18 hours ago
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
THANKSGIVING IS THE NEW BLACK
I'm with them. I think this rush to get people away from their families and into the stores is just wrong. And, apparently, these early shopping hours do not even help the bottom line sales. According to the Wall Street Journal, the early store openings just take sales away from the first week or so of December (while shoppers wait for the next round of discounts to be taken) and have not had the effect of causing shoppers to spend any more money than they have in the past 5 years.
So who is responsible for this invasion of holiday tradition? Overeager consumers who will run out to shop on Thursday night instead of waiting until 5 am on Friday? The stores which open earlier and earlier (now a whole day earlier) to accommodate them?
It just reeks of bad behavior on both sides. But maybe I just don't get it...what is the thrill or allure of "early" shopping?