REGION (WGGB) — The holiday bargains seem to be coming earlier and earlier and this year is no different.
Walmart is already promoting 300 deals through their online store and some major retailers are encouraging consumers to short-change their Thanksgiving dinner by opening at 8 p.m.
Luckily, that will not be the case here in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts “blue laws” requires retailers who wish to be open on thanksgiving to get a permit from the Department of Labor Standards, as well as their local police department, and the Department of Labor Standards has already announced it will not be issuing any of these permits this year.
It’s a fact that may impact sales, but some feel it’s worth the sacrifice.
“I can imagine, for a big box store, if you have someone opening on Thanksgiving, that’s a disadvantage to the Mass. dealer, but as a rule, I’m glad that we’re closed on Thanksgiving. We’re a family-owned business and we would never open on Thanksgiving,” explains George Rodriguez from Manny’s TV and Appliance.
While the Massachusetts “blue laws” may prevent consumers from leaving that Thanksgiving table and getting a jump on their Black Friday bargains, local retailers are happy to have the day off.
While the bargains may be tempting, it seems shoppers feel the same way.
“It’s becoming something bigger than what it really should be. It takes away from your family. You have to look at the clock and think ‘Oh my goodness, I have to hurry up and eat real quick’ and it takes the celebration away because you want to eat relax and enjoy your family,” adds Willie Broadie.
Josue Cruz explains, “No, no way. That’s time for family. Sales should start earlier than that, make them more convienent.”
It seems that the Massachusetts “blue laws” is one shoppers can agree on.
Perhaps the new trend should have retailers offer their deals before the holiday instead of on it.
While some retailers may be closed on Thanksgiving, many will still be offering deals online.