Stores Move Black Friday to Thanksgiving in a Nasty Conspiracy Against Moms

Rant 48

black friday shoppingAre you one of those people who gets up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday and races to the stores to score as many holiday deals as you can -- even if you were up super-late on Thanksgiving?

I'll be the first to admit that Black Friday just isn't my thing, mainly because I can't take the lines or the crowds. But some people are pretty passionate about starting their holiday shopping before their turkey even has time to digest -- and that's why plenty of people are freaking out over the fact that Walmart is starting Black Friday on Thursday this year. Yes, Thursday, as in Thanksgiving, as in one of the only days out of the year that is reserved solely for spending quality time with family and friends. (WTF?)

Ok, so before you totally panic, it's not like they're opening their doors at 7:00 a.m. or anything that extreme. Black Friday at Walmart will officially kick off at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, you know, right about the time that most parents are trying to get their kids into bed for the night. (Isn't that convenient?)

You're probably thinking to yourself, well, I guess it's not really that big of a deal, because there are plenty of other places I can shop for holiday gifts than Walmart before the early birds beat me to the deals at 8:00 p.m. Right?

WRONG. Guess who else has joined the party? Toys R' Us. (Toys R' freakin' Us!!) Um, call me crazy, but given the fact that probably 99.99 percent of people who shop at Toys R' Us on Black Friday are parents -- doesn't opening during the dreaded "witching hour" seem kind of biased and unfair? I mean, moms have cooked and cleaned all day, and stuffed themselves so full of carbs, gravy, and assorted baked goods that their pants don't fit -- and now there's a chance that they may not be able to find everything on their kids' wish lists because they're not ready to get their shop on at 8:00 p.m.?!? (I smell a conspiracy here.)

As of today, it doesn't look like any other major retail chains have hopped on the 8:00 p.m. Thursday bandwagon. But something tells me that once more stores realize they're going to miss out on four good hours of people rushing through their doors who are DYING to fork their money over -- they'll probably wind up doing the whole Black Thursday thing too. Stay tuned.

Are you a Black Friday shopper? If so, do the Thursday store openings bother you, and will you head out early to shop?


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britn... britneykaren

On the plus side, there will most likely be people at your house to watch your children at that time like family members or close friends

MamaM... MamaMandee

I love Black Friday but with the change Im not sure I am going to go this year due to my hubby's work schedule. 

dirti... dirtiekittie

i remember growing up as a kid, our thanksgiving meal was always early since it was so large (like 2pm). which meant my parents were bored stiff by around 7pm. lol we'd drive around, and i remember more than once my dad saying "if these stores were open right now..." lol

honestly, if that's your thing, knock yourself out. i do my black friday shopping online, and if i can't get it from one retailer, i'll find another. i haven't done "in-store" black friday shopping since i saw one mother give another mother a right hook for taking the last cabbage patch baby three years ago. never again.

purvi... purvislets

I never go Black Friday shopping.  I used to work retail on Black Fridays and nothing in my mind is worth the hassle that it brings.  That being said, no one is forcing these people to go shopping on Thanksgiving night.  Stay home!  Enjoy your holiday with the kids.  Shop the next day if you want to.  But seriously, people getting all upset because these stores are opening earlier is a bit ridiculous.  If fulfilling your shopping list requires that you brave the insane black friday masses then you are shopping wrong anyway.  Is it really worth it to run, punch, shove, and fight to maybe save $10 on something you could have ordered online anyway?

Rushn311 Rushn311

Luckily for me, we eat at someone elses house, so if I want to, I will just go after. My hubby will be home and can watch the kids, but I am actually not going out as far as I know.

hanna... hannahsmom238

It's never worth fighting the crowds so I don't go. I do feel sorry for the workers who have to cut their holiday short though.

nonmember avatar Michele Hall

I think it's sad these people have to work on one of the few days retail stores are closed. I used to work retail and these people don't have much of an option to opt out of working those shifts if they want to keep their jobs. As a manager I pulled 16 hour days leading up to Black Friday and then the entire day of Black Friday which I think at that time was 5:30 am till 12am. I was spent to say the least.


Yeah it sucks. I have to be at work at 8:45 thur.night,but I like the idea of getting it over and done.I'll be home by six in the morn.

Aeris... AerisKate

I don't do black friday shopping.  I feel badly for the employees who have to go in on Thanksgiving.  If consumers didn't go on Thanksgiving night, stores wouldn't open.  However, people will go as soon as they open, so the stores do it for profits.  Target is another big chain that is opening on Thanksgiving. 

nonmember avatar Mrs. Clark

I don't do black friday. I put everything on layaway this year. Yes, im paying full price, but i get to go next week and pick everything up without the hassle.

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