Black Friday

I’m sitting here quietly at my favorite WIFI Spot, watching the throngs of travelers and shoppers come in to get lunch or a hot drink. Most of them have that depressed, horrid tired look on their faces, from buying into the Thanksgiving Holiday Circus and the day after ritual called “Black Friday.”

Retailers depend on “Black Friday” and the subsequent build up to Christmas, for a huge portion of their annual revenues. Grab those dollars while they can, when they know people are trained to look for bargains and fight the throngs of people. Some actually enjoy the ritual, but many dread having the experience. Every year, retailers move up their open hours and many of them start on Thanksgiving evening now. Its gotten so ridiculous that some retailers are trying to convince customers to “Boycott Black Friday” and just stay home with their families. I’m not so sure it’s a good tactic, but it hasn’t seemed to have hurt the few retailers who are participating.

“Black Friday” has even affected the Internet. Many of these retailers have online e-commerce sites now and they have extended their “Black Friday” deals and specials online. Some have even started before Thanksgiving offering specials. Online sales increase every year because people herd to the prices and not the whole experience of fighting the retail crowds.

Sounds great doesn’t it? Save the gas, the time and the energy. Stay Home! Just Click Away!

Red Alert! If you stay home, that store has half the business it used to. So it doesn’t need all those extra employees it used to hire.Not only does that affect a lot of college kids who need work during break, thanks to the crummy economy, it now affects a lot of older adults who were counting on being hired as extra help for the Holidays. While the various corporations get hurt a bit at store level, it kills your local economy because those sales aren’t recorded and your state and local governments don’t get those sales tax revenues. If a store under performs enough, that company will close it and then all the jobs disappear.

When a majority of people used to live on farms, the good ol’ Sears and Roebuck Catalog worked just fine to get them the items their small country stores could not handle on a regular basis. But, people don’t live rural any more; they have packed themselves in and around cities and created the economy to sustain their lives. Now with the Internet and Online Shopping that economy is being threatened. It all has a trickle down effect, especially on the lower income brackets who depend on those type of jobs.

So, the next time you get the urge to Shop Online and save yourself all the “hassle”, think twice before you put a knife in the back of your local economy. Don’t help the corporations strangle your town.