In the weekly feature called "e-views, we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook.
This week s question:
What do you think about retailers starting sales around dinner time on Thanksgiving Day -- with a few offering doorbuster deals early Thursday -- to try to lure holiday shoppers? Do you shop for sales on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday? Why or why not?
I THINK IT S awful that we can t just have a holiday for what it s worth. A holiday is a time to spend with friends and family. I refuse to shop on a holiday. They open their doors for greed, but they might not get my business at all for lack of human compassion. It s a holiday people.
ALL THE people out in East County who shop during Thanksgiving dinner don t deserve a Christmas. Do not contribute to this corporate lunacy.
AFTER WATCHING THESE Black Friday sales for several years, I have observed two things:
Retailers often repeat the sales prices in other advertisements before Christmas, and most of the really stellar deals are "limited to stock on hand, often meaning just a handful of items that are snatched up by the first two people in line. It s really not worth the heartache, hassle and time away from celebrating with my family. After all, it s the time together that we all remember years later, not the latest gadget you got for a deal.
IT S wrong!
I HAVE to be honest. I m a parent of five and look forward to these sales, to get the deals. Last year I left my family for about an hour and was back eating with them. I only shop the major deals, so I m not all over the place. I rather the sales be in the evening rather than stand in line at 2 a.m. like previous years. My opinion is -- I love it and have been going for 15 years.
THANK GOD my employer, Costco, will more than likely never do this.
Barbara Elise Moriarty
I AM SAD that some have to work on a holiday missing out on family time, so others can save a buck! I feel for the employees of the retailers open on Thanksgiving Day.
THIS IS SUPPOSED to be a time for families to come together and be thankful for what we have. Yes, I do like Black Friday after Thanksgiving. I still want to be able to provide my kids with some fun things and memories of waking up to see what Santa brought, but I will not be partaking in shopping during family time -- that is ludicrous!
I HAVE WORKED in retail for years. Here s what I know. Most of the items retailers bring in for Black Friday are just that crap -- things they wouldn t normally carry.
Nowadays, most of the deals are repeated again because, let s face it, the store doesn t want to get stuck with any of that stuff! If family is important, sit on your butt with your iPad and order the stuff online. It s probably free shipping. It s true retailers don t give the employees a choice; I have to work on Thanksgiving so shoppers can most likely buy for themselves, instead of other people.
I m all for Black Friday, but it is actually not Friday. It s now Thanksgiving that you are asking people to give up!
IF YOUR LOVE for stuff overrules your love for family togetherness, then you have problems. Only in America would they be "thankful for what they have at dinner, then try and stab you in the eye for a $5 DVD.
Dana O Brien
RETAILERS HAVE the right to do business in any way they see fit. Consumers have the right to patronize, or not, as they see fit.
WON T SHOP on Thanksgiving -- will shop on Friday after Thanksgiving. Let the people have the day off.
IF YOU have nowhere to be, it s a good option!
NO SHOPPING for me. I d rather not get trampled over for some material things I don t need anyway.
Shannon O dea Lindsey
IF WE ban together and do not shop on Thanksgiving, then retailers will not open on Thanksgiving.
OPENING DURING Thanksgiving dinner is very inconsiderate, and shows how money hungry these corporations are. I may shop Friday, but Thanksgiving is spent with the family. We have all year to work -- give people a break!
NO, I never have.
I THINK it s pathetic
I AM VERY unhappy with the recent trend to take away more and more of Thanksgiving from families. By keeping stores open, you are taking people away from their families, and their celebrations. There is no reason people cannot wait until Friday.
THINK IT S a shame. Thanksgiving has always been about family, not shopping.
THANKSGIVING IS LIKE one religious holiday when people actually stop and are grateful for their family, and what they have. The sense of peace and connection this gives us threatens the corporations who want to keep people distracted and unsettled.
I THINK IT is horrible, but we all have to remember, the reason stores are opening is because people are shopping. Retailers have started to open earlier and earlier every year to accommodate the people sleeping in tents and standing in lines starting very early in Thanksgiving morning.
So the retailers are only 50 percent of the blame, and the shoppers are the remaining 50 percent to blame.
I WILL NOT do it. Not this year, not next year, not ever. Family is way more important. I m also much more likely to do more shopping at a store that respects its employees on Thanksgiving. If you open, you might lose my future business too.
CLOSE OFF ALL shopping on Thanksgiving Day! People can wait one day to get out and pretend they re 18 and snag that silly toy out of someone s cart! Be thankful and enjoy the day at home and eat your slice of pie with Grandpa! He might not be around next Thanksgiving! There, that s my two cents.
I THINK IT S awful that we can t just have a holiday for what it s worth. A holiday is time to spend with friends and family. I refuse to shop on a holiday. Retailers open their doors for greed, but they might not get my business at all for lack of human compassion. It s a freaking holiday people.
NO shopping on Thanksgiving!
Tammy Larsen Gregson
I M A disinterested party so my two cents comes in from the peanut gallery. I grew up in New York with Bloomingdales Bargain Basement as a fixture; then post college survived the crowds at Bostons s Filenes trampling into the basement. I ve now retired from the gladiator ring and am more the spectator. Internet and mail order shopping is my level of competition as my elbows aren t as sharp as they once were.
Hey, why not start Christmas shopping at Labor Day? It s a pretty tame holiday and all those fall elephant and white linen sales now seem minor league. To think, I used to chuckle at my neighbor who keeps his Christmas lights out all year. He may have been ahead of the curve.
Next week s question:
What s the best Christmas present you ever gave or received?
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