Early Black Friday (BF) Specials are being announced everywhere. They’re in the newspaper and arrive through my email. They’re showing up in the mailbox and as important announcements on voicemail.
My first instinct is panic. If all these great specials (and I’ve seen quite a few) are being offered now, they’ll be gone before Thanksgiving. Should I max out the charge card and go now while the getting’s good?
The next feeling is compassion. There are millions of people who plan their BF shopping trip all year long. They will either be disappointed because the good bargains are gone or upset because they jumped early and could have saved more.
|There are bargains everywhere!|
Finally, curiosity got to me. Isn’t this sale of all sales celebrated the day after Thanksgiving or at least starting Thanksgiving afternoon? I headed over to my favorite search engine to get some legitimate and/or wildly imaginative answers.
It turns out the semi-official day started as the day after Thanksgiving and gradually worked its way up to retailers opening early. Hours lengthened to add Thanksgiving Day in 2011 and 2012. It will be interesting to see how the numbers reflect what is considered “THE” busiest shopping day of the year, with all the earlier hoopla taking place.
I think I’ll stay home and have a turkey sandwich and another piece of pumpkin pie.
Which season earns most of your shopping time?