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One Third Of Americans Already Done With All Holiday Shopping

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Tue, 12/06/2011 - 08:52 | 1950381 Irish66
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No wonder China is preparing for combat

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 08:59 | 1950392 Oh regional Indian
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I suppose Loss Leaders is going to take on a whole new connotation, in many divers aspects.

On-line, last hope for the system, because you cannot literally hypnotize people into stores, but on line? 

Subliminal Advertising rulez! seriously. Google it.



Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:10 | 1950417 Irish66
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the days when grocery stores played music to get you to buy more food.

2 years of studying the art of subliminal advertising

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:02 | 1950397 Popo
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Sigh.   Come on Zerohedge.   You've already got our attention.   No need to practice such piss-poor journalism today:

"32% of Americans finished the majority of their Xmas shopping",  is not the same as "One Third Of Americans Already Done With All Holiday Shopping".

In fact -- they are EXTREMELY different stats.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:03 | 1950402 Oh regional Indian
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Popo, your dogged pursuit of journalistic integrity is quite something to behold. Over and over.



Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:08 | 1950411 Popo
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It's frustrating because I hold this site in the highest regard.   ZH leads not only the blogosphere, but the entire global media in reporting on the fraud-factories otherwise known as banks,  and chronicling the slow-motion collapse of our economic system.

And then for whatever reason, Tyler occasionally sees fit to ruin all that amazing work by tossing out sensationalistic,  factually incorrect pieces which drag down the general quality level of the site...  

There's really no reason for it.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:39 | 1950481 Stax Edwards
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You just have to laugh at a lot of it.  It places such an uber bearish spin on everything to the point that even some of the most innocuous data is spun as not only earth shattering but panic worthy.  

I believe the reason is that it sells newspapers.  TD did a story about MBIA or Assured Guaranty the other day with a bullish bias and it seemed very few even bothered to read it, certainly the comment section was cricket worthy.  I for one welcome the insight for long ideas, and hope TD posts more of that stuff.  The large contingent of malcontents on the site are metaphorically like nascar fans waiting for the big one.  

Edit: I have not started my shopping yet BTW.  Hopefully this weekend!

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:46 | 1950511 flattrader
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>>>And then for whatever reason, Tyler occasionally sees fit to ruin all that amazing work by tossing out sensationalistic,  factually incorrect pieces which drag down the general quality level of the site...  

There's really no reason for it.<<<

It's called "click-bait."

I want more "chart porn."

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 11:03 | 1950759 RockyRacoon
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Go back and look at just about ANY article that covers some aspect or action of the Obama administration and gauge the contempt for the poor fella in the titles alone.   I like objectivity as well, but it's not always to be found here at ZH.  Actually, it's a good thing.  With blatant bias it's easier to measure the credibility of the article itself.   Bias in the title certainly presages the same in the articles.   Take it all with the proverbial grain (or block) of salt.  Parsing fact from opinion keeps the mind sharp.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 15:27 | 1952027 TruthInSunshine
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It's my free opinion (treat it thusly) that there are frequent (but inconsequential in terms of substantive impact) grammatical mistakes on Zero Hedge because the flow of articles and the very fast flow of information that is updated so regularly is far greater than any other widely read site that I can think of, and any editors would have a difficult time correcting for grammatical mistakes given that rapid flow.


Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:03 | 1950403 GeneMarchbanks
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Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:06 | 1950410 SteveNYC
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SteveNYC Christmas shopping completed (to date) = $0

Anticipated SteveNYC Christmas shopping 6DEC - 25DEC = $0


We are the 32%! /sarc

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:45 | 1950467 cowdiddly
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Anticipated  2012 cowdiddly buys of anything made by a stinkin corporation 0$ (Like CPI the number excludes food, Ins. and energy)

We will see Who is they call 1 percent. You started the war................

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:40 | 1950493 writingsonthewall
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Steve man - no present for me?


Come on dude - I've got you one

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 10:07 | 1950590 SteveNYC
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Aaaaawwwwww, shucks! You shouldn't have! Ok, off to Macys I go this weekend........


Tue, 12/06/2011 - 11:19 | 1950807 Abiotic Oil
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I heard from Newt Grinchrich that in NYC Tiffanys is the place to shop.  Very easy to obtain a $1million+ line of credit.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 10:10 | 1950596 SheepleLOVEched...
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does it count as being done if you never started shopping?

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 11:06 | 1950779 RockyRacoon
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I buy my Christmas presents in January -- for the next coming holiday season.   Go to the huge sales of overstocked crap that has been put in aisle bins for the best bargains.   Throw the stuff in a closet and do the gift wrapping after the next Thanksgiving.  Puts ya right in the holiday mood!   You can get stuff for 10 to 20% of the Black Friday prices that happened 2 months before.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 10:40 | 1950693 Ruffcut
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I've been done since sept. I bought all the family shares of MF global.

Gifts are for children. The rest is all complete bullshit. Adults making christmas lists. Be enabled why don't ya. A stocking filled with lead does sound interesting, though.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 08:53 | 1950383 HelluvaEngineer
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Thanks for the deep, deep discounts (at a loss)

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 08:53 | 1950384 Mr. Lucky
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This is going to one bad winter for retail.  No profits; lots of returns; no future customers; and lots of overhead.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 13:14 | 1951258 Iwanttoknow
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However,MSM will report a happy retail season.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 08:53 | 1950385 westboundnup
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Tue, 12/06/2011 - 08:54 | 1950389 amarshall
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Completely done with Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving. Zero purchases on Black Friday.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 12:07 | 1950985 dhengineer
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The only stuff I bought on Black Friday was hydraulic cement to patch some basement floor leaks, spray foam to close off the drafts in the attic, and a few sacks of wood fuel for the pellet stove.   Just getting ready for the season up here in Upstate New York.  Oh, and then we had lunch in our local diner.  Christmas presents?  Nada.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 08:56 | 1950390 Achilles
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German retailer Metro just gave a profit warning for 2011.



Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:00 | 1950395 The Deleuzian
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Whatever Holiday sales #'s are released will be managed...Always above expectations and always a few % above last year...Why would you think this year would be different...Bloomberg analyst telling shopping tales of Xmas 'decorations' and long lines at HD stronger than last year...It never ends...

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:02 | 1950398 Milton Waddams
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I get the holiday spirit thing, that it can be leveraged for a good lay or two, or to catch up with family, or whatever... but this shopping thing... mass delusion ... holidaze... transferring money amongst ourselves but kicking 30%+ of it back to the retail sector for the privilege.  Treasury is selling bags of shredded money.. makes a great gift.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:42 | 1950500 Stax Edwards
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Funny you should mention that.  Shredded money is actually free at the FED in little sealed bags. I picked some up last time I was up in Atlanta. You can have as many as you want, no charge.  They are available in the museum which is free also.  We got them to give to neices and nephews for their stockings.  Little kids find that pretty cool!

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:55 | 1950524 flattrader
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I wonder what the insulating R value of that crap is?

Anybody know?

This could be a way for fedgov to do some good.

Distribute free bags of shredded money for insulation to Americans who can no longer afford heat because they shredded the value of the currency.

Gotta love irony.

Sorry.  That should have read FEDfedgov.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 10:23 | 1950650 Esso
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The R value is probably close to that of blown in celluose, but why not add in some Elmer's Glue-All and press it into cardboard boxes for the homeless to live in?

"Ha! my cardboard house is worth three million dollars!"

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:05 | 1950404 shutdown
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I'm done with all of it. 

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:13 | 1950431 Josh Randall
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Of course, It doesn't take long when you have no friends...

Sorry you walked into that one

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:18 | 1950441 Ratscam
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maybe he does not need to bribe them for attention ...

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:22 | 1950451 Gully Foyle
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"maybe he does not need to bribe them for attention ..."

Someone is single

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:15 | 1950437 Ratscam
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I didn't even start and will not so until the next discount round in January.

Inflation for necessities - deflation for shit you don't need.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:10 | 1950422 Nothing real here
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While the markeet celebrates the HOPE of ECB printing, the S&P companies are losing sales in Euroland, the American consumer is turning cautious (uncertain of the payroll tax extension), and China is coming down hard. 

Reality returns after Christmas, if not Friday.



Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:12 | 1950424 Shizzmoney
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A key sector to look at is videogames (televisions will probably be one of the retail numbers that is fudged).

If videogame companies, and stores like GameStop see a slowdown in sales, then you REALLY know the shit is starting to hit the fan. 

What else does one do when they are unemployed?

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:18 | 1950444 Gully Foyle
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"What else does one do when they are unemployed?"


Watch soaps

Masturbate to soaps

Masturbate some more

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:43 | 1950504 Willzyx
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I sleep till 2pm and miss most of the soaps

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 15:56 | 1952166 Mr. Magniloquent
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I would have imagined Zipods missed them because most companies do not broadcast to the Moon.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:14 | 1950432 GIANTKILR
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Starve the Beast! If you do have to shop, buy everything online and out of state, so no sales tax. Also, look for free shipping deals.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:21 | 1950449 Gully Foyle
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"buy everything online and out of state, so no sales tax."

Someone isn't living in 2011.


Tue, 12/06/2011 - 10:14 | 1950610 flattrader
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Did better than that yesterday.

I am making a musical instrument strap for an unusual instrument.  The cheapest I could find on line was $19.95 + 4.95 shipping...what bullshit.

After looking at the design it became apparent all I needed was 2 sets of suspenders.

Three thrift stores later...2 sets of suspenders, new pillow, new shoes, new coat, new merino wool sweater, new leather wallet that had $5 in it.

(And when I say "new" I mean half the items still had tags on them, other half had no visible signs of wear.)

Total less than the $25 dollars to order the instrument strap...probably made in china.  Less than $20 counting the $5 bucks gratis.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:16 | 1950439 Clam McCain
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credit cards and dreams - thats all you need in life


Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:20 | 1950447 Gully Foyle
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Clam McCain

I would say having a Penis is a plus in life. There is always something to play with when you are bored.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:18 | 1950443 I am Jobe
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Comeon the sheeples are still wanting crap which they define their life's with which is of no use. Got to go, Macy's is having a sale andso is Kohl's. Got to suuport the SQUID Empire.


Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:18 | 1950446 midgetrannyporn
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Cash is the greatest gift of all, especially for those who might be hurting.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:23 | 1950454 death_to_fed_tyranny
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As I work in a major retail electronics store, I can tell you first hand that sales have been lethargic. We push the credit card hard for every sheep that enters the store. The store is packed to the brim with cheap chinese crap that is piling up with each truck that comes in to resupply stock. There is no reason to resupply. Merry Fucking Christmas Motherfuckers!

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:25 | 1950459 sabra1
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considering the amount of waffle makers sold, i'm going long 3X waffle ETF's!

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