The day after Thanksgiving has long been the official start of the holiday shopping season, and with it comes the retail sales bonanza of what has become to be called “Black Friday” with its origins dating back to 1961.
Over the last few years, the retail stampede has started early and earlier with sales-savvy shoppers waking up at ungodly hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving to take advantage of special deals offered only on this special day.
In fact, the sales of gotten to starting so early, that they’ve recently crossed the threshold between Friday and Thursday.
Yes, that’s right. Stores have taken to opening on Thanksgiving Day to grab those early bird shoppers. Target Stores are opening their doors at 9pm on Thursday. And eBay is calling shoppers over to its site at 5:23 pm Thanksgiving Day for the official start of “Black Friday.” Walmart, Toys "R" Us, and Kmart are reportedly jumping on the Gray Thursday bandwagon as well.
Of course, online retailers have it easier than brick-and-mortar retailers who have to drag workers away from their families to open the stores on Thanksgiving Day.
Kmart is said to be staggering heavily promoted discounts throughout the day both Thursday and Friday. Some items hit discounted prices at 6 a.m. Thursday, while the major "doorbusters," including a 50-inch television for $288, go on sale at 8 p.m. Thursday. At 5 a.m. Friday, more items are discounted, including a 46-inch TV on sale for $299.
For me, I hate shopping, so the idea of pushing and shoving amid a throng of thirsty thrift-shoppers sounds nauseating. On Gray Thursday, you’ll find me having another helping of stuffing and pecan pie.
Have fun ya-all.