Black Friday midnight openings: No going back

  • Article by: THOMAS LEE and WENDY LEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2011 - 12:02 PM

The tough economics of holiday shopping suggest that retailers have set a "new baseline."

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furguson11Nov. 25, 1111:11 PM

"Mundstock bought $142 in clothes from retailers Gap, Eddie Bauer and Gilly Hicks, money she would not have spent if the stores had opened at its typical time" I'm sure that the large retail chains are using predictive analytics to identify the minimum deals necessary to get people into the store to buy stuff that they wouldn't normally purchase.

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furguson11Nov. 25, 1111:21 PM

Retail is going down the rabbit hole. Internet store fronts can sell anytime they want. Local retail has to provide a better service, not move their hours around.

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belascoNov. 25, 1111:34 PM

Surprise surprise! The author of this article has obviously never considered Economics 101. Retailers have absolutely zero control, and set zero conditions upon their prospective patrons. They perpetually suffer the whim of their prospective patrons, and what they are willing to pay. In other words, buyers ALWAYS set the conditions sellers try to exist in, and any retailers who don't conform are quickly bankrupt, thus purged of the market of their laughable misconception.

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ShoreviewerNov. 26, 11 2:13 AM

So what holiday are we celebrating again? And when did retail spending become the new religion? Christmas decorations and music are in stores in September. People are injured and killed in an effort to get the best bargain and post Thanksgiving day store openings are earlier and earlier. The holidays are getting increasingly depressing and hostile as we are pushed to spend earlier and earlier. "Peace on earth and good will towards men" appear to be gone. I am not sure what we have to be thankful for anymore.

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jerat544Nov. 26, 11 6:11 AM

If the dumb Lemmings are going to go shopping in the middle of the night,so be it. I just feel sorry for the workers who have to witness the whole stupid thing and work those hours.

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oldvinnieNov. 26, 11 7:06 AM

It looks like the stores that opened at midnight hit the button right on! Employees: If you want to quit, go ahead. Others are waiting for your job. The guy that whined from Targets: You lost!

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bgronniNov. 26, 11 7:49 AM

I think these people are insane. Look at what happened around the country. Mob mentality. I would not get in that mess even if they gave the items away for free.

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mariostNov. 26, 11 7:58 AM

Sounds like the shopping activity was pretty busy between midnight and 12:45 or maybe even until 1:30 or so. After that it dropped off dramatically -- more workers than customers in the store for several hours. What's the business sense of that? Believe it or not, people are not going to shop from midnight Thanksgiving night until 10 pm on Black Friday with no sleep.

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tedsterNov. 26, 11 9:39 AM

"But judging by the millions of shoppers who poured into malls and big-box stores midnight Thursday." Duhhh, these same millions of shoppers would be there if the stores opened at 8:00am.

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kamkamNov. 26, 11 9:44 AM

I wonder if this turnout would have been different, at least in the Twin Cities, if the weather had been cold and snowy like last year.

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