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Don't Waste Your Money: Who is to blame for 'Black Thursday?'

(Toledo News Now) -

Well, it was just a matter of time. 

Now that Macy's has made it official it will open Thanksgiving evening, you knew what was going to happen next. Now, entire malls are jumping on the early Black Friday bandwagon. It all means the traditionalists who were hoping to stop Black Friday's spread are losing the battle. 

Despite petition drives the past two years, even more stores are planning a Thanksgiving opening this year.

Thanksgiving Openings Everywhere

Mall anchors Macy's and JC Penney will open at 8 p.m. on turkey day. 

This has influenced a growing number of malls that plan to open with them, as it only makes sense. If your anchors are open, you need to open the hallway between them. That means many mall stores will also be raising their gates at 8 or 9 p.m. 

Once again, Walmart, Target, and Toys "R" Us will also launch their sales Thursday evening. Best Buy has not announced a time yet. 

Who Is To Blame? 

From the "doesn't that stink" file comes why stores are giving in to Black Friday creep, despite hundreds of thousands of petition signatures asking them to stop. 

Time Magazine, however, says it is not Macy's fault. 

Forbes Magazine says American shoppers "can blame only themselves." According to Forbes, 28 percent of Black Friday shoppers went out on Thanksgiving last year. So if a store misses Thursday night, it loses a lot of money, potentially millions of dollars, which is why Macy's is opening Thursday. 

Your Options 

Are these early shopping hours a bit too much for you? Then stay home. 

Some Black Friday websites are saying Macy's will offer the same deals again on Saturday morning after Black Friday. 
That way you don't miss Thanksgiving and you don't waste your money.

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