Black Friday morphs into Thanksgiving holiday

  • Article by: JANET MOORE and JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: November 29, 2013 - 8:59 AM

Some opened Thursday, but the big draw is Friday. Retailers aren’t certain what’s in store.

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herby2013Nov. 28, 1310:26 PM

From the article: "'It was sunny when I got here,' said Heather Mills of Plymouth, who arrived at the Target store in Minnetonka at 2 p.m. — plenty of time for the retailer’s 8 p.m. opening." Now that's just sad. You wasted your holiday standing outside in the cold for Target? How much are you actually going to save and how much of your time are you wasting? Is it really worth it? Only if your time and life is of little value. Stay home! Enjoy your holiday. And let the lowly retail workers of America enjoy their holidays. Time-and-a-half on $8 an hour wage is not all that impressive to waste a holiday.

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truthteller1Nov. 28, 1311:18 PM

Last year was the first year that we did 100% of our Christmas shopping online. We used the Pilewire and TabletBug websites. We bought mostly consumer electronics, but we got a lot of deals and got free shipping on many of the items. This year, we will use the FlatGadget website to pick up a couple of tablets and one TV. It's the only way to go.

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DufferHNov. 28, 1311:20 PM

Brenda Anderson says she "doesn't think it's right" for the stores to be there. But still she's there picking up a layaway. Go figure.

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DufferHNov. 29, 13 1:22 AM

CX in my post "...stores to be open."

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ajdoonNov. 29, 13 7:22 AM

My thoughts align with Peggy Noonan's and her excellent article Thursday: Stay Home, America. Worth a google search to read it or at realclearpolitics.com.

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eviter33Nov. 29, 13 7:35 AM

I can always count on the Thanksgiving weekend to provide me with my biggest laughs of the year. Why anyone would feel the need to stand outside in a line in front of any retailer, just to snap up so called "bargains" just amazes me. To all of you shoppers who feel you've accomplished something by freezing your butts off waiting for your store to open and walked away with a cheap and low end computer; a flat screen TV that got terrible scores by Consumer Reports or some other item that can and will be found to be at an even lower price on Amazon.com or at the same retailer shortly before Christmas....good for all of you! While you were out wasting precious time during a holiday, I was at home with my family, enjoying time together and having a tremendously good meal while relaxing with a day off from work. It's folks like all of you who deny so many other people who work in retail from spending a day off at home with their families, cooking and sharing a meal with extended family and friends, all because the need to be a materialistic consumer trumps all else!

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jcnewtie1Nov. 29, 13 8:01 AM

best part of these people standing out front of a retailer? I say it's the bait and switch they use. Wonder how many people don't realize they just bought a higher end product because the one advertised was sold out.

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rkhdNov. 29, 13 9:24 AM

I suspect those people who shopped on Thanksgiving Day would've bought the same items had the store opened on Friday at 9:00am and was closed on Thanksgiving.

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swmnguyNov. 29, 13 9:28 AM

I headed over to the Walgreen's a block over, yesterday afternoon, with my tent and blankets and camp stove. Once I got the coffee and chili going, I realized Walgreen's was already open, so I just went in and got some cough drops and Chap-stik. Then after Turkey Dinner, we drove out to Target and waited in line for a couple of hours. Fortunately, when we got in they still had paper towels and cat food in stock. It was a great shopping day on Thanksgiving!

Oh, yeah; I'm heading out right now, to get in on those Black Friday deals. I'm going to fill up on gas, get some of those rubber-coated hooks to hang up a bike in the garage, and some more paper leaf bags.

Christmas shopping? I've done a lot of it online already, and the rest I'll do in the stores between 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, December 16-20.

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cynical1Nov. 29, 1310:05 AM

Rampant consumerism is what ails society, not something to be celebrated. The StarTribune would be advised to feature stories celebrating people who reject this sick tradition of "Black Friday" rather than revel and delight in the debauchery of greed and selfishness.

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