Black Friday Preview
GAINESVILLE - Black Friday has morphed into Black Thursday-- The holiday gift-buying countdown has been stretched even longer. More and more big retailers are choosing to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year.
Black Friday is getting a head start this year. On one hand there are stores like Walmart which have been open on Thanksgiving Day for years, but on the other hand, stores like Macy's are opening their doors on Thanksgiving for the first time-- Making it one of the most competitive shopping days for major retail chains across the board.
The kickoff for the holiday shopping season is starting earlier than ever. For the first time stores like Macys, JC Penney and Kohl’s are opening their doors and offering major deals while many families are still enjoying their turkey. By opening on Thanksgiving, Macy's is ending a 155-year-old tradition of not opening on turkey day.
Shopper, Annette Thomas said, "I look forward to catching the sales, so I look forward for this day... Catching the sales.” She’s one of the 140 million who plan to shop on Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.
On Thursday at Best Buy there was a line of people waiting outside of the store in the chilly weather to grab their marked down electronics. Jacob Hunter waiting on line said, "My wife and I have done it together for the last 10 years now... So even before we were married, when we were dating we were still coming to Black Friday, so it's kind of a tradition for the two of us."
While the Hunters do Black Friday every year, they do it in moderation. "I don't have that in me to go camp out for a couple of days. I mean I will come out here and wait for a couple of hours-- but to go camp out that's for some people but I don't think that's for me," Hunter said.
Others take Black Friday to the extreme. The Simons family has been outside of best buy since Monday. "We're getting a few laptops and a Kindle Fire HD. We're getting like three laptops-- for my friends and family and we're getting one for us," Jonathan Simons said. One brother is camping outside of best buy while the other is outside of target. Their tents are equipped with everything they need like a bed and portable stove. Mom even swings by to drop off food. Matthew Simons said, "If you want to come, get here early before other people do and make sure you have it planned out."
According to Shoppertrak a Chicago research firm-- Black Friday was the biggest shopping day last year, however business still dropped 1.8 percent. This data shows that thanksgiving openings last year took a bite out of Black Friday. With my wallet and cards on hand I am going to check out for myself what the fuss is all about.
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