items

What am I going to do about it? I’m removing my vote of confidence from the companies that are open on Thanksgiving. I’m doing so by committing to not do business with them this holiday season.

The following companies will not receive any of my business this year:

Walmart, KMart, Sears, Target, Old Navy, OfficeMax, Staples, Medieval Times, Toys “R” Us, Michaels, Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Dollar General, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy.

Some alternatives I might visit instead include:

Costco, Nordstrom, Home Depot, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, Apple, Patagonia & REI.

Will you join me?

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