Black Friday has been considered the start of the Christmas shopping season by many and for many years, but has this day begun to go too far?
What made me question Black Friday was an advertisement done by Toys R Us, which was advertising that it would open its doors for Black Friday on Thursday (Thanksgiving) at 8 p.m. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with businesses looking to be the first open on this highly competitive day (I am a business major, after all), but I feel that it is wrong to make employees cut their Thanksgiving traditions even shorter by making them come in and work on that night. Is there something wrong about refusing to open your doors until midnight, when it is technically Friday? After all, the employees most likely celebrate Thanksgiving and have families too– so, by making them come in early to work and spend less time with their families, aren’t we basically telling corporations that this is okay? Aren’t we also then saying that Thanksgiving is less important to us than a made-up holiday that simply supports the consumerism of Christmas?
Personally, while I will be participating in Black Friday this year, I refuse to go out when the stores open before midnight. It is rough enough on the employees to make them work on the craziest day of the year, but to force them away from their homes and families even sooner is just plain wrong. So, while I don’t expect people to not go to these stores the minute they open (I am sure there will be plenty of people lining up on Thanksgiving to get in the minute the doors open), I simply say that if this dilema bothers you like it does me, then wait to go out.
What do you think? Do you think it is okay for businesses to open their doors on Thanksgiving to start Black Friday earlier? And when do you think Black Friday should start?