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2013-11-13 06:07:09 PM
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2013-11-13 06:08:17 PM
People may pretend to be outraged, but I bet Best Buy has a couple of hundred people lined up when the open on Thankgiving.
 
2013-11-13 06:10:51 PM
My former in-laws were into the whole Black Friday crap. Go camp at a store at 3 AM to get a chance at a $100 gift certificate? Heck yeah! Uh, no. I'd rather sleep and go shopping at decent hours.
 
2013-11-13 06:15:55 PM

Khazar-Khum: I'd rather sleep and go shopping at decent hours online when I feel like it.


FTFM.
 
2013-11-13 06:16:12 PM
Good for them. Also good for the businesses who choose to open. Whichever way you go, let the customers make of it what they will. That's how it works in this country.
 
2013-11-13 06:21:12 PM

mcreadyblue: People may pretend to be outraged, but I bet Best Buy has a couple of hundred people lined up when the open on Thankgiving.


That's like 8 combined months worth of foot traffic  for your average Best Buy.

Or 15 minutes for your average CostCo.
 
2013-11-13 06:21:47 PM
This is no surprise, Costco has weird hours to begin with, and they're closed on a lot of Holidays, more than just the major ones everyone else is closed in.
 
2013-11-13 06:25:41 PM
I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Still profit and be respected
 
2013-11-13 06:25:55 PM

jjorsett: Good for them. Also good for the businesses who choose to open. Whichever way you go, let the customers make of it what they will. That's how it works in this country.


But, but, how will I feel superior on the internet?
 
2013-11-13 06:26:07 PM
Good! I'm glad someone in the business community has some common sense.
 
2013-11-13 06:29:22 PM

pounddawg: I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Still profit and be respected


How about stop buying at companies that don't, and start buying at companies that do?

/although, going ITG about it recently has proven pretty effective at getting things changed, but not enough Internet outrage on this one
 
2013-11-13 06:39:01 PM
One more reason to not shop at Walmart.
 
2013-11-13 06:43:04 PM
Good for them.
 
2013-11-13 06:46:58 PM

Peki: pounddawg: I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Still profit and be respected

How about stop buying at companies that don't, and start buying at companies that do?

/although, going ITG about it recently has proven pretty effective at getting things changed, but not enough Internet outrage on this one


I am a Costco shopper.
I also avoid business that don't meet my criteria of what a business should do.
I think a good business is like a 4 legged table -- There has to be a balance between owners, shareholders, employees and community
 
2013-11-13 06:47:00 PM

jjorsett: Good for them. Also good for the businesses who choose to open. Whichever way you go, let the customers make of it what they will. That's how it works in this country.


Well said. I don't feel like shopping on Thanksgiving, but to me as long as a shift that day is voluntary, who cares if they open. I worked at a movie theater in college and always worked Thanksgiving since it was busy (we were on commission) and we got extra pay.
 
2013-11-13 06:48:52 PM
I've been trapped in retail, and am desperately trying to claw my way out.

BA in English; cool story, bro.

But I have to say, Costco would have been my next move. I hear only good things about them and that turnover is so low, it's hard to get in.

Mmmm...turnover...ahhhh
 
2013-11-13 06:56:32 PM

Gig103: jjorsett: Good for them. Also good for the businesses who choose to open. Whichever way you go, let the customers make of it what they will. That's how it works in this country.

Well said. I don't feel like shopping on Thanksgiving, but to me as long as a shift that day is voluntary, who cares if they open. I worked at a movie theater in college and always worked Thanksgiving since it was busy (we were on commission) and we got extra pay.


Know how I can tell you've never worked retail?
 
2013-11-13 06:56:51 PM

pounddawg: I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Charge membership fees
Work tirelessly to convince members they NEED items in bulk
Still profit and be respected


FTFY
/still love costco
 
2013-11-13 06:57:46 PM
I just spent over $200 at Costco tonight, so I'm getting a kick...

I stopped off at their food kiosk to pick up some $3.99 salads to pack for lunches. Everyone working there was laughing and having a good time tonight.

And they now have a hot brisket sammich on the menu!
 
2013-11-13 06:58:33 PM

pounddawg: Peki: pounddawg: I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Still profit and be respected

How about stop buying at companies that don't, and start buying at companies that do?

/although, going ITG about it recently has proven pretty effective at getting things changed, but not enough Internet outrage on this one

I am a Costco shopper.
I also avoid business that don't meet my criteria of what a business should do.
I think a good business is like a 4 legged table -- There has to be a balance between owners, shareholders, employees and community


Points to you, and I agree.
 
2013-11-13 07:01:52 PM

alexcassidy: Gig103: jjorsett: Good for them. Also good for the businesses who choose to open. Whichever way you go, let the customers make of it what they will. That's how it works in this country.

Well said. I don't feel like shopping on Thanksgiving, but to me as long as a shift that day is voluntary, who cares if they open. I worked at a movie theater in college and always worked Thanksgiving since it was busy (we were on commission) and we got extra pay.

Know how I can tell you've never worked retail?


It's voluntary, you can volunteer to work, or you can volunteer to find a new job.
 
2013-11-13 07:04:12 PM
I will have to go out of my way to shop Costco and Nordstrom for treating employees as people, not things. They will get my money instead of the bloodsuckers ruining Thanksgiving for families.
 
2013-11-13 07:05:53 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: pounddawg: I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Charge membership fees
Work tirelessly to convince members they NEED items in bulk
Still profit and be respected

FTFY
/still love costco


Somethings work in bulk and somethings don't.
No fee Am Ex and rewards that cover said fee
1-3% back on all Am Ex charges.
 
2013-11-13 07:06:45 PM
Awww, I was planning to go there to graze their free samples on Thanksgiving.
 
2013-11-13 07:09:54 PM
If they're smart they'll do a gigantic ad blitz touting this over the next two weeks.
 
2013-11-13 07:11:22 PM

alexcassidy: Gig103: jjorsett: Good for them. Also good for the businesses who choose to open. Whichever way you go, let the customers make of it what they will. That's how it works in this country.

Well said. I don't feel like shopping on Thanksgiving, but to me as long as a shift that day is voluntary, who cares if they open. I worked at a movie theater in college and always worked Thanksgiving since it was busy (we were on commission) and we got extra pay.

Know how I can tell you've never worked retail?


I didn't say I was naive enough to expect it, I was saying that it's my personal condition for condoning it.
 
2013-11-13 07:16:55 PM
I was in Paraguay last November and they had Black Friday sales. Considering that they don't celebrate Thanksgiving and have much closer ties to their indigenous past than most Latin American countries, it was really weird to see this US consumer custom tied to a holiday based on the collision of the new and old worlds spread there.
 
2013-11-13 07:18:09 PM
Meanwhile, other companies that pay their employees shiatty wages and make them work all the damn time are sitting around wondering "Why is our attrition rate so high?"
 
2013-11-13 07:20:42 PM
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2013-11-13 07:22:14 PM
Good for Costco, but to be fair they've never really been big into the whole "Black Friday" thing in the first place.

Probably why I like them so much. :)
 
2013-11-13 07:22:47 PM
Don't the people who stand in lines on Black Friday have internet access?  I do the majority of my Christmas shopping on Amazon specifically to avoid having to be somewhere at a specific time, fight crowds, stand in lines, and then find out that the store only had 3 of whatever special that got me there.  How long is Black Friday even going to be a thing?  Just sit at home and shop whenever is convenient for you, then have a nice UPS man drop it off at your door.
 
2013-11-13 07:24:37 PM

Craw Fu: Just sit at home and shop whenever is convenient for you, then have a nice UPS man drop it off at your door.


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2013-11-13 07:27:37 PM
Good news:  WalMart will pay their employees overtime to work on Thanksgiving.  Bad news:  overtime at WalMart is still a crappy wage.
 
2013-11-13 07:34:24 PM
Maybe you can find your last minute Thanksgiving supplies off of the side of a side road...
 
2013-11-13 07:35:55 PM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: I just spent over $200 at Costco tonight, so I'm getting a kick...

I stopped off at their food kiosk to pick up some $3.99 salads to pack for lunches. Everyone working there was laughing and having a good time tonight.

And they now have a hot brisket sammich on the menu!


That sammich is so damn good too. The bun is a mix between hawaiin sweet bread and a pretzel, and the brisket is tender... the slaw is... god damn it I'm drooling
 
2013-11-13 07:37:42 PM
My local Costco will be open on Thanksgiving but it isn't a holiday here.

I'm wondering why more stores don't get robbed on these days since police response time is down due to many cops taking a day off and too the rest of the cops will be too busy filling out paper work after tasing the people of wal-mart.
 
2013-11-13 07:42:59 PM

Peki: pounddawg: I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Still profit and be respected

How about stop buying at companies that don't, and start buying at companies that do?

/although, going ITG about it recently has proven pretty effective at getting things changed, but not enough Internet outrage on this one


And make sure the companies you're skipping out on know it, through all possible channels.
 
2013-11-13 07:43:32 PM

EngineerAU: I was in Paraguay last November and they had Black Friday sales. Considering that they don't celebrate Thanksgiving and have much closer ties to their indigenous past than most Latin American countries, it was really weird to see this US consumer custom tied to a holiday based on the collision of the new and old worlds spread there.


Now with video goodness. Funny that they treat 'Black Friday' as a proper noun and don't translate it, though that might be as much about the language use in the area being split between Portuguese and Spanish as anything else.
 
2013-11-13 07:47:47 PM

foo monkey: One more reason to not shop at Walmart.



I shop at Costco a lot more.

/Just wish Costco sold ammo.
 
2013-11-13 07:50:52 PM

pounddawg: I wish more businesses would implement Costco's formula

Pay people livable wage, treat them like people
Close for Holidays so people can be with their families
Still profit and be respected


Just be glad Hillary didn't cut her teeth there.
 
2013-11-13 07:55:03 PM

DON.MAC: My local Costco will be open on Thanksgiving but it isn't a holiday here.

I'm wondering why more stores don't get robbed on these days since police response time is down due to many cops taking a day off and too the rest of the cops will be too busy filling out paper work after tasing the people of wal-mart.


Because the cops that ARE on duty are extra pissed.

And have you seen what American cops look like when they  aren't pissed? Yeah. . . .
 
2013-11-13 07:56:56 PM

Ogre840: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: I just spent over $200 at Costco tonight, so I'm getting a kick...

I stopped off at their food kiosk to pick up some $3.99 salads to pack for lunches. Everyone working there was laughing and having a good time tonight.

And they now have a hot brisket sammich on the menu!

That sammich is so damn good too. The bun is a mix between hawaiin sweet bread and a pretzel, and the brisket is tender... the slaw is... god damn it I'm drooling


I... think I might have to steal my way in.

/No, Door Checker, you can't stop me from going in.
 
2013-11-13 07:58:48 PM
People always need something to biatch about. This whole "open or not open on Thanksgiving" is becoming as big a fake event as the War on Christmas. Other companies have people working the holidays before this, and now it's apparent that retail wants to do the same. Not that retail people haven't worked other holidays, plus weekends. Sad to say, but if it's an issue hopefully the people can find a non-retail job.
 
2013-11-13 08:01:10 PM

Summercat: Ogre840: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: I just spent over $200 at Costco tonight, so I'm getting a kick...

I stopped off at their food kiosk to pick up some $3.99 salads to pack for lunches. Everyone working there was laughing and having a good time tonight.

And they now have a hot brisket sammich on the menu!

That sammich is so damn good too. The bun is a mix between hawaiin sweet bread and a pretzel, and the brisket is tender... the slaw is... god damn it I'm drooling

I... think I might have to steal my way in.

/No, Door Checker, you can't stop me from going in.


Around here the food court is outside, so you don't need a membership to buy a sandwich or pizza or whatever...  Not sure about areas that get snow or whatever...
 
2013-11-13 08:04:20 PM

RottNDude: Around here the food court is outside, so you don't need a membership to buy a sandwich or pizza or whatever...  Not sure about areas that get snow or whatever...


Food court for indoors you just have to ask. They point you to the left entrance instead of the right one (or you walk between the boxes or whatever applies for your store).

And yes, you can get IN without a membership, but you can't buy anything or get any services.

/also, you can't beat $1.50 for a good-sized polish hot dog and a soda.
 
2013-11-13 08:07:50 PM

RottNDude: Summercat: Ogre840: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: I just spent over $200 at Costco tonight, so I'm getting a kick...

I stopped off at their food kiosk to pick up some $3.99 salads to pack for lunches. Everyone working there was laughing and having a good time tonight.

And they now have a hot brisket sammich on the menu!

That sammich is so damn good too. The bun is a mix between hawaiin sweet bread and a pretzel, and the brisket is tender... the slaw is... god damn it I'm drooling

I... think I might have to steal my way in.

/No, Door Checker, you can't stop me from going in.

Around here the food court is outside, so you don't need a membership to buy a sandwich or pizza or whatever...  Not sure about areas that get snow or whatever...


There's a couple of Costcos near me; and some have outdoor food courts and some do not. Same weather (Southern California, it's actually just climate), so...
 
2013-11-13 08:12:37 PM

Peki: RottNDude: Around here the food court is outside, so you don't need a membership to buy a sandwich or pizza or whatever...  Not sure about areas that get snow or whatever...

Food court for indoors you just have to ask. They point you to the left entrance instead of the right one (or you walk between the boxes or whatever applies for your store).

And yes, you can get IN without a membership, but you can't buy anything or get any services.

/also, you can't beat $1.50 for a good-sized polish hot dog and a soda.


Booze and Pharmacy, sir. At least in California. And indoor foodcourts.
 
2013-11-13 08:18:17 PM

skinink: People always need something to biatch about. This whole "open or not open on Thanksgiving" is becoming as big a fake event as the War on Christmas. Other companies have people working the holidays before this, and now it's apparent that retail wants to do the same. Not that retail people haven't worked other holidays, plus weekends. Sad to say, but if it's an issue hopefully the people can find a non-retail job.


You are missing the point. Places that had their employees work on holidays prior told them that they would upfront. These companies like Walmart just came out of the blue and told people this. And on top of that, they weren't going to give them compensation for working the holiday until they received public backlash, then they decided to give them time and a half, which is still probably less than Costco pays for regular straight time.

So summing up, if you are upfront from the beginning and give extra compensation for the weekend, then that is ok. But if you spring it on people a few months before the holiday and and compensate them for working, then you are an asshole, even if you decide to give them time and a half after you receive public backlash.
 
2013-11-13 08:22:12 PM

Peki: RottNDude: Around here the food court is outside, so you don't need a membership to buy a sandwich or pizza or whatever...  Not sure about areas that get snow or whatever...

Food court for indoors you just have to ask. They point you to the left entrance instead of the right one (or you walk between the boxes or whatever applies for your store).

And yes, you can get IN without a membership, but you can't buy anything or get any services.

/also, you can't beat $1.50 for a good-sized polish hot dog and a soda.




Whatever passes for meat in that polish sandwich has not tasted good in over 8 years. I wish they would just up the price to $2.50 and get better meat.
 
2013-11-13 08:23:36 PM
Gotta say, I was a little leery of spending money for the privilege of spending money there. Until I actually went inside and saw just how much stuff they sell. Their business model seems to be working for them. Even the cashiers seem both happy and helpful. I know my kids love the free sample people at the end of almost every aisle. Their prices are actually pretty damn good, too. Definitely saved over the 50$ membership fee.

/really only got a membership so I could buy a blender
//not available anywhere and they sold it 100$ cheaper than online.
 
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