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(NPR)   Have you already purchased a Christmas tree this year? Here's why you probably paid more money for a smaller, uglier bush than you paid in past years   ( npr.org) divider line
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2017-12-10 08:38:28 PM  
biatch, by bush is glorious. Don't project
 
2017-12-10 08:41:40 PM  

poorjon: biatch, by bush is glorious. Don't project


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2017-12-10 09:47:39 PM  
Yeah, but still
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2017-12-10 11:33:36 PM  
Hey guys... What's going on in this thread?
 
2017-12-10 11:38:44 PM  
Tis the season to trim the tree.
 
2017-12-10 11:40:26 PM  
We prefer the term "Hanukkah Bush".
 
2017-12-10 11:40:32 PM  
Let me guess, the Free Market Recession bled the tree industry, and 10 years later that shortage is manifesting on the consumers' end?

*clicks*

Yep, carry on.
 
2017-12-10 11:44:06 PM  
'Murica.
 
2017-12-10 11:47:15 PM  
Americans are getting a shorter, lamer bush than they had 10 years before? But enough about the 2000 election.
 
2017-12-10 11:50:17 PM  
I bought an artificial to match my seasonal spirit.
 
2017-12-10 11:57:49 PM  

bearded clamorer: Hey guys... What's going on in this thread?


Username checks out.
 
2017-12-10 11:59:29 PM  
NPR repeat or Fark repeat?
 
2017-12-10 11:59:41 PM  
The same fake fiber optic tree for about 20 years now.
 
2017-12-11 12:05:22 AM  
We went fake a few years ago. Too small of a living room combined with an ever growing family.

Miss the tree smell. Don't miss the needle clean up or the cats trying to climb it.
 
2017-12-11 12:05:52 AM  
There's an interesting economics thing going on there. The sellers might be able make as much selling fewer trees by keeping the market tight. And that goes out to the stores peddling Chinese made fakes, provided you can all run out by December 20th.
 
2017-12-11 12:07:45 AM  
Huh. I bought a tree the day after Thanksgiving, it looks great and was cheaper than last year.
 
2017-12-11 12:10:43 AM  
Just steel the one in Town square.
 
2017-12-11 12:12:18 AM  
Paid $34.95 for a "6-7 ft" Fraiser Fir that was actually 9ft because Home Depot tagged them wrong.
Last year we paid the same for a tree that was a foot shorter.
 
2017-12-11 12:14:10 AM  
Inflation?
 
2017-12-11 12:15:03 AM  
you probably paid more money for a smaller, uglier bush than you paid in past years.

Yeah, inflation and all.
Just gotta be more selective about which lamp-post you shop under.
 
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2017-12-11 12:17:47 AM  

frostus: We went fake a few years ago. Too small of a living room combined with an ever growing family.

Miss the tree smell. Don't miss the needle clean up or the cats trying to climb it.


We went fake because of the lights, the maintenance, and the disposal. Plus if you get a real tree far enough ahead to enjoy it for the season you have to worry about the house burning down by the actual holiday.

/lots of arguments with birth-family over the tree in years past
//easier to just get the box out of the storage room and set up the four segments and plug 'em in
///no problems with the lights
 
2017-12-11 12:20:49 AM  
Haven't had a tree up in over 10 years. I got a little tree in a pot a week ago, about a foot tall I would say. Going to bring it in for a few days and put a tiny string of lights on it before it goes back out to hopefully live. Might need to repot it though.
 
2017-12-11 12:24:22 AM  
I have hardwood floors.
 
2017-12-11 12:25:45 AM  
We went fake a few years back when I worked as a concierge; the toity building I worked at was throwing away a quality fake tree because they didn't want to spend the time to detangle the lights. It's served us well since, and is 'adjustable' to smaller spaces by only using the top section, or by shaping branches into a corner, etc.

Saves time, doesn't shed needles, etc.
 
2017-12-11 12:26:38 AM  
We just got ours today from a farm in Poolesville, MD. He's a fat, happy tree, and cost $50, which is on the low end around these parts.

So...I got mine, and fark your bush?
 
2017-12-11 12:44:58 AM  

stuffy: Just steel the one in Town square.


Fake report, sad!
 
2017-12-11 12:56:04 AM  

frostus: We went fake a few years ago. Too small of a living room combined with an ever growing family.

Miss the tree smell. Don't miss the needle clean up or the cats trying to climb it.


Even with a big one, fake is better.  I've got an 11' artificial Frasier fir that I got a few years back that is real enough that you won't know it unless you touched it (especially after being covered with lights/ornaments).  The four pieces snap together like stacked umbrellas in about 2 minutes and then I spend another 10 fluffing.  End of the year is about 2 minutes of unstack and fold the umbrellas.

/Pre-lit trees are for morons
//If you really want a steal on an artificial tree buy a pre-lit tree with dead lights off of Craigslist after the holidays and just cut all of the lights out.
 
2017-12-11 01:09:39 AM  

RogermcAllen: frostus: We went fake a few years ago. Too small of a living room combined with an ever growing family.

Miss the tree smell. Don't miss the needle clean up or the cats trying to climb it.

Even with a big one, fake is better.  I've got an 11' artificial Frasier fir that I got a few years back that is real enough that you won't know it unless you touched it (especially after being covered with lights/ornaments).  The four pieces snap together like stacked umbrellas in about 2 minutes and then I spend another 10 fluffing.  End of the year is about 2 minutes of unstack and fold the umbrellas.

/Pre-lit trees are for morons
//If you really want a steal on an artificial tree buy a pre-lit tree with dead lights off of Craigslist after the holidays and just cut all of the lights out.


Ours is just a little 3 - 4 footer that we stick out on the three season deck (sliding glass door from the living room opens to the deck). That way the tree isn't taking up valuable living room real estate when everybody comes over but we can still see the lights and get the Yuletime feeling.
 
AOW
2017-12-11 01:24:16 AM  
I have a menorah and a manger scene, never seen the appeal of dragging a tree inside.


/Split household, I'm jewish, wife and most of the kids are lutheran
 
2017-12-11 01:39:59 AM  
Step 2:  Fewer people buy trees due to the increased cost and lower quality, or choose alternatives to the trees.

Step 3:  MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING CHRISTMAS!
 
2017-12-11 02:33:28 AM  
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2017-12-11 02:47:55 AM  
I love the scent of a real tree. I love the splash of green it makes in the house. However thanks to (A) assorted eco-nuts telling me how bad it is to harvest a real tree (B) more eco-nuts telling me how bad it is to harvest a tree designed to be harvested (C) how bad the harvesting of trees are because (1) it reduces our atmosphere's ability to clean the air (2) it reduces our planets ability to produce oxygen (3) how bad and controlling the lumber industry is as they gobble up land and (4) how their replanting of harvested areas consists only of fast growing, less dense, weaker pines and not hard woods which is not good and (5) PROTECT THE FORESTS; i stopped having a real tree decades ago.

So now I have a couple of reusable, plastic and wire ones that fold up and slide into boxes and are about 4 feet tall. (I suspect that the making of them did more damage to the planet than did harvesting trees planted specifically to harvest.)

However, I live in what used to be a lush area of forest, which is now basically a suburb, but I can still wander out into some untouched patches and bring home a couple of freshly sawed off branches to get that great aroma again.

Besides, I thinking paying $50 and more for something I used to pay $5 for is ludicrous. I'd buy a potted tree which I could replant after the season, helping the planet, but they're not exactly cheap either. Anyhow,I don't think I can squeeze another tree in my yard. One of which is an 80 foot old growth pine.

Fear not, however, those poverty stricken pine farmers from 10 years ago are going to do very, very well on this years crop, especially now that the news has mentioned it. I figure next they'll get the idea of creating shortages for the bucks, like the food industry has done before.
 
2017-12-11 02:51:06 AM  
uglier bush

Hey, you've got your fetishes, I've got mine.
 
2017-12-11 03:24:46 AM  
Have a 7 ft pencil tree I got on clearance at Menards. Priced at $69 and I got it for $20. White twinkling lights and....done.
We had a manger my father in law built but our cat kept knocking over the figurines and taking a nap in it so it's in storage.
 
2017-12-11 03:35:01 AM  
So, my husband goes out and buys a fake tree this year. It's our first tree together as a married couple on our own, but with the cats, we know not to get a real one. Anyway, after I literally electrocuted myself trying to fix a broken bulb, we return it, and now we have a 7 1/2 ft tall one that is actually pretty nice. First year with a fake one, and I miss the smell but I don't think i'll miss the cleanup.
 
2017-12-11 04:24:55 AM  
I've seen them as low as $10 around here. I think the most I've ever paid is $25.
 
2017-12-11 04:34:24 AM  
Bought an artificial tree with built in LEDs a few years back.  I have no intent of ever dealing with a real one again, ever.
 
2017-12-11 06:04:54 AM  
We have an artificial, my Wife said not to set it up this year, since we won't be here. Plus, one Son got an Xbox one, and the other son got his car paid off, about 4 years early. That's it. We give to each other, and we don't buy anything for my ex. The rest of my family is in Texas.
 
2017-12-11 06:41:18 AM  
The only time I've had a tree since leaving the bosom of the family home was when I had a roommate who worked in a nursery.  We didn't have a stand or ornaments, so we hung the tree from a microphone stand into a Bustelo can of water.  Ghetto Christmas.
 
2017-12-11 08:03:29 AM  

Ex-Texan: We have an artificial, my Wife said not to set it up this year, since we won't be here. Plus, one Son got an Xbox one, and the other son got his car paid off, about 4 years early. That's it. We give to each other, and we don't buy anything for my ex. The rest of my family is in Texas.


Is that why you hang your hat in Tennessee?
 
2017-12-11 08:33:24 AM  

frostus: We went fake a few years ago. Too small of a living room combined with an ever growing family.

Miss the tree smell. Don't miss the needle clean up or the cats trying to climb it.


We went artificial this year, as Mrs. Harlee wanted to have a white tree with blue ornaments. We got a cheap $40 all-white tree from Walmart. The "needles" are white plastic fuzz. We got this rather than a flocked tree because the damned cats would try to eat the flocking.

I thought it would be hideous, but it actually looks damned good. Especially with cats in it. Yes, until we got out the dust buster air bottle, both cats were obsessed with climbing into the tree. Picture: totally white tree, clear lights, blue ornaments and blue poinsettia leaves... and a black cat and a Siamese cat nestled half way up in the tree, peering out.
 
2017-12-11 08:49:22 AM  
Huh. I back my car out of the driveway, drive half a mile, and pay 20 bucks Canadian to cut down my own. One of the advantages of living in the country, I guess.
 
2017-12-11 08:58:11 AM  
Yep, those buggers.

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2017-12-11 09:33:25 AM  
I called BS on this story before...

Farmers don't stop planting corn and beans after a bad year.
 
2017-12-11 10:04:48 AM  
I live in a house with short ceilings, I can afford an extra dollar.
 
2017-12-11 10:04:51 AM  
Our tree is from a remote little farm in West Virginia. Seems a little retarded and smells funny, but it's nice. Tree is good too.
 
2017-12-11 11:02:14 AM  

haolegirl: Anyway, after I literally electrocuted myself


Wow, and you can still post on fark!
The undead are real!
 
2017-12-11 11:13:32 AM  
Got married last year, wife came with a fake tree.

Pre lit, sets up in about 15 min.  No water, no needles, cat's don't try and climb it.

Wife ain't too bad either.  She's fun on cruises and likes to drink.  No Fark handle yet, though.
 
2017-12-11 11:53:15 AM  
e·lec·tro·cute
əˈlektrəˌkyoot/
verb
past tense: electrocuted; past participle: electrocuted
injure or kill someone by electric shock.
"a man was electrocuted when he switched on the Christmas tree lights"

And it hurt like a sonofabiatch
 
2017-12-11 11:54:06 AM  

haolegirl: So, my husband goes out and buys a fake tree this year. It's our first tree together as a married couple on our own, but with the cats, we know not to get a real one. Anyway, after I literally electrocuted myself trying to fix a broken bulb, we return it, ...


Is that something you want to admit to? I have to assume it had incandescent bulbs. Did you shock yourself on an exposed wire to the socket, or an actual broken bulb?
Broken wire- yup, take it back... Broken bulb- Unplug  the light set and change the bulb.
 
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