People in the US are afraid and of course that is going to affect us merchants. That's been the case in the past five months, when the economy started to hork up a furball. Since then people have been yanked around. Stock market up, stock market down, anger over the bailouts, rage without a focus, relief/fear over the new prez, media just whips things up, etc., etc. But there's only so much fear a person can handle, so folks go back to their old habits, then the fear comes back, etc. I count myself lucky I am still in business at all, no evil eye, what with all the huge businesses tanking and running to the govt with their hands out, and I try not to think about the whiplashing of ups and downs, because I expect we will see more of them as time goes on. What can we do about it? Same thing merchants always have done--hang in there and keep a positive attitude. Retail has always been a risky biz.