Dear retailers who are trying to pull themselves out of an economic slump by enticing me to buy their goods with doorbuster deals and the like:
Black Friday is on Friday. It seems like a rather obvious statement, I know. But I'm starting to see a trend where you open your stores on Thursday night for Black Friday shopping. Michael's. Now Toys R Us.
I admit that I may be a tad more hardcore than some people because I am willing to get up at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning to participate in the mass marketing machine that is holiday shopping. Thursday is sacred though. It's Thanksgiving. THANKSGIVING. But more importantly, it is the day on which Black Friday shopping plans are carefully laid out following receipt of various Black Friday ads with Thursday morning's paper.
It's one thing if crazy people want to wait in line outside of Best Buy, Wal-mart, or whathaveyou starting the night before (or the week before, for the truly dedicated). But Thursday is a day of rest. And eating. And spending time with family. And planning for how I will partake in American consumerism at its finest.