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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Is Black Friday Becoming Black Thanksgiving?

With the biggest shopping day right around the corner many of the largest retailer are opting to open Thanksgiving Day, rather than early Friday morning. Mega retailers like Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, and Kmart will all be open at 10 p.m. the Day of Thanksgiving.

Other retailers including Target, Best Buy, Macy’s and Kohl’s are now opening at midnight instead of their usual 3 and 4 a.m. opening times. Ever year it seems that stores are opening earlier and earlier, but when is enough enough?

Many believe it’s no longer “Black Friday”, instead it is becoming “Black Thanksgiving”. Retailers do this to be more convenient for the shoppers, instead of having to wake up earlier and wait online in the cold, now customers can simply stay up late and go shopping at midnight. But is this fair to the store employees?

For retail workers, Thanksgiving and Christmas have typically been their two guaranteed time off. But now, stores like Wal-Mart are making employees come in at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Many say this is causing them to miss out on time spent with family.

What do you think? Do you agree that stores opening at midnight on Thanksgiving is too much? Or are you happy that you don’t have to wake up at 3 a.m. to get the best bargains this year?


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