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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:05 PM

Black Friday creeps into Thursday

Source: AP-Excite

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and TOM KRISHER

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's shoppers on Thursday put down the turkey to take advantage of Thanksgiving deals.

Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving that's named Black Friday because that's when stores traditionally turn a profit for the year. But Black Friday openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Target to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie.

Target Corp. (TGT) is opening its doors at 9 p.m. on the holiday, three hours earlier than last year. Sears, which didn't open on Thanksgiving last year, is opening at 8 p.m. on Thursday through 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Toys R Us will be opening at 8 p.m., an hour earlier than last year. And others such as Macy's Inc. (M) are opening at midnight on Black Friday.

Retailers are hoping that the Thanksgiving openings will draw shoppers who prefer to head to stores after their turkey dinner rather than braving the crowds early the next morning. Overall, about 17 percent of shoppers plan to take advantage of Thanksgiving hours, according to a International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs survey of 1,000 consumers.

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Dora Hurtado waits in line at a Pembroke Pines, Fla. Toys-R-Us store, late Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
xfundy Nov 2012 #1
R. Daneel Olivaw Nov 2012 #6
sarcasmo Nov 2012 #2
femmocrat Nov 2012 #3
DJ13 Nov 2012 #4
davidn3600 Nov 2012 #9
TwilightGardener Nov 2012 #5
Demonaut Nov 2012 #7
Tabasco_Dave Nov 2012 #8

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:15 PM

1. Sad, in many ways.

Sad that employees can't relax and enjoy the day and evening. I remember when people who worked in retail could hold their heads up and support families, own houses, etc., because their employers considered them valuable and recognized their importance in the selling process.

Sad that adults have come to believe that buying cheap plastic shit made in China, by slave communist workers, is the only thing that will make their kids happy, even as the parents have seen their own jobs evaporate.

Sad that the communists have finally won, and the repigs want to make Americans into slave labor and treat people as disposable, just as we've always learned the communists do.

I hope and pray we will be able to turn this mess around and tax the job-exporters' asses off till they bring work back here and stop being traitors.

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Response to xfundy (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:06 PM

6. Cheap plastic shit made in China!


Amen to that.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:16 PM

2. 10 years from now, Black Halloween.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:16 PM

3. I heard the news referring to today as "Gray Thursday".

I guess it's the "War on Thanksgiving" ---???

I predict that next year it will just be another shopping day.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:18 PM

4. If we had nationwide wage laws that required double pay for holidays

This wouldnt be an issue, these retail asshats wouldnt open this early.

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:04 AM

9. Sure they would

The big box stores would at least.

What they pay in labor is a drop in the bucket compared to the profit they rake in from these large crowds.

Many stores are already paying overtime. And the workers are more than happy to take it.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:59 PM

5. I just don't love anybody in my family quite enough to shop

for gifts on Thanksgiving night. Or Black Friday.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:21 AM

7. the war on xmas is just as relevant to the creep of black friday

into thurs

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:38 AM

8. Why don't they have a black payday.

December third, i don't get paid till the first of the month. I don't have any money after Thanksgiving.

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