2-03-2014 Journal–Have a Capitalistic Christmas!   Leave a comment

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Finally Black November, Black Friday Week, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are over. Cyber Week will continue for three more days but OMFG.  This has been the worst year I’ve ever experienced with the constant drumbeat of commercials, sales, bait and switch schemes, and alleged price drops.  I’m beginning to believe that the majority of people in this country are just as stupid as I once suspected.

Working with and for retailers for years gives me an excellent perspective on things and it’s depressing as hell.  Not only did retailers start earlier than ever with their push, the sales and price reductions were ridiculous. Did it ever occur to people that if they can sell most of their goods at these Black Friday prices, just how much their actual markup really is.  They reduce prices by thirty percent and still seem to be making money.  All that tells me is that for 51 weeks every year we are being criminally overcharged for just about everything.  Does that stop the crowds from becoming near riots so they can purchase a certain doll or a certain electronic gadget? Hell no!  It’s a form of insanity that brings out the absolute worst in some people as well as  the constant and unrelenting pandering by the retailers.  It’s maddening.

The retailers seem desperate to one-up all of their competitors to grab a little more market share.  One of the commercials I can mention is the one that got me thinking along these lines.  How bad does it have to be for the Kleenex company to start a competition where consumers are asked to relate an uplifting story of a personal interaction with a Kleenex tissue.  Who in their right mind is going to invest their time to write a heart rendering nose-wiping story.  Just unbelievable.

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I harken back to the Y2K fiasco.  That was the tipping point for me.  I saw retailers and businesses panic millions of citizens and other businesses into spending billions of dollars for a trumped up emergency that never happened.  It appears that we haven’t gotten any smarter in the intervening years.

I needed to rant a little today because this kind of idiocy makes me even crazier than usual. I see no end to it and there seems to be no concern by the buying public about how much they’re being manipulated.  What more can I say? Not much that will be listened to for sure. Here’s my last word on the subject for this year so listen closely.

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(Sarcasm on)

Merry Christmas – HO! HO! HO! 

Santa has requested that I help him out this year by collecting funds needed for the ever increasing costs for reindeer feed, new uniforms, and elf shoes. Just have all of your friends immediately send $10.00 to me and I’ll make sure you’re all moved directly to the top of his gift giving list. The sooner you act the better because the funds are badly needed to help Santa deal with the many holiday stresses for him and his helpers, of which I am one.  I’ll be able to spend a week in Tahiti for Christmas with my family so I can be ready for next years duties. All of this holiday stress has become a dangerous health issue for us and it doesn’t seem to be covered by Obamacare. Help us out, who can’t afford a $10.00 donation for such a good cause. Santa will love you forever and you just might get that special gift you’ve always wanted next year.  I should also mention that we have a payment plan in effect where your ten dollar donation can be deducted monthly from your account and delivered DIRECTLY to Santa for his expenses during the off season.  Get your kids involved, they love Santa too.  Santa stickers are also available for just $7.00 and can be shipped directly to your home.  Just add $8.00 for shipping and handling.

HAVE A HAPPY AND GENEROUS HOLIDAY SEASON

(Sarcasm off)

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P.S. I only marked the last paragraph as Sarcasm due to MY fear that certain people would read it, react, and immediately rush to send me their $10.00. I’m just cynical enough to believe that could happen so please,  DON’T SEND ANY MONEY.

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