As I was navigating through my sale emails on Monday I was struck by one thing. Everything was “on sale” for a limited time. Very limited. Just hours! “Hurry up” was subtlety flashing on the screen. Some had clocks ticking with the number of hours and minutes left. The next day the sales were extended! It was a Christmas miracle! Woo hoo! Retailers exasperate me.
There were a few items I wanted to buy. I waited for Cyber Monday hoping to get a better price. Not really. There were great sales, just not items I wanted. They were the wrong color or a more basic model than I was looking for. I did buy a few things but I’m not convinced that the price was any better than normal sales. Or Fridays.
What’s with putting the crappy colors on sale? There is a lingerie store I like. This fall they introduced two lovely prints. All that was left was an XL. Nothing in my size. However, they had a lot of dull, dingy prints on sale. If you are a retailer, why wouldn’t you make more of your beautiful textiles and a few dingy ones for those earthy people who don’t like color? (I have this vision of the board room where the CEO said “Let’s make 10,000 of those crappy colors and 1,000 of that beautiful print! That will show those customers!”) If I wanted it, I would have had to pay full price as soon as it came out.
Starbucks’ new holiday flavor is juniper latte. I can’t even imagine what that tastes like but it doesn’t sound good. Maybe gin? Or like Christmas greens? I’ll stick to the mocha thank you.
On a very positive note, Tuesday was “giving day.” Many organizations had donors ready to match contributions. PayPal had special deals too for charity organizations. If you give at the holidays, this was the day to do it.