by Lauren Sufleta, senior, Central Bucks South High School
CBS News believes that this shopping season could “mark the end of Black Friday as we know it.”
With stores such as Target and Sears opening not Friday morning, but mere hours after Thanksgiving dinner, questions are being raised as to what is becoming of this holiday tradition.
Black Friday is known as the biggest shopping day of the year, where parents and children embark on an early morning journey to find the greatest deals on gifts for everyone’s wish list. Ben Rodrigo, a junior at CB South High School, considers this tradition to be “fun…because of the sales and it’s the beginning of the Christmas season.”
But he thinks that opening on Thanksgiving night is “a little too much.”
Ben isn’t the only one who feels this way. In fact, when Target and other stores released their Black Friday start times, many were outraged. Within hours, a petition was working its way over the Internet for the stores to push back the beginning of the sales.
Customers weren’t the only ones signing the petition; employees who want to enjoy their Thanksgiving instead of setting up the stores were also among those who fought to maintain a solid start on Friday.
The stores kindly ignored this request, claiming to be suffering in sales from competing online stores that are open 24 hours a day.
Jennifer Wolfert, a senior at CB South, believes Black Friday is “overhyped” and that better deals can be found online days before Black Friday sales even begin. Alex Rubin, another senior, states he would “rather shop online” anyway.
Emily Johnson, junior, thinks that, “Family time is family time. People that truly care about the real meaning of Thanksgiving will take the time to celebrate this holiday. However, Black Friday is just an All-American shopping tradition.”
According to mentalfloss.com, Black Friday all started somewhere in the late 19th century. At the end of every Thanksgiving parade Santa Claus rode in and so stores believed that the Christmas shopping couldn’t begin until Santa’s sleigh was out of sight.
This gave way to the day-after Thanksgiving sales, which have blossomed into outright races to get the best deals as soon as possible.
Alyse Brewer, senior, finds the thought of starting the shopping season on Thursday “scary.” She feels that “companies are abusing the holidays as an excuse to push “door busters” rather than celebrate the actual holiday of being grateful for what we do have.”
Some students aren’t as adamant about the spirit of the holidays. Senior Jess Seternus simply doesn’t go Black Friday shopping because she doesn’t like the crowds.
Without a doubt, Black Friday is a crazy day filled with lines and sales and bags and a whole lot of Christmas music. No matter what day of the week this phenomenon falls on, it will continue to be a paramount to the start of the holiday season.
However, the tradition is moving, and will continue to move, from in-store to online. The deals usually only found on Black Friday will be honored by most retailers online through the month of December.
Black Friday is over, but the bargains are multiplying everyday online.