Back in 2007, I wrote a post on Black Friday. At that time, I swore I was finished with shopping but did end out going to purchase one item at a home improvement store so not as bad as a toy store but still. I also made some mention of Cyber Monday and Black Friday back in 2006. This was more facts and figures.
This year I am back to writing about Black Friday. I am proposing a total boycott of the shopping day. Trust me! The deals will be bigger and better some other day in the future. Why am I proposing this? First, I am annoyed. I am actually beyond annoyed. At the same time, I am thankful – thankful I no longer work in retail as I would not only be working but would be responsible for ruining many other people’s holidays.
Black Friday. Let’s take this apart. Black – as in when the retail businesses who participate in this ludicrous day go from being in the red to turning a profit. Not necessarily totally true but that is the general premise of why this particular Friday is black. The premise is far from the use of black when associating it with Monday as that was the stock crash day in 1929 and again, I believe, in 1987. Friday – as in the day of the week. Not Thursday, Friday!
There in lies my agitation. I am annoyed that sales that started at 6 am, then 5 am, then 4 am are now starting at midnight or worse, on Thursday. Let’s take the shocked look on my face when I saw the Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours at my local Old Navy. They are open 10 am to 4 pm on Thanksgiving day and will open again at 11 pm for Black Friday. Last I knew, 11 pm was still Thursday.
I strongly suggest you all support, as hard as it is for me to wrap my head around this term since it was started by American Express which is not exactly a small business, Small Business Saturday and stay home with family and extra day. Boycott Black Friday!