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REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby cslaght » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:30 pm

I don't know about you guys, but I think this is pretty awesome. As someone who worked retail and Black Fridays for a decade, this is something near and dear to my heart. As these retailers keep encroaching onto Thanksgiving itself and really illustrating the growing consumerism (or at least keeping it going?), this is a move I feel needs to be applauded. =D> =D> =D>



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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby Jimr » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:03 pm

Funny, when I first read it, I wondered what the marketing angle was. Still kinda wondering, but not worth putting any energy into.
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby rlown » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:06 pm

pushing people to the online store probably. That'd be my guess.
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby Jimr » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:06 pm

So many department stores pushed last year to the day after Halloween. Perhaps that has something to do with it.
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby robow8 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:55 pm

My wife works for one of REI's competitors here in southern California, and she found out last week that they will not only be opening early on black Friday(as usual), but they will be opening on Thanksgiving evening. I don't think anyone is happy about it.
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby LMBSGV » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:12 pm

REI has a full page ad on the last page of the first section (expensive space) of the SF Chronicle today announcing they aren't open Black Friday. So they are buying expensive ads to tell us they are not open. :rolleyes:
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby Tom_H » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:47 pm

I think a fair number of people may be swayed toward greater loyalty to REI because of it. I doubt it would hurt their business if they can just do as Russ says and simply order online. And that keeps you from the maddening crowds anyway. Something most of this bunch probably wants to avoid anyway. I wonder if they will have a small customer service team online for the online orders. Wouldn't matter if they are in India as they wouldn't know what Thanksgiving is anyway.
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby cslaght » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:44 am

I must agree, it is working on me, as I am considering purchasing something from them now. And full disclaimer, I am not a shoppe, nor ever will be on black Friday because of the maddening crowds. In and of itself, there's a marketability to it and as Tom_H says, many of their customer base will be swayed. It's a nice shift from the encroachment of Thanksgiving that has happened in recent years.
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby cslaght » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:48 am

Robow, I'm sorry to hear that. To me, it's not just about family, it's this idea that you must sacrifice this holiday for the retail establishment. I'm in a job now where I get an extended time off for Thanksgiving and about two week for Christmas (Yay Community College calendar!), and didn't realize how much more relaxing and rewarding it is. For many, it's a very exhausting time that creates burdens. I hope something works out.
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby robow8 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:43 pm

Thanks cslaght. It's all good. She doesn't work on Sundays, and has most Saturdays off. Plus she gets store discounts and pro deals. Which means that we spend way too much on camping stuff, but not as much as we could!
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Re: REI Closing for Black Friday

Postby Ikan Mas » Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:33 am

I'm usually steelheading on the Rogue or Klamath on Black Friday as there is usually no one else there. Glad to see someone in the retail world shares my sentiment.
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