About two months ago, the Boxing Day phenomenon was discussed at length here, and laid to rest, so it seemed....
I commented, somewhat facetiously, that it would soon become "Boxing Year" the way retail greed was progressing...
Well, it seems I am a prophet: a Nationwide Chain of furniture stores here, who blast us with boxing day ads annually, had decided to "hold over" their Boxing Week sale this week. Ummm Guys.... it's March.... no more "Holly Jolly"..... Tax Time now. Credit Card bills are in. Sheesh.
It's getting to be like car dealers..... Big Sale All The Time!!!!!! Hurry!!! Hurry!!!! But the Prices never seem to change.
Just 1 month to go until the "Cruise Cynic Mystery Cruise" ... January 2008
At our local store, the Easter merchandise went up the day after Saint Valentine's day.
As for Christmas, the last several years I've been referring to it as the Retailing Season. This last year, the merchandise began going up just after Labor Day weekend. If the retailers had it their way, the Retailing Season would go all year 'round.
In the U.S. the Retailing Season accounts for 40% of retailer's yearly income. So naturally, the retailers want to stretch the season out as far as possible. And of course, they can't do that without our help. Instead of discouraging this behaviour, we the consumers are actually encouraging it.
I met a lady last summer and we had this very discussion. And she was wishing the retailers would get their merchandise out in August! She made seasonal trinkets, and needed to get her supplies earlier.
And this is exactly what has gone wrong with with Christmas.......