Utah shoppers turn out for Thanksgiving sales despite mixed reviews

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  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 8:03 a.m.

    Many of the people they interviewed seemed to have had the opinion of 'its unfortunate it cuts into family time..,' etc.... They DON'T have to go on Grey Thursday!

    Furthermore, oh somebody think of the retailers... they should be at home.. .blah, blah blah.. nobody thinks of the poor restaurant servers, the poor popcorn jockeys at the cineplex,etc.... working on Thanksgiving sucks, but it's not the travesty Walmart has been making of it!

  • luv2organize Gainesville, VA
    Nov. 23, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    I love that the article states how much money they are saving yet, "She took the mission seriously, renting a moving truck to help get her large purchases home." I wonder if the truck rental alone voided the savings. I am trying to find my definition of minimalism in a world filled with stuff. It is tricky and definitely a different mindset but does offer less frenzy. It also helps that I live abroad right now and the only black friday is via the internet!

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Nov. 23, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    Seems most on black Friday buy for their families. Not necessarily gifts.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    Indeed Pack and the MORAL decision is say NO and STAY HOME on Thanksgiving Day/Night so these workers can enjoy the same privilege as the rest of us. Yes, it is a moral decision, not a decision of economics and inconvenience and I'm calling out all these shoppers--think of others!

    And BTW--I don't work at a retail business and not bitter or anything like that because I had to work or my wife had to work. We were in fact grateful to spend a quiet Thanksgiving at home with family and again I urge others to let others do the same.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    The reality of this whole thing is that the retailers wouldn't be doing it if they didn't make a profit, but they do, and so it will continue. We all have a choice to be involved or not to be involved in this, it is as simple as that.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    We need to stay home on Thanksgiving day so those corporations that would open Thursday will let their workers stay home for Thanksgiving and not open. We as customers drive the engine of common sense and decency. Not only are the shoppers on Thanksgiving materialistic in everything which is not the true spirit of Christmas, they are further self-absorbed and thoughtless of others.

    I agree Why would I except I shop perhaps two to three days even later...never had any problem finding a good deal then either.

  • Why would I? Farmington, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    Why would I even think of going shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday? I purchase gifts after DEC 20th every year and have yet to not be able to find last-minute bargains or something that was appropriate and appreciated by the receiver of the gift.

    Pretty funny, those complaining about it were in line themselves. They'd likely say the pot of boiling oil was too hot as they jumped into it.

    My family just enjoyed the holiday without any shopping. (And it was very enjoyable for us.)

  • EMBO23 Riverton, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    If we were to predict the future of the human race by the people at the 8pm and 10pm sales at Walmart...the human race is doomed.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    "Why on earth are we allowing the Retail people win..." We really ought to pass laws to stop this horrible infraction... (sarcasm font)

    Think about what you're saying. Is it really worth getting all worked up over? If you don't like it, don't participate in it.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Just what every american child needs to celebrate this holiest of American holidays....A $150.00 pink drivable car that was made in China!

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    For some its a family tradition nurtured in the last 50 years to arise early the day after Thanksgiving and go shopping with friends or family. They enjoy the comradeship of the early shoppers, the logistical planning of when and where to shop and the satisfying feeling that they are getting a great deal.

    I've never understood it nor do I care to.

    For me my tradition is to take it easy on the Holidays, relax and enjoy family. I know that if I'm patient deals similar to those offered on "black Friday" will rear their heads again later in the season as competition between stores sets in. If not I can always wait for the after Christmas sales.

    Happy Holidays

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Black Friday and now Grey Thursday. How about this COLD TURKEY when grandma decided no more cooking at her home and go eat at Chuck A Rama waiting in line for two hours in the cold weather. Not worth it but grandma said we will do it again next year at the same place.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    @ Grammy3

    Agreed. I recall a decade ago people would be lined up at the mall as I was going in to work (at 7 am) the day after & I though they were nuts.

    Its much better to fall asleep watching college football @ 8p on Thanksgiving night than going shopping.

    What gets me is Halloween decorations going up before NCAA & NFL football kick off like they have the last 2 yrs!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Have you heard the new Christmas carol they are playing nationwide in WalMart stores?

    It goes something like this:

    "Tis the season to be Greedy,
    Gimme, gimme, gimme, and gimme some more.

    Bring your Credit, come to Walmart
    Spend, spend, spend and spend some more."

  • Lentzeh South Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    I save more money than all of the shoppers because I don't spend anything, not even for gas to travel to the stores. I also enjoy all of the holidays more because I am not worried about overspending my budget and can relax and enjoy my families company doing gifts of service, which is so much more valuable that expensive gifts that are often broken or discarded when the next craze dashes through the town. My gifts are thought about and worked on or purchased throughout the year so that they meet particular needs of those receiving the gift and not just a passing whim they might have.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    guy at the end they interviewed is funny, said this is a family holiday people should be home with their families and people get greedy. Yet he was the first in line. Priceless

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 12:50 a.m.

    I am sorry but call me old fashion. Why on earth are we allowing the Retail people win in forgetting one of the most important Holidays of the year. It seems that each year Thanksgiving gets put aside more and more. Right after Halloween the Christmas decorations come up the music begins and now to have the Stores open up on Thanksgiving night and earlier is totally wrong. It seems like it is a contest and people are becoming more and more worldly about the Holidays. I am sorry but to me I will not listen to the music until Thanksgiving night, I will not go shopping until the day after Thanksgiving and my decorations for Christmas do not get put up until after Thanksgiving. I try very hard to mentally Thank others for all that they for me and my family. I pray each day a little more the month of November because of this great holiday. People do you have to lose everything that you have before you get it. Things are things but our relationships and spending time together around the dinner table is what Thanksgiving is all about.