There are many great things about the United States that I am glad Canada has embraced. I am not naive enough to think that we can be unaffected by our much, much larger (population-wise) neighbour to the south.
So when some of the larger American-based stores starting advertising up here for Black Friday sales, I thought “well, we can’t get only the good stuff after all. And they are American companies.” However, now the local malls in Victoria are all doing Black Friday specials. What?!
Keep in mind, our Canadian Thanksgiving is the second week-end in October. We don’t celebrate American Thanksgiving. So this day has no significance to us as a country. But apparently, instead of eating turkey on the Thursday and adding another family meal to the calendar, we decided we needed to shop like maniacs on that specific Friday in November.
There is already a lot of debate around, as Christmas seems to have started earlier than ever this year in the retail world. Some stores already have all their Christmas decorating stock at 50% off (Target I’m looking at you). That used to be the deals on Boxing Day (for my US friends, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas and is an official holiday, and often a family bargain shopping day). I wonder how far we as consumers are willing to let this trend go … buy your Christmas decorations in July? Halloween costumes in February?
I for one will not be out there on Black Friday, on either side of the border.