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Save Black Friday

It's with a heavy heart I type these words. Time magazine's website is reporting that Black Friday, the ancient holiday celebrating American values and officially starting the holiday season, is facing possible extinction. Apparently, Americans are no longer going out in the same numbers and are spending less. I'll let Time explain:
A study from Accenture estimated that 44% of consumers were likely to go shopping on Black Friday 2011, down from 52% in 2009.... Last year, shoppers spent $11.2 billion in physical stores on Black Friday, a decline of 1.8% compared to Black Friday 2011, according to ShopperTrak. That's huge. Granted, it could be worse. I mean, it's not an undeniable sign of imminent extinction like, say, a magazine's circulation dropping almost 35% in a single year, but Black Friday is clearly threatened.

Brad Tuttle, writing for Time, goes on to probe the cause of this frightening prospect:
Part of the reason for the decline in spending is that co…