Monday, November 26, 2012


 by Kate Collins

I’m not a Black Friday shopper anymore, but I used to be. I understand the thrill of buying gifts at super low prices. But the corporate hype for Black Friday now seems to have gone to the extreme.

I know many of you don’t mind getting away from the football frenzy and working off some of those pumpkin pie calories. I get that. But for those of us who have family members in retail, it’s a real bummer, and as I see it, this love of the bargain is only going to make those early store hours get earlier, until finally we won’t have a Thanksgiving holiday. It will be just another day and another meal. And I find that sad.

What makes me angry is that the decision to open a store at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving is made at the corporate level and is driven by greed. You can bet that the store that has employees report in on Thanksgiving is not going to affect the CEO’s holiday. And look how that corporate drive for money has creeped into our collective consciousness. People are so accustomed to Black Friday sales, so what if they start a little early? And then a little earlier? And then a whole lot earlier, wiping out the entire holiday?

That’s what big corporations are banking on. We won’t complain about losing our holiday because we love bargains. 

Is it a win-win?  You tell me.