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Hong Kong is the preferred transit port for a lot of Chinese made products. Therefore if you are in the US, you should brace yourself for a bad christmas season. Many manufacturers in Hong Kong are worried that the US is about to enter a recession. If the feds reduce interest rates again, all hell could break lose with the US dollar. Our own sales to the US has more or less collapsed. In fact, we are planning to get out of e-commerce altogether soon.
conversions and volume seems to be very late in the pickup, somewhat eerie...
daylight savings being a week late; thanksgiving being a week early, the mild weather all over the country, and concerns/hesitations about the future economy seem to all, in combination, created a scary slow start
we sell unique specialized gifts and this is the only time we actually make money.
however, the American way is all about froogle spending for christmas, its more justified in the weeks before xmas then in the months before if everyone isnt booming. this could mean an incredible intense 4 weeks before xmas given the incredibly slow start --- the damand for xmas gifts doesnt lower simply because everyone is behind, or starting their shopping cautiously.
But thank god that is not the case this year, It will start up a couple of days after Thanksgiving.
Look forward to the money, I hate all that extra freaking work...