Christmas Shopping Facts

1.  Free Shipping: It’s no longer an extra.  Shoppers expect it.

2.  Black Friday doorbusters:  Getting earlier and earlier each year.  Why even go to sleep?

3.  Mobile shopping:  Smartphones let shoppers compare prices in the palm of their hands.  

4.  Pop-up shops:  Toys-R Us and FAO Schwarz opened temporary holiday stores in malls.

5.  24/7:  For the past four years, Macy’s has opened select stores around the clock through Christmas Eve.

6.  Bargains before bites:  Select Gap, Old Navy and Sears stores opened on Thanksgiving Day last year.

7.  Black Friday deal sites:  Websites start leaking Black Friday bargains weeks in advance of circulars.

8.  Gift cards:  Take the pain out of shopping.  And you can buy them everywhere, even at the grocery store.  

Reference:  Chicago Tribune, Sunday, October 2, 2011.  Holiday sales forecasters seeing cloudy conditions

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