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View Poll Results: Should Black Friday be moved up a week earlier?
Yes, great idea to save Thanksgiving! 22 24.18%
No, the holiday shopping season is long enough already. 69 75.82%
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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I think we should have it all year.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:58 PM   #17
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Except many of the shoppers have the Friday after Thanksgiving off of work, not the Friday before. Who would be shopping?
People would. I have no doubt in my mind that people would end up taking that Friday off work to get deals. If they can camp out for a week before the sale, they certainly can take off the Friday before Thanksgiving. I can almost guarantee you it would only take 1 store to do it for a few years and the other retailers would start.

The origin of the term from my understanding is that was the weekend retailers went from being in the red, to being in the black for the fiscal year. It really wouldn't matter WHEN it happened.

Just like buying Christmas decorations, etc... people complain that they start showing up in the store earlier & earlier but people keep on buying them in droves, earlier & earlier...if they are out on the shelves people WILL buy them.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:15 PM   #18
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There are people who LIVE for Black Friday. And clearly retailers LIVE for Black Friday.
Frankly, it might be easier to move Thanksgiving! Lets do it in mid-October like they do in Canada.

While DW and I grew up in vastly different areas of the nation, but we both grew up in households where Christmas season started no sooner than 2 weeks before, and continued for 2 weeks after, when it ends on the Epiphany, January 6th.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:29 PM   #19
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I agree. Most people I know except for teachers do not have the Friday after Thanksgiving off.
Really? Everyone I know has the day after off.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #20
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Really? Everyone I know has the day after off.
Me, too.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:51 PM   #21
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Really? Everyone I know has the day after off.
Let me introduce myself. 33rd consecutive day after Thanksgiving DW and I have worked, and 33rd consecutive Thanksgiving we have worked.

But we work in an industry where there is no link between Holiday and Day Off.

We take vacation Christmas week, and that is the only holiday we ever get off.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:03 PM   #22
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Maybe space the sales out? Either way, people will shop. I encountered some very rude people today! Just awful.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:12 PM   #23
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Let me introduce myself. 33rd consecutive day after Thanksgiving DW and I have worked, and 33rd consecutive Thanksgiving we have worked.

But we work in an industry where there is no link between Holiday and Day Off.

We take vacation Christmas week, and that is the only holiday we ever get off.
OK, so I was exaggerating somewhat. But nobody in either my or my husband's families works the Friday after, and of all of our close friends, I only know one who might (she's a nurse). Most family/friends are in management-type positions for companies that aren't open that day, and I teach so of course everyone I know professionally is off.
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My vote would be to have no Black Friday period. I wish retailers would have several nice sales between mid November and mid December. Maybe not the blockbuster trample your mother type sales but still very nice sales. They could be held on weekends so everyone could participate.
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My vote would be to have no Black Friday period. I wish retailers would have several nice sales between mid November and mid December. Maybe not the blockbuster trample your mother type sales but still very nice sales. They could be held on weekends so everyone could participate.


They do.

Every. Single. Year.
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They do.

Every. Single. Year.
OK, then no Black Friday at all.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #27
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Retailers are already touting "Black Friday Sales NOW, before Black Friday!!".

So many are offering their BF pricing before Thanksgiving. Every retailer is trying to 'get a jump' on things by opening earlier and earlier. Used to be 4-5am on BF. Then midnight. Now some open at 8pm Thanksgiving. I think K-Mart is opening at 8am on Thanksgiving, closing at 3 (so people can go eat turkey) and then re-opening at 8pm.

Having someone say 'Black Friday' is moving to a different day won't matter. Its not going to 'save' Thanksgiving as a day off. That ship sailed a few years ago, and before you know it many MORE retailers will be opening on Thanksgiving.
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Having someone say 'Black Friday' is moving to a different day won't matter. Its not going to 'save' Thanksgiving as a day off. That ship sailed a few years ago, and before you know it many MORE retailers will be opening on Thanksgiving.
Pretty much...give it a few more years and it will be just like all the other holidays around here -- the post office, bank & probably most non retail places will be closed but anything retail related in any way will be open. You won't even know it is that much of a holiday.

I know my work has been have "Pre Black Friday" sales for weeks now. I just laugh about it but the next thing will be to see "Black Friday sale in July" (which has probably already happened, I just never paid attention...I think they call those Door Busters in other stores).
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:45 PM   #29
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My vote would be to have no Black Friday period. I wish retailers would have several nice sales between mid November and mid December. Maybe not the blockbuster trample your mother type sales but still very nice sales. They could be held on weekends so everyone could participate.
Many stores already have about 2 dozen "spectacular" sales between mid November and Xmas. Kohl's probably has 50 different promotions in those months. Monday and Tuesday have "lowest prices of the season", Wednesday and Thursday "2 Day Doorbusters", the weekend is "Pre Thanksgiving" sale or what have you. Ho Hum. My favorite is Macy's continual "ONE DAY SALE"s with "preview"s the day before. ***???

My vote would be normal hours for Black Friday. No objections to opening on Thanksgiving, regular business hours for that day is fine as well.

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:25 AM   #30
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OK, so I was exaggerating somewhat. But nobody in either my or my husband's families works the Friday after, and of all of our close friends, I only know one who might (she's a nurse). Most family/friends are in management-type positions for companies that aren't open that day, and I teach so of course everyone I know professionally is off.
Didn't think about my mom, who was a nurse. So having one parent working on Thanksgiving was something I grew up with too.
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