US: Consumer Services

Is Black Friday Beginning to Jump the Shark?

Javier E. David | Special to

The national obsession with shopping – which gave birth to the retail bonanza best known as Black Friday – may be in the process of victimizing itself with its own success.


Initial indications suggest that irresistible bargains are luring record numbers of U.S. shoppers into stores such as Macy's, Best Buy and Target.

Still, a backlash is widening over the encroachment of holiday sales on Thanksgiving. Amidst the obligatory swell crowds that come along with Black Friday, stressed out store workers are clamoring for relief from the stress of the holiday shopping season. Accordingly, some observer are becoming more leery about the spillover effects. (Read more:Black Friday Creep's Latest Victim: Restaurants.)