Boxing Day Mayhem and Sunday’s Best (on Monday)

Hope your Christmas went as you wished and your merriment was festive and joyous.  I am writing this on Christmas Eve, so no insights about my Christmas just yet. As I mentioned Christmas week is going to be a bit of mish-mash of posts and such, so apologies for the schedule changes, but things will return to normal in the new year.

Careful at the Boxing Day mayhem, buy things you need, not things you want.

On my Twitter Feed, I highlighted lots of interesting pre-Christmas posts I have made over the past 7 years or so:

Black Friday NT Times
Where Do They Keep the Cheese Straighteners?

Previous Boxing Days?

I have written on the topic of Boxing Day a few times.


Boxing Day Sales and What is the Price?!?

Wasn’t it Just Black Friday?

In October, I received many e-mails about online Black Friday sales, then Christmas sales in November, and now there are Boxing Day sales that have already started, and it isn’t even Christmas yet? What is the rush, folks?

The sales push has gone to a Ridiculous level, and yesterday I went to a local grocery store. They have pretty much taken down all of their Christmas decorations in preparation for the next big thing (Valentine’s Day, I think is next). This is a smaller store, which relies on a higher turnover of products, and more likely than not will not have a Boxing Day Blowout Sale because they don’t stock many non-grocery articles, but still one lousy display for Christmas?

I suppose if the Retailers had a sign-up that said, Generic Blow Out Sale, we might catch on to their need to entice us in to buy things constantly. However, I am curious to see what the sale types will be in January? Post-Christmas blowout sales? Pre-Spring?

The other question that keeps arising is, if there is always a sale, what is the regular price of anything? It ends up being like shopping at the Bay, where the price you see on any product is not what you will pay at the cash register. Every time I buy a pair of trousers at the Bay (now usually this is scratch ‘n save weekend), the price on the trousers (which is already a sales price) drops because of the scratch card, and then some unknown discount is thrown on as well. I thought I was getting an excellent price for a while, but now I wonder how I can compare prices if the price I see is never valid (or the final price)?

Airline Profits Soar

Another exciting piece of news yesterday was that Airline profits are at ten-year highs, another industry where you never really know the price of anything is. It certainly has nothing to do with advertised prices. I have written about the tricks of Airline pricing before, but now it has gone off the charts in terms of hidden charges and costs. Hearing that the industry is now profitable, even though fuel prices continue to rise, I have to wonder if all those landing surcharges and such are what they claim they are (let alone the baggage charges). Wonder if the folks stranded at Heathrow are happy to hear about these profits?

How can you figure out the best price for anything anymore?

Previous Boxing Days?

I have written on the topic of Boxing Day a few times.


Happy Thanksgiving America!

Pass the TurDuckEn

The biggest holiday in the U.S. is today, and I wish my American Brother and all my friends South of the Border a most festive holiday weekend. Evidently, there is more travelling for Thanksgiving than for Christmas, and tomorrow being Black Friday the orgy of spending for Christmas will start in earnest.

Given that many stores are open today in the States, I am confused as to why Black Friday is still so important, but I guess tradition states that it must be the biggest sales day for stores. It is interesting to see that there are online Black Friday sales (even in Canada), which begs the question, Why? I guess we in Canada feel inferior to our American neighbours and must join in with the spending splurge on Friday as well.

Black Friday NT Times
Where Do They Keep the Cheese Straighteners?

Why Black Friday?

The term Black Friday is open to interpretation, it’s first use was to describe the 1869 Stock Market Crash (yes they had Stock Crashes even in the 19th Century), but in more modern times it is associated with the idea of the day that Retailers Break Even on that day (thanks to the massive sales throughput of that day). I think that is an interesting theory, not sure if it is the truth, but a good legend.

Lots of folks get injured on Black Friday chasing down those elusive great buys, and many stores are opening at 4:00 AM to drive their customers’ delirium even higher. I think it would be interesting to observe this, but those crowds scare me, so I would stay away from them.

Much like Boxing Day here in Canada, Black Friday seems to be an excuse to buy another Deluxe Left-handed Cheese Straightener, because it is on sale! There should be a converse day to Black Friday like Declutter Monday where you must now take your excess Cheese Straightener and give it to the Good Will or Salvation Army (maybe have that day in May to create a feeling of need by November again)? Just an idea.

I guess the day after Black Friday is effectively Red Saturday given the amount of money spent by consumers, they are the ones that have now gone into the Red putting retailers into the Black? Again, just conjecture on my part.

Enjoy your Football, Parades and then your spending on Friday, but remember, someone has to pay for all of this eventually.

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Holiday Cheer Volume 4: Happy Boxing Day

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th, to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays, and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Well, that was a blur. The toys, the noise and excitement and then the Boxing Day sales that will now go on for the next four months, isn’t capitalism a wonderful thing? For most of us, we get Monday off as “Boxing Day,” but fear not good reader, I still have my shovel out digging up old “nuggets” from the past year.

The Most Hideous (2009/02/09)

I opened my Ottawa Citizen on Saturday, and I saw this picture, and I felt a combination of disgust, anger, and lurid curiosity.

Click here for the complete Post.

Boxing Day: Just Because it’s on sale  (2008/12/26)

That doesn’t mean you have to buy it!

This mantra you should be repeating to yourself as you walk through the Boxing Day sales.

Click here for the Complete Post.

Car or Bus? (2009/08/11)

That is one of the big questions I have to think about given my new appointment.

In my previous job, there was no reason to take the bus because: …….

Click here for the complete Post.

All the Volumes

Christmas Wishes from the Past

I seem to do this a lot, so here are my Christmas wishes from years gone by:


Boxing Day: Just because it’s on sale…

That doesn’t mean you have to buy it!

This no-buy mantra you should be repeating to yourself as you walk through the Boxing Day sales.

Just because the “Deluxe Cheese Straightener” is 75% off,  do you need it? Impulse buying is what Boxing Day sales are all about if you don’t plan what you want to buy.

Mrs. Caj was pointing an accusatory finger at me when I told her about this posting because we did manage to find a Wii Fit on December 23rd, by simply walking into a Best Buy at 8:27 PM walking into the aisle where the Wii Fit would be, picking one out of the just-opened box and walking away with it. Mrs. Caj and I chuckled the whole way out of the store.

Was this impulse buying? I’ll plead guilty because we did have some money left over (cash given to us by a relative, thus this was bought with money), and we planned to purchase the Fit. However, we had also decided that we would wait until the next birthday to get it. Is this impulse buying? I’ll plead guilty on this one.

Do I Really Need This?

Remember, as you wander through the aisles of RABID shoppers, if you aren’t trying to get something you planned to buy, you are impulse buying (or doing some retail therapy), and that is a mistake.

Previous Boxing Days?

I have written on the topic of Boxing Day a few times.


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