November 26, 2015 – There’s an ongoing joke in my family that if the slightest thing goes wrong anytime on December 25, whether it involves dropping a fork on the floor, bumping into someone’s chair, or having your cell phone ring during dinner, the person responsible is told, “Great, now you ruined Christmas.”
That same message should go out to the retailers across the country regarding Thanksgiving, the very ones who make their employees to work on a day that should be spent with family and friends. Retailers wouldn’t do this if people didn’t shop. This is supposed to be a non-commercial holiday!
If you make it through the turkey and pumpkin pie without leaving the dinner table to shop, I applaud you. It may not be easy since many retailers have done everything in their power to lure you away from the family table (and the Trivial Pursuit tournament that follows dinner in my family) to snag the deals they claim to offer. What prompts people to camp outside of stores, or worse yet, shop on Thanksgiving, is beyond me.
It has been estimated 195 million Americans make Black Friday part of their holiday tradition. Isn’t that enough? The problem is retailers get greedier each year. I haven’t seen a bargain yet that would make me change my mind about shopping on Black Friday let alone Thanksgiving.
It you’re tempted to shop today, think about this. It’s been reported in several publications in recent years (including The Wall Street Journal) that Thanksgiving or Black Friday isn’t necessarily the best time to shop, anyway. The best deals often come deeper in December, especially if holiday sales start to slump.
That is something a retailer is never going to tell you.