spideysensetingling wrote:Hi Everyone,
Everyone's replies have been great. It is good seeing each take on this. Here is another point to ponder. If Shopping happened all day on Thanksgiving and that became the new norm how would you feel about stores opening up on Christmas Day?? 3 years ago Toys R US was actually open on Christmas Day for 1 hour in my area but they never did it again. They were open on Christmas Eve and Closed at 1 am Christmas Morning. The reason I am passionate about what the retailers are doing is that I feel they won't stop after Thanksgiving and will go after Christmas next maybe with a tag line...."Hey, If you don't like what you got this morning come into the store and exchange it and get a $10 credit."
In the 1960's, my father would shop at the midnight madness sale for toys on Christmas eve. This was in the Chicago area. It was also a time for Christmas clubs and single income families. Different dynamics will drive that retailers do. Like some have noticed, KMart has opened on Thanksgiving for years, yet few cared and others thought it a non-intrusive and clever ploy to help out a sagging-sales merchant. When other stores followed suit, it became unbearable. When this happened, new shoppers quickly jumped in and took the place of traditional shoppers and made a new tradition of it overnight.
Last year, like the year before it, I heard shoppers complain about us, since we camp the deals, even to the point of profanity and complaints to store management. Since we bring the media and make the store money in the process, it falls on deaf ears. The point on this matter is that traditional shoppers blame us for the change as well as the unfairness of the advantage that we get, like limited quantities doesn't already create that scenario.