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Retail stores open Thanksgiving Day

Retail stores open Thanksgiving Day

It seems that the shopping season is taking over the holiday season.  Black Friday battles to save a couple dollars are giving us all a black eye!

The MINDLESS ads…  Door buster ads, “lightning” deals, Amazon Black Friday week, newspaper ads, TV ads, email ads, Facebook ads, Pinterest ads, ads embedded in blog posts and even Apple products are being advertised on discount, which is something we’ve rarely seen before.  In fact, a record number of retail stores (i.e. Best Buy, Walmart, etc.) are open on Thanksgiving Day (which means people have to work vs. share time with family)  so that consumers can buy those so-called “bargains.” 

Clearly Retailers have crossed the line, but we know the public will head to the shops.  We complain about consumerism, but there are plenty of horror stories of stampedes as shops open their doors and people fling themselves into shop ‘til you drop mode.

So, I wanted to put Thanksgiving in perspective. 

obamacare_stickerI have many things to be thankful for, most of all my family and friends.  I’m thankful for motorcycling and the ability/health to have enjoyed another year of riding my Harley across this great country.  I’m grateful for a wife who shares my passion and rides along on many adventures.  I’m thankful and appreciate my extended rider “family” who have been there with support and hugs from breakdowns to accidents.

I’m thankful for the men and women of our armed forces who are serving overseas protecting our interests.  They don’t get to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones and I appreciate their sacrifice.  It does not go unnoticed!

We live in a country that to a great extent, still provides the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  A place where we can freely choose to do what we want and if we’re fortunate, be able to make a living doing it.

I’m thankful that I can complain about our elected representatives, and have the ability to choose them which is a rarity in this world!  Speaking of,  I’m thankful for Barack Obama banishing boredom for millions of lives.  The ObamaCare misadventure and “apology” has caused a lot of ordinary people to question both his character and his competence.  But, I’ve digressed.

Last but not least, I’m thankful for all of you!  The readers, the subscribers and the commenters.  You allow me to do what I do on this blog.  That is the promise of America, and on this Thanksgiving holiday, it still holds true.

 I hope you have a chance to enjoy some turkey, yams, stuffing and pumpkin pie with your family and friends!

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HD-Christmas-AdYou’re not imagining it.  

Harley-Davidson started their holiday shopping promotions in an email today (see photo).

For almost as long as Christmas has been a commercialized holiday, there have been complaints about “Christmas Creep” – you know, the tendency to launch holiday sales and advertising earlier and earlier each year.

Granted this year there is no Presidential campaign holding the public’s attention with advertising and oddly enough there are fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year so “Black Friday” is later.  As a result, does anyone expect retailers to wait around to November 29th to roll out their big promotional efforts?  Unlikely.

The ‘Early Award’ goes to Walmart who officially kicked off the holiday season adverts back in August, when it announced its holiday layaway program.  Kmart followed shortly afterward.

See a pattern?

The ‘ol “economic headwinds” is often a phrase that retail executives use to explain why their sales are weak.  The public is bombarded with nightly news about fewer company hires, stagnated wages, government gridlock and concerns about gas prices (up/down?).  All these factors can act as a dark cloud on the public’s spending psyche which makes retailers skittish. 

I doubt that Harley-Davidson will go discount crazy in December, but if there are indications that things aren’t going well later this month because motorcycle enthusiasts aren’t getting their “badness” on, we might see some new promotions.  Stay tuned.

Photo courtesy of H-D.

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