Lots of stories right now on the less than stellar numbers of people Christmas shopping, business observers are calling it lackluster. Fewer shoppers, more stock in stores, now big discounts. If I had to guess as to why the stores haven't seen as much traffic since the Black Friday weekend, it's because so many of us are now shopping online. We did as much online this year as ever before and if you know what you want, it's so much easier than schlepping store to store. We'll see when the final numbers come out.
But here's an item that struck me funny this morning. The Post-Dispatch did a front page story on the lackluster shopping and reported on this:
"One holiday product line that did receive considerable buzz this year was the designer gift collection rolled out by Target and Neiman Marcus. But the collection appears to have fallen somewhat flat. On Thursday, Target slashed the prices on the items, which include Judith Leiber compact mirrors and Tory Burch lunch boxes, by 50 percent."
First of all I don't think of Target and Neiman Marcus in the same breath, I mean, are they selling the same things now just with different price points? But I laughed at the idea that anyone believed compact mirrors would be a big seller and designer lunch boxes? Seriously? Someone has been living on the upper east side of New York too long.