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I'd blame it on global warming, but actually it's human cold-hearted greed that's behind this blurring and smearing of the seasons.

I saw Valentine's Day cards on sale at the grocery store the week before Christmas, and yesterday, I saw Easter egg dyes being sold in the stores. They skipped Mardi Gras.

Holiday seasons no longer have definition.  The wholesale hucksters comingle the holidays randomly, and it's getting worse as retail business management seeks to lure people in to spend what few dollars they've been left.

It's a feeding frenzy out there.

Normally. I don't shop between Thanksgiving and New Year's other than essential groceries. Even the grocery stores are selling less food and more junk.  Aisles of non-grocery items like Valentine's Day cards and Easter egg dyes and star garlands in red, white, and blue jostle for space with Halloween black cats and turkey feather pumpkins and Christmas cards. Retailers are hoping people will impulsively part with their money - money people no longer have because taxes are up, raises are nonexistent, and employment is scarce even if the jobs are still there.

It's like some bizarre retailer meltdown.  "Buy, buy, buy.....please, won't you buy my sweet red roses? Look, Easter chickies!  Come on, you gotta love chocolates boxed in a red cellophane heart! What kind of consumer are you that would let my children starve because you won't buy this red and white striped hat with a blue and white star brim? I got plush Halloween cats and plastic rats and LED Christmas trees.  I got it all, why aren't you buying????!!?!?"

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  •  How are "taxes up"? (3+ / 0-)
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    penguins4peace, weck, misslegalbeagle

    Taxes are up only for those with incomes over $400,000. And you believe the meme that those people now won't have money to spend? On little trinkets?

  •  Ok, try this again.... DKOS ate my comment (9+ / 0-)

    Now you did it Noddy:

    Seriously though, I've noticed it getting worse as well, for those displays. There were Christmas displays up in July during back to school sales. Can I please enjoy one season at a time?
    Not to mention how clothes are sold down here. Good luck finding warm winter clothes down here after December, swim suits are coming in and going up, and cute little spring short sets, and Easter dresses. Never mind January and February have the worst of Florida's cold snaps, if your kid outgrows their winter coat, best plan on buying online, which means they can't try it on first so hope it's sized right. Seriously, who besides tourists buys swim suits in January?? But there they are, taking up floor space in the department stores.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:29:22 AM PST

  •  Have you bought a new bathing suit yet? (6+ / 0-)

    I hear Kohls is having a sale...

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:37:02 AM PST

  •  i went shopping once (11+ / 0-)

    in all these months since summer. actually, i don't think i've shopped except for groceries for longer than that.

    i buy most on innertubes.

    i needed the french sponges i use which are only available at williams sonoma.  they seem expensive but are not.  cheaper than the plastic things you can buy in the grocery store when you divide it out.

    anyway, i walked through j.crew and they had taken every single winter thing out of the store christmas week.  if you need something for the rest of winter, you are out of luck.

    who buys spring stuff when the temps are below zero? not i.

    capitalism has to eat itself.  it is inevitable.  some day christmas may come back as it is a wonderful season in its heart.

    till then we are stuck with red heart candy at christmas.

    go dollar signs.  

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    by BlueDragon on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:39:46 AM PST

  •  Better hurry to dye those eggs (4+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, ladybug53, Avilyn

    Easter is a mere 87 days away!  

    I do remember a cute pattern for a crocheted nest and little yellow chicks, though...

    The truth always matters.

    by texasmom on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:05:21 AM PST

  •  Greed is the Need (5+ / 0-)

    I've worked retail for 22 years, mostly in management, and I have seen the steady erosion of the "season breaks" as retailers try to boost sales any way they can.

    The problem is that every retailer, be they big or small, judges their success on how much sales growth they have experienced from one year to the next. Every week in staff meetings, I and my fellow managers review our sales, comparing This Year's performance to Last Year's, with barely a nod to external conditions and events that may have skewed the results (such as a harsh winter last year that increased sales of snow shovels and ice melt). Performance evaluations almost always involve Sales Growth as a means test, and there are expectations that somehow, YOU can influence customers to SPEND MORE MONEY if you just WORK HARDER and HAVE A SALES CULTURE.

    People will buy what they want to buy when they want to buy it, and retailers really have very little influence anymore on this process; in the past, most consumers were uninformed about what was in the products they purchased, or how they were made, and relied on the seller to sell them the right item for their need. Thus the Salesman was born, a person with knowledge about the products he was selling, and an ability to convince consumers to buy the items he recommended because he was an expert. But caution was counselled, because the salesman might just be selling you crap and you wouldn't know it. Caveat Emptor

    Now, however, there is a paradigm shift away from that model towards one where the consumer is better informed, sometimes more so than the salesman, and is not as easily convinced to buy another product than the one he or she has come to buy, simply because a salesman tells them it is better. The new phrase is becoming Caveat Venditor, Let the Seller Beware.

    What with the rise of online purchasing, phone orders, and other means of buying without actually entering a store, retailers are looking for any means to catch those sales, rather than let the competition get them. And early seasonal sales is just one arrow in the quiver of sales techniques that we retailers are using.

    "Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" - Red Green

    by FlashfyreSP on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:17:16 AM PST

    •  What they need (5+ / 0-)
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      is better customer service.  

      When we can buy on line, the physical stores can compete in the one area on line stores can't - customer service, making the customer feel welcome and comfortable in the store, and being knowledgeable about the products for sale.

      The physical stores don't need to add more and out-of-season tchotchkes.

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      by Noddy on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:45:26 AM PST

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      •  Ah, but they do (4+ / 0-)
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        fuzzyguy, Avilyn, SadieSue, FloridaSNMOM

        Because the payroll has been cut due to low sales. Thus, there are fewer associates on the sales floor, making it harder for the consumer to get that "great customer service" they want, which, in my experience, is almost always a "personal shopper"-type of service.

        Retailers, particularly corporate-owned ones, always tie a store's payroll allowance to it's sales performance of the previous week. Payroll is determined by formula as a reflection of sales; higher sales = higher payroll. I've heard it said numerous times during my career, "Sales Solves Ills, or words to that effect. In essence, it means that as long as a retailer is showing good sales performance, other things (like shrinkage, inventory issues or personnel problems) can be "ignored" by upper management, because the location is a successful sales generator.

        But once those sales figures drop below budget/prediction numbers, watch out! Because the company is going to trim anything it can to keep profit margins high (typically in the 38-40% region). And payroll is the only expense a company has complete control over.

        The end result is fewer associates to do the work, and more customers bemoaning the lack of customer service when they visit the corporate retail stores.

        "Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" - Red Green

        by FlashfyreSP on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:01:49 AM PST

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        •  So they are cutting (0+ / 0-)

          off their noses to spite their faces.

          Good customer service equals eventual higher sales and loyal customers.  When you have a physical store, you have to excel in areas that on line stores can't.

          Employee wages will always be the most expensive part of running a business, and if management isn't investing in the employee, their employes won't invest themselves in the assigned work.

          What the management is doing is grabbing all the short term profit they can, and the actual end result is that the business will fail - we saw that just recently with Hostess.

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          by Noddy on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:56:20 PM PST

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  •  clothes seasons off-kilter -- oh boy, you betcha! (1+ / 0-)
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    Noddy

    drives us crazy, too. Try to find house-slippers any time of the year besides (apparently) Black Friday sales? Try to find sturdy sandals for everyday use -- no, no, gotta look for them in, what, March? months before "summer"? If the current pair self-destruct in JULY, fer pete sake, you're in big trouble! (So we usually by 2 pair at a time.) It's hard to figure out when things will be in the stores, and when clearings will be, esp. when you don't follow fashion much at all.

    but you'll get a sense of it if you notice that "Fashion Week" and all the cycling collections are labelled at least 4 seasons in advance! (e.g. "Fall 2014" will be on the runways in the winter/spring of 2013 if not earlier) You need time for buyers to decide and get things manufactured, so that the Fall 2014 stuff can be in the stores by Spring 2014... and gone again by mid-summer 2014!)

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    by chimene on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:58:29 PM PST

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