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(CBC)   Media finally tackles one of the biggest issues of our time: Should Costco be selling Christmas goods in July?   (cbc.ca ) divider line
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2014-07-31 11:05:28 AM  
Dance floors, on all the talk shows, hot dogs, No-Doz, hot sex in back rows. You know, Hyundais tricked out in Christmas in July. 6.2%, yeah, you fill in the blanks. It's tricky, tutti frutti, automatic bzooty. We are mixing bizness with leather.
 
2014-07-31 11:47:48 AM  
Costco has begun Christmas in July this year, already selling wrapping paper, decorations and other holiday goods in Canada

That's the difference. It gets colder this time of year there in the next few months, eh?
 
2014-07-31 12:01:56 PM  
I'll take "things I couldn't possibly give less of a f*ck about for $1000, Alex".
 
2014-07-31 12:30:39 PM  
See: Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus by Frederik Pohl
 
2014-07-31 02:17:30 PM  
Are people buying Christmas goods in July?  Then yes.
 
2014-07-31 03:54:22 PM  

SundaesChild: Are people buying Christmas goods in July?  Then yes.


Came here to say the same thing.  Costco does not put items out on the sales floor that are not in demand.  Costco has one of the highest sales per square foot of any retailer.  They know what they are doing.
 
2014-07-31 04:54:45 PM  

skinbubble: SundaesChild: Are people buying Christmas goods in July?  Then yes.

Came here to say the same thing.  Costco does not put items out on the sales floor that are not in demand.  Costco has one of the highest sales per square foot of any retailer.  They know what they are doing.


And you have to be a member to shop there, so they cater to their membership. Silly choice of store for a story,
 
2014-07-31 05:52:02 PM  
I don't care what you sell when. What I hate though are big ads and decorations that are out of season. And don't get me started on Christmas music. If I ran a store I'd have a sign on the front door declaring the place free of all Christmas music.
 
2014-07-31 06:29:04 PM  
As long as they sell vodak every time I'm there, I don't care.
 
2014-07-31 06:29:54 PM  
What you don't seem to understand is that the stuff they're selling now is for Christmas 2015!
 
2014-07-31 06:32:39 PM  
Leave that to the specialists, like Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland.
 
2014-07-31 06:44:44 PM  

Russ1642: I don't care what you sell when. What I hate though are big ads and decorations that are out of season. And don't get me started on Christmas music. If I ran a store I'd have a sign on the front door declaring the place free of all Christmas music.


I worked in a grocery store for many years throughout high school and college. Between the day after Thanksgiving and Dec 31 it was non stop Christmas music. I now understand why that guy shot John Lennon, because I sure wanted to after hearing his stupid X-mas song for the millionth time.
 
2014-07-31 06:47:56 PM  
The question really should be "Why did Costco wait until July to sell Christmas goods?"
(Answer:  to avoid being implicated when Fox News goes into its annual snit about the
"War on Christmas", they felt August would be too late.)
 
2014-07-31 06:50:31 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: See: Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus by Frederik Pohl


Not to mention "The Midas Plague". Different focus, similar appetites.
 
2014-07-31 07:19:12 PM  
CostCo has a business model that includes selling to other businesses...So these have to purchase ahead of time to prepare for their own sales or decorations. Welcome to the real world of logistics.
 
2014-07-31 07:33:59 PM  
I bought a kayak in the middle of winter because it was nearly half as much as during the summer. If people are willing to buy whatever it is, why not carry it as long as you're not losing money?
 
2014-07-31 08:27:55 PM  

Russ1642: I don't care what you sell when. What I hate though are big ads and decorations that are out of season. And don't get me started on Christmas music. If I ran a store I'd have a sign on the front door declaring the place free of all Christmas music.


Ding, ding, ding.

I don't care what you sell or when you sell it. Just don't be obnoxious about it.

I loved it last year when Shoppers Drug Mart to so much flak for putting their Christmas music on early that they turned it off and publicly apologized.
 
2014-07-31 08:29:47 PM  
Where else will the Canucks buy their santa hats to keep from freezing to death in August?
 
2014-07-31 09:13:15 PM  

RoxtarRyan: I bought a kayak in the middle of winter because it was nearly half as much as during the summer. If people are willing to buy whatever it is, why not carry it as long as you're not losing money?


That is a good point, but what's the point of selling children's winter jackets now when it is 100 degrees outside? You're rolling the dice on whether or not you can guess their size by the time they need it and if you guess wrong, you're consolation prize is a swimsuit that may or may not fit in a few months when it warms up enough to be able to use it.
 
2014-07-31 10:10:51 PM  

Tobin_Lam: That is a good point, but what's the point of selling children's winter jackets now when it is 100 degrees outside? You're rolling the dice on whether or not you can guess their size by the time they need it and if you guess wrong, you're consolation prize is a swimsuit that may or may not fit in a few months when it warms up enough to be able to use it.


Ugh... I dread clothes shopping for my 6 month old. Babies grow so stinkin' quick. On the other hand, I found this adorable friggin' shark cap that he will only be able to enjoy for a couple more months, tops.

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Worth it!
 
2014-07-31 11:03:27 PM  

RoxtarRyan: Ugh... I dread clothes shopping for my 6 month old. Babies grow so stinkin' quick. On the other hand, I found this adorable friggin' shark cap that he will only be able to enjoy for a couple more months, tops.


It is, and has been my opinion that communities should regularly get together and keep the 0-2T clothes in a community bin, adding as children grow out of them and extracting when new children are born. I saw pairs of 6-12 month pants that were $60 (made in China). I know, I'm a stinking pinko commie, but I'm tired of the almighty dollar controlling mine and everyone else' life.
 
2014-07-31 11:18:56 PM  

ajgeek: It is, and has been my opinion that communities should regularly get together and keep the 0-2T clothes in a community bin, adding as children grow out of them and extracting when new children are born. I saw pairs of 6-12 month pants that were $60 (made in China). I know, I'm a stinking pinko commie, but I'm tired of the almighty dollar controlling mine and everyone else' life.


There may be a few places near you that do sort of do that. There's a sort of "salvation army" in my area for nothing but children's stuff (clothes, changing tables, strollers, cribs, etc), and all of their stuff is pretty dang good quality (plus lets you "trade up" in sizes for clothes if you bring some in).

But $60 for a pair of pants? Fark that. I'll go to Target where they are like $5 on sale. I don't like paying half that for pants for myself.
 
2014-08-01 02:39:01 AM  

ajgeek: RoxtarRyan: Ugh... I dread clothes shopping for my 6 month old. Babies grow so stinkin' quick. On the other hand, I found this adorable friggin' shark cap that he will only be able to enjoy for a couple more months, tops.

It is, and has been my opinion that communities should regularly get together and keep the 0-2T clothes in a community bin, adding as children grow out of them and extracting when new children are born. I saw pairs of 6-12 month pants that were $60 (made in China). I know, I'm a stinking pinko commie, but I'm tired of the almighty dollar controlling mine and everyone else' life.


Kids' consignment shops are your best friend in the early years. It's pretty much a community bin, and the prices you pay are about 1/10 of what you'd  pay new. My kids have great wardrobes without our having to spend the GDP of Lichtenstein on them. (It gets harder as they get older, though. Good luck finding good secondhand pants for a boy over the age of 3 or so. In that case you just have to bite the bullet and pay that $60 for pants which will last more than two months).
 
2014-08-01 09:51:36 AM  
To be honest, Christmas has become such an unstoppable beast, I'm actually surprised retailers don't have at least a little Christmas gear on the shelves year round. The sales per square foot would probably justify it.
 
2014-08-01 12:37:28 PM  

Tobin_Lam: RoxtarRyan: I bought a kayak in the middle of winter because it was nearly half as much as during the summer. If people are willing to buy whatever it is, why not carry it as long as you're not losing money?

That is a good point, but what's the point of selling children's winter jackets now when it is 100 degrees outside? You're rolling the dice on whether or not you can guess their size by the time they need it and if you guess wrong, you're consolation prize is a swimsuit that may or may not fit in a few months when it warms up enough to be able to use it.


People like to stock up on clothing before the school year and not have to deal with it when there's less time for shopping, especially if there's a sales tax holiday.
 
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