Archive for December, 2007

Slow Christmas Spending Makes Retailers Sad

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

This early report comes from the folks at Mastercard. Growth in consumer spending from last year’s Christmas shopping season is a low 3.6%. While it is disappointing, it is not unexpected. Gas prices and economic pressures related to the housing market are major factors. I think another factor was the lack of cool stuff. I am a bit out of the loop, but I can’t think of an iconic must have toy for Christmas 2007. There was a largely failed attempt to get people worked up about a possible Wii shortage. There have to be more buyers than there are items for a shortage to exist.

“If you see one, buy it. Don’t assume that you can come back later and find one.”

On a brighter note, the same report says that online spending for the same period is up 22% from last year.

Sources for this story: NYT, engadget

Suspension of Suspension of Disbelief

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

I was a bit dismayed when I saw a blogger telling a bald faced lie on the official Google blog. If you read the official Google blog and you truly believe that NORAD tracks Santa with Google, I have some news for you. There is no Santa Claus. Your parent or legal guardian wrote that letter from Santa apologizing for not being able to get a Wii

One of the Best Worst Jobs in Canada

Friday, December 21st, 2007

In a lot of ways, I hated tree planting. I spent a season performing this job in Nova Scotia when I was still in high school and I lived the cliché of planting trees in Ontario after my first year of college. This is a job that is almost always paid based on production. I made about half the amount that was printed on the poster that lured me there. I have many interesting stories from those few months. None of them fit well in this business blog.

There is a line in a BareNakedLadies song about not planting trees. The song is called Never is Enough. In a lot of ways, I hate BNL, but that’s a different story.