Hell is for Retail Employees: Open on Thanksgiving Edition

So, you think that retailers being open on Thanksgiving is a good idea. Oh, and that retail workers should be grateful for the chance to earn extra money, because hey, aren’t they making time and a half, and shouldn’t they actually be thanking their employers and the customers for giving them such a great opportunity?

First off, high five on perpetuating the notion that retail workers are a lower class of humans who couldn’t possibly appreciate having time to spend holidays with their families. We all really appreciate that whole perspective not having died out yet. Read More Hell is for Retail Employees: Open on Thanksgiving Edition

Lunchtime Poll for Black Friday Homebodies

I'm spending this Friday in my jammies, contemplating an SVU marathon and a series of turkey sandwiches. You couldn't pay me to go out there with the Outside People; I'm at the apex of a Walmart, a Target and a Best Buy.  Read More Lunchtime Poll for Black Friday Homebodies

Secrets to Black Friday Shopping

There is a magic to shopping on Black Friday. You can’t just go; that’s how people get into trouble. Yes, I know most stores pull back their good sales they are having the week before and only have limited items on sale with some really good deals. Stores know people are caught up in the hype and will buy because it is Black Friday. Read More Secrets to Black Friday Shopping

Lunchtime Poll – Black Friday!

Black Friday is upon us once again. For any non-Americans who may be confused, the day after our Thanksgiving is the “official” start to the holiday shopping season. Stores open at absurd hours and offer huge discounts, and customers line up in the freezing cold to be the first ones to stampede through the doors to score the best deals. Supposedly it’s named after the fact that stores earn enough by that day to cover their expenses for the year, and therefore everything earned after that is pure profit (putting them in “the black”), but if you’ve ever worked retail you probably have a much different interpretation! Read More Lunchtime Poll – Black Friday!

Black Friday from Behind the Registers

It’s that time of year, folks! The trees are in the windows, the sale flyers are in the mail. Holiday Season is upon us. What people that have never worked retail at holiday don’t realize is that we’ve been prepping at the store level for this weekend since Columbus Day (and I’m sure that our corporate types have been prepping since last holiday season). So, to make your Black Friday shopping experience more enjoyable for all parties involved, here are some handy tips. Read More Black Friday from Behind the Registers

Three Stories about Black Friday

It’s been looking at lot like Commercial Christmas for, oh, since before Halloween really, but in a few days, retailers and shoppers will be gearing up for one of the biggest days of the season: Black Friday. While retailers have begun to offer wild-and-wacky deals earlier and earlier, extending the shopping window for buyers everywhere, Black Friday still holds a special place in the retail calendar. It’s more than just a way to get a deal: it’s an American tradition. Read More Three Stories about Black Friday

Meh, Go Ahead and Commercialize My Christmas

It seems that every year, just around the time that string lights and inflatable Santas start to fill up America’s front yards, people start bemoaning the fact that We as a People have lost sight of what Christmas is Really About. Instead, all we care about is buying and exchanging stuff. Read More Meh, Go Ahead and Commercialize My Christmas