Shopping Creep Giving Me the Creeps

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by 3 Comments
Shopping Creep

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a time to enjoy the company of  family and friends along with some good food. Now we have the claws of Black Friday biting in to the day with what is being called “shopping creep.”

Holidays are certainly not what they use to be. I looked up the definition and I think they might have to update it. The current definition is “a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.” Tell that to the workers at Kmart and Walmart who have to work this Thanksgiving.

In their quest to make more money, stores opening on Thanksgiving to offer a head start on Christmas shopping are messing with tradition. Thanksgiving is a day to spend with people and Black Friday is a day to start your Christmas shopping. Those who were willing to get up early and brave the crowds could expect to find some good deals.

Now as the two events blend, what do we have? For many, we will have less time with family and who knows what it means for Black Friday shopping.

Why Stores Are Open Thanksgiving

What has led to stores being open on Thanksgiving? According to Yahoo Finaces’s Rick Newman they are “merely responding to consumers who would be shopping online if they didn’t have the option to hit the stores.” He also suggests that stores that are doing well have made decisions to stay closed while those that plan to be open are underperforming.

That may be so, but stores opening for Thanksgiving also have an online presence. Why not just post Thanksgiving specials there, and let people who do want to shop do so from their Smart Phone or tablet and still have time to be with loved ones?

Somehow it seems like there is a bigger picture that’s not come into focus yet. What do you think?

Photo credits: jbhthescots

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Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer’s Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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    I’ve just been taking advantage of it this year — there are some really good deals out there, and I am glad to have time to run across them slowly rather than have to be part of the mad shopping frenzy that is Black Friday and the weeks following.

  • Poppy

    Having worked in emergency services, I have certainly worked my fair share of holidays so perhaps I’m jaded, but I don’t have a problem with it. Movie theaters and grocery stores are open, why not Walmart?

  • Ruby T.

    As long as people line up at 3 in the morning for a sale, stores will continue to do it. There is an easy way to stop it. Don’t shop during a “holiday”! What happened to being closed on Sundays?