As Ester wrote earlier this year, our culture often uses images of guns to sell other products—but this is a sober reminder that guns don’t have any trouble selling themselves.
It doesn’t matter how many billions of dollars the retail industry earns this year, if that number is smaller than what it earned last year.
The Cards Against Humanity team raised $71,145 from 11,248 people on Black Friday and split it among themselves. And then they each spent $4,185.
Retailers’ latest attempts to tamp down the pre-Christmas low-price consumerist hysteria and to make sure it doesn’t spill over onto Thanksgiving Day proper.
McSweeney’s had a dark humor piece titled “Merry Christmas, Son. I Trampled A Man To Death To Buy You This Leappad Ultra Tablet,” which spoke to me because I’ve been inundated in the last few days with PR emails about “Super Saturday Sales” and one-time deals, and I just can’t wait until this shopping season is over.
Since Thanksgiving is later this year, there are fewer shopping days between scarfing down stuffing and all of the December holidays, so retailers are figuring out whatever tricks they can pull to get people to open their wallets. Some have already launched major deals—I noticed a promotion by Levi’s on Twitter a few days ago, for example, that gave shoppers 40 percent off their online purchases.