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Bring back the Black Friday tradition

November 22, 2018

With online retail transactions growing at a rapid rate in recent years, Black Friday isn’t what it used to be.

We expect that trend to continue, but we also urge you to continue the traditions of the recent past.

Not so long ago, eager shoppers would wake up in the pre-dawn hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving to search for bargains. Stores would open around 6 a.m. or so to hundreds of customers lined up outside and waiting to make a discounted deal on items ranging from big-screen televisions to sheets and blankets.

That approach has been altered somewhat in the last few years, and not only by the rising online market. Some stores now open on Thanksgiving night to welcome impatient patrons. Some people now retire way past their regular bedtimes to purchase these coveted items.

Stay up late or rise early. Either way is fine as long as you visit brick-and-mortar stores operated by employees who are local residents. The sales tax collected stays here, and the chances of the retailer staying put is enhanced by the increased business. Just as importantly, those employees spend their hard-earned wages locally to pay for housing and other associated costs.

Also, don’t forget that Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day where people are encouraged to solicit small, local shops.

They might be small, but when combined together, they mean something big to the local economy.

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