Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Johann Wagener 11-27-13

Looks like it's going to take an "act of God" for Americans to get the message that Holidays are;

1.a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.
"December 25 and November 28th are official public holidays"

The massive Winter Storm Boreas, blamed for at least 14 deaths in the Plains and West, is parked over the East Coast and South Wednesday, halting Thanksgiving traffic with snow, ice, heavy rains, and even a tornado. In general its wreaking havoc on travel plans in the air and on the roads on the busiest travel day of the year.

"The timing of the storm couldn't be worse," said Chris Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. "We are seeing numerous threats as the storm is beginning to develop and intensify."
The definition of a "holiday" could not be any simpler, so why is it so difficult for retailers and shoppers to understand?

My guess is that American shoppers have once again been duped by the major retailers who "promise" great bargains that turn out to be a hook to lure them in; knowing that they won't go home empty handed; bargain or no bargain.

Big sale. Thirty percent off. Half price. Are they real holiday bargains, or retail trickery?

Many deeply discounted items advertised for Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season are merely illusions. The Wall Street Journal reportsthat retailers often purchase items with the intent of offering big discounts from what they say is the regular retail price.

Even on sale, those items yield the profit that had targeted. Basically, the discount has been built in. One survey found that profit margins during the holidays are virtually the same as they are the rest of the year, despite the big bargains being advertised.

So, to all you shoppers out there, Mother Nature is saying; "Go ahead, make my day"