Celebrate Thanksgiving the Right Way, By Staying Away From Wal-Mart

walmart-blackfridayIt was announced that a number of large retailers would be open this year on Thanksgiving evening instead of early Friday morning in the usual “Black Friday” tradition. Macy’s, Kohl’s, Best Buy and others have decided to open their doors at 8 pm. Wal-Mart will reportedly start running specials at 6 pm (although they’re open all day), Old Navy will open at 9am and not to be outdone, Kmart is going to open at 7 am. I’m not making this up, 7 am.

Apple was the exception as their CEO decided to cancel plans to keep several large stores open on Thanksgiving — despite the opposition from his Marketing Directors — according to IfoAppleStore.com, a website that covers Apple’s retail operations.

“On Wednesday morning over the objections of the Market Directors, Apple CEO Tim Cook cancelled the plan to keep several stores open on Thanksgiving. Cook’s specific objection was that it’s important for Apple retail employees to be with their families on the holiday. On the other hand, the Market Directors were reportedly motivated by large potential holiday-quarter bonuses based on performance targets, adding to their $400,000 salaries. The last calendar quarter at Apple retail is always the busiest and generates the most revenue, leading to the largest bonuses.”



I don’t know about you, but I like to spend my Thanksgiving with my family eating turkey and drinking beer while watching football. That’s the day when I whip up one of the best batches of mashed potatoes you will probably ever eat, and hope like heck the grandfather in law isn’t tasked with cooking the turkey that he always ends up coating with enough cayenne pepper to give everyone in a 20 square mile radius heartburn for a week. Heck, I haven’t even been shopping on Black Friday once in my life, and I certainly don’t plan on missing out on the sweet joy of watching the Cowboys get beaten by Oakland or Pittsburgh thumping Baltimore to go fight with crowds over cheap Chinese electronics that will be obsolete or broken in a few months.

On Thanksgiving weekend, stay away from the big box stores, especially ones with horrible labor practices like Wal-Mart who actually threatened their employees on national TV last fall about not working on Black Friday. Via TheNation.com:

“Speaking on national television, Walmart spokesperson David Tovar threatened workers, saying that “there could be consequences” for employees who did not come to work for scheduled shifts on Black Friday. Despite the threats, several hundred Walmart workers joined tens of thousands of supporters at the Black Friday protests around the country.”



Instead of running out to spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need, why not spend that time with your family and your friends as the holiday has been traditionally celebrated? And if you absolutely must go to the store, give your money to locally owned businesses and not the national retail chains. We cannot expect them to do what is right by their employees if we don’t refuse to shop with them on Thanksgiving, or any other day for that matter.

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  • Erika

    Kmart is open at 7am every Thanksgiving. This is nothing new.

  • Mickstertor

    I remember this same argument for Sunday shopping – and now it’s the busiest day of the week. Still – it’s not a bad idea to stay away from Wal-Mart.

  • globugg

    My only argument with your post is that Baltimore will be thumping Pittsburgh. Otherwise, you’re spot on!

  • Joseph Kasak

    I love how he sort of outs the entire process being the fault of market directors/mid management getting bonuses.

  • Karianne

    I guess if retailers are to be boycotted for making employees sacrifice time with families then watching football games on Thanksgiving Day should be boycotted for the same reason. Just think of how many stadium workers and other employees are forced to sacrifice time with their families so big bucks can be made when football games are played and televised.

    • Lorraine Rosen

      You have a point here, except, football activity has been going on as a “tradition,” since forever, and these employees accepted this tradition when they accepted their jobs. These department stores only started doing this over the last couple of years, and most of these employees were already employed in their jobs and are now being forced to comply or be found insubordinate or non compliant. It’s a lousy way to treat the life force of a company, just to make a buck on a holiday. People just don’t matter anymore.It’s all about the almighty $$$$$.

      • Monica Mottley

        I’ve never watched football on Thanksgiving. It may be a tradition for you, but in a lot of families it’s not.

      • Lorraine Rosen

        What I meant, Monica, is that “in general, in the United States,” it is a tradition on Thanksgiving, to watch football. Maybe you were not aware of this? As for me, I am not interested in football, and even if I was, who has time on Thanksgiving? It is for the lazy folks who don’t have to prepare or clean up.(Men in general) My statement was directed toward Karianne’s comment regarding the people who have to work on Thanksgiving in football stadiums.

  • LindsayCA

    When this economy prospers then re-post this, other than that, people with big families like mine don’t always have enough money to stay away from black Friday deals, I’ve tried, example the times i buy things earlier in separate stores, and i end up losing more money! I’m a college student who works a part time job in California, and as i said, when the economy prospers and prices are lower, then re-post!

    • Jean Marc Lavoie

      If you are buying stuff you don’t “need” then you can afford to not go to black Friday deals.

      • Mark Bixler

        Guilt tripping people regarding purchasing things they don’t need is smug and arrogant.

      • Jean Marc Lavoie

        Not guilt tripping, we all buy stuff we don’t need, from that latte in the morning to that new TV, I’m just saying don’t use the cost of material items you don’t need as an excuse for not being able to contain yourself in response to a yearly event that has negative repercussions upon others

  • LindsayCA

    When this economy prospers then re-post this, other than that, people with big families like mine don’t always have enough money to stay away from black Friday deals, I’ve tried, example the times i buy things earlier in separate stores, and i end up losing more money! I’m a college student who works a part time job in California, and as i said, when the economy prospers and prices are lower, then re-post!

  • Robert

    My mashed potatoes are better than yours. Just saying.

  • Robert

    My mashed potatoes are better than yours. Just saying.

  • Matthew Reece

    I have a hypothesis about Christmas shopping. People spend a lot of money they don’t have on things they don’t need. They then lose more money by paying off their credit cards at interest the following year. This is a form of malinvestment, which true to the Austrian business cycle theory, produces the lackluster stock market environment from February to May because consumers cannot spend as much on goods and services during those months while they are still paying off debts from Christmas shopping. (There is a spike in April, but this is easily explained by people getting and spending their income tax refunds.) This goes unnoticed by economists because it has been this way for so long that people have gotten used to it and assume it is just a natural occurrence without a precise cause.

  • barbie

    here in Massachusetts there r the blue laws still so really I don’t think they open