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Retailers closer to turning Thanksgiving into ‘Black Thursday’

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“Black Friday” creep is getting almost as bad as Christmas creep, with retailers pushing things ever earlier.

Today, Wal-Mart announced it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. That’s two hours earlier than 2011, so at this rate, Wal-Mart will be opening at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day before the end of the decade. We already have Black Friday, Cyber Monday and (for the procrastinators) Christmas Eve, and now we have Black Turkey Day. This is not what the pilgrims wanted.

And it’s not just Wal-Mart. Sears will also open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target hasn’t officially announced anything, but the site blackfriday.com leaked a flyer that indicates it will open at 9 p.m. Best Buy will open shockingly late, at midnight. Four hours is like four years in Black Thursday time!

Wal-Mart is also offering a guarantee on three products, providing even more incentive to skip out on time with the family. According to the Associated Press:

“Those who are lined up inside the store between 10 p.m and 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving will be able to purchase the following items: an Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi for $399 plus a $74 Wal-Mart gift card; an Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148, down from the original $228; and an LG Blu-ray Disc player for $38, about half off the original price. For those who are inside the store during that one-hour window on Thanksgiving and find the product sold out, Wal-Mart will offer a guarantee card for the item.”

So expect the crowds to be even crazier this year, the lines to start earlier, and the creep to keep creeping. Ready for Black Wednesday Before Thanksgiving?

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Peter Hockaday

3 Responses

  1. Danbury Resident #2 says:

    I will not be shopping from any store that opens early on Thanksgiving for “Black Friday” shopping.
    I understand supermarkets being open early on Thanksgiving for last minute Thanksgiving dinner stuff.. But this early just to buy gifts is crappy.

    I doubt very much that any of the employees of those stores are getting overtime for ending their Thanksgiving day early.. Most of them are parttime.

    Any store open early for “Black Friday” shopping is being boycotted by myself until after the Christmas holiday.

  2. Kennedy says:

    I hope each and every one of these folks who were willing to wait in line to buy more junk also waited in line to vote. I feel sorry for the employees of these stores who would rather spend the day enjoying their holiday.

  3. drummer says:

    There is no such thing as a holiday anymore – they’re just days when most people have more time to be greedy and gluttonous.