11/12/12 - Shopping Frenzy - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

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11/12/12 - Shopping Frenzy

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Walmart announced last week that it will begin its Black Friday sales effort, not on Black Friday, but at 8:00 on Thanksgiving night. Seriously. Each year it starts a little earlier. Christmas decorations go up in stores a little earlier. Sales start a little sooner.

When I was a kid everyone sat around after the Thanksgiving meal and watched football or looked at the sale ads. No more. Folks..the times they are a changin'. Right now you can download an app or search Black Friday online and find all the ads instantly that you used to buy a Thanksgiving Day newspaper for.

There are pre Black Friday sales and sales that start on Thanksgiving night and somewhere sandwiched in the middle of that we are supposed to allocate a little time to eat some turkey, spend some time with family and give thanks. You can't blame the retailers. They wouldn't do it if it didn't work. Everyone wants a deal. I get that. But let's not get so caught up in the buying frenzy that we overlook everything we should be thankful for. We're all for consumers getting a deal, and we're all for businesses being successful, but we all ought to be for letting deals and profits take a back seat to preserving the sanctity of the Thanksgiving holiday. That's my opinion. What's yours?

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