- Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as many major retailers are planing to open then.
- Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving.
- Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home
- Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores
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Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home.
- Take it from a recovering Pied Piper of sales: the problem isn’t that Black Friday exists so much as the perception that it’s somehow necessary.
- Interactive: How Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving
- Black Friday, Cyber Monday Are you for shopping hell?
Jeb Lund, Guardian
Black Friday is the opposite of drudgery, because everything is in such a constant state of FUBAR that nothing even matters. Illustration by Chris Padgett
Thursday 27 November 2014 | In the late 1990s, before Black Friday became the even more consumptive spectacle it is today, it was easy for me and my fellow teen retail drones to see what it was: a day of profound unhappiness for everyone other than us. For us, it was a day of transforming into individual Werner Herzogs as we watched phantom deals chased by an endless parade of people with sickness of the soul. For everyone else, it was and supposedly remains the Worst American Retail Day of the Year.
Working on Thanksgiving sucks, unless you’re young and really don’t give a damn and want the time-and-a-half wage. But working Black Friday was like working recess with no monitors and overtime pay: the rules didn’t matter, often at the customer’s expense.
Jeb Lund is a Guardian US columnist. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Vice and elsewhere.
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Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores
Retailers that open their doors on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of boosting holiday sales are shifting purchases away from Black Friday, rather than increasing the number of overall transactions.
Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress
November 30, 2014 | Retailers that open their doors on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of boosting holiday sales are shifting purchases away from Black Friday, rather than increasing the number of overall transactions.
According to an initial reading of data from consumer analytics firm ShopperTrak, “combined sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday fell 0.5 percent from the same period last year,” the New York Times notes.
Igor Volsky is the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, and CNBC television, and has been a guest on many radio shows.
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