When shopping become a tradition on Thanksgiving

Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving, is often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Most major retailers will offer promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, which seems that Thanksgiving is always a good time to go shopping.

Recently released consumer surveys give the impression that,

Roughly half of shoppers will be hitting the malls on Black Friday, and over one-third of Americans will be out at stores on Thanksgiving.

There is plenty of data indicating that the spread of stores opening on Thanksgiving and endless Black Friday deals will surely succeed in drawing the masses out to stores.

However, a few major chains, including a couple based here, are resisting a trend that threatens to turn Thanksgiving into another shopping day. The companies say they place more value on family time than expanded store hours.

“It’s commercialism and consumerism to a point we’re not willing to endorse,” said Laura Sen, chief executive of BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. “Call me old-fashioned, but I think Thanksgiving is a lovely holiday and not the time to be shopping.” (Click picture to read more)


Besides, for retail workers and many consumers, early store openings have prompted a backlash from Groups like Organization United for Respect (OUR) Walmart, which represents Walmart employees nationwide.

“I should be able to spend time with my family,” Katie Cunningham told the Herald. She has 17 grandchildren and works at the Walmart in Miami Gardens. “Instead, I have to work from 2 to 11 on Thanksgiving day.”

Cunningham isn’t alone.

Another revolt the Consumerist reported on involved a Pizza Hut manager who walked off the job rather than open up on Thanksgiving.

So..what’s your idea towards this “tradition”?

Anyway, happy Thanksgiving!


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