Lots of people are up in arms about the stores opening on Thanksgiving
night. It is, after all, a family holiday we can all enjoy.
Passing the WM parking lot in our town, the lot is full and the overflow
is quite far down the road. Evidently, lots of people want to shop.
I didn't really pay much attention in the past, but IIRC most
Walmarts are open 24/7 and stayed that way even on TGivings before it
was cool to get upset with them. They might have a (small) point with
places that were closed on TGiving and now open up.
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but what they conceal is vital.?
Cool! Sixty years ago when I was a kid I lived in Queens, just across
the county line from Valley Stream. For a "country" outing we would
take the bus out to Valley Stream and have a picnic. Unfortunately,
the buses must have also brought roaches and dark-ones when settled
there making it the paradise that it is today.
I kill-file all messages posted through Google Groups.
I don't think it's reasonable to call bargain hunters "low lifes".
Here in Canada, out big discount day is Boxing Day, and in recent years,
it's become "Boxing Week".
Just like in the USA, stores will publish flyers of everything that's
going to be on sale on Boxing day, and just like in the USA, people will
start lining up at 5:00 o'clock in the morning or earlier to be first in
line when the store opens to make sure they get what they're wanting to
Money isn't of equal value to everyone. The more money you have, the
less valuable and important it is to you. The people lining up to get
those Black Friday or Boxing Day sale items are from the lower economic
strata of society, that that doesn't make them "low lifes".
> anytime. Mornings during the week are the best time
Me too. I generally do all my grocery shopping during the week to avoid
the crowds in the supermarkets on the weekends.
There are businesses that monitor the price of goods and sell that
information to retailers, who use their competitor's prices to set their
own "sale" prices.
This is why you often find stuff like tomato soup on sale at 42 cents a
..as long as you limit your purchase to two cans. Any more than two
cans, and you pay the regular price of 60 cents a can (or whatever) for
each additional can. That's done just so the store can advertise tomato
soup for 42 cents a can in their flyer to draw customers in the hopes
that those customers will buy other stuff while they're in the store
other than two cans of tomator soup. It's called a "loss leader" where
the store actually sells some stuff at a loss to get customers into the
store hoping those customers will buy other stuff, thereby allowing the
store to make a net profit.
Those businesses that monitor the price of goods at different stores
will tell you that retailers will raise the price of their stuff prior
to Black Friday or Boxing Day. The whole idea is so that they can
advertise a larger price reduction in their Black Friday or Boxing Day
sales flyers. So, if a computer costs $500, they'll raise the price to
$750 so that they can advertise that it's 40% off when they sell it at
$450 on Black Friday. While you're still getting a good price on it,
it's not nearly as great a deal as the advertising would lead you to
I believe that Boxing Day sales represent a better opportunity for the
consumer to save. That's because retail stores know that if they don't
sell something by Christmas, it's going to hang around in their
inventory for a long time, and they might even have to sell stuff at
cost just to get rid of the excess inventory. That's especially true
with electronics where the technology changes enough in one year's time
that last year's inventory is obsolete by next Christmas.
With Black Friday, stores know if they don't sell something on Black
Friday, there's still a very good probability of selling it in the 3 or
4 weeks remaining before Christmas. So, it only makes sense for stores
to offer their biggest savings on inventory they want to get rid of, and
that means a Boxing Day sale.
Yes you did
You said "Yes, it's the annual Black Friday stampede of low lifes at a store
And your subject line is "Walmarts "Running of the Low lifes"
I would say that a pretty inclusive statement of walmart shoppers
I never said you did, apparently it's you with the reading comprehension
I don't know, but I'm sure you can explain in great detail what it's like
with your experience of the *behavior* in the matter
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