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  • The media's obsession with the boxing day sales.
  • What’s the fascination about the sales, is it a quiet news day.? I can understand the people who go to the sales for a bargain, just about but the media’s obsession with reporting it puzzles me. Is people shopping in a shopping centre really news.?

    sc-xc
    Member

    It’s only news if it gets it’s own thread on STW.

    Klunk
    Member

    it’s just to reassure us all that consumer based captialism is alive and kicking and any reports that we are all going to hell in a handcart are simply just not true.

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    trail_rat
    Member

    I went to cost cutter and bought some brown bread …. It was 35p

    Thats the extend of my sales shopping !

    don simon
    Member

    It’s traditional, isn’t it?
    Not quite to the scale of the good old days of camping outside Harrods to get the 1,000 quid fur coat for 300 or whatever the deals were.

    emma82
    Member

    I’d just like to go one day to commit some mindless violent act on someone – some of these women get proper nasty over a ‘bargin’ and are quiet willing to literally beat off the competition 😯 . I’d love to go in and kick a few shoppers in the shins, very therapeutic

    deadlydarcy
    Member

    I got a cheese board, knife and four lovely cheeses for half price at Sainsburys. It’s been my best shopping day. Ever.

    iDave
    Member

    I got some tinsel and baubles for 75p in the co-op this morning. I had my reasons.

    Premier Icon jam bo
    Subscriber

    I’d just like to go one day to commit some mindless violent act on someone – some of these women get proper nasty over a ‘bargin’ and are quiet willing to literally beat off the competition 8O. I’d love to go in and kick a few shoppers in the shins, very therapeutic

    Were you in Oxford street earlier?

    don simon
    Member

    Does anyone know if and whether DFS are having a sale this year?

    tonto
    Member

    There is an agenda within the BBC news. It has a strong focus on the problems of the current economic climate.
    Every report about Christmas shopping was voicing the opinion that people would not be spending as much due to the recession. Now it is saying that retailers are clearing stock at a loss due to the recession.
    All this negativity is a factor in consumer confidence which slows the recovery and becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Quiet news day. They didn’t lead on sales when there was a tsunami did they?

    ernie_lynch
    Member

    There is an agenda within the BBC news. It has a strong focus on the problems of the current economic climate.
    Every report about Christmas shopping was voicing the opinion that people would not be spending as much due to the recession. Now it is saying that retailers are clearing stock at a loss due to the recession.
    All this negativity is a factor in consumer confidence which slows the recovery and becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

    It’s just BBC News then ? …….the OP seemed to think that it was the whole media.

    So what is the rest of the media reporting then ? What are these stories which BBC News won’t let their viewers know about ?

    BTW I have to say that now you’ve pointed out how the BBC News is deliberately sabotaging the UK economy through their “agenda” I am quite frankly appalled.

    Although strangely enough the BBC News website doesn’t even mention the Boxing Day Sales on their front page.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

    What’s that all about then ?

    brakes
    Member

    The purchase I made today was a round of drinks:
    – Half a Taylor’s Landlord
    – Pint of Keepers Gold
    – Pint of Marstons Mongrel
    North Yorkshire beer – great at any price!

    PGreen
    Member

    Although strangely enough the BBC News website doesn’t even mention the Boxing Day Sales on their front page.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

    What’s that all about then ?

    Not sure what you are looking at Ernie- But theres 5 mentions on the link you sent! πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Clicked on a few things this morning, bought a couple cos they were cheap I would have bought them anyway later / earlier on.

    That is it.

    Having said that, we have done the sale thing before, but everytime come away wondering why we did…

    ernie_lynch
    Member

    Well I’m obviously not looking at the same link as you PGreen – there’s no front page article on the Boxing Day Sales in my link.

    Premier Icon boltonjon
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    I couldn’t think of anything worse to do on Boxing Day than to go to a shopping street – it sounds ghastly

    Just to get a bargain on something you probably didn’t need, but with 25% knocked off, then its a must have

    i don’t get enough time with my family, so i’ve thoroughly enjoyed eating turkey sandwiches, a little bike ride with my dad (his first in 40 years) and drinking other peoples whiskey.

    The gutter press is the lowest part of UK society. I’m sure the Daily Express will have another sighting of the poor McGann girl tomorrow.

    Utter tosh!!

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    I remember watching the news footage of the opening of the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford. as the doors opened, people rushed in joyfully. Running joyfully into shops, to spend money many of them probbly don’t actually have. 😐

    I found it quite depressing actually. If only people could use such energy to help each other, rather than slavishly consume in the forlorn hope it will make them better people…

    grantway
    Member

    Dunno spent a few hours in a Toby Carvery today πŸ˜‰

    joeegg
    Member

    We had a clothing retail business for many years and the sales were always excellent for us.
    The profit margin was actually higher than pre-christmas as your sale stuff is bought in well before christmas at a big discount from suppliers.People just see a sale ticket,assume it must be a bargain ,instead of thinking is it still value for money.

    deviant
    Member

    Elfinsafety. Agree with that, I have friends who will argue over the stuff in their house, argue over shopping etcetc….I just don’t get it. I had a mate a few years ago who told me his ambition was to lead the kind of life that he reads about in FHM….I’d never pitied one of my friends before that moment.

    I go to the shops for what I need and then spend the rest on things my better half and I enjoy doing. Things like 60 inch TVs leave me cold, surely its the program being watched that provides the entertainment and not the vessel its viewed on?

    Far too many friends have been in debt trying to keep pace with fashion for gadgets, cars etc….they end up leading a hollow existence whereby their possessions define them.

    Premier Icon MSP
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    ……surely its the program being watched that provides the entertainment and not the vessel its viewed on?

    Well I would agree that with a well written thriller or mystery then as long as the television is adequate then it doesn’t really matter, but watching something like frozen planet in high def on a big screen is a pretty amazing experience.

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    Yeah but it’s not about the thing itself, but the very desire for things that’s depressing.

    It seems to stem from a need to appear superior to your peers; granted, Humans have always sought this, but it seems to have accelerated exponentially in the latter half of the 20th Century, amongst an equally exponentially expanding number of people Worldwide.

    Christmas is a funny time of year; sposed to be about thinking of others, and how lucky we are and that, but it seems people are more intent on consuming as much as they can; the irony of people spending loads on toot they don’t need, then bunging a few pennies in a jar for a Homeless Charity would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

    Fair enough if you were after a big telly anyway, and can get it half price or whatever in the sales, that’s economic prudence. I’m off down Cash Converters to get an Ecks Bocks what someone’s had to flog cos they’re in debt through overspending on Xmas. Every cloud…

    No, to me, the disturbing bit is how they rush joyfully into shops. That just strikes me as fundamentally flipped up.

    I had a mate a few years ago who told me his ambition was to lead the kind of life that he reads about in FHM

    I know people (mostly women it must be said), who enjoy shopping. I’ve had people scoffing cos I’d rather spend a Saturday out on me bike than in a shopping centre. I’ve worked with people who talk excitedly of going shopping at the weekend, on Monday morning.

    Obviously the shopping process fulfils some sort of ‘need’ within people; s’all about gratification, innit? No harm in a little retail therapy now and then, but to live for shopping?

    Sick, sick World…

    randomjeremy
    Member

    Women will buy anything as long as they think it’s a bargain. Men will pay anything as long as it is exactly what they want :p

    ernie_lynch
    Member

    I know people (mostly women it must be said), who enjoy shopping.

    I like shopping. Specially in a shopping mall. I like walking around and looking at stuff. I like stopping for a coffee and a bite to eat, and then carrying on.

    Calling me poof ?

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    No, don’t start feeling all threatened anyway if you were gay why would that be a problem? Are you saying all gay men are obessed with shopping or something? Talk about stereotyping… πŸ™„

    There’s nowt wrong with liking a bit of shopping now and then. It’s when people are obsessed with shopping, when they will run joyfully into shops just for the sake of ‘shopping’, that’s when it’s somewhat disturbing.

    ernie_lynch
    Member

    ……if you were gay why would that be a problem?

    Well it wouldn’t be, why are you suggesting that it would be ?

    Talk about stereotyping… πŸ™„

    And btw, a “poof” is an effeminate man. You can be hetro.

    randomjeremy
    Member

    @Ernie_lynch you’re pretty clearly a repressed homosexual. You should bite the bullet and come out, it’s much better over here on the brown side xxx

    Premier Icon StefMcDef
    Subscriber

    Are the Boxing Day sales traditional?

    Am I the only person who remembers the post-Christmas consumerist binge being called the January sales? As in, sales that take place in January?

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    Well it wouldn’t be, why are you suggesting that it would be ?

    I’m not suggesting it would be at all. It’s you what seems to think it’s a problem.

    Very defensive and angry about this, aren’t you?

    You like shopping; it’s not a problem.

    it does seem to be a more ‘feminine’ activity, judging by the overwhelming majority of women you see in shopping centres.

    I think it’s nice that you are embracing your feminine side. Do you hang around the M+S Lingerie section?

    jon1973
    Member

    surely its the program being watched that provides the entertainment and not the vessel its viewed on?

    I dunno, recently bit the bullet and got a big TV and surround sound and it’s an awesome way to watch films and stuff. Like MSP says, Frozen Planet and the like are pretty much made with these TV’s in mind.

    ernie_lynch
    Member

    Very defensive and angry about this, aren’t you?

    No, not really, I’m just challenging your sexist stereotyping concerning shopping.

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    Do you hang around the M+S Lingerie section?

    Not since I promised the magistrate that I wouldn’t.

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    No, not really, I’m just challenging your sexist stereotyping concerning shopping.

    Not sexist at all; merely observation. Go to your local shopping centre. Count how many women there are. Count how many men there are.

    Then come back and apologise to me.

    Not since I promised the magistrate that I wouldn’t.

    πŸ˜†

    You still allowed in the Whitgift, after they threw you out for intimidating shoppers, spitting and throwing chips at pigeons?

    ernie_lynch
    Member

    Not sexist at all; merely observation.

    Yeah, that’s what all the stereotyping bigots say…….“I’m not a racist but, blah, blah, blah, ….. just saying like”

    And yes of course I’m aware of all the crumpet in my “local shopping centre” …… specially aware in summer for some reason. What do you think I am ….. stupid ?

    BTW I’m sure you are aware that the Whitgift Centre doesn’t even remotely look like that these days. For a start it is now an indoor shopping mall, and that pub/building in the middle “The Forum” doesn’t exist anymore. Plus it hasn’t been that empty during opening hours for about 30 years.

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    BTW I’m sure you are aware that the Whitgift Centre doesn’t even remotely look like that these days

    That’s what it looked like when you were banned. You’re quite old now.

    Elfinsafety
    Member

    Oh dear. Seems all the excitement and mass hysteria has gone a bit too far:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16340784

    So so sad. A life gone, fighting over what? πŸ™

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    A life gone, fighting over what?

    There was something on the news a week or so ago about how several shoppers in America were injured after fights broke out over shoes. The latest Nike Air Jordan retro trainers IIRC.

    😯 πŸ™„

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