I know times are tough, but as I read about the Florida women who began camping out last Wednesday in front of a Best Buy to snag the deals on electronics, it made me want to scream, “Really? What are you thinking?” I wonder how much money she has spent camping out? Did she have to eat fast food every day?
Is it worth it? Not for me!
Yeah, the National Retail Federation predicts that spending may rise just 2.8 percent this holiday season, or about half as much as last year, Best Buy, Gap, K-Mart, Walmart, Target and others are all trying to beat each other out for the consumers’ dollars.
I don’t know about any of you, but by the time I’ve baked pies (for which I will spend a good thirty minutes peeling apples and another hour getting covered with flour as I roll out pie dough), fought with the turkey’s legs to stuff the darn thing, cleaned three pounds of green beans, washed all of the glass ware, ironed a table cloth, and set a gleaming table for twelve….really? …. the last thing on my mind is shopping! But maybe my guests will feel like it after their dinner digests and they have enough energy to get them through a mob scene at the local Target.
Cry me a river, but at least I don’t have to do all this and then think about heading off to work like the Target employees who have been protesting that they have to go to work at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. I feel for them.
All that aside, my real point here is that we, the consumers, have the ability to drive sales at any of our retailers. If we don’t show up at midnight, or whatever ungodly hour the stores want us to, guess what, next year, the employees won’t have to protest because the powers that be will realize that they spent money on opening their places of business for little return on that investment. But instead, we choose to be driven by the retailers. Really?
Maybe we can learn something from one of the big guys, Apple, who undoubtedly has more money than our federal government. I got an email from Apple about the reopening of their signature store in Dallas, which is located 3101 Knox St., advertising “This Friday (Nov. 25) is the special one-day Apple shopping event.” Guess what time they open? 8 a.m. Gotta love it!
If you are possessed with the desire to get out there and shop here is a list of Black Friday deals.