Saturday, October 31, 2015
REI'S OUT OF DOORS FAMILY DAY, #OPTOUTDOORS, HELP RESCUE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
Why, one should ask, is the day after Thanksgiving called “Black Friday”?
Because big discounts on that day increase profitability for retailers. Since about 2000 A.D., Black Friday has been regarded as the opening day of shopping for the Christmas season.
Interest is now growing to extend Black Friday backwards to Grey Thanksgiving. A mother of young children with whom I discussed this groaned, "Oh no! Not that." But it's a fact. Look for details in this link.
Now, finally, comes A PUSHBACK!, not from shoppers, not from turkeys, but from within the retail sector itself. The large retailer, REI, has announced a program named #OptOutdoors. They’ll close their retail outlets and offices on the day after Thanksgiving. Obviously, REI is taking the commercial risk of missing sales they might have had they opened on Black Friday.
Values and ethics from religion can add some perspective. Jews, Christians and Muslims should be able to see #OptOutdoors as a desirable Sabbath of sorts. People might recall the fifth of the ten commandments given by God to Moses for the people. “https://www.bible.com/bible/1/exo.20.) ” (Text in the public domain via