PYRRHIC SALES

Black Friday” is certainly looking darker this year; industry insiders referring to it as “Black November.” While stores expect a high turnout, sales are expected to be low. In spite of astounding mark downs, prices slashed down to the bone on many items, retailers are worried that shoppers will wait for December for even better deals.

Reports are circulating of 24-inch plasma TVs for under $500, laptops for under $300, as stores appear willing to accept even a Pyrrhic victory rather than no victory at all.

An incident, befitting these desperate times, occurred at a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, Long Island. An unidentified worker was trampled to death when the store opened its doors this morning. “He was bum-rushed by 200 people…They took the doors off the hinges,” Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker said. As the man gasped for air on the floor, shoppers ran over and around him, oblivious to his condition. (Daily News)

This is getting to be serious and much darker now. I wonder what havoc the Christmas sales will unleash as stores struggle to survive and customers attempt to save…regardless of cost.

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