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Spot The "Blockbuster" Retail Season

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In the chart below, the blue bar is Toys 'R' Us retail sales for 2011. Red is 2012. Hence our confusion: just which is this "blockbuster" retail season CNBC's Bob Pisani keeps referring to - the blue or the red?

Oh, and yes, the reason for the collapse in peak Holiday shopping demand, both in the US and around the world, at least according to the company that has been waiting to go public for nearly three years: "December sales were impacted by softness in the overall markets for videogames, electronics and toys, and by the uncertain economic environment in the United States and abroad." That's right: "softness for toys."

Too bad there was no hurricane in December, and that there is no way anyone could blame Bush for anything after Obama won his reelection in November.

But at least, it's always something.

Source: 2011, 2012


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Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:53 | Link to Comment knukles
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Pisain confused?
Bob, which pill'd you take?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:15 | Link to Comment Supernova Born
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I don't wanna grow up I'm a CNBS kid

there's a million tales of BS at CNBS that I get played with

from stocks, their shills to HFT thrills

I just wanna be a CNBS kid

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 23:07 | Link to Comment tickhound
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Giving Pisani the benefit of the doubt means always ASSUMING the consumer HAS the money, just didn't spend it for some reason.

Assuming this is true, why on earth then would the consumer not spend on this 4 month's "generation" of new games, gadgets, and devices? 

If you ask this consumer (I'm a poor example although probably a better one than many of you hermits) I see little return for this go'rounds upgrades and game 'versions.'  

ASSUMING again the short cycle of upgrades is now too redundant... Using the 'Nintendo model' we can predict that entire new platforms are coming relatively soon... 'Requiring' NEW purchases to play or perform.

So I'm holding out for the NEXT Xbox, is what I'm sayin'


Thu, 01/10/2013 - 23:12 | Link to Comment ACP
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Red or blue cuz o' blood, it just don't matter, suckuhs dive fo' ya life when my QE scatter...

The Gangs of Wall Street will never die...just multiply...


Fri, 01/11/2013 - 01:00 | Link to Comment The Juggernaut
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Oh retail you leading indicator, you.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 01:10 | Link to Comment wee-weed up
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CNBC has been a 200% Obama toady network since before Obama's first immaculation.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:04 | Link to Comment EnglishMajor
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Maybe the children were naughtier this year.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 00:04 | Link to Comment jeff montanye
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it is too early for fourth quarter coal consumption but that may give us some idea. 

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:12 | Link to Comment bobthehorse
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Pisani is a tool.

But he's just doing his job.

CNBC is a cheerleading squad designed to support Wall Street.

They want people to buy stocks.

Plain and simple.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:20 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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Why do we have featured articles about Santelli and Jim Grant on the front page of ZH? 

Huh?  Why? Huh?

Apparently there is some redeeming value to be found there.  Even serial killers are kind to their mothers I suppose.

Oh, Maria!

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:54 | Link to Comment Cursive
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@Rocky Racoon

Damn, those are some saggy bags she's wearing!  Also, love the headlights.  Can someone in the green room get a set of band-aids, please?  Maybe when I was 16, but I'm too old to get a hard on for that trash now.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 09:30 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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Just look at who advertises on CNBC and follow the money. It's an all day long infomercial with an occasional trip off the reservation by Santelli and a guest here and there to give the appearance of unbiased reporting

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 02:34 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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"Softness for toys"--from toys to iPhone/iPad ain't much difference. 

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 10:05 | Link to Comment sessinpo
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They don't take the pill, they are part of the pill.


It's about time people wake up to that, we are beyond red pill blue pill.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:55 | Link to Comment Bunga Bunga
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He refers to gun sales. What else do you thought?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:57 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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The only blockbuster piss-on-me knows is the giant CoNcast one shoved up his shill fucking ass.

Fuck you CNBC, fucking hacks.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:07 | Link to Comment kliguy38
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Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:19 | Link to Comment Freddie
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+1 All TV and All of Hollywood are scum.  They want you disarm and are puppets for the mullah's regime.   You watch it then you support it.

As far as Toys R Us.  It is all cheap plastic crap from China that breaks the second a kid touches the junk toy.   I don't like Bezos and Amazon but this where lots of people shot versus Toys R US.

This Christmas was terrible because the islamic's depression is getting worse.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:58 | Link to Comment ClassicCommodity
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How do these people lie so well on TV? Their smiles covering the charade so well.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:05 | Link to Comment JohnnyBriefcase
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Have you ever met one of them? How do you even know that they are real people?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:11 | Link to Comment Tsar Pointless
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Put on the sunglasses, Nada. You will see that while, indeed, they live, they are not real people.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:11 | Link to Comment kliguy38
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Very carefully chosen and very well paid....Kiernan is paid over 2Mil/year to show up and spew BS........Becky Quicky probably similar....when you get to eve news Brian Williams is well over 18mil/ do just what your told or you get Dan Rathered.........hehehhehe......after 20years of that big money they start to get tooo independent like Rather had become........poof! you're gone

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:53 | Link to Comment CheapBastard
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American Express to cut 5,400 jobs, take charges in fourth quarter


(Reuters) - Credit card company American Express Co said it would cut about 5,400 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its workforce, as it restructures its business and pay legal bills.


Boeing to cut 40 percent jobs at El Paso plant


I am not expecting much purchasing --- retails, cars, houses, etc -- from these poor folks in the near future.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 09:31 | Link to Comment flattrader
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I prefer Mom and Pop hardware stores, but occasionally I go to a Big Box.  I go at odd hours to avoid the contractor and weekend warrior crowd when I go.

2nd to last trip I could have opened fire in all four directions and not hit anybody.

Last trip the same thing...only all "human" cashiers had been removed from the store.

They were trying to force us to use "self check-out."  I refused and demanded that a "human" ring up my sale.  The only two humans aside from the "self-checkout" herdman was a guy at the service desk and the gal at returns desk.  I waited until the woman was free.  She told me all of the cashiers hours had been severely cut back due to no business...and yeah, the were trying to force customers to use "self-checkout."

She appreciated my refusal to let the "machines" take over.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:58 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Ain't touchin it...whenever Pom Pom Bob and soft toys get together there can only be one outcum.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 20:58 | Link to Comment pragmatic hobo
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must be "better than expected"

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:05 | Link to Comment Bunga Bunga
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And how could CNBC forget the "blockbuster" sales in Europe?


New car sales December (YoY):

Germany -16.4%

France -14.6%

Spain -23%

Italy -22.5%

Portugal -43.6%

Greece -33.7%


Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:34 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Bullish. Good for another 2% on the DAX.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 09:32 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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Okay, let's print her up

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:06 | Link to Comment Mr Pink
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Doesn't Toys R Us accept EBT?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:09 | Link to Comment gould's fisker
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Correct, according to the Solis rule more people must become unemployed before sales improve and jobs can be created.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:06 | Link to Comment Taint Boil
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Toys R Us ….. ROFL waaaaay overpriced, I bought the same exact things on Amazon that they had for 20 bucks less and no sales tax and was delivered for “free”. 

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:56 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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We bought just about everything from Amazon for Christmas, I'm sure a healthy portion of the nation did and they still couldn't make any money.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:14 | Link to Comment earleflorida
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eventually they'll be a virual 'walmart'... dictating too  vendors/ merchants what their margins are, and how they must be met-- it will parallel 'walmart's business model' to the 'T'... if they want their wares/ goods moved, but they won't strong arm anyone as did the walton's!

i remember the clinton's , especially hillary going south of the border setting up the mexican banking cartel for walmart's 'Nafta' via slick willy.

once walmart got into mexico they implicitly told every fucking manufacturer in america to cut prices or file for bankruptcy! this wasn't a threat because walmart had china all set up to give america's labor a size '16' 'kick-n-the-ass', literally and figuratively by 'extorting & coercion' for sending all manufacturing jobs [kinda like i had to it or else BS?]to china. home depot [ge], lowe's, briggs& stratton, black & decker et.el., etc., etc., etc.,... had their balls cut off. 

thankyou clinton, especially hillary!

Ps.  it is important to understand the difference between walmart and amazon-- amazon creates jobs in america and jeff bezos is a fine man, that pays a fair wage and good benny's. please be well advised that it is very important that, 'we', differentiate the stark differences/contrast. walmart fucks the working man/ amazon treats the working man like a person, period 

fuck the walton's and fuck the clinton's!!!    PigWhores are they!


Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:59 | Link to Comment Oleander
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Target will now match any price on Amazon. I guess they want to lose money too. 

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:41 | Link to Comment earleflorida
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chatting with a 'ups' delivery guy the other day... and, i ask'd him what percentage of deliveries were from 'amazon'; answer ~ 75-80%. 

what he told me without even in getting a chance for my next question... as if he read my mind, was that their-- 'automated systematic delivery system' was so efficient there were never any mistakes in parcel delivery.

they were fantastic in his own words!

from the drone to the consumer... jmo 

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:10 | Link to Comment Lost Wages
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Kids don't need toys anymore. They have apps.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:50 | Link to Comment sunaJ
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True dat.  iCrap for the nieces and nephews in my sheeple family (not given by me, I assure you).  The youngest one to get an iPad mini is 6-years-old.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 23:44 | Link to Comment FreedomCostsaBu...
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Crap. Why not just lobotomize him now? SIX year olds with iPads!

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:12 | Link to Comment SmoothCoolSmoke
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CNBC: Ramora fish for the Vampire Squid.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:19 | Link to Comment Jason T
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Did toy shopping at the dollar store.



Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:39 | Link to Comment Cursive
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@Jason T

Did you see the earnings warning from FDO?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:09 | Link to Comment Jason T
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That $1 wrapping paper was a steal.. book with a CD in it, $1!  not much margins in that I assume.  

I wouild never touch the food in those stores... 

I'll looking for deflation


Thu, 01/10/2013 - 23:37 | Link to Comment Oleander
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I could not believe the cooler of food at Family Dollar. Thats how they get SNAP money.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:20 | Link to Comment Racer
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Toys and xmas are soooo passé   we gave a new SNAP card to our youngest that will be of much more use for pole dancers and booze

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:22 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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Blockbuster's been gone for years. Fail.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:28 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Toys r us will be joining them soon.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:43 | Link to Comment pods
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And Best Buy.  


Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:59 | Link to Comment nmewn
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You knew they were done when they started selling washing

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 09:49 | Link to Comment pods
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We had a conversation about BB when Circuit City croaked and BB stock soared.  Everyone was talking about how BB won and they vanquished a competitor.

Me and a guy looked at each other and thought:
What does BB sell?

Same shit as Circuit City.

Only a matter to time.  BB is trying with their "service" and bundled crap on computers, which I will never again get from there.  Like trying to get rid of bed bugs all that crap is.

I actually needed something once, an eSata to USB cable when my eSata port died on my pc.  Searched BB and even asked at the desk.


Tiger Direct, 5 minutes and done.


Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:24 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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This is all very normal.  Intentionally lying about facts and figures to manipulate social mood is typical for a market near its top (recall 2007 and how we were heading to even greater prosperity?)


Markets are about to collapse.  Barry and Ben racked up debt to buy the market to get re-elected.


SP500 keeps pushing higher on nothing but fumes.  Alcoa reports positively (bs) and Amex reports positively (firing 5400 is bullish).  Seems many companies are reporting early or "preliminary reporting" - not too tough to figure out - 2013 is going to be a rough year.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:26 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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giraffe bias

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:27 | Link to Comment ArkansasAngie
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But ... but ... everything is great.  Isn't it.

Can't have the sheeple figuring out they are being screwed.

I be tired of listening to their lies.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:30 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Maybe they should try a little honesty in their answers..... Nobody has any fucking money!

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:14 | Link to Comment gould's fisker
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Shush, nobody is supposed to know, it would be bad for the economy if people don't have money--we have to give the people hope-iness so the economy can be juiced up into recovery.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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Bring back the Cabbage Patch Kids in 2013

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:51 | Link to Comment adr
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They already did. You can buy a 1983 re-release Cabbage Patch doll. My wife wants the one she had as a kid. Looked at the price $69. Sorry hun. I'll put a yarn wig on a potato, be happy.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:47 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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brick and mortar is dying

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:55 | Link to Comment Cursive
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Too much retail space per person and yet the commercial REITs seem to have a permabid.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:59 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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it's all fun and games until someone loses their lunch money

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:50 | Link to Comment azengrcat
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Maybe he meant it was a real Cockbuster

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:01 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:00 | Link to Comment adr
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Yay, lets all buy counterfeit and black market goods from the 3800 P/E Amazon, that will show'em.

Anyone else wonder how Amazon can sell under the wholesale price of vendors? I always did because my company surely didn't sell Amazon our products. The international division didn't either. Turned out Amazon bought fakes from China and sold them using our logo and marketing information from our website. Not only did they sell them for 75% less than our MSRP, they sold them $4 less than the wholesale price we give to Walmart. We're suing Amazon and haven't got anywhere.

You want to know how that conversation went with Walmart? Hint, not good. When a buyer who buys $6 million in inventory from you says, "Why is your product on Amazon for less than the price you give us?" The next words out your mouth need to be really good.

Fuck Bezos, Amazon and anyone who supports that bullshit black market dealer.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:19 | Link to Comment hooligan2009
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another toys r us outlet...the country of japan has just release this

the odd $116bn, for a $5.7 trillion fifth the size of the feds latest $540 billion for an economy one third the size...

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:22 | Link to Comment cnhedge2
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they blamed softness in the economy?

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:37 | Link to Comment Honest_Money
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Toys 'R' Not Selling

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:52 | Link to Comment Joseph Jones
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I have Endicia/3rd party USPS shipping account.  Just got notice: "Significant increases in rates." 

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:54 | Link to Comment sgorem
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Bob "Pissant" Pissonme still walking and talking with that green shoot up his ass........fucking shill. and knows it.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 22:55 | Link to Comment StoleYourMoney
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Bob Pisani is a fucking JOKE!

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 23:14 | Link to Comment nflux
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If January numbers disappoint it'll be due to the flu 'epedemic'

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 23:45 | Link to Comment trillionaire
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Toy sales (actually, all sales) are down because everyone was buying guns and ammunition.  Go to any website selling AR-15 parts, AR, or AK ammo and you will find nothing but "sold out" or prices that are 3x the norm.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 00:43 | Link to Comment HardlyZero
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The upturn in gun sales was due to Hurricane Sandy, not only in the effected area, but worldwide, since everyone felt an empathy to defend themselves agains the looters...from Sandy.  In fact the lack of holiday sales worldwide was also due to Hurricane Sandy...everyone was so depressed around the world they stopped buying.

Hurricane Sandy...the ulitimate cause of the economic collapse.  We can also see Sandy has effected Bloomberg and the Son of Cuomo.  /sarc

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 18:44 | Link to Comment trillionaire
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The building reached max capicty at a local show today, people had to wait outside for others to leave.  I guess everyone is buying guns and ammo and sending them to families and loved ones in the Hurricane Sandy states.  FFLs and shippers must be making a fortune. 

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 00:19 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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So, The Fiscal Cliff action figures didn't sell well...

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 00:53 | Link to Comment yogibear
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"The reason for the bad sales was because it wasn't cold enough."


How is that logic? Is it phoney enough for being a CNBS shill?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 01:28 | Link to Comment jonjon831983
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This is nice too.  American Express is firing 5,400 employees (of about 63,500) "mainly from Travel Division".  Are they saying something?

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 01:34 | Link to Comment joego1
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Relax and watch the trillion dollar coin, your eye lids are getting heavy, you want to buy a toy.....

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 03:07 | Link to Comment Lord Of Finance
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Listen. The 'BFRO' will have a better chance of finding bigfoot, then we ever will of finding a financial analist who tells the truth.


  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to do a call and some wood knocks.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 03:37 | Link to Comment Lord Of Finance
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I do believe there's a squatch in these markets. 


  Oh wait. That hairy beast I see isn't a squatch. It's Paul Kruggman.



Fri, 01/11/2013 - 04:42 | Link to Comment NuYawkFrankie
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Re Pisoni's "Blockbuster" Retail Season"...

Must have been referring to the sale of AK-47s


Fri, 01/11/2013 - 05:20 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Everything is "blockbuster" as long as there aren't riots and burning buildings.

Never mind the $16+ Trillion in debt and $65+ Trillion in unfunded liabilities.

Never mind the record millions on food stamps (SNAP/EBT).

Never mind the record low labor participation rate.

Never mind the student loan bubble.

All is well!  BTFD!

Go to a local mall or outlet srip and look around.

Look around your community and look at the empty buildings and homes.

Look at Amazon's declining revenues; Game Stop, Best Buy, Apple, and every small business you can think of (besides online porn and booze).

The economy SUCKS, it is DOWN, we are in recession/depression STILL.

The rest is parsely and drizzle on a fancy plate at Chez Fantasy.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 07:47 | Link to Comment justsayin2u
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Bush's fault

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