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Holiday Shopping Survey

October 2, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
Walmart just released results of a survey they did of people regarding the upcoming holiday shopping season. (And no, I'm not picking on Walmart so read on!) From those results, Walmart has decided to begin its Christmas holiday merchandising now. It seems that people polled said they were starting their holiday shopping earlier than usual because of the uncertain economic picture. Some people fear they will lose their jobs because of the looming depression and they may be right. In the survey, 15 percent of the people who responded said they plan to drop a friend from their Christmas list this year and 13 percent plan to drop a co-worker. My husband and I dropped each other from the list years ago when the price of G.I Joe toys, basketball shoes and video games outweighed our weekly salaries. However, the good news is that 61 percent of those surveyed said they will not cut back at all on spending while 31 percent said they may select less expensive gifts. The survey also stated that electronics are the most popular and sought-after gifts. On most people's wish lists also were wishes for financial security, good health and items for their cars and trucks. I can't quite figure out that third one, but OK. I don't know what the holiday season will bring except a new president and perhaps many more new lawmakers than expected. After this bailout fiasco I believe the taxpayers have given enough. It's time for us to be on the receiving end. What'd you say, Washington? Will we have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year?


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