EDITORIAL – Perpetual Black Friday isn’t as bad as we make it out to be

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.


A lot of exhausted shoppers must be asking that question after more than two weeks of pre-Christmas sales. There was Black Friday, but before Black Friday there was pre-Black Friday week. Then there were post-Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday sales and Giving Tuesday.

I like the Giving Tuesday concept. Before we can give something, of course, we generally have to buy something to give.

In answer to the question, though, no, it’s not over yet.

Some merchants will, no doubt, find ways to keep Black Friday going until Christmas.

Then, of course, there will be the Boxing Day sales, but not just Boxing Day. No, it must be Boxing Week. Followed by New Year’s sales and January sales.

It’s consumerism on steroids and it can sometimes leave us feeling resentful. Admittedly, it’s a hectic time of year but I don’t buy the line from some humbug commentators that we should all opt out and give coupons for hugs instead. We can hardly blame merchants for trying to bring in business. They have bills and salaries to pay.

We consumers are responsible for our own actions. There are too many news clips from around the world of shoppers fighting over everything from toilet paper to TV sets.

It’s up to us to remember our civility but along with the consumerism a lot of good things happen at Christmas. Many, many organizations and campaigns work to make sure no one, regardless of income or social circumstance, is left out of the joy of the season.

If we make sure to spare some time or a few dollars to help them out — and, by the way, shop local — we can enjoy the good prices and not feel guilty about it.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Perpetual Black Friday isn’t as bad as we make it out to be

  1. Could you find out more about where “Black Friday” came from? Last story I have read on this was about slavery, human slavery.

    • Mel Rothenburger // December 10, 2019 at 10:19 PM // Reply

      Well, there’s Black Friday as in the market crash but shopping-wise I’ve always taken it to mean the turning point when retailers start making money, going from red to black.

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