Here we go again with another round of the boxing day sale extravaganza. Boxing day has got to be one of the craziest days of the year. Forget all the days that lead up to christmas, that’s peanuts compared to boxing day. There’s millions of sales going on, people waiting in line outside of Futureshop at three in the morning, and plenty of toe stepping to go around.
I was planning on hitting the malls to check out the sale, but I got to bed late last night so I didn’t get up until three in the afternoon. And by then, there’s nothing left but a pile of rubble. In order to take advantage of the sales, you have to sacrifice sleep so you can be one of the first in line. I don’t know about you, but my sleep is more important than a sale.
Some of the sales aren’t even that good either. Most people believe that boxig day is the best day to get the best deals. But I think they’ve been drinking about too much left over eggnog. From personal experience, I find that the days after boxing day are the days to find the best deals. Why, you may ask? Well, for a few reason that may or maybe be obvious to most.
1) Most stores inform their customers that they can exchange or return gifts on or after Dec. 27th. In order to make things easier for their staff member, they would prefer that you return your items after the storm has calm down. There’s enough commotion going on, I don’t think they want to add to it.
2) The items that were returned are usually marked down even lower. I don’t think it’s fair to buy clothing, that was probably worn for a minute, at full price, do you? So in order to get rid of the used inventory, prices are slashed.
3) There’s less people shopping after the 26th because they probably have no money left, hence less competion. Everyone knows that christmas puts a pretty big dent in your credit card. After all that shopping, chances are people aren’t going to want to spend anymore. A lot of people don’t even like shopping, period. So when it comes to shopping during the christmas season, they probably turn into the Grinch.
4) The end of the year and the beginning of the year are probably the slowest periods for businesses due to christmas and boxing day. Again, no one wants to shop when they don’t have any money. Unless you’re asking to get hassled by the collection agency, it’s wise to cease all shopping at once. A lot of the stores might be trying to get rid of last season’s inventory to make room for the next, so they’ll probably want to make some of their money back. But I think that any sale they make is a profit, no matter how low the price.
So there you have it. Boxing day is another day that’s been hyped by all the sales. Wait unless January and see if the prices don’t go down. Last year, I managed to purchase seven shirts and a toque for less than $35.