What If All Stores were Closed on Black Friday?

What If

This is a double-edged sword. Some people love to wake up early and wait outside the store to get an “awesome deal” and finish their holiday shopping before anyone else. Then there are the people who would rather stay sleeping and spend the day recovering from the food comma they induced the night before. Either way with “Black Friday” starting at the beginning of November, does Black Friday even really exist anymore? And are people just using it as an excuse to get out of the house after spending the day with distant relatives that asked all those annoying life choice questions that people would rather just avoid?



  • There are two types of opinions possible: one is the business-based opinion in which we have to try to determine if closings really detract from the total period sales, or if the sales just get moved to another day; and there is the emotional opinion, which says that we can all use one more day in the year to kick back and do nothing, and relieve some of the pressures of modern life. I haven’t done the financial analysis but I believe that if retail were closed on black Friday, retailers would make it up on Saturday and Sunday.

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