Not Shopping Today
It was reported that 37 million shoppers will be out searching for bargains this Thanksgiving weekend.
I won’t be one of them.
You see, I’m not a shopper but a buyer. Most men I would think, fall into the same category.
When my shoes reach the age of a little leaguer, they just might need to be replaced.
I simply go out to the shoe store or a local Fleet Farm and buy a new pair. No more than two stops.
If they aren’t in my price range, I’ll wait a while or ’til next year if need be.
Same with clothes, except that I do experience some “closet shrink” and might need to update my wardrobe more often. For a wedding or something.
Black Friday began as the day that retailers claimed to finally be “in the black” as far as annual profits were concerned. That and the Christmas holiday season provided the impetus to go over the top for most sellers.
I hope they don’t count on me. It ain’t gonna happen.
My slippers have just a small hole in the toe of one while a pair of my most comfortable loafers (chuckle if you must) just wore out and need to be replaced.
That leaves me with two pairs of shoes, both too nice to be worn just around the yard.
The pressure is now on, to buy.
My wife handles the Christmas shopping which is a good thing. Otherwise, the kids might never have gotten any presents over the years. Maybe gift cards or cash.
I get a kick out of the holiday car commercials on television.
Rather than offer a new Lexus or Jaguar(pronounced snobbishly: jag-u-are) for sale, maybe they should advertise a ten-year old pickup truck with a bow on it. That would get my attention.
Diamonds? How on earth did I ever find someone who doesn’t care for jewelry?
I have shirts older than our first-born.
Maybe I exaggerate a little. He’s forty-four.
Socks and underwear? These need to be replaced a little more often, depending on the condition of the elastic.
I created the bacon collared tee-shirt.
A news report told of a practice whereby online retailers price their products according to the buyer’s location, device used and previous purchases.
Good luck creating an algorithm that reflects the spending habits of a demographic, whose biggest purchase in the last year was a new spinning rod.
I buy through word of mouth advertising. “Hey, I heard that a friend of my brother’s boss has a used lawnmower for sale.”
“New” to me, means “different.”
Cars, the aforementioned truck, a boat, appliances, http://lpwilsonwriting.com/?p=159 tools, a snow blower.
There’s not much I wouldn’t buy “previously owned” except maybe…
Many years ago I did go shopping with my wife and then, teenage daughter.
I couldn’t handle it at all.
While they were browsing the many aisles and items for sale I would pace, and hover, and sigh each time they moved farther from the check-outs.
My daughter finally had enough and declared, “Dad, you just don’t know how to shop.”