Fast Focus: Stop the shopping madness

November 25, 2012 

-- RACHEL MOTHERSBAUGH, Pasco

Over the years, Black Friday shopping has become quite the orthodox. All around the nation, many gather in front of stores hours before they even open anxiously awaiting the "bargains" inside. Are they really bargains though? Odds are, the item that got you to stand in line for two-plus hours will be sold out because of limited supplies and you will pay full retail for any other items you wanted. Retailers are opening earlier and earlier each year, is it even considered Black Friday anymore? More like Black Thursday! For example, Toys'R'Us began with "door busters" at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Target opened at 9 p.m. as well, and Wal-Mart opened their doors at 8 p.m.

Thursday (Thanksgiving) should be a day to dedicate time to family and friends and give thanks. If this keeps up, will the nation even consider celebrating the true holiday? When is enough, enough?

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