|Looking way ahead to Thanksgiving, this|
is what we have to look forward to.
And if you're already waiting anxiously for the big Black Friday sales stampede the day after Thanksgiving take note: Black Friday has now been rescheduled to Thanksgiving Day.
Throw away that turkey and march off to the mall like everyone else! Even more so than last year.
The Wall Street Journal reports that retailers plan to open even earlier on Thanksgiving than last year, or stay open all day.
And, they'll start hammering us with Christmas sale ads earlier, too, like any day now.
All this is because retailers want to punish us for not buying enough of their crappy products so far this year.
Revenue isn't so great, so they want to hammer us on Thanksgiving.
Says the Wall Street Journal:
"Retailers are struggling to boost sales, and the bottom line. Most consumers in the middle see little, if any, wage growth. The back to school selling season is shaping up to be the worst since 2009, says Craig Johnson the president of the consulting firm Custom Growth Partners."
The Journal also says holiday sales are forecast to rise about 3.5 percent over last year. Not enough to keep retailers happy. Clearly, we're not spending our nonexistent money to do our duty and keep these lousy stores, and their corporate parents, awash in cash like apparently we're supposed to.
So, they'll punish us by demanding we abandon our families and our dinners to go shopping. Worse, they're punishing their low wage employees by making them work on Thanksgiving. That, while the upper management, marketers, etc who decided to open stores on Thanksgiving surely sit down for a leisurely turkey dinner on the holiday.
I also think, as do many observers, including some quoted in the Wall Street Journal, that if retailers have everybody shop on Thanksgiving, they won't go out in December. So they won't get ahead.
But I'm sure these store chains will be happy to ruin Thanksgiving as much as they ruin an otherwise nice Christmas season.
Then again, there's a lot of people out there who LOVE to shop, no matter what. Friends. family? Go away!! There's a Big Sale at Walmart!!!