Ruth Zavitsanos

November 26, 2011

Black Friday, not really

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruthz621 @ 3:51 pm

Black Friday

After my family and I enjoyed our festive day of thanks with loved ones, we relaxed in front of the television watching football and Miracle on 34th Street.

As usual, commercials announced sales on tap for Black Friday, the following day. Wait, did I say the following day? Wrong. These sales for many retailers were starting at midnight, some even as early as 8 p.m.

“What happened to 4 a.m.?” I asked looking at the television, but got the answer from my recently college educated nephew, “Commercialism. They’re trying to get more time out of Black Friday.”

“No. I’m still going at 5 a.m.” I crossed my arms in defiance determined to stick to the original Black Friday event of departing at dawn. Certain, if I did not, the exuberance of waking before sunrise, making a game plan of what stores to visit after reviewing their ads, and then being part of the calamity of retail hype melded with actual savings would be much like opening the refrigerator and finding no leftovers. A huge letdown. Black Friday should follow Thanksgiving not become part of the day.

After watching the news my daughter and I decided to go at a more practical and later time, leaving at 7 a.m. We got some chosen buys and I smiled when the cashiers said, “It was crazy here from 12 midnight until about 2:30 a.m.” That was the consensus of all the stores we went to BLACK FRIDAY morning, which meant we made the right decision to go later. If I wasn’t planning to go at 10 p.m. or midnight then why get up at the crack of dawn.

Perhaps the thing that really irks me is that this will most likely become the standard for Black Friday shopping. Deep down, I had hoped shoppers would holdout until the early morning hours. This hope faltered when a woman interviewed on the news who had been sitting on line outside of a retailer waiting to get a door buster said, “I just did all the cooking yesterday and we celebrated then,” I realized nothing would be held sacred in front of a 42 inch screen TV.

I wonder if, when George Washington decreed on October 3, 1789 that Thanksgiving be held every Thursday, he considered the following day would curtail the “official day of thanks.” However, for me and my family, we stuck with his original proclamation holding the day dear and genuine.

In the end, Black Friday was a letdown. There was no searching for parking spaces, standing on long lines, or grabbing something an indecisive shopper put down for that outstanding savings. Instead, it was another day of shopping sales. Bring on Cyber Monday. Can we please stay with the designated day?



  1. Fun post! For us local law enforcement grunts, Black Friday means – extra cops in at midnight, breaking up fights when people try to cut in line at Best Buy (we have three) and the inevitable bumper car follies as people pay more attention to the store signs and less to where the &^%$ they are going.

    Next year I’m totally taking Black Friday off.

    Comment by Jim Greer — November 26, 2011 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  2. I decided to stay away from the stores until last night and went to get stuff to decorate instead of gifts. The ‘Commercialism’ of Thanksgiving irks me to no end. This is one holiday that used to be about family and only family – no gifts to buy, no rush to get things wrapped–just good food and good company. I boycotted any shopping on Thanksgiving and even tried to talk my daughter- in-law out of going. I offered to give her the twenty dollars she’d save by going, just to keep her home. It didn’t work, but I tried. I’m glad I’m not the only one annoyed by this new shopping standard and I agree with you that nothing is sacred anymore.

    Comment by Jeannine — November 27, 2011 @ 12:49 am | Reply

  3. I’m with you, Ruth. I didn’t go anywhere today. The real sales don’t start until a week before Christmas anyway.

    Comment by Stephanie Julian — November 27, 2011 @ 12:56 am | Reply

  4. Black Friday isn’t part of my culture, but I find it a fascinating concept. I certainly wouldn’t be out and about shopping in the early hours you mentioned – love my sleep too much. 🙂 Cooking beforehand sounds like cooking Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve.

    Comment by J.L. Campbell — November 27, 2011 @ 2:48 am | Reply

  5. I absolutely refuse to participate in the Black Friday gimmick. I shop mostly online anyway, but when I saw that Black Friday was starting on Thanksgiving at 10 p.m. at some store AND that 10,000 people were waiting in line at Macy’s in New York, I said NEVER will I have anything to do with this Black Friday gig.
    Sorry to rant, but whatever happened to relaxing?

    Comment by Patricia Yager Delagrange — November 27, 2011 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  6. We went late in the day on Black Friday. I’ve found that there are better deals after New Years. My MIL said this is because the stores do inventory in mid January, and the less they have in stock, the easier it is. We bought our last TV that way and saved $200 off the Black Friday price. I don’t feel like anything is worth getting up that early or waiting in line for days, or even a day, to get that one thing that’s $300. Now, if it were a new car for $300, I’d do it, but not a TV or an XBox or… (g)

    Comment by Marci Baun — November 29, 2011 @ 1:40 am | Reply

  7. Nice post Ruth 😉 I have been working at my parent’s gift store every single Black Friday for 29 years {yep, since I was born…}. Since I moved away at 18 it’s a nice tradition during my Thanksgiving stay. I have never had the ability to shop myself that day… but like the insight you brought to the former excitement of the early morning shopping. I hope your holiday season is an awesome one!!

    Comment by Ashley Lucas — December 8, 2011 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  8. I never was into Black Friday and will definitely stick to my Cyber Monday deals!! I’ll take shopping in the comforts of my own home over fighting the crowds anyday!

    Comment by Lori Calabrese — December 31, 2011 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

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