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It keeps coming earlier each year

I was in town this afternoon to do the weekly grocery shopping.  I also wanted to go to Foot Locker in the mall to price out some golf shoes, since I have a 25% off coupon.  But when I got there, the parking lot was almost completely full!  I didn't feel like fighting the crowds, so I left.  Costco's parking lot was fuller than usual too.  And there was a lot more traffic than usual on the road on the way home.  I keep hearing all these dire predictions about the upcoming Christmas shopping season, but if the malls are full 2 weeks BEFORE Thanksgiving, this looks more like boom than bust.

They've started running Christmas commercials on TV, and there are decorations and stuff up around the malls.  Costco has had Christmas stuff since September and Wal*Mart was playing Christmas music before Halloween! 

I've heard of keeping the Christmas spirit all year long, but this is getting ridiculous.


( 3 pieces of cheese — Leave some cheese )
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
All the retailers are getting their Christmas tree on especially early this year because they're all scared shitless that nobody will buy anything.
Nov. 16th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Shouldn't they be staying at home, guarding their mattresses?
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Actually, the strategy for early X-mas shopping season might be:
1: to get everyone out shopping now before the news gets even worse, assuming it does.
2: the non-Xmas sales aren't working, so accelerate to the Xmas stuff.
3: to give everyone more time to shop for Xmas stuff, in case the news doesn't get so much worse.
4: increase the numbers they report for the X-mas shopping sales this year all they can by increasing the length of the season so it encompasses more sales whether those are X-mas related or not. :-P

Edited at 2008-11-17 05:51 am (UTC)
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