The holidays are approaching, but it seems stores roll out their products and gifts earlier and earlier each year. Now Black Friday doesn’t start at midnight-it starts the evening of Thanksgiving when stores like Walmart, Target, malls, and more open early.
For workers this means Thanksgiving is just another work day, and it’s unlikely that the will get to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. For shoppers this means their marathon shopping starts earlier this year, and Doorbuster deals are going earlier than ever.
I am not typically a Black Friday shopper since many of the deals aren’t worth the wait in my opinion, but I have ventured out with friends like last year when I went to Target with 3 friends. It was refreshingly empty and I managed to find some great deals.
While I love the holidays and we tend to start decorating early so we can enjoy it longer I worry that this holiday creep will eventually cause stores to be open all day on Thanksgiving-taking away precious family time that we all need.
What do you think of stores opening on Thursday? Bad news since you work in retail? Good news since you don’t have to stay up late?
Update: While some stores were listing 8pm open times, many now have early morning open times and plan to be open ALL day on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.