Holiday dilemma: With sales slowing, stores may be forced to slash prices to lure shoppers

  • Article by: ANNE D'NNOCENZIO and MAE ANDERSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 14, 2012 - 8:43 PM

NEW YORK - If shoppers don't show up in stores soon, more "70 percent off" sale signs will.

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ciamanDec. 14, 12 2:19 PM

What is this? The AP writers are actually coughing on their own fake hops for the American people to spend forever? The fact is that people are not made of money. That means that shoppers are not made out of money either. Those spending days are shivering away and I am glad of it. That means that average American people are trying to save some money for their future. Right now, few people have saved anything. And as this paper has said, not enough people are saving for their retirement. Is that not true, liberal people? And by golly look at Europe today. Car sales are DOWN the most in the last 19 years! Ford sales are leadig the fall. Just a start of what is coming. Conservative and liberal people will all be hurt. Better think about the exits for the future, people. Thank all of you.

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JimmahDec. 14, 12 2:28 PM

Man, every year from Nov 20th - Dec. 31st, the restaurants and malls are packed, with the only open parking spots way in the back....online retailers (many of them the same companies as the ones with the full parking lots) struggle to keep up with orders because there are so many. And, EVERY YEAR, we read about those same retailers moaning and crying about how we aren't spending enough.

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hecklesDec. 14, 12 2:45 PM

I wish I could spend a grand on my kids this Christmas

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melonicityDec. 14, 12 2:50 PM

I don't mean to be judgmental, but I have little concern or sympathy for anyone that has $1000 to spend on gifts for 2 kids...

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freedomallDec. 14, 12 3:10 PM

Everyone shopping, if you don't have at least a 6 month emergency fund to cover your expenses, you shouldn't be shopping this year!

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ghutchDec. 14, 12 3:10 PM

Keep in mind that retail prices are typically 100% marked up from the wholesale price. Retailers play the discount game with plenty of margin and they have plenty of practice managing the drama of the sale.

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chucks2Dec. 14, 12 4:09 PM

I'm sure there won't be any 70% discounts in Fargo,ND. The stores are packed. But ND is on a role as far as the economy is concerned.

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bracystakeDec. 14, 12 4:17 PM

I'm behind on shopping because of the price gouging I've seen, even at the local Bullseye. A Disney toy car was approximately $12 online yesterday and 1 hour later I found it in the store for $23. That curbed my spending in the store immediately. Because of online shopping, shoppers have the ability to be more informed before purchasing.

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squarnDec. 14, 12 4:28 PM

People are not shopping??? I just got home from Ridgedale, and I beg to differ! I can also confirm that road rage near the mall is alive and well.

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pitythefoolsDec. 14, 12 4:54 PM

Suspecting that the payroll tax will likely tack on another 2% on January 1, I and everyone I work with are cutting back on all spending. No raise, more expensive benefits, and a 2% tax increase is going to stop consumers dead cold. Boehner better think really hard about what he demands.

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