Poll posted by BR Natalie
There was a time when the shops didn't open on Boxing Day. I remember it. On Christmas Eve my mum would head to the local shop to stock up on milk and bread. And then came the Boxing Day sales. Suddenly they were the biggest shopping day of the year - forget the Boxing Day Buffet, the place to be was the shopping centre.
This year, on Christmas Eve my inbox was full of emails announcing that the Boxing Day sales would be available online - on Christmas Day. Eh?!
But I had to wonder - is Boxing Day losing it's grip on the best day for sales? With the American pre-Christmas Black Friday becoming standard fare all over the globe, are the best sales now found before Christmas? And is this a response to savvy customers refusing to pay over the odds in the lead up to Christmas?
Or are we consumers simply pawns in the retail game?