Black Friday needs an overhaul


Photo courtesy of Kippelboy and Wikimedia Commons.

By Zachary Wright
Contributing Reporter

This Thanksgiving holiday, as families serve each other plates of food, enjoying the company they’re in or wanting to escape the family dinner they had no other choice but to attend, there will be much more hoarding around the doors of Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and others like ancient warriors ready to pillage the castle they’ve invaded. This day is known as Black Friday, a one day event that makes Americans stampede like herds of cattle over candles, toasters, and Barbie dolls.

Black Friday in its own way is a one (now essentially extended over a weekend) holiday observed at a designated time with a large population of people participating. According to the National Retail Federation, about 55 percent of Americans participated on getting in on these deals, in stores or online.

This year, Black Friday saw a new record number of shoppers despite the same deals being around until Christmas and after. The National Retail Federation reports that shoppers spent on average about 290 dollars, just ten dollars short than 2015’s average.

What made this Black Friday a bit different from year’s past is that a large number of popular stores and malls, including the Mall of America, the biggest mall in the U.S. closed its doors to allow employees to actually get a day off for Thanksgiving, according to press release by CNBC.

It isn’t wrong to enjoy these price cuts to get a gift to give to someone, however it is wrong to cut time away from employees that should be able to take the day off to spend with family and friends. Giving up holidays in order to please others doesn’t make anyone get into the Christmas spirit. Those that work will know that people simply do not want to bring work into their personal lives. This barrier is essentially destroyed by Black Friday because more often than not, employees are working under intense pressure they face from not only these large crowds, but from their employers also.

A long time ago, the day after Thanksgiving was when the beginning of the Christmas season started. While that isn’t a big deal, it did not have such a pull over Americans until recently; even now, this unofficial holiday has lost its power but this still doesn’t stop the big company of Walmart and Kohls from advertising in hopes to pull in more buyers.

While the deals are nice, Black Friday became an overhaul of the Christmas season by this rather disgusting commercialization of Christmas. Christmas does not even feel like Christmas anymore as Thanksgiving has taken a back seat as a minor day of importance. Now, no one talks about Thanksgiving. We’ll talk about the crowds of Black Friday, the deals, and things that’ll relate to it.

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