The One Black Friday Shopping List You Need

by
Owen Poindexter
Black Friday is creeping into Thanksgiving. This is bad news, but there's an easy way to stop it.

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Black Friday is threatening to creep into Thursday, as many big stores, like Walmart are opening on Thanksgiving. PHOTO: Ildar Sagdejev, CC License

Black Friday used to have a negative connotation. It was a day that a lot of people went shopping, because it was a day off with the holiday season on the horizon, but it was marred by long lines and traffic clusters. Now, Black Friday has turned: the “Black” part no longer means anything negative, and is either meaningless or, according to some it now means financially profitable (i.e. “in the black” as opposed to “in the red”). With “Black” neutralized, Black Friday has turned on the term “Friday.” If you haven’t heard, Black Friday no longer starts on Friday. More and more stores are opening on Thursday, a.k.a. Thanksgiving. This has to stop.

The Black Friday creep into Thanksgiving has been sneaking up on us for years, but now, big box stores that are closed on Thanksgiving have become the exception. Why are stores tempting you away from your Thanksgiving festivities and preventing their employees from having a real Thanksgiving? Because it is profitable. How do we stop the needless assault on Thanksgiving? It’s easy: have a real Thanksgiving. If you want to join the Black Friday madness, do it on Friday.

The Black Friday Anti-Shopping List

If you really want to make a statement against the Black Friday madness, you can boycott the stores that are opening on Thanksgiving. The worst offender is Kmart, which is opening at 6a.m. on Thanksgiving, but many stores are opening for part of the day. Here are some of the most notable: Big Lots, Old Navy, Toys ‘R Us, Best Buy, Sports Authority, Walmart, Abercrombie & Fitch, Dick’s Sporting Goods, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Sears, Staples, and Target. Apparently some people just can’t wait for their Black Friday office supply shopping spree.

The stores listed above form your Black Friday anti-shopping list. There are some good guys in the fight for Thanksgiving. These stores are starting Black Friday on, umm, Friday: Nordstrom, Dillard's, Home Depot, Costco, BJs, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross.

Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what you have. Not for the products you are about to purchase. Black Friday was already something of a consumer horror show before it started creeping into Thanksgiving (every single year there are stories about people getting trampled). This year, be thankful for the stores that let their employees have a real Thanksgiving, and keep the Friday in Black Friday.

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