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(CNBC)   Desperate retailers start their Christmas sales in August. Thanks, Obama Claus   (cnbc.com) divider line 79
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2013-08-22 12:21:54 PM
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2013-08-22 12:38:30 PM
Are they putting Christmas items on sale or are they just renaming the August sales they have always had to get rid of stock to make room for seasonal orders? August is the biggest gift show in New York (after January) and it's when most retailers start ordering holiday items. I don't know of anyone who even orders for Christmas before then. Well, we used to order our snow globes pretty early but that was because they came from Austria and they wouldn't ship in the colder months in case they froze and cracked. I have to admit it was weird to unpack them in the summer. Soothing though in a way.
 
2013-08-22 12:58:12 PM
I hope they are.  I want to see Christmas displays in the stores.  I want to shop for an ornament or two.  I think what I'm saying is I farking HATE the time period from August 15 or so until October 1st.  It's hot, I gotta start teaching, there aren't any other good holidays.
 
2013-08-22 12:58:14 PM

ginandbacon: Are they putting Christmas items on sale or are they just renaming the August sales they have always had to get rid of stock to make room for seasonal orders? August is the biggest gift show in New York (after January) and it's when most retailers start ordering holiday items. I don't know of anyone who even orders for Christmas before then. Well, we used to order our snow globes pretty early but that was because they came from Austria and they wouldn't ship in the colder months in case they froze and cracked. I have to admit it was weird to unpack them in the summer. Soothing though in a way.


When I worked retail (1984-1997) Christmas items were put out in August. Hallmark puts their ornaments out then and department stores I worked at also put Christmas stuff out then.
 
2013-08-22 01:00:03 PM

teto85: [cdn2-b.examiner.com image 505x331]


I love this meme/info-graphic.
They either have to admit that they are wrong about something or admit that they are logically inconsistent.
Either way, they are wrong.
 
2013-08-22 01:07:23 PM

Walker: ginandbacon: Are they putting Christmas items on sale or are they just renaming the August sales they have always had to get rid of stock to make room for seasonal orders? August is the biggest gift show in New York (after January) and it's when most retailers start ordering holiday items. I don't know of anyone who even orders for Christmas before then. Well, we used to order our snow globes pretty early but that was because they came from Austria and they wouldn't ship in the colder months in case they froze and cracked. I have to admit it was weird to unpack them in the summer. Soothing though in a way.

When I worked retail (1984-1997) Christmas items were put out in August. Hallmark puts their ornaments out then and department stores I worked at also put Christmas stuff out then.


That's shelving space which is controlled by manufacturers, not retailers. Retailers are managing inventory. I've only worked for independent retailers and we never gave up shelves to Christmas in August. We just had "End of Summer" sales to get rid of stock.
 
2013-08-22 01:30:44 PM
The only thing they're desperate for is the opportunity to continue to underpay their employees.
 
2013-08-22 01:39:07 PM

namatad: I love this meme/info-graphic.
They either have to admit that they are wrong about something or admit that they are logically inconsistent.
Either way, they are wrong.


They have to admit no such thing. Ignoring that meme requires no more effort than pointing out Obama raised taxes on the rich, and that's if the person isn't feeling particularly creative.
 
2013-08-22 01:43:45 PM
So does that mean that the War on Christmas is over and that Christians have won?
 
2013-08-22 01:46:34 PM
And this is what you get when you make the foundation of your capitalistic utopia based on a religious holiday.
 
2013-08-22 02:09:46 PM
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2013-08-22 02:20:54 PM
i had my christmas shopping done by new years
 
2013-08-22 02:21:45 PM
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2013-08-22 02:23:14 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: i had my christmas shopping done by new years


Little Billy's really going to be upset when he finds his new puppy.
 
2013-08-22 02:23:25 PM
IMO, GOOD!

Summer sucks! Die, Summer. Die Die DIE!!
 
2013-08-22 02:24:22 PM

teto85: [cdn2-b.examiner.com image 505x331]


I use this argument all the time with Conservatives who go off on Obama and the economy.  I don't think most of them are smart enough to understand it though.
 
2013-08-22 02:24:23 PM
I really don't participate in Christmas, so thanks but no thanks.
 
2013-08-22 02:24:28 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: i had my christmas shopping done by new years


But dad I don't want an i-Phone 4
 
2013-08-22 02:24:50 PM
Last year we had our first 'buy nothing for others' xmas, and just gathered, drank and had a pot luck.  It was awesome.  Well, my baby niece will be getting presents.
 
2013-08-22 02:26:10 PM
Obama's time machine has disrupted the time stream!

Somebody call the Doctor!
 
2013-08-22 02:26:32 PM
This is the best "thanks, Obama" I've read on Fark - so... kudos subby.  I chortled.
 
2013-08-22 02:27:16 PM
If you are an atheist this type of stuff seems silly.
 
2013-08-22 02:28:02 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: So does that mean that the War on Christmas is over and that Christians have won?


No, it's just an opening gambit. By October the Islami-Atheist-Commies will have started a major counter push, casualities will be in the high non-existant, and by December 23rd everyone will be back to saying "I triple dog dare you" as a greeting.
 
2013-08-22 02:28:13 PM

Dinjiin: [images12.fotki.com image 500x310]



That's the truth.  I love Christmas, but it's disturbing to see egg nog for sale BEFORE HALLOWEEN.
 
2013-08-22 02:28:25 PM
Yo!  Subby!  Here's a hint:

The big corps have taken most of the money from the individual by now and are starting to feed on each other................
 
2013-08-22 02:30:33 PM
 
2013-08-22 02:33:55 PM
School supplies were in the stores in early July, Halloween will be as soon as they clear the aisles of that in a week.
Nothing new in the game of retail.
 
2013-08-22 02:34:40 PM
My book sales have been way up for the past three weeks as compared to June- July. As it is every year. People really don't buy my interesting books for vacation reading.
 
2013-08-22 02:36:05 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: School supplies were in the stores in early July, Halloween will be as soon as they clear the aisles of that in a week.
Nothing new in the game of retail.



I shiat you not....I saw Halloween stuff for sale in my local Safeway last week.
 
2013-08-22 02:37:35 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: School supplies were in the stores in early July, Halloween will be as soon as they clear the aisles of that in a week.
Nothing new in the game of retail.


Halloween candy is up in the grocery stores here already. This is my beef with that.

Remember when you'd trick or treat, then eat up all the good candy in the first two weeks of November? Then by the 3rd week the candy bowl was forgotten and neglected, because all the good stuff was gone, and only the black and orange taffies and the Bit-O-Honeys were left? Then Mom would throw it out by Thanksgiving because the remaining candy was "old?"

So how is candy bought in August, distributed in October, and eaten in November not already old?
 
2013-08-22 02:40:24 PM

JerkyMeat: And this is what you get when you make the foundation of your capitalistic utopia based on a religious holiday.


profile.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2013-08-22 02:43:59 PM

darth_badger: If you are an atheist this type of stuff seems silly.


Nnnnnot really. Contrary to popular belief(literally!), Christmas really isn't much of a religious holiday. Besides, we find the people who go off their rockers about the "war on xmas!" entertaining.
 
2013-08-22 02:44:08 PM

Pincy: teto85: [cdn2-b.examiner.com image 505x331]

I use this argument all the time with Conservatives who go off on Obama and the economy.  I don't think most of them are smart enough to understand it though.


Are you smart enough to understand that not one damn thing has changed, and Obama's "hope and change" bullshiat was just that? Did Guantanamo get closed? NO. Did the Patriot ActTM get repealed, or at least scaled back? NO.

See, everyone wants to pick a side...but yer farked, no matter what "side" you're defending, because they're the FARKING SAME! If it makes you feel good to run to your battle stations, then good for you, but sit down and think about how much this system has changed since Obama got elected. It hasn't, because Obama is a farking Chicago politician. No better or worse than Romney would have been.
 
2013-08-22 02:45:37 PM

TV's Vinnie: IMO, GOOD!

Summer sucks! Die, Summer. Die Die DIE!!


You sound fat, pasty, unathletic and unattractive in a swimsuit.
 
2013-08-22 02:52:10 PM

verbaltoxin: Random Anonymous Blackmail: School supplies were in the stores in early July, Halloween will be as soon as they clear the aisles of that in a week.
Nothing new in the game of retail.

Halloween candy is up in the grocery stores here already. This is my beef with that.

Remember when you'd trick or treat, then eat up all the good candy in the first two weeks of November? Then by the 3rd week the candy bowl was forgotten and neglected, because all the good stuff was gone, and only the black and orange taffies and the Bit-O-Honeys were left? Then Mom would throw it out by Thanksgiving because the remaining candy was "old?"

So how is candy bought in August, distributed in October, and eaten in November not already old?


It's still in a bag. Makes a difference somehow.
 
2013-08-22 02:54:30 PM
I think we should restructure either tax season or Xmas.  Like, I could use my refund for Xmas shopping.  The alternative to most people is to wrack up CC debt like crazy, and even if they use their return to pay it off, it comes with an interest tag, thereby costing you even more.
 
2013-08-22 02:56:40 PM
Pumpkin beers were already on the shelves of my local packie.
It's not even Labor Day...

/Hail to the Pumking baby!
 
2013-08-22 02:57:01 PM

monoski: Dead for Tax Reasons: i had my christmas shopping done by new years

But dad I don't want an i-Phone 4


/It's OK honey, it's got that new phone smell...
//Smell it.
 
2013-08-22 03:00:06 PM
Why we fight. The War on Christmas.

Maybe I should write a book for the Christmas market. Too late, I imagine.
 
2013-08-22 03:01:42 PM

Pied Penguin: monoski: Dead for Tax Reasons: i had my christmas shopping done by new years

But dad I don't want an i-Phone 4

/It's OK honey, it's got that new phone smell...
//Smell it.


Smells good to me
 
2013-08-22 03:02:26 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: i had my christmas shopping done by new years


Your kids want this years sneakers
Not ones left over from last years sales
They'll get beaten on for sure
Why do you hate your children
 
2013-08-22 03:04:32 PM

oh_please: Pincy: teto85: [cdn2-b.examiner.com image 505x331]

I use this argument all the time with Conservatives who go off on Obama and the economy.  I don't think most of them are smart enough to understand it though.

Are you smart enough to understand that not one damn thing has changed, and Obama's "hope and change" bullshiat was just that? Did Guantanamo get closed? NO. Did the Patriot ActTM get repealed, or at least scaled back? NO.

See, everyone wants to pick a side...but yer farked, no matter what "side" you're defending, because they're the FARKING SAME! If it makes you feel good to run to your battle stations, then good for you, but sit down and think about how much this system has changed since Obama got elected. It hasn't, because Obama is a farking Chicago politician. No better or worse than Romney would have been.


Lewis Black said it best: "The only thing dumber than a Democrat or a Republican is when those pricks work together. You see, in our two-party system, the Democrats are the party of no ideas and the Republicans are the party of bad ideas. It usually goes something like this. A Republican will stand up in Congress and say, "I've got a really bad idea." And a Democrat will immediately jump to his feet and declare, "And I can make it shiattier." "
 
2013-08-22 03:05:22 PM
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2013-08-22 03:10:19 PM

teto85: [cdn2-b.examiner.com image 505x331]


The existence of Crony Capitalism is not evidence that Capitalism doesn't work.

One could make the argument that Obama did not hold anyone to the fire after the financial meltdown. No one has been jailed for that, no one. That's crony capitalism for you, since the money finances the campaigns, the politicians look the other way when it comes to capitalist mis-deeds.
 
2013-08-22 03:10:27 PM
I worked at craft store called Hobby Lobby, and they started to get christmas stuff in march. We were not allowed to start putting it out for sale until after July 4th.

One of the most depressing things I can remember from my short time there.

//enjoys looking at all the new hallmark ornaments though.
 
2013-08-22 03:15:22 PM
During a recent family outing when people were talking about summer almost being over I "tried" to cheer them up by saying only 120 shopping days till Christmas. So I'm getting a real kick...

/room temperature story bro
//their annoyed groans made it worthwhile
 
2013-08-22 03:16:41 PM
They can push the shopping all they want, but I'm waiting til Christmas Eve, as always.
 
2013-08-22 03:17:50 PM
 
2013-08-22 03:20:33 PM

Chiquidin: I worked at craft store called Hobby Lobby, and they started to get christmas stuff in march. We were not allowed to start putting it out for sale until after July 4th.

One of the most depressing things I can remember from my short time there.

//enjoys looking at all the new hallmark ornaments though.


HL often gets their Christmas goods on significant discount from other retailers who want/need to liquidate at the end of the year. It's a fine strategy as long as you don't mind carrying other retailers' leftovers at Christmas.
 
2013-08-22 03:21:51 PM
i've never loved holiday shopping but i liked seeing the displays and such but this kind of crap just ensures that i won't go into a mall until feb now. i've done 100% of my holiday purchases on amazon for the last few years and it has been great.
 
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