Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 23:12
The day after Thanks-giving has become affectionately known as “Black Friday” and is known for the mass of blackout sales and as the biggest shopping day in America. Every year, people stand outside of stores waiting eagerly and planning routes to help them secure the greatest sales. Televisions, iPods and games madly fly off the shelf. For retail merchandisers this is a big payday. Each store rallies to try and get a slight edge on their competition. Black Friday used to start early Friday morning with stores opening around 4 a.m. through 6 a.m. Over the years, the clock has been slowly winding back. Door buster sales began to drop at 1 a.m. Then a few years ago Wal-Mart informed its shoppers that they would be opening at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The response was mixed with a lot of criticism from families. Now almost every major retailer is opening late on Thanksgiving, with Wal- Mart leading the charge at the early hour of 6 p.m. As a retail worker myself, I do not find these new methods of operation appealing. They say early bird gets the worm but there is a point when one reaches too early. I understood when I agreed to work that I would be working odd hours and I am required to work on Black Friday. It is sad to see corporate greed robbing many people of their Thanksgiving evening in the name of profits. Thanksgiving is a national holiday. Most businesses are closed. Why retailers try and make themselves exempt is wrong. Opening on Friday, however early, is fine by me. I thoroughly enjoy getting together with friends and making some new purchases. The deals are exceptional and worth the wait in line. The issue that I find most unsettling is how much more of Thanksgiving will retailers consume? We have watched the opening of major stores begin earlier and earlier every year. How early will be “too early”? I find it disappointing to see greed for gain take precedence over a long traditional holiday. I have no issue going to work or shopping on Black Friday, but I would like to preserve the integrity of Thanksgiving. Be thankful for what you have, then go out the next day and get more!
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.