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flaggybannel Wed 05-Dec-12 14:36:05

Okay, i will probably get flamed for this but here goes-
Who on earth wants to spend boxing day back at the shops when everyone has just spent the last few weeks in a shopping frenzy for christmas??
If i didnt work boxing day i certainly would not be shopping- i would be with family and enjoyin the christmas break.
Could the shopping centres close for just two days a year for staff to hav a christmas break too?
Your thoughts......

AnnaRack Sat 08-Dec-12 16:35:08

grin nancy66

EnjoyResponsibly Sat 08-Dec-12 14:22:21

But, surely you'd have felt even better if you'd tried the sofa out beforehand and just clicked "buy" online without having to haul arse to the store.

uptheamp Sat 08-Dec-12 14:09:50

oops a sofa not a soft!

uptheamp Sat 08-Dec-12 14:09:29

we bought a soft in the next boxing day sale and it was about £800 off!

it's not rampant consumerism to want to save money, especially during the bloody recession.

just because some people choose to shop rather than walk through the woods then that's up to them!

Nancy66 Sat 08-Dec-12 14:05:08

I am always flabbergasted at people camping out on Christmas night to be first in the queue at....NEXT!

NEXT? Who on earth would sacrifice a nice, cosy Christmas night with their family, a tub on Quality Street on their knee and some old shite on the telly to sleep rough for NEXT? !!

EnjoyResponsibly Sat 08-Dec-12 13:46:15

Mrs BW the financial analysis of the effect of staying open later during the Olympics (for the retailer I work for) suggests otherwise.

The stores were open, people chose not to shop.

MrsBW Fri 07-Dec-12 17:02:23

EnjoyResponsibly - and why do the shopping centres contractually oblige shops to open (in the rare cases that they do?). Yes, you've guessed it... Because people spend a lot of money!!

It costs a lot to keep stores and shopping centres open for a day. Staffing, security, electricity, heat. If there was no profit to be made, they simply wouldn't do it. it's the same with stocking Christmas decorations in September. If people didn't buy them, they'd use the sales floor space for something else.

The stores open because customers shop... Not the other way around.

Hulababy Wed 05-Dec-12 21:24:51

I can't think of much worse tbh. No way do I want to go out shopping on Boxing Day!
Boxing Day is our family get together day - my parents and PILs come over, siblings if around, DD's cousins - we eat, drink, enjoy! No way would I be shopping instead!!!

Cozy9 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:21:26

I think shops should shut on Christmas Eve and stay shut until January 2nd. Except for emergency chemists etc.

OhThePacesYoullGo Wed 05-Dec-12 21:15:52


I'm trying to find childcare cover for Boxing Day, due to my dds dad working due to his shift pattern and my being 'forced' not 'asked' to work, despite this not being my contracted day.

He works for the fire service and I work in retail. His is an 'Emergency service' a job he entered into, happy to accept that he would be working on public holidays. Retail isn't an essential service, your life will not be at risk if you do not get a pair of half price shoes on Boxing Day instead of the 27th.

AnnaRack Wed 05-Dec-12 20:54:08

Yanbu, the whole christmas period is getting more and more commercialised, boxing day sales are all about flogging off tat from 2-3 years ago to people desperate for a "bargain". Wait till mid-jan and they put newer stuff in the sales, qith bigger discounts.
Dont get me wrong, I love a bargain, but just not on boxing day.
I wonder if some people actually do their christmas shopping on boxing day and that's why the shops are so busy?

Worley Wed 05-Dec-12 20:39:32

cortana.. thankyou.
I've not had a Xmas off in 10 years. next year is my turn as I have a whole week off for Xmas with my dc.
last year after I finished my shift I stopped off at the next sale but was pretty rubbish stuff really.. a few of the girls go and que at ridiculous o'clock but I wouldnt go that far!
it's not occurred to me to look at in boxin day instead of popping in there... hmm smile

borisjohnsonshair Wed 05-Dec-12 20:03:35

OP I can't believe that your friends are planning to go shopping at 8am on Boxing Day ... WITH THEIR CHILDREN. WTAF is that all about? Poor, poor kids. No wonder we've got a generation who think everything revolves around money ........... [great big sigh]

kattym Wed 05-Dec-12 20:00:07

I used to work for a well know catalogue shop on the returns desk

the queue on boxing day was 3 hours long at one point and I worked 6 hours without even being able to go to the loo because people were hurling abuse and I even had one man telling me I had to apologise to his DS for ruining his christmas because the gameboy yes it was that long ago santa brought for him was broken, because obviously it was my personal responsibility and absolutely nothing to do with his DS breaking it

I now work for a different retailer and the site on retail parks will be busy

we are a high street store, not in a major town, so we will be dead but because of the national advertising campaign we have to open so the shop will be very tidy on the 27th

christmas day is my day off, I get no additional days off over christmas

it's my choice to work in retail but it's not my choice to work boxing day so please shoppers, be nice to the staff when you do go shopping

LynetteScavo Wed 05-Dec-12 19:57:57

I always think people who go shopping on boxing day must have had a miserable Christmas day.

I can't think of anything worse than going shopping on Christmas day.

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 19:50:15

Rwep I fear it is too late. We have been indoctrinated into the "retail is sport/leisure/religious experience".

But what was interesting was that so few people turned up on Sunday after 5pm in the Summer when the shops were open later to "augment" the Olympic experience and cement the sport/leisure connotation in our minds.

It didn't work because people saw Mo, Jess and Co and didn't say "hot damn, what I really need right now is a new dress". What they said was "let's celebrate together".

I can't understand why Boxing Day has the opposite effect. We spend fortunes on Christmas presents, then refuse to enjoy them or let the kids play with them in favour sad

Startail Wed 05-Dec-12 19:44:29

Two days once year isn't too much to ask.

AfterEightMintyy Wed 05-Dec-12 19:32:21

Yanbu. I cannot for the life of me imagine who goes shopping on Boxing Day and I am quite certain that whoever they are I would never want to have anything to do with them in my rl.

Rwep Wed 05-Dec-12 19:31:25

Ah, but Enjoy, if no-one turned up that would change.

squeakytoy Wed 05-Dec-12 19:30:36

I dont spend the weeks leading upto christmas frantically shopping, nor do I have any family to go to on Boxing Day, so I quite enjoy going out and getting some bargains in the sales.

My husband would rather I buy the boots he wants in the sales for about £50 than before when they will be about £75... he doesnt mind Santa being a day later!

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 19:27:58

Freddie obviously by 27th it's business as usual grin

freddiefrog Wed 05-Dec-12 19:20:03

I hate it too. Boxing Day here is for walking on the beach and eating leftovers

But by the 27th my Christmas money is burning a hole in my pocket grin

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 05-Dec-12 19:17:34

No Mrs BW, stores are also contractually obliged to open by the shopping centres that host them.

So we can all experience the "total retail and leisure experience" that is trudging around in a circle, walking in and out of shops flogging left over sales tat and full only of people getting credit notes, have a yummy high cholesterol lunch and queue for several hours to watch a third rate Christmas movie.

Can't beat it grin

kennyp Wed 05-Dec-12 19:16:29

i was in chichester for boxing day last year (long story) and had a greggs sandwich for lunch. it was a total non event and horrendous and this year we will be going for a big fat hairy walk

TwitchyTail Wed 05-Dec-12 19:14:48

Do it online!

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