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To Shop or Not to Shop, that is the Black Friday Question

Updated on November 23, 2011

Where Does it End?

We all knew it was coming, the inevitable midnight opening of stores across the nation on Black Friday. Personally, it's much more appealing to stay up late on Thanksgiving night and head out for shopping at midnight than it is to wake up at 4 a.m. and wait in the cold until the stores open. But it does beg the question, "Where does it end?"

Midnight madness comes with a price. The employees of these stores do not have the luxury of showing up right at midnight. Most likely, they are in the store hours ahead of time, stocking shelves and preparing for the inescapable pandemonium. This means time taken away from their friends and family and celebrating Thanksgiving. So while it's more convenient for our bargain-hunting, penny-pinching buddies out there, it is commercialism at its worst. That is why a Target employee has started a petition in an effort to open the stores later (see article below).

And even though I would prefer to go out at midnight, I still think it's encroaching a bit too much on the holiday. I've heard that Nordstrom has refused to deck their halls until after Thanksgiving. It's a refreshing change from most of the malls and stores that put up lights and trees the day after Halloween. I can appreciate a company who recognizes that we should stop and be thankful for the blessings in our lives before rushing into the hustle and bustle of shopping for Christmas gifts -- and a company who is willing to potentially sacrifice profits for the sake of such things.

I'm neither an advocate of Black Friday shopping nor am I an opponent of it. But I do get the sense that this is not going to end until all the stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday will no longer have any meaning. I'm still torn about what to do this Thanksgiving evening. I definitely have a hard time passing up a bargain but most likely I will not venture out. Nothing is worth being trampled by a mob of crazed idiots who are fighting for the bottom-of-the-line HDTV.

I'd prefer to sit in the warm comfort of my home and shop online. Cyber Monday doesn't take anyone away from their families does it?

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    • tamarawilhite profile image

      Tamara Wilhite 6 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Much of this problem is solved by having a Christmas shopping list started around Halloween and then buy a few items as deals come up.

      We can also defuse the problem by not considering shopping a sport or social activity.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      So relieved to NOT be shopping on Black Friday. In years past, I would go with my sister when she was in town. This year, I'm sleeping in and shopping later!

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      jencooper 6 years ago

      I also feel bad for all the people who have to work on Thanksgiving for these special deals. I guess everyone with a job has things that are less than ideal to go through. Oh well, I am sure they are grateful for their jobs. I don't shop on Black Friday either. Although I haven't seen an ad that I just had to have yet either. Only time will tell.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I used to really enjoy going for the bargains on Black Friday but that enthusiasm has dwindled over the years. I really feel for the employees who have to report to work for the madness.

    • mljdgulley354 profile image

      mljdgulley354 6 years ago

      Great hub. I never shop on black Friday either. I don't particularly like the crowded stores on any other day.

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      angela p 6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I never shop black Friday. All the people ready to fight for a bargain scare me. I shop online too. Great hub. Congrats on 10 hubs!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I never have and never will shop on Black Friday. Each year it seems to get a bit more out of control. As long as consumers continue to fall for the retailers sales gimmicks the retailers will continue to entice them with sales. Tis the season to give gift cards and skip the shopping altogether:)) Excellent hub! Looking forward to the follow!

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      Greg Johnson 6 years ago from Indianapolis

      I know what I'll being doing...working at a black friday event. 8pm till 3 am...Yep when does it stop?


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