July 4, 2016
Today is Independence Day in the US, which is 1 of the 10 Federal Holiday’s. And in accord with a federal holiday, all of the retailers are conducting their holiday sales. How exciting! Merchandise will be on sale now, since it’s a holiday. And holiday’s don’t happen every day. Surely this is a reason to go shopping today right? Wrong.
I’m going to repeat myself, Independence Day is one of 10 federal holiday’s in the US. TEN holidays. And retailers run a holiday sale, for every single holiday. That’s TEN sales! There are only 12 months in a year, and retailers are conducting holiday sales for 10 of them. That leaves only 2 months out of the year without a sale.
Ok, well that’s not entirely true either.
The 10 holiday’s in the US are not evenly spread out across the year. Three of these holiday’s occur in January alone (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday, and Inauguration Day) and another 2 (Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day) take place in the month of November.
Regardless, if I shopped based on holiday’s sales I would end up shopping a minimum of 10 times a year, and my purchases would be unevenly distributed throughout the year. Also, this begs the question, if retailers hold sales 10 times a year (and we all know they hold many more than that) just how special are these holiday sales anyway?
This year I’m avoiding the Independence Day sales, and the upcoming Labor Day sales in September, and while I’m at it, I’ll by pass the Columbus Day sales in October too. Aw heck, I’ll just stick to shopping for what I want, when I want it, and ignore the retailers’ prompts to shop just because it’s a “holiday” sale.
Do holiday sales tempt you to shop?