originally posted by: BELIEVERpriest
a reply to: schuyler
As disgusted as I am with the Black Friday tradition, no one is to blame for the chaos other than the people causing the chaos. You can't blame
retailers. They never told anyone to go out and fight to the death for a bargain. If you want to point the finger, point it at the social degenerated
who fight over material luxury items.
Like WatchItBurn said, "personal responsibility".
but as covered before, they have some responsibility involved
Yes the individuals who act the fool or act violently are of course responsible yet there seems to something you miss.
I'm just playing with numbers for the sake of the theoretical argument
Let's say Black Friday tradition started in 2000 and went off without a hitch. In 2001, several sporadic riotous events occur. I 2002 they get worse.
Worse each year over and over. Now, 16 years later, are you telling me that with all the stores knowing FIRST HAND how it turns out, they don't get
even a bit of the responsibility for creation and support of the overall madness?
No...of course you don't blame the companies for these individual actions but at some point, I believe that the stores have had a long time to realize
this keeps happening and if they keep supporting it, even thought the indirect action of continuing the tradition...they share some responsibility.
I love the rant btw
I may not use my business background often, but Black Friday, from a purely business perspective has several negatives for the bottom line
Opening on Thanksgiving is barely boosting sales not to mention the bad press and social media discussion regarding making family members work on a
holiday. But for pure bottom line, the extra day and extra shopping means more pay going to employees...further offsetting potential and razor sharp
harms the financial bottom line through human metrics as well
Not to mention the potential for loss during the slowed down, but still heavy holiday purchase season following Black Friday due to things like
product lag following such a massive and forced spending spree.