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  • Cook Nixes Thanksgiving Retail Hours


    As MMi reported earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook was said to be resistant to the thought of keeping certain Apple stores open on Thanksgiving.

    Turns out, the speculation was legit.

    On Friday, we can report that Cook is standing by his plan to give the retail army in the Apple universe a day off. As of this writing, Apple will not participate in what is increasingly emerging as a big day for retail: Thanksgiving Day.

    A November 14th report from IFOAppleStore indicated that marketing heads inside of Apple were eager to bank on some of the big pre-Black Friday shopping excitement this year. "Market Directors were reportedly motivated by large potential holiday-quarter bonuses based on performance targets, adding to their $400,000 salaries. The last calendar quarter at Apple retail is always the busiest and generates the most revenue, leading to the largest bonuses," the report explained.

    But, alas, that won't be happening this year. Apple is officially closed for business on Thanksgiving Day... but they will be open extra-early on Black Friday.

    Sources: IFOAppleStore, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cook Nixes Thanksgiving Retail Hours started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Good for them. I think stores that are opened on Thanksgiving are stupid. Go have fun with friends and family. Only small stuff should be open like gas stations, limited hour grocery stores, movie theaters, etc. full retail shopping should be a no go.
    1. EMH's Avatar
      EMH -
      Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
      Good for them. I think stores that are opened on Thanksgiving are stupid. Go have fun with friends and family. Only small stuff should be open like gas stations, limited hour grocery stores, movie theaters, etc. full retail shopping should be a no go.
      Exactly. Not only is it making employees miss Thanksgiving with their families, it also screws over the people that would normally go out on Black Friday but realize that a good deal isn't worth skipping out on family get-togethers.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      This is a great gesture and shows Apple Store employees that they are appreciated. The top dogs, executives, and managers would have had the day off regardless, but now the whole company can enjoy time with their families.
    1. dapes's Avatar
      dapes -
      Does apple have Black Friday deals usually?
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Good for them, I certainly understand a few things need to stay open, hospitals, pharmacies, maybe a market or two and even a few restaurants and gas stations in each city, but there is no reason for retail like this to be open.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      They should have the day off. Who would want to make extra money for working on a holiday? Those working at the retail stores are already loaded with extra cash for the holidays.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dapes View Post
      Does apple have Black Friday deals usually?
      Yeah, it's not the greatest, but still you're saving some money. Usually the iMacs, MBP's, and MBA's are around $100 off, the iPad's around $40-$50 off depending on GB size you want, iPod Nano around $12 off, and the iPod Touch around $20-$40 off, again depending on the size you want. I've actually seen better deals at other stores that carry Apple products, like sometimes Best Buy will have a better deal. The computer store at the University that I attend sells Apple products tax free plus an extra $200 off for Black Friday, so basically you're getting Apple Care for free! I would check around local stores and see what they have to offer first.
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      This whole Thanksgiving Day shopping trend is [insert word] ridiculous. I have to work late the night before Thanksgiving as well as Black Friday, and I feel like being open Thanksgiving (unless it is necessary for health/emergency/etc) is just a money grab that isn't worth pissing off employees and their families.

      I already know people quitting jobs because of attempted forcing of Thanksgiving Day shifts, s.a. Walmart. It really isn't fair when a large majority of people don't have to work that day and some even get holiday pay without working it, while you have people being forced to work a holiday for no truly important reason...

      But that is just me. I think Apple is being a smart company and giving employees a break before 'hell' a.k.a. Black Friday.
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      When I worked retail, I use to love working on holidays! It was the best thing ever! Getting paid time and a half made a big difference in my income. I guess it really depends on the person.
    1. REMED1AL's Avatar
      REMED1AL -
      Good move. Let's hope others follow suit.