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Sunday, December 22, 2002



Are Christmas Sales Slow?

Perhaps my experience today provides some insight. I was at our local CostCo today. CostCo is a retail "shopping club", where you pay a membership fee for access to great deals. The clerk was trying to persuade me to upgrade to a more expensive membership which offered the possibility of additional savings with each purchase. Her sales pitch - "Don't you know you are losing money every time you shop here?"

I reminded her that even a blind squirrel finds a nut, and suggested that surely there must have been a time when I did not lose money shopping here. But she was adamant.

I escaped with my life, if not my sanity (or money). But it could tie in to why sales are slow.

Happy Holidays.


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