Sunday, November 8, 2015

Black Friday Boldness Coming Right Up

Now that Halloween is over, we can contemplate Thanksgiving and then the super crazy season.
The Dallas Morning News story title says it all "REI's gutsy Black Friday idea: We're Closed"

REI's quote is "You shop, we're going outdoors."

The outdoor merchandise and travel store is giving their employees the day off and paying them to go outdoors, use their gear, and have fun with their families or friends.

Wow and good for them.

I admit I enjoy shopping. However, the whole Christmas season shopping season has expanded into Thanksgiving Day itself and become insane. Frankly, for me I have a certain amount of money I plan to spend on a certain amount of people and there are plenty of shopping days before Christmas for me to spend that dough. I assume that holds true for most folks.

With online shopping, more and more people aren't even stepping into real box stores. It's all about sitting in your pajamas and clicking a screen. It's up to the USPS, UPS, or Fed-X to deliver. Talk about lazy genius.

So, I hope that the Seattle retailer spurs a trend. Let's backpedal from this huge push for Black Friday insanity. Let's reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving and enjoy our time with families and friends.

Let's get outdoors!   (A waddle around the block will do us good after our huge meals)




14 comments:

  1. Sounds an excellent idea - I'm always horrified at all the rush and money that's spent ... a good walk or hike will do us all good. Cheers Hilary

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  2. What a great idea. And yes, there is hardly any reason to go near a store anymore (well, except for food and clothing). Just about everything you need can be purchased on line.

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    1. When I was in Seattle this sunmer I saw Anazon trucks delivering food!! Clothing is still tough.

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  3. Christmas is fast approaching, and there's no way I'm even ready to start thinking about it!

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    1. Everyone gets a copy of Ten Zany Birds

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  4. I am not fond of shopping. I am even less fond of it when there are swarms of people at the store. Online shopping becomes more appealing to me every year!

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    1. And I like giving (and receiving) gift cards. That is super easy

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  5. If there's one thing I hate more than shopping, it's shopping in the crowds so I must admit I do prefer Internet shopping but you're right. This is the beginning of the silly season.

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    1. Books are the best gift of all (to give and receive)

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  6. We have a friend who starts her Christmas shopping the day after the previous Christmas, and she finishes by Labor Day. We don't even shop for one another anymore; we figure out what we want and order it online. When it gets here, Merry Christmas. We haven't been to a mall in at least ten years. Who needs it?

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    1. Sounds like you have things streamlined. I do not mind the mall. Just no shopping under pressure

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  7. I have never shopped on Black Friday, and I plan to keep it that way. But now I'm inclined to give REI my business. Thanks for the info.

    Have a good week, Joanne.

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    1. yep. I plan to at least visit an REI sometime. Camping gear? Hmm. my idea of camping is a holiday inn.

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