We talk a lot about the trials and travails of navigating the financial burdens of Black Friday: the day after Thanksgiving when most major retailers open early and often to officially kick off the seasonal shopping season exceptional prices to encourage cost-conscious consumers to head to their stores for the impending holiday purchases. But this year, with stores vying for shoppers with even earlier openings at midnight, lines are blurring between the holidays and the holiday shopping season, much to the chagrin of retail employees and an American public frustrated with big business interests on Wall Street and its impact on families on Main Street.

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