There’s been a social shift in the past decade. Boxing Day is no longer what it once was.
It used to be the day you got the best shopping deals, as retailers sought to unload leftover merchandise in the post-Christmas period. And they still do that. But the sales don’t seem as big.
It’s Black Friday that captures the mood these days. The day after the American Thanksgiving holiday is when people throw spending restraint to the wind.
I didn’t buy anything on Black Friday this year. Or last for that matter. Which probably puts me in the minority.
I don’t shop on Boxing Day anymore either. And it isn’t just that the deals aren’t as good as they once were. It is more that there is nothing on sale that I need.
That isn’t to say that there aren’t things I don’t want. My television is half the size of the one I saw advertised the other day. A bigger screen would be nice. But I don’t really need it. And the TV I have is already a reasonable size, even if it doesn’t qualify as a “smart” TV.
I wonder if I am alone in feeling there’s nothing on sale to justify the feeding frenzy that is Black Friday or Boxing Day? Is it a generational thing? Have I reached the age when I am reluctant to buy new toys because I figure I might not last as long as they will?
Or is it just that my life is too busy to appreciate the joys of consumerism? If I slowed down, would I want to buy more?
If you are planning on indulging in the sales today, I hope you enjoy the experience. I’m going to skip them
For this year anyway.