Best Buy Knows You Want To Waste Thanksgiving Camping Out For Stuff You Could Probably Buy Online For Less

It’s a little-known fact that at the first Thanksgiving feast, some of the pilgrims were sitting around the table while wishing in their heart of hearts that they were camped outside the local loom-and-musket shop in hopes of snatching up bargains. Hundreds of years later, Best Buy is finally honoring that wish by opening up at 6 p.m. on Turkey Day.

This is a six-hour improvement over last year, when Best Buy had the stubbornness to wait all the way until midnight to throw open its doors to the throngs of people who love electronics and discounts, but who have apparently not heard of this thing called the Internet.

Best Buy customers in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will have to muscle through dinner with their families, as laws in those states prevent stores from giving into that animal lust for doorbuster deals on Thanksgiving day proper.

Considering that Thanksgiving is now nothing but a speed bump on the way to savings (the deepest of which are on products that are rarely worth even the discounted price). How about we just call off the holiday until retailers give up this macho one-upsmanship of trying to open slightly earlier than competitors? Or at least until people realize they don’t need to drive to a flippin’ shopping center to get a good deal when their phones and computers can be accessed without ditching your family for the holiday.

Best Buy to open at 6 on Thanksgiving evening [StarTribune.com]

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  1. flightsimmer says:

    “Best Buy customers in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will have to muscle through dinner with their families, as laws in those states prevent stores from giving into that animal lust for doorbuster deals on Thanksgiving day proper.”

    I think this should be the law in EVERY state. I worked 6 years at Best Buy, and 2 more of other retail, and as an employee nothing sucks more than having to break up your holiday to go work. When I was there, the retailers had enough sense to at least open the doors at 5am the day after, but some of the employees were there at midnight stocking the store shelves or putting together displays. It makes me sick thinking that some of the employees will need to be at the store no later than 2pm to start working. I think that all of the retail stores should be limited to opening their doors at 5am on the day after Thanksgiving to give their employees enough time with their families. Those special “deals” can wait until the day after Thanksgiving, let the employees have time to themselves.

    • furiousd says:

      I agree that it should be a cultural attribute, much like businesses at one time were closed Sundays because no one went shopping then. But I shudder to think what it would be like to live in a country that has aggrandized the authority to dictate when a private business can and can’t be open.

      Along the lines of what [RupturedDuck] said, if people don’t shop when they would otherwise be able to spend time with family, then businesses won’t be open. Likewise, if businesses can’t get any employees to work, then they are unable to open ridiculous hours. Of course, individuals will get fired for taking a stand, but if our culture returns to placing value on the family rather than on stuff then these weird phenomena won’t arise.

  2. GrumpyGrampa says:

    Thanksgiving is a government “holiday” celebrating the White Man taking the Red Man’s home. To celebrate it as if it were a religious holiday is ridiculous. No one is foaming at the mouth because they have to work on July 4th (another government holiday).

  3. RupturedDuck says:

    People should just not shop on Thanksgiving. Do not give business any incentive to be open.

  4. MarthaGaill says:

    We can’t be mad. The only reason they’re open is because people go there.