Black Friday 2009

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Wal Mart is jumping the gun and having a “black friday” sale Saturday Nov 7.

Now I don’t shop at Wal mart, I feel they screw their employees, and compete unfairly using Chinese factories overseas to undercut American manufacturers and retailers, hurting, sometimes destroying local businesses.

But Wal Mart jumping the gun like this, not even waiting for Turkey Day before doing holiday sales, it reveals something serious. For all the good Stocks are doing, the fact of massive unemployment and worse underemployment means people have less money to spend, have to spend with care – and this is likely to be a dismally poor sales season for retailers.

There is no recovery without economic recovery on “mainstreet”, American businesses require consumers, and consumers require good paychecks. The ‘McJobs’ in retail don’t generally pay well enough for spending beyond necessities, and retail is the #1 employer in America right now. We don’t manufacture – we sell.

In a recession, the Wal Mart formula of a lower price with low wages for their employees and factory labour overseas, is a winning formula. Which is sad because their business formula is what’s wrong with America in a nutshell. And that Wal Mart is jumping the gun on “Black Friday”, it clearly suggests the cheapest retailer around believe it has to expand the holiday season as much as possible to break even.

So, what does this have to do with anything? Well, businesses create jobs, people with jobs have money and become consumers that give business money. So start a business, and support local business. This blog has been about e-commerce, but all of us live somewhere, use your profits to help your local economy!

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19 Responses to Black Friday 2009

  1. Worker says:

    Hi, Where are you from? Is it a secret? :)

  2. Where did you hear about early walmart black friday?

  3. Check the “about” link up top for a brief profile about me. I’m Based in New York, USA. is my personal site as a cartoonist and illustrator.

  4. Bill says:

    I never could understand so many people waiting in line, and even camping out, just to save a few bucks on imported Chinese made products. It’s no wonder why the USA is in an economic mess.

    • America is a consumer culture, and Christmas is the consumer celebration, so folks camping out to save money on imported Chinese products, it’s not shocking, but it’s not helping either.

      It may not be inexpensive to shop locally for American and locally made goods, but it does a lot to help your friends and neighbours, and in doing that it’s a better bargain.

      And those of us thinking of starting a business, as businesses we can give American manufacturers a priority when it comes to buying for our businesses.

  5. Clemento says:

    Thank you! You often write very interesting articles. You improved my mood.

  6. Bill Davis says:

    Man, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I, too, do not shop Wal-Mart for the same reasons as you. It does look like the leopard is trying to change its spots, but until it does, I’m not their customer.

    This economy was taken down by the mortgage meltdown, but it’s being held down by the jobs market. I certainly hope 2010 is better on that front.
    .-= Bill Davis´s last blog ..List Profit System Intro =-.

  7. Wow,it looks like Wally World is doomed to fail…
    …while no one likes WM, i get depressed going into Kmart…
    …I work for a smaller retailer and pre-thanksgiving sales last year were done by EVERYONE…
    …let’s all take a deep breath and relax…
    there was a great Southpark Episode where the kids were looking to find “the Heart of Walmart”…
    …go watch it and have a good laugh!!!!!!!!!!!
    .-= kevin robinson´s last blog ..Multi Level Marketing Duplication =-.

  8. I give President Obama full credit for doing what he did to get Health Insurance Reform passed…
    …He has proven to me,that he means to keep his campaign promises…
    …in spite of great odds against it ,he managed to pull it off…

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      While both Word Press and Drupal can be categorized as content management systems, WordPress really is optimized for the single author, Drupal is optimized for an entire community of content creators. So let the form follow function, what is the vision of your site?

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