Sunday

6 December 2009

The economy is supposed to be in recovery, right? People are supposed to be out spending money? Are they shopping in droves near you?

I dragged my feet this morning because I had to head to Walmart to return a purchase that in hindsight was the not quite right thing to buy...I dreaded it because of the weekend holiday shopping crowds.

Except there was no crowd at Walmart.

I then went in search of blue LED lights, and while I didn't find them, I also didn't find long lines in any of the places I looked. On my way home I stopped back at Walmart for yogurt and milk, and the only people with loaded carts were grocery shoppers.

I hope it's just that people are waiting for better sales...right now it doesn't look like a recovery to me.

12 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

Our Walmart was crammed full last night. It might have been weekend payday grocery shopping, but they were not prepared for the crowds.

Roses said...

Um...
I haven't been shopping myself to give you an accurate report.

kenju said...

I have only been to the pharmacy and the grocery, so I'm not a good judge. I did go to Kohl's this morning to pay a bill and there were a few people there, but not many.

Alby said...

I work at JCPenney. It's an old store, been there about 30 years.

November 27th was the busiest day we've ever had.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Everyone was on the road yesterday--we were only doing some quick errands so don't know about the stores, but traffic was horrible. Maybe people couldn't get to the store?! :)

Klaatu said...

I wonder if the recovery depends on where you are in the food chain.
I was driving by an outlet mall that is leased by independant and chain stores that range from mildly upscale to really upscale. The parking lot looked to be filled.
A local mall that has stores from mildly upscale to wal-mart was busy as well.
It may also depend on the area. A city filled with government offices, or a diverse mix will feel the impact of thr recession less than one devoted to one industry.
Where we live, everyone has felt the downturn, but only mildly.
Even though it's effects were not severe, no one was unscathed.

Sly the Cat Care Guru said...

My bean works for a shipping company and he said a lot of people are shopping online these days.... BTW awesome blog...

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

It's packed here. (Minneapolis area)
Going anywhere on the weekend is a lesson in patience, or futility, which ever way one wants to look at it.
I'm glad I'm home during the day. Much more relaxed shopping.

Nine bucks? Sheesh, I feel cheated paying 14.

Anonymous said...

About those blue LED lights...we bought white ones ("bright white") and they sure look blue on the house. Maybe you could try that unless you are attempting to match existing lights. Out white mini lights provide an not so pleasing contrast. I'll either have to go back to all white minis or purchase more "white" LEDs.
As for shopping here: crowds? what crowds?

Shari said...

Seeing the same thing here. No jobs at all, hardly one is spending, and houses are being put up for sale left and right. Sigh ~~
News keep saying we are recovering, yet,, I don't see a single sign it is.
Of course the people reporting the news still have jobs.

utenzi said...

From what little I've seen of it so far, it appears to be a normal holiday season shopping year where I live, K-thump. I do most of my shopping online in early December (for me) and do my Xmas shopping for others in the last week in the actual stores. I prefer brick&mortar for things that are likely to be returned.

Marti said...

There are still a lot of us out of work, including me. Surprising how much shopping is going on, but I guess with at least 80% of work-age people working, there are more people shopping than not. I do mine online.