I always seem to think mid September but I have always sold toys, this year its Silverware and Ive noticed a small leap already
Starts to ramp up right after Holloween and tapers down about a week before Christmas...KF
It's hard to believe Xmas is just about here again.
We love all the revenue that Xmas produces, but at the same time welcome the end of it, as we're usually so burnt out at the end.
I've heard of people purchasing their Christmas stocks in March, which is surprising.
Last year was our first year of trading and we only noticed a large growth in sales and November.
Let's hope we start a little sooner :)
I had my first xmas order this week, so people are definitely starting to think about it.
I think the real holiday buying season is going to be later this year at least as far as the US consumer is concerned. People are going to be focused on the economy and wondering if they are going to be able to pay the credit card bills after x-mas.
I think the hesitation is going to come from the high fuel prices (yes I know they are not that high compared to Europe) and I think the tightening mortgage market and the resulting instability in the stock markets will also cause people to think twice.
As we all know, a internet consumer thinking twice is a bad thing.
So I think your going to see people waiting till the last minute to do most of their holiday shopping.
[edited by: Ledfish at 1:19 pm (utc) on Aug. 25, 2007]
Yes, it is going in to be an election year in the United States.
Usually the controlling party will do everything they can to lower gas prices by making long term deals with the oil companies and also decrease the unemployment rate by hiring more goverment employees.
As far as interest rates go the feds are in the process of lowering them.
Things are a bit unusual here in the U.S. right now due to several reasons we all know which I won't bring up now as I don't want to get of topic.
Not to get political, as I'm niether a Democrate or a Republican but yet a Capitalist, let's hope the politicians don't screw up the sales by killing the Xmas spirit...
In 2006 there were 15 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, whereas in 2007 there are 16. I don't know if that means 2007 will be better than 2006, but it might.
We are more interested in Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They are our busiest ecommerce days.