Salinans gobbled down Thanksgiving turkey, then headed out to gobble up Thanksgiving shopping savings. Some waited in line for hours to save big on things like televisions, video game systems, and other high end electronics.
Thanksgiving Day, rather than the day afterward, has become the start of the holiday shopping season in a shift that delights some and disgusts others.
Many of the nation’s mall operators and some big retailers that anchor them would like to see it established as a new Thanksgiving tradition. The competition to grab customers first is keen.
But many workers complain that stores are putting profits over workers’ time to be with their families. And some shoppers vow never to visit stores on the holiday.
Locally in Salina, large lines formed in front of stores including Target, Kohls, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ulta, and others. Large crowds were already inside some stores, including Walmart, to gobble up the savings as soon as the sales began. Earlier in the day shoppers gobbled up savings at JC Penney, which opened up mid-afternoon in the Central Mall.
The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, had for a long time been considered the official start to the holiday buying season. But in the past few years, retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving afternoon and night.
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