There is a second story about Black Friday this year making headlines. The midnight opening for Black Friday Sales is not sitting well with retail employees and also there are consumers that do not want their Thanksgiving Day disrupted by early Black Friday sale.
This year many stores changed their opening hours for their Black Friday Sale in stores. Usually they opened at 4am or 5am on Black Friday. Now Target, Macy's, Best Buy, Walmart (10pm), ToysRUs (9pm) and others moved the Black Friday sales launch ahead to midnight. Especially for retail employees this means their Thanksgiving Dinner is cut short.
Our Black Friday Countdown blog initially carried the report about Anthony Hardwick, a Target employee, who launched a petition on Change.org to revert the decision. Over 190,000 are supporting his call to action. Reuters reports now that Target received those petitions today in six red-and-white Target bags.
Will this change anything? Maybe next year. Target and others like Best Buy argue that costumers want the early opening of the Black Friday sales. The new midnight opening hours is definitely making it more convenient for customers as they do not have to bring a tent and a sleeping bag anymore. It also takes away from the adventure of camping on a Best Buy parking lot to get a chance for the sought-after doorbuster deals.
Sears is one of the larger retailers that stick to the 4am opening for Black Friday. It is hard to say for me what is better. What do you think? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
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