Monday, November 19, 2007

Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!

If my experience this past weekend is any indication, holiday shopping in Canada certainly isn't suffering too much in wake of the Canadian dollar. I made the mistake of attempting to step foot into the busy Toronto Eaton Centre, and was nearly buried alive by a sea of shoppers, shopping bags, and child strollers. There were actual line-ups just to use the escalators! Granted, this Sunday was the famous Santa Claus parade, plus the Raptors were playing at home, so both events likely contributed to the magnitude of mass hysteria.

Nevertheless, despite how frustrating it was to work my way through the crowds to reach the few stores I actually wanted to visit, it was nice to observe that shopping is alive and well in one of Canada's busiest cities.

On another note, I noticed that the Music World store was advertising a "going out of business sale". I popped my head in, and saw that CDs were being offered at 10% off (a few at 30%). Not bad.

Meanwhile, shoppers in the U.S. are gearing up for Black Friday, which takes place this Friday, November 23. Black Friday is known as one of the busiest shopping days of the year, with absolutely jaw-dropping deals, and a shopping frenzy that would make the Eaton Centre on the afternoon of December 24 look like a ghost town.

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