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I have seen several posts about this today.

Will you go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving?

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Nope.

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I love Black Friday shopping. I only go to the stores that are near my house. I avoid any stores out by the mall. The stores by my house tend to not be very busy, traffic is not bad, and the people relatively polite. (The aggressive people are all out by the mall) I also enjoy shopping on Thanksgiving Day. I have always liked going to the drug store early Thanksgiving morning. I get up super early and put the Turkey in the oven. Then what while it cooks and the rest of the house sleeps? It is fun to go and have alone time while DH stays with the girls. I get the best drug store deals of the year. I also enjoyed going last year Thanksgiving night. I think it made Black Friday easier to have it divided into groups at Walmart.

I have run into several people that think it is wrong to shop on Thanksgiving Day because that makes it so the employees have to work. I disagree. I think there are several professions that work on Thanksgiving. Nurses, doctors, waitresses, flight attendants, and so on. I think having to work some holidays is part of working retail.

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I live in Mass where we have blue laws. Hardly anything is open T-day. Most stores are closed or have limited hours.Can't shop until midnight so I don't go. I don't like to deal with crowds and do not find it fun or worth it.

I like that most families can be together on T-day. To me, there is no need for anyone to have to shop at Target instead of allowing those people to relax and gear up for the next day.

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No Black Friday shopping for me. Dh works from 7pm - 4am, and will actually probably have to go in around 4 or 5 on Thanksgiving. we've done it previously get some good deals on bigger things, like the XBox last year. But this year there isn't anything we're looking for that's on a huge deal, so I probably wouldn't have gone anyway.

Oh wait - dh will stop on his way home from work to get our Norton Antivirus. It's always hugely discounted on Black Friday, so that's one of our annual purchases. When I get the pop-up reminder that it's about to expire, it's like my own personal Thanksgiving ticker Lol .

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Couldnt pay me enough to go out on that day

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I plan on starting out that evening around 6 or 7. Depends on what is open and what store I want to start at. I always make my plan after everyone leaves that day and I break out the ads!

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I have seen several posts about this today.

Will you go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving?

I almost never do, unless there is something that I know i need. I don't go searching for things to buy and wait in long lines to get them. I'll never be caught dead doing that, the whole process sounds miserable.

There was a little local shop down on our main street who told me they do a little black friday event in the morning. Its a great place to pick up nice small gifts and stocking stuffers for the kids. I would consider supporting them on black friday.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I have run into several people that think it is wrong to shop on Thanksgiving Day because that makes it so the employees have to work. I disagree. I think there are several professions that work on Thanksgiving. Nurses, doctors, waitresses, flight attendants, and so on. I think having to work some holidays is part of working retail.

I agree that there are some business that are open, but i think some people are just turned off by the thought of making people work for the sake of *shopping*....as oppose to nurses in emergency rooms. Or even restaurants, while not a necessity....it fits with the classic spirit of Thanksgiving. People gathering together for a meal...and not everyone can nec. cook or host large parties of people at their house so its good to have alternatives.

And while people do often have to work on other holidays, i think people kind of raise Thanksgiving up to be a more important holiday than the rest. Working on Thanksgiving just isn't the same as working on Columbus Day.

I mean personally it doesn't bug me *that* much but part of me does wonder why we can't just not shop for one day.

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People working in retail aren't generally paid that well so some of them probably like working the holiday because they most likely get extra holiday pay. It may give them some extra to buy their own Christmas presents. Whether I shop Black Friday or not varies depending on what I need. I need a new laptop this year so if I find a good deal I may go out for that. But I watch the hot deals forum on slickdeals.net and there are many times I can get some great deals online or specials at other times that are as good or better than Black Friday so I don't have to fight the crowds. Sometimes they have the same Black Friday deals online too.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

People working in retail aren't generally paid that well so some of them probably like working the holiday because they most likely get extra holiday pay. It may give them some extra to buy their own Christmas presents. Whether I shop Black Friday or not varies depending on what I need. I need a new laptop this year so if I find a good deal I may go out for that. But I watch the hot deals forum on slickdeals.net and there are many times I can get some great deals online or specials at other times that are as good or better than Black Friday so I don't have to fight the crowds. Sometimes they have the same Black Friday deals online too.

Yes, there are always pros and cons for every situation. I don't doubt there are people who are more than happy to work on Thanksgiving day. I jut have personal issues with our consumerism and our desire to have tons of cheap stuff and the prioritization of it. Trust me, i don't want to start making laws about retail on thanksgiving or anything lol.

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I think I;ll go

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Online only for me!

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I dont really enjoy shopping. I especially dont want to do it with 4 kids 6 and under! I dont like big crowds racing around like crazy people. If I need something, I buy it online majority of the time. Literally, almost everything I have comes from online. I usually find things much cheaper than in the stores and get it shipped free.

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"mom3girls" wrote:

Couldnt pay me enough to go out on that day

This. The idea of spending all day in lines, fighting my way through crowsd just to buy some stuff? *shudder* No thanks. I may check and see if there are any deals online that might be good, but I will be as far away from physical retail shops as I can get that day. Not my thing at all. Like the opposite of my thing.

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"myyams" wrote:

I dont really enjoy shopping. I especially dont want to do it with 4 kids 6 and under! I dont like big crowds racing around like crazy people. If I need something, I buy it online majority of the time. Literally, almost everything I have comes from online. I usually find things much cheaper than in the stores and get it shipped free.

Yes these shipping services seem to be at war with each other so I keep signing up for trial memberships to get free shipping, plus a lot of the stores have free shipping codes or free shipping over a certain amount. I rarely pay shipping charges anymore.

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"myyams" wrote:

I dont really enjoy shopping. I especially dont want to do it with 4 kids 6 and under! I dont like big crowds racing around like crazy people. If I need something, I buy it online majority of the time. Literally, almost everything I have comes from online. I usually find things much cheaper than in the stores and get it shipped free.

i feel exactly the same way.

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We don't have black Friday here, boxing day is our big sale day and i do tend to wander down to the shops. I live in a small town so there are few crowds, the crazy shoppers head up to the nearest big town, and I am generally there just to buy reduced Christmas stuff like new decorations, stocking stuffers for next year, and some of those guilty gift items they market this time of year.

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99% of the time the deals in store are also online. In general, I still don't even do much shopping online for Black Friday either. Extreme shopping isn't my thing.

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No.

But we don't have Thanksgiving or Black Friday here. I did my Christmas shopping last week in England.

I have in the past taken advantage of Black Friday deal for clothes for my kids, especially at Gymboree.