More Black Friday sales start Thursday
Sears plans to open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, even earlier than some of its largest competitors.
This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.
Retailers are more determined than ever to horn in on your Thanksgiving dinner, starting their Black Friday sales before or soon after you've consumed that big bird.
Sears announced that it will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 and keep them open for a whopping 26 hours, or until 10 p.m. on Black Friday, to accommodate its customers who sought more "flexible" shopping hours. The night owls will get door-busters at 10 p.m. and the early birds will get a second round of limited-quantity deals at 4 a.m.
Sears' decision to open its doors early probably has as much to do with the competition as it does with its customers. Toys R Us and Wal-Mart last year opened their doors at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, on Turkey Day. Sears, meanwhile, was one of the holdouts, sticking to its 4 a.m. Friday start time.
Nobody, it seems, wants to be last in line for consumers' hard-earned dollars.
Department store rival Kohl's, for one, has said that its Black Friday sales will go live online at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, and its stores will open at midnight on Thanksgiving. While many stores do offer many of their deals as early as Wednesday or Thursday, it's rare that a retailer announces these online deals, in part because stores want shoppers to come out to their locations, where they typically spend more on impulse buys.
Sears' sister company, Kmart, meanwhile, has been open on Thanksgiving Day for 21 years running and will continue to be, open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then again from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. Friday.
In other shopping news, the Black Friday ad for RadioShack was leaked today, and hardware giant Lowe's provided a glimpse of 25 of its hottest Black Friday deals.
By this time next week, experts say, many of the largest stores will have released their ads, allowing shoppers to begin checking off which of the 20,000 estimated Black Friday sale items will make their list.
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This whole thing is turning into a big joke. Before long what will be the point? Why even call it Black Friday anymore? Just keeping moving it up and up and then why bother? Think the whole point is getting missed and has been hyped up so much in the last few years that it lost whatever meaning it used to have. Stop moving it up and give people the day off on Thursday for crying out loud! The point is to spend time with families. Not worry about shopping or having to sleep the day before so you have to get up and be at work by midnight for the opening. Move it back to like it used to be where it was around 6 in the morning, not 8pm the day before. Some of the dopes these companies employ in their marketing depts really have me floored. Give people a chance to spend time with familes and stop the intense focus on buying crap. One thing that is very messed up in this country. IMO stores should be closed or only open part time on Thanksgiving, and those that are opening being mainly some grocery or convienant stores, other retailers should just be closed. I'm not against black friday per se, I've gone in the morning, its is an "experience" to say the least I'm just tired of the constant focus on buying crap, most of which we don't need or can't afford, and the encroachment on a holiday that people should have off and use to spend with families. Cyber Monday seems to be better anyways.
I think its time
I love black friday but it is called black FRIDAY for a reason. it needs to be on Friday, not Thanksgiving day. Even having the sales starting at midnight is not right. i enjoy going to bed late, getting up early and being at the stores at 4 or 5 am for the deals. Not giving Kmart employees some time with their families on Thanksgiving is obsurd. Closing for 2 hours?? What good is that for the employees??
I work retail and even opening at 12 am Friday ruins Thanksgiving for retail workers. You have to eat and the go right to sleep so you can go into work overnight.
The only way people can restore the idea of people enjoying a day of Thanksgiving on Thursday is to NOT ENTER THE STORES and avoid them like the plague until Friday during the day. I went out ONCE on a Black Friday early in the morning and I was knocked down as I entered the store and tore a muscle in my shoulder one year.
I will NEVER go out on Black Friday again. EVER.
And I know it's probably stupid to say Don't go out on Black Friday, because people will go no matter what. But if we want a return to normalcy and honor Thanksgiving for what it is so people can enjoy a day of thanks with their families, this is what we have to do. Write to the owners of the stores. Tell them to stop being greedy and searching for the almighty dollar and give the people a break.
One of the reasons I got out of retail after 24 years!! This year, I will enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family for the first time in years! Retailers greed is just pathetic and corporations don't give a rats **** if their employees spend their holiday putting up with the madness they have created!! Glad to see the majority of people are against these decisions by retailers. Boycott them by NOT SHOWING UP black friday!!!
Staying home with family is much,much more priceless!
I value spending time with my family rather than standing in line for something.
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