Black Friday From Underwear? Better Than Doing it on Thursday!
The first snow of the season hit Madison Monday. I actually had to break the shovel out – and Google Glass. Since the update to Google Hangouts, I thought I would try TWIGG as a hangout so you can watch live. Man – the problems I had with that…
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Geek Smack: Did Black Friday Tactics Sour Your Shopping?
Last year, you got up early on Thursday to do one thing – put the bird in the oven. Then it was back to bed as the Turkey cooked. On Friday you got up early from your tryptophan induced sleep to get the holiday shopping done.
This year, you have to choose one or the other as retailers invade the holiday. Now I ask you – is that right?
Retailers like Kohls, KMart and more are opening their doors on Thursday for their deals. They want to get the jump on the holiday season because numbers indicate this year will not be as fruitful as last.
Each year the stores seemed to creep closer to doing this — last year stores opened after dinner time to get the jump. Before it was a Midnight opening.
This year has more pressure as Chanukah actually starts on Thanksgiving. So people will need to shop for thier Jewish friends on Thanksgiving.
Sound obsurd? That’s cause it is.
Many are boycotting this early attempt of black Friday (or black Thursday). Petitions on change.org are popping up, but if you really want that phone or camera, you might end up going anyway.
Some really have no choice and cannot partake for they’re making Thanksgiving dinner. I know I’ll be out of town and can’t make plans to stand in front of a storefront at 7 AM. That is, unless I sneak out of the house…
Some things you should definitely support include small business Saturday; where you can shop locally. If you want to support this show, simply go to geekazine.com/amazon or geekazine.com/bh to support the show. You can also choose my affiliate links so I can keep this show going for you — I call it my holiday present that you can enjoy year round.
Whether you get up at 7 AM to baste a Turkey or stand in line, I hope your holiday season is a safe and fun one.
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