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REI Closing for Black Friday

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Just got this email from REI. 

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This Black Friday the co-op is doing something different. We’re closing all 143 of our stores. Instead of reporting to work, we’re paying our employees to do what we love most—be outside.
 
We want you, our members, to be the first to hear—not just what we’re doing, but why.
 
We’re passionate about bringing you great gear, but we’re even more passionate about the experiences it unlocks for all of us. Perhaps John Muir said it best back in 1901: “thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.”
 
We think Black Friday is the perfect day to remind people of this essential truth.
 
And don’t worry, as a member you’ll still enjoy great deals on great gear all holiday season long. But on this one day, we’re going to #OptOutside and we want you to join us.
 
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While the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we hope to see you in the great outdoors. Visit optoutside.rei.com and you’ll discover great ways to #OptOutside from coast to coast.
 
Let’s get out there,
REI

 

Personally I think this is a good idea. In a world where Black Friday sales are bleeding into Thursday night openings and causing retail employees to have to work odd shifts instead of spend time with their families, it's nice to see someone doing the opposite. 

post #2 of 6

The only products I ever buy on Black Friday is a tree from a local lot that funds a charity that I like to support.   I'll occasionally buy a lift ticket but prefer make Thanksgiving Saturday the first ski day each season when possible.

post #3 of 6

I prefer White Friday to support local ski areas. Fresh snow on sale last year at Bristol NY.

 

post #4 of 6

It's nice to see REI bucking the trend.  I'm sure their employees appreciate this greatly.  Thumbs up, REI!

post #5 of 6

Well done REI!  

post #6 of 6
It'd still be nice to have tax free/deep discounts on Internet purchases.
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