Shoppers Storm Livermore Outlets For Black Friday Sales

Paragon Outlets Livermore Valley opened Thursday night for Thanksgiving and Black Friday specials.

Black Friday shopping is officially here.

Shoppers from all over the region stormed the Livermore outlets beginning Thursday night to take advantage of special Black Friday sales. Here are a few photos.

area man November 23, 2012 at 09:12 AM
It's 12:30 at night! For God sakes go home to your families and get to bed.
Cmilos November 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
From what I saw everyone brought their family shopping!! Lol chill out area man, it's a fun tradition once a year. And not everyone has a family to go home to...
James Buckley November 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Black Friday is fine for sales and shopping, but Thanksgiving should remain a national holiday for family and friends with all stores closed for employee respect of the holiday time with family. I support those who want stores closed on Thanksgiving day. Christmas ads before thanksgiving are also offensive. The Toyota Christmas ad filmed in downtown Livermore started running on TV before thanksgiving day. One month lead time from Black Friday to Christmas is enough time needed to pedal your products for Christmas.
Roger V. Tranfaglia November 23, 2012 at 06:27 PM
My last couple of years at The Shack(about 4 years ago) The district manager asked which stores wanted to be open on Thanksgiving. Out of 13 (or so)stores one or two chose to do so.
Cmilos November 23, 2012 at 07:16 PM
People relax! It's shopping, people are working - making $$$ and growing the economy. Woot
area man November 23, 2012 at 07:40 PM
@Cmilo; With no disrespect here. We believe the real tradition today on Thanksgiving day is Thanksgiving. It is a holiday which we are giving thanks to our many blessing that include the accompaniment of family. We have many days of the the year we can gather worldly possessions. So @Cmilo give thanks to those you love and then go spend a little money. LOL.
Cmilos November 23, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Area man, trust me I spent 9am till 10pm with my loving family :) had a great Thanksgiving! After they leave I believe late night Xmas shopping to save money on gifts for my family was well worth it all! I don't make a lot of money so I am so happy I was able to get my family nice gifts for a great price
Pliney the Younger November 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I agree with Mr. Buckley and area man, but let's face it as long as customers show up to spend money then greed will win out. A customer boycott would kill the Thanksgiving day sales entirely. Obviously not enough people feel the same way.
MTOL November 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
No matter how you shake it, this middle of the night shopping thing IS affecting families. Just one example: my sister and her two teenage sons couldn't join our larger extended family for Thanksgiving because they live about 2.5 hours away and were afraid they wouldn't be able to get back in time for the two teenage boys middle-of-the-night shifts at a big chain. The boys have been hired as seasonal employees and were afraid they'd get fired if they didn't "be team players" and work the shifts the store asked them to work. Why can't the stores offer their BIG sales on Black Friday DURING THE DAY? Why does it have to be through the middle of the night on Thanksgiving? The spirit of it feels more greedy than thankful. (Greedy on everyone's part - merchants and shoppers.)
Matt November 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Area man has it right. There is plenty of time to shop without having to do it Thanksgiving night. Not only do the shoppers have their own priorities out of whack, but it tears a bunch of other folks away from their families to serve them. It's a sad commentary.
SKWAGG November 24, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Im sorry but if retailers want to have THEIR stores open on Thanksgiving then good for them. If you do not want to work on Thanksgiving then don't work retail. My husband is a firefighter and we do not get to celebrate holidays together. What about police? What about our soldiers? Its not offensive its how the world works. Not everyone has that ability to spend it together. I spend more time with my family because we do it together and its fun. Times are changing get prepared because shopping has gotten earlier and earlier.
John MacDougall November 24, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Serving the public as a Police Officer or Firefighter is not remotely the same as serving the greed and publicity mongering of corporate retailers, and I'm surprised you act as if is. Your firefighter husband also has the benefit of being protected by a union, a benefit which the workers that are forced to work these venal shifts do not enjoy. No small retailer keeps THEIR store open on Thanksgiving, because they care about their employees - the big boxes only care about money.
sonja williamson November 24, 2012 at 06:27 AM
All Black Friday reminds me of is people who love their stuff and want to buy more stuff for them, their family and friends instead of using Thanksgiving for the reason it was intended.
Sunshine November 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I think it 's really sad that Thanksgiving has been corrupted by the greedy big box retailers where making $$ is way more important than the true value of the Holiday. Speaking to a employee who had to work the midnight shift at one of these stores, he had to try and sleep all day Thursday duirng the day so he could stay awake for his all nighter. That is just wrong. For employees who had to work, it does ruin their Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has evolved into a day where it is not about spending time with those you love and value, it's now all about money...greed, money, loss of values. Look at the family that the bride was killed in the auto accident when the dad veered off the road (they think he fell asleep) after midnight shopping at the Outlets in Galt. Now, they have no daughter to celebrate life with, no marriage and it also effected the CHP they ran into. Just wrong...
The Real Anon November 26, 2012 at 01:08 AM
When I was there I noticed that most of the shoppers were Asian - that is, they culturally have no Thanksgiving tradition. Perhaps the more Americanized ones, but I know lots of immigrants who have been here since the 70s and never celebrated Thanksgiving. Indians don't celebrate Thanksgiving.
Suzanne November 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
...there are no outlets in Galt.
Kathy Montgomery November 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
That is a very sad situation, yes. It is another reminder to buckle up, since that was how the 3 or 4 deaths occurred in that accident. They were ejected. That bride to be would still be getting married if she buckled up. It is also a reminder to not drive while drowsy; that is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. The Outlet in Galt is not to blame, it is the decisions of the cars occupants that led to this tragedy, unfortunately. Buckle up and don't drive while drowsy....


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