Society & Culture

With all the sales on before Christmas these days, are you spending less time in the post-sales?

Society & Culture

Posted by: Rainbow

8th Jan 2013 02:38pm

Do you think people are blowing more money overall as they buy not just Christmas presents, but also other bits in the pre-Christmas sales? Alternatively, do you think people are still excited about the sales post-Christmas or do you believe there has been a decline in this area of spending? As consumers, are you even going to the sales these days or do you think there is more of a tendency to buy your gifts and products directly from the internet, at a cheaper cost?

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Lee31358851
  • 21st Nov 2019 08:16am

I've never been a big sales shopper - I love the idea of bargains but I cannot abide the crowds! All those people pushing, shoving and grabbing for things sends me into a spin. I try and pick things up all through the year if I find something at a good price that I know someone will love (but it's a bit of a risk with kids, as their tastes / interests can change almost from day to day). I don't think sales will ever go out of fashion - even with the advent of online shopping and 'constant specials'. There's something about the advertising of a Big Sale that gets into people's blood!

GiGi
  • 17th Mar 2013 05:17pm

To tell you the truth, I no longer enjoy any type of sales, because most shops just mark up their original prices to have the "SPECIAL DISCOUNT". Come on, who are they kidding?

I think the festivities have became too commercialize and the real spirit just...

I'd rather shop when I need to shop, even if that means I need to store things aside until the event (festivities or birthdays) arrive. I used to enjoy the Boxing Day Sales (not in Sydney, but in places like Central Coast or more to the North), when there're not that many people (like Sydney) to fight for good deals. But not any more :-(

Carolyn P
  • 18th Jan 2013 03:47pm

Pre and post Christmas sales seem to be a tired concept these days. Everything seems to be on sale all the time in the current economic climate and great discounts can be found at any time of the year either in physical stores or online. For this reason, I feel that people are generally less excited about specific or traditional sales periods than perhaps they used to be.

I feel that people are often spending more money on food, services and experiences rather than on material items.

unibomba17
  • 16th Jan 2013 02:15pm

I did not even going to the sales this year. So many businesses went into sale mode prior to xmas. I did a little bit of online shopping this year for xmas. I plan on doing most of it online next year. So much easier, cheaper and more enjoyable. I work in retail and have noticed there are a lot less people coming in for our sales this year and definately spending less than previous years as well.

Anonymous
  • 16th Jan 2013 08:12am

yep i feel people if any, are wasting their money on only giving gifts at xmas and birthdays, and they all buy into the fad even if they cant afford it, dont get me wrong, the idea of giving gifts is good, just why limit it to these occasions only? i cant afford either and can only afford to get what is needed and then im broke. Since i discovered buying on line though, it has eliminated alot of stress involved in leaving the house, when the price of petrol fluctuates like it has and keeping compliant with a legal vehicle to travel etc, purchases online are more convenient and less time consuming, way better i feel. xmas etc are mainly for the rich and working class only.

Susie
  • 15th Jan 2013 09:21pm

dint really go to many sales was overseas there were plenty sales there.

sandy
  • 13th Jan 2013 07:17pm

I find it really hard when I hear how much is spent over the xmas period. A lot of friends are like me & can not afford to buy xmas presents for family as we are on a pension. So there must be a few people out there spending lots. There is always an urge to spend when a sale is on, unless like us you only buy when you run out or something wears out. I think the next generation will buy more off the internet as it becomes a part of their life. A lot of the older generation is still wary about buying on line because of the scams and people being caught.

mumaalicat
  • 13th Jan 2013 10:33am

I think people spend more when there are sales on. Who doesn't love a bargain? As there are so many sales around nowadays and people are busier I think there are less people prepared to rush out post Christmas for the boxing day type sales. There are also a lot more people prepared to buy online, especially with many businesses providing free shipping.

peppi6
  • 12th Jan 2013 10:55pm

Me personally no. However I do think that a lot of people out there get over excited about xmas. A thought that they must give presents even if they probably do not want to. It tends to be an obligation rather than what the true meaning of Xmas is meant to be. Try to spoil the kids, feel must have to, out do and give the best present, I dont know, its now getting too commercialised dont you think? Kids today compare what they got, and subsequently someone will be dissappointed, end story the parents leave disheartened that they could not do enough and that their kids are felt left without.

Belanna
  • 12th Jan 2013 07:23pm

I spend the same amount of time - I don't buy much - just cards, wrapping etc for the following christmas. I don't know about others but I start xmas shopping months in advance. Particularily when those pressies are on sale. Both from Australia and overseas.

Mandy
  • 12th Jan 2013 12:38am

Yes I tend to think that people do spend more as there is more variety of products available for christmas. I don't think people support after christmas sales like they use to as they don't have the time or the money but there will always be some die hards who flock to the sales. Spending on line has become so much more popular and I am guilty of buying a couple of gifts on line but I do like to support the local shops when I can.

candy
  • 11th Jan 2013 05:14pm

I think that most people spend way too much. I saw the results of a survey that said the average amount people spend on each child is $340!! I thought to myself that some kids must get a whole of "landfill" because my children get nowhere near that amount. When will we as a society realise that we don't need all these things. We are just putting needless pressure on ourselves and working just to buy things.

Di
  • 11th Jan 2013 12:40pm

I think people are turning to buying on line for the convenience . With cost of fuel and trying to find parking places during peak times it suits them better. For more personal items they do prefer to go to the shopping centres.

Mustang17
  • 11th Jan 2013 10:09am

I did purchase my gifts in-store and online before Christmas as there were some great bargains to be had. As I have 4 grandchildren I knew what toys they wanted so I was able to shop around on the internet and really get some great specials.
However my adult children love the sales as we get them vouchers from various stores so after Christmas, you will find them at the Shopping centres.
Overall I do tend to spend a lot of money at Christmas, but I have a cruise this November , so am planning on starting my Xmas shopping even earlier.

ninna
  • 11th Jan 2013 02:16am

I purchased a few presents for Xmas gifts only for immediate family & stayed within my budget, I spent nothing in the after Xmas sales. There is so much pressure in advertising to spend more on credit, if you look at the Harvey Norman Holdings Limited which includes Harvey Norman, Joyce Mayne & Domayne plus others. They have an aggressive advertising style which encourages buyers to buy on interest free credit, it is putting people further & further into debt. The only times I have used this type of purchase is when I absolutely had to replace something that broke such as a fridge & will pay it off asap so I don't incur the horrendously high interest rates attached to GE credit which is the company used by Harvey Norman,
I think people are holding back on spending their money & are putting it away or paying off other debt while racking up debt on the interest free deals. The recent interest rate cuts did not have the flow on effect that retailers were hoping for because we don't trust the banks to pass it on to the consumer.
I prefer to purchase most items on the internet because it is cheaper & I found if I buy overseas the service is better & delivery quite often free & always quicker. Until the local retailers can give me the same deal I will continue to purchase overseas on the internet. The last item I purchased in Australia on the internet was just before Xmas, there was no statement that they would be closed until 7th January but they still took my money & there was no communication or way to track the order which I eventually received 9th Jan. I have seen this a lot with Australian companies online & that is why I buy overseas!

jatz50
  • 10th Jan 2013 09:26pm

I think people seem to spend more wisely now in the christmas sales and there are also some people just go and buy, buy for the hell of it.
I didn't venture into the stores for the christmas sales as I find sales during the year just as good.

vanessah
  • 10th Jan 2013 09:00pm

I find going into a store for a pre christmas sale I blow more money overall. Even though I write a list of what sale items I am going to buy I always seem to end up buying other stuff as well and things that my 6yo daughter wants. I think people are still excited about the sales post christmas but a sale no matter how much discount you get, the final decision lay's with can I afford it? With the price of food and having to pay bills and everything else associated with living I have found myself buying more items online and have saved more money which could then be spent elsewhere. I research what I would like to buy both from online stores and deals found in walk in stores and always look for the best deal, which to me isn't always the deal where you can walk into a store and have the product that day. In that sense the internet will always fail (well at the moment anyway)! A store always has a markup on it's products but for that markup you get the product then and there, the internet gives you a wholesale price with only the postage and product to pay for, then you just have to wait excited about your purchase until it arrives. Sometimes with the internet you can afford a better item if you buy it online for the same price of something you could buy in store. No matter whether I buy online or from in a store it all depends on can I afford it?

fergiefroggiz
  • 10th Jan 2013 02:15pm

yes we are people that want it now instead of saving for some thing .and we live on credit to much . i am amazed at how we rush around trying to out do our self from last year . really Christmas is Christianity holiday but we make a lot of fuss with presents. The whole thing has become about spending money . i personally dont shop online to support local shops

Julesb
  • 10th Jan 2013 12:18pm

I'm definitely spending less at the sales. Maybe it's just me and the fact that I'm trying to save money, but nowdays I use the internet to find the specific thing I want and then shop around (virtually and in real life) to find the best price. Often, this has resulted in getting as good a price as during the so-called "sales".

Besides, with the slightly depressed retail sector, it seems that everyone is always on sale - so the post-Christmas sales are less of a big deal. Remember when David Jones used to say - "Here at David Jones, we don't have sales. Just two major clearances a year"? Not anymore!

Redrat
  • 10th Jan 2013 12:09pm

I personally prefer to do my shopping online. I get sick and tired of driving to stores, having the hassle of finding a park, only to find they have run out of stock then it has to go on a raincheck (if you're lucky). Usually I like to find something different for my presents and I find online gives me these options at a price I am prepared to pay, plus its delivered straight to my door. Comfort of my home for me.

mike632
  • 10th Jan 2013 09:48am

Latest figures show general retail sales down but all indicators show strong buying online.

Anonymous
  • 10th Jan 2013 09:18am

Definately, I do most of my shopping online throughout the year and this time its seems there was a lot more emphasis on pre xmas sales than post.

simla
  • 10th Jan 2013 08:27am

It seems to be a case of 'the rich get richer and the poor get poorer'.
Those of us that can afford a 'good Christmas' go out and splash up as usual. Many are tightening the belt this year, but buying on line does give a little better value in most gift options.

Fluffy
  • 10th Jan 2013 08:03am

I think that people are buying a bit less but getting more with there money using sales, they are being more spending savy with there money, and yes they are also using they the internet to get products at a cheaper price.

Most people know that the retailers put a 100% profit margin on there sale products and even when the products are on sale they are still getting the cost of the product plus a bit more ( 20 - 30%).

People are also being comsumer savy and getting Christmas presents thoughout the year when they can afford to as there are sales more often now.

With the way things are at the moment people aren't sure how long they have got there jobs for so some are keeping some of there wages back for when they lose there jobs and some who have lost there jobs - well that speaks for itself really they can't spend what they haven't got

matua
  • 10th Jan 2013 02:20am

Well this year I think I spent more time and money on post Xmas sales than last year. In fact I went back for more after checking my bank balances.

jayskette
  • 10th Jan 2013 12:21am

There is still a frenzy that you see both pre and post Christmas but you only see it just 1 week before and after, and the times outside of that you see a very very slow simmer. Of the 4 suburban places and 2 city CBD places I've been shopping I see lots of people buying Westfield and Cinema vouchers and the like. I personally bought some gifts online to send to my interstate relatives and am very careful about whether something is of genuine price reduction before I buy it physically in a store.

petag
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:45pm

I did end up buying some of my presents online this year as I couldn't be bothered with visiting crowded shopping centres. It is great to be able to buy DVDs and movies on line and have them delivered to your door for free or very cheaply depending on the postage offers available.

I went shopping on the 27th December and used a gift card that I received for Christmas to purchase 2 dresses, basically half-price. Again I couldn't be bothered going on Boxing Day but the next day there still seemed to be bargains available but I only wanted to use my gift card.

godsbaby
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:30pm

I start my christmas shopping in january but not at the christmas sales.. I don't believe that you are getting a great deal at the post-christmas sales, as if you take notice in the pre-christmas sales they raise the price and then tell you it's on sale.. so post-christmas sales is just normal price.. Never shopped on net but plan to have a go at it this year..

winniethepooh
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:48pm

I prefer the sales after christmas but i know a lot of younger people prefer using the internet I like to touch and see what i am buying

CAT17
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:41pm

Sales just seem to be happening all year round now. I think the only way retailers are getting the public into their stores is by having sales. People are more conscious of price and getting the most from their dollar.
I didn't spend up this year mainly because we decided as a family that Christmas means more than just expensive gifts and only the little grand children had parcels under the tree.
No January sale purchases for me either this year- serioisly why spend money on 'stuff' just because it is at a bargain price? Most iterms are way over priced to start with so is a bargain really a bargin??

Littlelegs
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:06pm

I purchased a lot of my gifts for Christmas this year on the Internet, both for convenience and price. I did get some great deals this way. There are still lots of people who get very excited about the post-Christmas sales but for me, I feel that the shops are much too busy at this time both due to these sales and for people who are trying to exchange items, etc. I may try to venture out to the shops after a few days have elapsed to check out what is on offer, most often just buying things like Christmas paper, cards, etc for the following year.

Uj
  • 9th Jan 2013 06:27pm

I'm 50/50 on this one, yeah I know, commitment issues, but seriously, I think more money is being spent for sure, I believe it's a disposable generation, where things are not meant to last any more and therefore, are upgraded nearly every year and then on the other hand, there are people like me that stay away from technology as much as possible (current internet usage excluded) I don't like spending money on things every year, like T.V's or DVD turned blueray players and soon enough, we'll have to spend more money just to keep up with the world, ie; blueray is like the DVD to video people. Anyway, so I think the sales are just as busy and people are still buying left right and centre. Me personally, if I have the money I take advantage of that little sale between the EFY sales and Xmas sales, I hate racing the crowds and the Boxing day sales are only gone to if I was given cash/gift cards as a xmas present. So I don't think there is any real change but I do believe the internet is a definite close second, especially for larger items with their free delivery

easts1903
  • 9th Jan 2013 06:23pm

To me, the sales are just another way to make money for businesses. Some sales are really good but some do leave a lot to be desired. The internet can be cheaper and a lot of things I will use the internet instead of personal shopping, but that is a matter of circumstance not so much cost...both ways have their uses, you just have to know how to use them.

wardy
  • 9th Jan 2013 05:51pm

I don't think the sales are exciting anymore, most of the shops seem to have sales all year round now so I tend to buy bits & pieces throughout the year.

Littlelegs
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:09pm
I don't think the sales are exciting anymore, most of the shops seem to have sales all year round now so I tend to buy bits & pieces throughout the year.

I also buy things throughout the year, both to spread the cost and also, as you see something that you know someone will like, it is the ideal time to buy as it will not be there later if you wait.

sauci_tab
  • 9th Jan 2013 05:29pm

spending less time......less $$ so less time

fishy
  • 9th Jan 2013 04:52pm

Looking at some of the gifts that my nieces received for Christmas and seeing some of the money put on credit cards i do think that people go a little crazy with their spending during the festive season. However, given the frantic endeavours by some on Boxing Day, it would appear that post-Christmas sales still have their appeal

mumtime
  • 9th Jan 2013 04:33pm

Due to the fact we live 3 hours (one way) from the nearest large shopping centre, we do not overspend at the sales prior to Christmas. It has always been a tradition in this household to go to Perth the week after Christmas armed with all the vouchers we have received from Greatgrandparents and Grandparents and see what we would like to be at a fraction of the cost. Even though the shops seemed to have 'massive' sales before Christmas we have still found that the prices are reduced even more in the Boxing Day sales.
I buy things over the internet during the year but prefer to do most of my shopping in store, even though I may pay a little more the returns policies are easier.

mcq
  • 9th Jan 2013 04:32pm

Yes, maybe but at the end of the day, it is all depends on us how to spend our money. I just have a feeling that not many people are spending much these days, well maybe not as much as they used to. In my case, I tried to spend less than previous years and I think I achieved that. I just shopped around and looked for something that was really on sale whether it was online or offline retailers.

Bellxchat
  • 9th Jan 2013 02:36pm

I like to spend money too, but always keep in mind two things: It's not a bargain if you don't need it; and One new thing into the house, means one old thing out. Keeps the spending - and the clutter! - under control.

flyingace
  • 9th Jan 2013 02:25pm

hi Rainbow, my family only spend $15 on present for one person

Possum
  • 9th Jan 2013 01:58pm

I can't say either way, as I had my shopping done by beginning of November and I have never attended Boxing Day sales.

sherry007
  • 9th Jan 2013 01:28pm

my pension wouldnt let me. also i dont agree with them as it steals to much family time away, people dont and thing about the late hours that the staff have to work christmas eve to get the store ready also the very early start boxing day for staff ,if you have a a good family time christmas day why shouldnt all the staff have the same Christmas day and boxing day is for celerabrating the birth of christ NOT shopping which could be done on a normal shopping day .People are sooo greedy and selfish these days they only think of what they want.

wendel
  • 9th Jan 2013 01:12pm

There will always those that shop in 'bargain' times like at the post-Christmas sales. I do not, as I can't see what I need then if I didn't need it before or at all even, I would've bought it before most probably and comparison shopped via the Internet. I do think a lot of people do that nowadays, it does save a lot of shoe leather and money, and I hate crowds.

maryrose1940
  • 9th Jan 2013 01:04pm

I certainly keep an eye on any online sales through the year, and I also pick up bargains in shops all year round. However I buy my Christmas wrapping, cards and decorations in the Boxing day sales, plus any goodies in Christmas packing which are being sold off cheaply. I am positive that biscuits, for example, packed in Festive garb taste just as good later in the year!

karenalien
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:54pm

I did all of my Christmas shopping online and, as much as I like to buy Australian, I just couldn't afford to. With postage and insurance it was still a lot cheaper to buy from places like Hong Kong, London and even Calofornia. I would've blown money by shopping locally.

Mikaren
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:45pm

I don't know about anyone else but this is the first year I was able to go to the post-christmas sales. They had lots of things going cheaply but they were all things with use-by dates. I only bought 2 things that I intended to buy anyway. The only difference was they were 1/2 the price I expected to pay. I wouldn't go out of my way to go to another post-christmas sale.

frankie
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:44pm

not nearly as much as they were, no I am not, yes am buying on the internet

Maggie
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:38pm

For some people the post Christmas sales, in particular the Boxing Day Sales, are a kind of 'ritual', and they go, no matter what. Whether they actually buy anything it's harder to estimate. Shoppers are becoming a bit more savvy these days, and are researching more and comparing prices. This is the case for 'non impulse' buying. All the sales around these days encourage impulse buying -- often retailers advertise specials at a fantastic saving. However, if you know the price, the so-called saving is not really that significant. Sometimes, the item isn't really on sale at all. One thing is for sure people are working out that even if something IS available at a bargain price, it is NOT actually a bargain if you don't NEED or want the item. The Internet is a good option for certain types of products and I think many people are taking up the Net for things like books and DVDs.

bitsa10
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:34pm

I some years go to the after Christmas sales i think they are good when you have suddenly got other people coming over that you have nothing for and you can rush out and grab something, but i usually uy all my pressies during the year

Lockhart
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:25pm

With sales constantly on the go throughout the year I have preferred to get what I want at the time rather than wait for Xmas.

Lynstar59
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:22pm

I am so over Christmas, pre christmas, after christmas, new year sale, half year sale & or any other sale. It's all crap I am not religious but none of these "Sales" have anything to do with the meaning of christmas. The pressure that is put of people to "Give & give & keep on giving is out of control" & now already they have easter eggs & hot cross buns for easter all ready on sale. We all need to stand up & say enough is enough. No more crap from companies, we do not need to run our lives according to the all mighty dollar.

marty
  • 9th Jan 2013 11:39am

I very rarely go shopping for specials on Boxing Day sales as being a disabled pensioner I have limited funds to spend & most people would admit that things they had bought for Christmas have been marked down to get rid of them as they might be out of date next Christmas. If shops had reasonable prices on these products before Christmas they might find that they don't have excess products left over. Also every year in January the cost for power & gas among other things go up & people with children going back to school have to pay for school fees,uniforms & books so out comes the plastic card & the things they got on special is now costing them about 19% if they can't pay off the total, large department stores are complaining about people shopping online well they get a better price & don't get pushed or shoved around by some of these crazy shoppers looking for their bargains ?

lornet
  • 9th Jan 2013 11:31am

I find people I speak to are generally not that impressed with the postpost xmas sales and are spending less as the sale prices aren't any better than sakes at other times of the year. Personally I have cut back on spending on xmas presents overall cut afford the expensive items anymore.

Robyn
  • 9th Jan 2013 11:25am

In my area, unemployment is rather high so everyone really has to watch every penny and be sure to get good value for their money. I personally don't get involved with the pre or post Christmas sales. I keep an eye out for gifts all year and often purchase online where the price is less.

Ed
  • 9th Jan 2013 11:24am

did not bother to go to any of the sales this year

Anonymous
  • 9th Jan 2013 11:19am

I personally went and checked out the sales and have got some ideas for gifts in the early part of the year and will keep a watch.. I also have got laybuys started to get them organised. I dont use the internet that much unless it is alot cheaper and I have got the limited finances so laybuys work well.
I think people in general are looking at their finances alot more to watch the spending which is a good thing..
For me I look for the best priced options at the time when I can afford it , either net or instore and I think alot of people are limited by that nowadays.

purpleboo
  • 9th Jan 2013 11:18am

haven't had the time to look. i buy online mostly now. there is more variety and it 's cheaper. It's the variety that appeals more. I am registered with a couple of cash-back sites and I go there first to see what's on offer.

Happygirl62
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:58am

For myself and my friends I believe that we aren't as interested in the boxing day sales. this largely due to the fact that there are so many sales throughout the yEar so if I miss out on something then I will not have to wait so long to get it at a reduced price again. Also I have been trying to kerb spending and sales just encourage you to spend on things you really don't need. I think too that factory outlets such as Harbourtown allow a person to source good deals as does on line shopping.

coversharvey
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:27am

No they are not, times are tough and unfortunately the Canberra toffs have no idea about how bad the economy and the general populance are travelling financially

gnasher
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:25am

I am spending less due to lower income. I don't do the sales as I think a lot of the stuff on offer is second class and brought in just for the sales. I have my favourite shops and patronise them. To roll under the doors on Boxing Day is not my idea of fun

sneakierbiscuit
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:18am

I think the pre-Christmas sales have led to a little less excitement for the post-Christmas sales. I always buy my Christmas supplies (cards, decorations, wrapping paper, etc.) at the post-Christmas sales, and this year was no exception. But that about covers it from me! I usually buy online, because I don't want to drag my two young children around the shops. I comparison shop, find good deals, and buy when shipping is free or heavily discounted, or if not, I prefer the ship to store option so I just need to swing by and pick it up.

Wellygaz
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:41am

Sales don't influence me at all as I always research and buy at the best price, so spending patterns/behaviour hasn't changed.

HMH
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:23am

I haven't bothered going to any of the post Christmas sales. I think there is less excitement about them as we consumers know that there will be sales that continue all the way through the year so there really is no rush to make purchases now.

mustang6000
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:18am

In view of the lower costs and convenience of online shopping, I believe that 'bricks & mortar' stores will have to become competitive to survive. This has led to everyday prices becoming lower instead of the occasional sale.

bitsa10
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:17am

I some years go to the after Christmas sales i think they are good when you have suddenly got other people coming over that you have nothing for and you can rush out and grab something, but i usually uy all my pressies during the year

Marie
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:15am

With so many sales on during the year, the 'excitement' of post Christmas sales is gone! Often large department stores offload the very old stock during those sales and it is disappointing.
I prefer getting 'bargains' off the Scoopon and Cudo sites as gifts or store gift cards so the recipients can purchase what they want/need.

nene
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:02am

I am more careful blowing more money given the increasing utility costs. Am thinking twice about spending on gifts and products.

Alpaca
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:46am

I am wondering what the true "mark up" is on products. If they can sell at 50% or more off the r.r.p. is the product overpriced in the first instance?

eddie
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:42am

I don't have any particular plan with spending - if I see something I need or want, I buy it if I can afford it. That can mean at sales or online. I don't brave the big sales on the first day any more - haven't done for years. Catalogues are important for me because then I can see what's available and at what price. I think overall, people of all ages are more savvy about shopping because we are given more information about what is available and we can make more considered choices. Whether this adds up to us spending more or less is hard to guage. At Christmas in our family we mainly only give gifts to the children these days. I think that is the case in many families.

ianhnz
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:37am

Nah, don't do sales, boxing or any other.
We do our Christmas shopping, through the year, makes is so much easier and no Christmas debt.

hoppy55555
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:34am

There is a lot of choice.You can never really be quite sure how the sales will be.The internet has made it easy to have a lot more to look at

ventnorgirl
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:27am

Do not use post Christmas sales unless a real bargain .As a senior we have all we require so I buy presents during the year and store them when there is more time for me to look . Happy shopping

Anonymous
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:21am

I shopped yesterday there were not many people about at all. I compare on-line prices of larger items and check where the sales are before I shop.

wombie
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:17am

I know I bought things in the pre-Xmas sales I didn't need but wanted, but I did stick to a budget. In the post-Xmas sales every year I buy Xmas wrapping paper, cards, decorations etc., normally at 75% discount,so I save some money for the essentials for the next Xmas.

Cazzie
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:05am

I do not go to the Boxing Day sales as would only end up buying things I do not really need. The crowds and heat at this time of year do not make shopping an enjoyable experience.

EileenW1
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:03am

Boxing day and New Year sales used to be just that - great bargains and genuine sales of 'old stock' only available at this time of year.. However some tsores have continuous sales so have lost people's trust that they offer real discounts. Also online shopping allows people to compare and research for the cheapest deals. and we can now discover the genuine discounts. Christmas will always be special and the one time of the year when giving and loving can make a difference. People will give what they can afford no matter how hard times are.

Gayle
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:02am

I am so over the rampaging consumerism that I have seen recently. It has almost turned me off shopping altogether. I don't see why stores have to open on Boxing Day. If people can't go for two days without hitting the stores I think they should have a good look at themselves and what motivates them.

ahd
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:02am

No, I still do go shopping on boxing day as there appears to be more shops offering sales and discounts during this time. It seems traditional to have sales on Boxing Day and I guess as most people are on leave, it also promotes the opportunity to go out and spend the day shopping with the family!

shucheryl
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:57am

I avoid all the sales - I hate the crush and the fact that people seem to buy simply because the items are on sale not because they actually need anything. I think its the after Christmas sales that blow the budgets not Christmas.
I do buy online but only the odd book or kids item. I still like to touch and try what I buy.

Chris
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:56am

Our family now does our Christmas shopping on Boxing day. It make a great family day out and you get more for your money and they get something they want. Only Santa comes Christmas day.

col001
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:54am

We only need to hear what retailers have to say to know that in store sales are down. Some blame can be attributed to the cost of living as consumers must tighten their belts, but the real issue is the internet. I purchased clothing (name brand and quality) from overseas via the net. It cost $118 including shipping. Arrived at my place in less than 2 weeks. I costed the same articles in Australia and it would have costed in excess of $250, with some items having to be shipped interstate. I bought a pair of shoes America and saved 20%, including shipping.

Consumers are looking to reduce their budgets and internet sales have not really taken off in this country, but it is a growth industry. The introduction of faster internet (NBN) will see these sales skyrocket. Thats why we are seeing internet sales pop up in Australia. The governments plan to reduce GST free overseas internet purchases from $1,000 to $500.

But then have Australian retailers cut their nose off dispite their face. Australia and New Zealand virtually sit alone in the southern hemisphere. No real competition. We hear the catch phrase that the price is set at what we are prepared to pay. Who determined what we consumers are prepared to pay. I didn't, so were we being ripped off by greedy retailers. Or was it the importers or governments fixing import duties and charges. The internet is allowing ordinary people see how other countries fair in the cost of living stakes, and we like what we see.

What's the answer, well I don't know. Retailers, importers and government have been raising prices for decades with unions perusing wage rises to compensate. We now have the highest cost of living and the highest wages of any developed country. It about time both sides of government, unions and business chamber of commerce sat down togeather and sorted out this mess, before we lose everything.

Ray
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:45am

We spent money prior to Xmas only as presents- we spent nothing after Xmas
though being an older couple our needs are not as acute
Ra McBreen

super88
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:40am

Before Christmas was too long ago to remember.
Have the Easter sales started yet. I bought some hot crossed buns yesterday.

Personally I'm spending less.
I do not buy expensive stuff for young kids who can get more fun from playing with the box the gift came in than the gift itself.
I buy token gifts for the older children who already have everything they need and heaps of stuff they don't use.
Adults (with a few exceptions) agree we already have all we need and so it's a bottle of grog or some food when visiting and at Christmas a bit of wrapping paper around it.
A bargain is only a bargain if you need the item. So I don't bother with the sales unless I need something.

bexbex
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:36am

Definitely. And another factor is that online sales are so strong, that I need not even go to the shopping centre or high street! I don't really care about boxing day sales, but I'm always looking for a bargain so I may buy something....

Ali
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:19am

I did most of my Xmas shopping online and stuck to my budget this year starting early in October and some of my family gave out vouchers to be used at the Boxing day sales. I know of people who got 'bargains' on boxing day but I prefered to avoid the crowds

bj
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:09am

people do over spend, expecially the younger folks. They spend because they dont want to look cheap with friends. Xmas is now so commercial, true meaning is getting lost. Then there is the sales, I just cant resist them after the break!

deb
  • 9th Jan 2013 07:04am

i use the sales to only buy what i need. that way i spend less on what i need and have more to spend on a holiday. seeing what this great country has to offer.

Deb
  • 9th Jan 2013 06:51am

With the overload of constant sales I find that I tend to get sick of them so have gone back to shopping for what I need when I need it and if there is a sale on (which there always is) then that's a bonus.

Jojo1
  • 9th Jan 2013 06:26am

Yes I think people are spending more money in the pre-Christmas sales. Yes I am going to the post Christmas sales also, as you can pick up great bargains. I think people are spending more money altogether.

joyus2
  • 9th Jan 2013 06:24am

I shop online as I am disabled, and fine you can buy just as cheaply online as in store.

Moi
  • 9th Jan 2013 06:12am

I believe people in general are still just as excited about the sales!!
I also think a lot of people now use these sales to purchase 'next years!' Christmas Wrapping, decorations, cards etc., as these items are so cheap after Christmas!
Another type of purchasing I feel is to purchase something special for ones self, whilst the prices are much lower!
I also love to go to the clearance sales on the larger online stores! They definitely have some very good bargains! One problem with these sales though, is that one has to be very alert as there may only be one item which is heavily discounted amongst heaps of other items at much less discounted prices!
I hope my opinion has helped solve 'the puzzle!!' - NANETTE

Moi
  • 9th Jan 2013 06:12am

I believe people in general are still just as excited about the sales!!
I also think a lot of people now use these sales to purchase 'next years!' Christmas Wrapping, decorations, cards etc., as these items are so cheap after Christmas!
Another type of purchasing I feel is to purchase something special for ones self, whilst the prices are much lower!
I also love to go to the clearance sales on the larger online stores! They definitely have some very good bargains! One problem with these sales though, is that one has to be very alert as there may only be one item which is heavily discounted amongst heaps of other items at much less discounted prices!
I hope my opinion has helped solve 'the puzzle!!' - NANETTE

oldlund
  • 9th Jan 2013 04:56am

I have been online shopping for some time and don't bother about sales. When I need something I go online and buy it from the cheapest place where I'm sure I get some service if needed.

wrighty
  • 9th Jan 2013 02:15am

saving for my next holiday and a new bathroom reno so only buying the absolute nessesities

Nettybear
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:44am

I do think buying directly from the internet is a great and the convenience of shopping without moving out of your front door - no parking problems no crowds etc... but the down size of buying products over the net is that you cant touch it, tell if it is used or new or refurbished it goes all goes on trust - Like your banking details, returning goods for refund or exchange over. It is a different world and a very different society compared to what use to happen around Xmas shopping. Depending on your age group of course. If you wanted to buy presents and wanted to cut the cost down yes you would go to the pre-xmas sales - there are more options now but than we had less choices and less shops!

joanc
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:24am

I did not go shopping on boxing day this year and found the multitude of advertising material quite off putting.

kath
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:16am

some people seem to have an endless supply of money with christmas, sales ,during the year i,ve spent alot less i think there has been a decline in spending overall the money is just not there with the cost of everything going up no one can afford to waste there money

Trax
  • 9th Jan 2013 12:09am

I think the after xmas sales are all hype. I just buy a few things for the kids in Pre-Xmas sales and my hubby & I buy throughout the year when we see something we like on sale, either retail or online

Bernd
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:57pm

The commercial sysstem that we live in is geared to get us to spend, be it Xmas, Easter, or what ever sale they put on. We are attracted to glossy advertising and if we feel we are getting a bargin then we will buy what ever they are selling. Hence why over 2 billion dollars turned over on boxing day.

Gooner
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:42pm

Maybe, I guess it depends you can discipline yourself and have a very strict budget control in place. You are more likely to go over the board if you don't. I never have a credit card in my life because I know how to control my spending, not just during Christmas but throughout the year. Many of my friends are surprised by the fact I don't have a credit card, because the more credit you've got, the more temptation you will get and that could lead to over-spending. My key is to shop around and be patient.

aussiepete
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:39pm

There seems to be a new sale on every week & i have noticed in Woolworths & coles that even tho we are still in January thay are now selling Pkts of Hot cross Buns.Iam now pretty sure that easter eggs will be in thwie shpos pretty soon.
I dont have any family, so i tend to stay awake for as long as i can a week before
christmas & then go to sleep late on chrissy eve & i will sleep untill Boxing day to watch the boxing day Cricket test on tv

annie
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:38pm

I agree I think people always spend to much on Christmas presents at Christmas time.I prefer to spend the time with family and friends as Christmas Day just goes to fast.My husband comes from a family of 5 so there are a lot of nieces and nephews.We have a secret santa thing where we buy a guy and a gal presents to the value of thirty dollars.this helps the expense of christmas but we still have to buy now for the nieces and nephews young children that are being born

griffin
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:32pm

PukPuk
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:27pm

Basic rule. If it has an expiry date then buying after the event can present good savings, provided you were in need of the product in the first place. Otherwise, a lot of so called Christmas sales are after the prices were jacked up in the first place.

penny farthing
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:18pm

I am doing research online when I want to buy something and not swayed by all the sales continually telling us that 'we are saving so many dollars', however, today, as my husband wanted to buy me an emerald ring, we ventured into the city to see what we could find in the 'sales'. I had actually chosen one online at a huge 60% discount and was intending to order it tonight but lo and behold found a beautiful one also at a 60% discount! I would prefer to purchase from a shop as we need to keep our people EMPLOYED!! I was indeed much happier not only to support our people but to actually see it on my finger. My husband was thrilled to also take a part in our selection. We then continued on to a music store and ended up buying a keyboard for the man of the house - all in all a very pleasant day out supporting local businesses.

Corbanattar
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:08pm

It seems that a number of the young people that I know are definitely interested in the post-Christmas sales more so than the pre sales.I have no interest whatsoever in sales, but I say: Good luck to those who are prepared to face the crowds and crush. For myself, I do most of my shopping online during the year and have already bought a couple of birthday and Christmas presents for 2013.

Percy
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:03pm

MariaG
  • 8th Jan 2013 10:01pm

I believe there is way too much hype on post Christmas sales and the pre Christmas sales may not necessarily be true sale prices. Major stores such as DJ's and Myer are too narrow in their offerings and most times are way above my price range, sale or not. Their sales do not entice me because their items, particularly up-market, are beyond my budget, even when on sale.

My routine is to buy throughout the year when I see something suitable at the right price and do not get sucked into major sales.

I personally do not know anyone who gets excited about the sales. Perhaps it's a tendency for my generation. Internet is starting to gain momentum and when the opportunity is right, I do take advantage. This is more to get what I want rather than troll the net for bargain basement prices. I do prefer to shop within Australia and have found this to be advantageous on more than a few occasions. If more of the larger retailers in Oz got on the bandwagon and revised their prices, I may well look at adding them to my online list.

Times are changing. Some retailers are on the wave length and others are taking longer to catch up with the new way of buying and selling. I do like to shop places that offer premium service, however am not prepared to pay 3 times the price for the privilege.

JS
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:53pm

After Christmas sales are simply sales. They occur year round. I believe that if you are looking and have the money keep your eyes open. You can still find some great bargains!

Pammy67
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:53pm

With my hubby unemployed, we didn't have any extra to spend before or after Christmas on anything that wasn't essential. Adelaide had its first ever Boxing Day sale in the city which proved popular to those with some extra cash. With all the online offers, sometimes you can save quite a bit, so I always check them out. We got a great iPhone set online for $29, which retailled at over
$150. Had to wait 6 weeks for it to come though...lol

Mondayitis
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:50pm

i only posted once but is showign up 3 times???

JS
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:48pm

I believe people are stiull looking for bargains and have spare dollars to spend

saint66
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:39pm

I have a 2 and a half year old grandson who I must admits does get spoilt with presents, until this year. All grandparents combined and bought him a present (trampoline, which cost a lot), and he just got little things after that. Getting too expensive at xmas time. I have noticed it was easier this year to shop in the main centres. Did not seem to be as many people about as in past years. Maybe a lot of people are using the internet, and I cannot blame if they do, it is easier, although you have to watch out. Some companies scam you with a great price but the delivery costs a fortune. Boxing day is the worst day in the world to go to a shopping centre. Thank god for the boxing day teat match.

babs
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:39pm

yes far less time than use too

wen28
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:25pm

Also it is easier to buy direct from the manufacturer with online shopping, cuts out the middle man, and you save time and money.
Or by supporting local small businesses rather than the big chains with the big mark ups (hence the possibility of luring customers in with the non-stop, in your face advertising, yet still making massive profits) makes for a much easier, more ethical way to shop. I haven't set foot inside a big chain (woolworths/coles and their off shoots). The 2 big corporations that have the duopoly in Australia have done nothing but kill off small businesses and family farms - and have almost killed the agricultural industry. All people need to think before they spend - every dollar sends a message. Buy wholesome quality, or cheap junk that cripples our economy...

Noels1968
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:22pm

I don't know about anyone else, but I know I spent a hell of a lot less... now that I have disowned my family!

Mumof4GC
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:18pm

I think a lot more people are buying vouchers so people can use the vouchers to shop at the sales after Christmas. Although there were lots of sales before Christmas and I bought most of the presents I got on sale so I think I did well. I haven't really been to the sales this year after Christmas I was glad to stay home and relax

wen28
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:13pm

I think the commercialism of Christmas is getting out of hand. Actually commercialism and the push for consumers to spend more and more and more is really ridiculous. That's why my family all agreed to not give any presents at all. Presence is the best present. It was a very enjoyable christmas. We made a point of spending quality time together, with good old fashioned conversation, the odd board game and sharing in the highlights and low lights of the year. Connecting with each other is far better than a christmas sale.

paulina
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:54pm

I think they are spending before and after the Christmas. NO I don't go to the sales. I buy at sales through the year when it is much cheaper.

Eagleswings
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:53pm

I'm not sure that people are spending more at Christmas, generally. Possibly parents buy a lot for their children, but more cautious about finances on the whole, especially here in Australia. As far as the post Christmas sales, I stopped attending them years ago, because I don't like the mad scramble by heaps of women crowding the specials racks.
I also think that there are sales all year now, so after Christmas sales is just more of the same. Maybe good for spending gift vouchers received as Christmas gifts.

Peair
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:50pm

Can't say for others but as the economy is not the best at present i would guess not. As for me my car burnt out on Halloween and I'm still trying to save to get another. an impossible task at present.

porge
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:45pm

There is no need to pay full price for anything these days because shops have sales constantly. I bought everything I wanted before Christmas so haven't bothered with the Boxing day sales. However, I do attend sales throughout the year to do my gift shopping for future birthdays, anniversary's and Christmas so I never have a rush at the end of the year.

Fireflyz
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:42pm

I probably would have spent more in post Christmas sales had I of been to the shops more, but I just simply couldn't be bothered piling the kids in the hot car and heading to the shops. I think perhaps I had out shopped myself before Christmas too, plus there is nothing in particular I needed to shop for.

michb
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:39pm

I think the Boxing Day sales will always have relevance athough not as large as in years gone by. The crowds are definitey smaller

paulH
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:37pm

I have stopped buying christmas cards and gifts. I would rather be nice to other people for the whole year rather than the 4 - 6 days over the christmas period. I buy and give gifts throughout the year without need for a special occasion, but because i see a need for a product in someone else's life. I get products for myself when on special if I see a need for that in the near future, not because of want.

maz1976
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:36pm

for me personally I have brought some gifts online for xmas as they were cheaper than in stores. sure we need to support the shops but i need to save my $ where I can, so if i find something cheaper online (say via ebay) well i buy it there

I have been going to the shopping centres post xmas for the sales and I have found there is less people around than other years!

sure I have found some good items on sale (i have been looking for summer clothes for my baby for next season) and found some good bargains

sonb4
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:33pm

With the popularity of gift cards as gifts for people that you find difficult to buy for i think the post Christmas sales will always be popular. I know i tried to be a part of the whole Boxing Day Sale this year but i couldn't find anything that really appealed to me.

jaguar
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:32pm

G'Day All,
Seems to me a more prudent lifestyle is in place with more thought given to reducing debt. While retailers think this is not good I believe it is very good. If with prudence you can sink debt on consumables you will then be able to spend more for yourself rather than giving big chunks of your spending to greedy credit providers. The logic is clear if consumers can sink their debt then they WILL be able to spend more on consumables at retailers. The only good debt is for loans to purchase appreciating assets like real estate, debt to buy food, clothes, consumables and accommodation is socially destructive in the longer term. Once you have paid for your first car keep making the same level of payments into a high interest savings account with restrictions on withdrawals. By time you reach the halfway point in process of buying first car you will have enough to buy another one outright, and can then continue to have a new one twice as often for same cost without lining the pockets of an already rich greedy lender. Just takes planning to get past loan almost everyone needs to get the 'first' car/fridge/stereo/washing machine etc. From there on in you can have either same stuff twice as often or raise your lifestyle by having twice as many things including holidays, restaurant meals etc. If everyone did this retailers would be twice as well off (only greedy banks/lenders would get 'less' - but would still be funding houses and first cars etc at a good profit. I have a debit card but no credit cards. Cheers

CAT17
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:47pm
G'Day All,
Seems to me a more prudent lifestyle is in place with more thought given to reducing debt. While retailers think this is not good I believe it is very good. If with prudence you...

Wow I wish I had your will power I don't think I could be disiplined to stick to that plan! Sometimes that best laid plans seem to fall apart? Cheers

burnsy
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:31pm

I am never interested in City sales. When I need something, I shop online as much as I can

Anonymous
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:24pm

I generally buy gifts during the year & only have to get some boxes of chocolates actually at Xmas. I used to go to Boxing Day Sales but more often now, you can get stuff already marked down before Xmas., so I dont have to bother unless there is something I see that I wanted to buy. Alot of people are still excited about going out for post Xmas sales.

Jagman
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:24pm

I spent more on Christmas presents than I had planned to this year but it was still less than I have spent in previous years. I had the distinct impression that the shopping centres I go to were less crowded this year, even on the last couple of shopping days, than they have been in recent years.

Our family switched from the practice of exchanging gifts to a Kris Kringle system for adults over a decade ago so that Christmas Day was given back to the children. This has worked very well for us because after opening all the Kris Kringle gifts we then try to correctly nominate the person who provided the gift that we received last year. Our system has created a lot of fun and saved us money as a bonus!

I go to a large shopping centre with my sons every Boxing Day for a meal and a movie plus a little bit of "window-shopping". We came to the conclusion several years ago that the great majority of things that would make good presents are the same price after Christmas Day as they were before. The only things that are markedly cheaper are the seasonal items that are most likely only going to the tip if they are not sold. We think the mid-year Stock-take Sales are better value than the Boxing Day (non-)Sale.

AdeLady
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:18pm

Post christmas sales - hell no. I work full time and generally miss out on any sales, but just after my son was born, many, many moons ago, I trotted off into town for a particular item from a department store which was having a huge sale. My god, I did not know ?WOMEN? could be so rude, crass, ignorant and anything else you can think off. I have avoided ANY sales like the plague since then, including Xmas sales. I prefer to go without.

Heroboy
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:09pm

I think people are still going to post Xmas sales but being more selective about what they buy as so many thing were more reasonably priced before Christmas. I saw a scarf I really liked and it was reduced before Xmas, but still more expensive than I was willing to pay, but in the Boxing Day sale it was reduced to an affordable price and I was able to buy the last one. I am however doing more shopping online as with the strong dollar, many things are more reasonable priced.

Wish
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:08pm

Personally I have not been to these sales for years, would only go if there was something specific I needed at the time. For most things there are better prices online a throughout the year anyway.

mismoo
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:08pm

Normally I would be first in line for after Christmas sales but this year I sat at home and decided to research every special online first and found I wasn't saving mega dollars by fighting the crowds. I actually found once the first round of sales offline were over even better deals were to be had so this year for me it was a win win situation. I do believe consumers think that every sale means massive savings and pay before thinking about whether they really need what they're buying.

maria
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:04pm

We all seem obsessed with shopping whether it be in retail or online stores.
Post Christmas sales definitely hold less appeal these days, as sales are non-stop all year round. Pre-season, mid-season, end of season...........you name it. Who would pay full-price? Definitely not me if I can avoid it.

liza
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:58pm

Yes, people are spending more money overall, via internet and in shops, if they thin its a bargain they will buy it, a bargain is only a bargain if you need t-notjust a want it thing,its simply just wasting maney.

GJ
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:55pm

I do not thnk spending is any less maybe people are just a bit more concerning on what they are buying and when they are buying it , I think this year was the sale of last minute
GJ

Gavin
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:54pm

For me, I buy what I need, when I need it. Sales and other associated marketing nonsense really have no bearing on my spending habits.
So, yes, far too many people are blowing far too much money on mostly useless stuff, which has a horrible impact on the planet. Anyone who is "excited" about sales, should spend some time considering what's really important in life.
It doesn't help when the generic term for people is "consumers". That puts us on the wrong track right from the start.
Think before you buy. Mindless consumption and spending can only lead to one very bad outcome.

EileenW1
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:10am
For me, I buy what I need, when I need it. Sales and other associated marketing nonsense really have no bearing on my spending habits.
So, yes, far too many people are blowing far too much...

I got notice from a relative who works for a very well known electrical goods store that there would be a 'one day only' genuine sale for certain TVs etc. I got him to buy one for me as I don't live in brisbane and although they sold out by midday, on the day, one was ordered for me as I had purchased on that one day. I went to other stores and compared the price of my TV and I saved $300 on the price offered in other 'sales'.

antp
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:53pm

I have spent more post Christmas due to great bargains coming up. Too much temptation sometimes

roalfe
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:52pm

Hi - I do not buy many Christmas presents any more as my children have grown up and I give them money and they buy what they want. My daughter has her own family and I give them what I can afford to help with bills or anything in general. My son usually get something to do with music. I have never been one to go to sales.

Kerry M

Jezemeg8
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:38pm

As I'm reliant on a Centrelink pension, I only have a very small amount of money, so if I see something worthwhile on sale and it correlates to me actually having the available money, then I buy it regardless of time of year.
I usually start shopping for the next Christmas immediately after the last, again, if I see something cheaper on the internet (and factor in the cost of shipping), then I'll purchase it there, if it's cheaper in the stores then that's where I go.

jules 1
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:36pm

I can only tell you about myself. I did tend to spend less money on Xmas presents this year, due to not as much money coming into the home.!

I was hoping to go and buy some things after xmas in the sales, but just couldn't afford to do it.

babs
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:41pm
I can only tell you about myself. I did tend to spend less money on Xmas presents this year, due to not as much money coming into the home.!

I was hoping to go and buy some things after...

jules try doing ona pension maybe one day win lotto ? Babs

Anonymous
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:30pm

In the pre Christmas sales, people buy anything and everything from small decorations, maybe a tin of biscuits for this one and a tea or coffee pack for that one up to the big presents allocated for each loved one.
In the post Christmas sales, Christmas decorations and anything Christmasy is purchased until the shelves are bare. Clothes there is a major rush on as everything is reduced and really when I think about it, all sorts of products are purchased post Christmas as they are reduced in price. There is definitely no decline in sales from my point of view.

gnasher
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:29am
I can only tell you about myself. I did tend to spend less money on Xmas presents this year, due to not as much money coming into the home.!

I was hoping to go and buy some things after...

But even the decorations were rubbish this year - and this from someone who loves decorations and always buys a new decoration or six

Lockwood59
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:29pm

Some people enjoy the excitement of being there to get a bargain and I understand that line of thinking. However, our family and a number of people we know shop online as we can get greater choice and avoid the rush.

Ziah
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:29pm

I can't speak for anyone else, but we didn't buy a single Christmas gift or go to any sales at all this year, since we were out of the country (for our first Christmas away as a married couple after 14 years of marriage!). In general we don't shop the post-Christmas sales anyway, so we have no spending there to increase or decrease. And it really doesn't matter when I shop for what I need - I will always shop around for the best price (even if that is online and overseas) regardless of the time of year. I also make attempts throughout the year to pre-purchase gifts and non--perishable items when they are a good price.

princessjess@iinet.net.au
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:27pm

Hubby has been posted to the bush and as he is usually working over Christmas we don't get to go home to see our family. I have bought on-line or given easy to post gift vouchers. Buying on line means I can have it sent to various family members so they can wrap it for someone else. It's still a surprise for everyone and I don't have to pay postage to send it myself....a lot of places offer free postage over Christmas or if you spend a certain amount.

Alphabet
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:26pm

I have only once attended a post-Christmas sale at a well known Department store (since swallowed up by another) and was totally disgusted ... besides the tables being obviously stacked with deliberately imported cheap-and-nasty items (mens clothing), the department was flooded with mainly women all fighting like fishwives over the pickings - quality items were NOT on sale ...
NEVER AGAIN! - I far prefer shopping online for cheaper cost (the markups on items are far less extreme than the obviously high ones at live stores as evidenced by the huge discounts they offer at sales and obviously still make profits) ...

Lindaman
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:23pm

I think a lot more people are giving gift vouchers for Christmas so the recipient can use them in the post Christmas sales. Buying on line is great if you are organised and buy early. It's awful to select the perfect present and it doesn't arrive until well after Christmas.

Mondayitis
  • 8th Jan 2013 07:22pm

I think people still spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts, they probably do spend more money on other items at Christmas becasue of the sheer volume of items in shops for sale. I'm guessign that post christmas sales are not as popular becasue things can be bought at good prices all year round, but there will still the ones that flock to boxing day sales. I dont bother going to post Christas sales anymore. It's not worth it. I dont buy Christmas presents off the internet but I am buying more online. Lots of people are shopping on eBay and buying os is frequently cheaper even with freight costs.

jasia
  • 9th Jan 2013 05:14pm
I love receiving presents that somebody has bought at an op-shop! I also will give presents that I have found while shopping there. Sometimes it is just the right thing, you know they will love...

I have to say - we see a lot of joy when someone finds just the right kind of gift for the very inexpensive price....also knowing that the money is going to a very good cause, it's a win / win for all...

Annie_T
  • 9th Jan 2013 04:10pm
I volunteer in a charity shop - and I found it interesting that year more so than other years...a lot of people were doing all their Christmas shopping in these type of outlets...some even saying...

I love receiving presents that somebody has bought at an op-shop! I also will give presents that I have found while shopping there. Sometimes it is just the right thing, you know they will love it.

singham
  • 9th Jan 2013 02:00pm
How on earth can you claim to know that 99% of people are stupid enough to believe the world was going to end because some looney claimed the Mayans had predicted this date. The Mayans had no...

Sorry if my reply has caused you any inconvenience. I never believe in predictions, astrology etc. I have only expressed of what is happening in this
world. I do not like to enlighten much on this subject. Please forget about it.

jasia
  • 9th Jan 2013 11:59am
definitely some items are much cheaper online
for example i brought a lonely planet guidebook for $26 via ebay which included free delivery, in shops the same book was $42

I volunteer in a charity shop - and I found it interesting that year more so than other years...a lot of people were doing all their Christmas shopping in these type of outlets...some even saying that they had agreed as families that this is what they would all do. So perhaps there is a change taking place in the way we spend!

EileenW1
  • 9th Jan 2013 10:57am
I am not sure about you but 99% of the people had this fear till the 21st of December, 2012. I am personally aware 61% of the stores in my area put the
items on sale very cheap without...

How on earth can you claim to know that 99% of people are stupid enough to believe the world was going to end because some looney claimed the Mayans had predicted this date. The Mayans had no concept of our current calendar which only came into being some 200 years ago and they were unable to predict their own demise. Give people credit. Humans are not as stupid as you claim. Also I am bery sure about me and the hundreds of people I am in close touch with. We must be the very super-intelligent 1% then according to you. Sorry - no more bothering with your ridiculous comments.

singham
  • 9th Jan 2013 09:44am
Who are these 'people' expecting the end of the World? I don't know a single person who believed it would happen and am sure not one single store reduced prices for this reason.

I am not sure about you but 99% of the people had this fear till the 21st of December, 2012. I am personally aware 61% of the stores in my area put the
items on sale very cheap without mentioning end of the world is approaching.
Even certain prominent people had this fear. BUT the Sale was very high from the 22nd morning.

EileenW1
  • 9th Jan 2013 08:05am
Definitely NOT some but all the items were cheap because people were expecting the End of the World

Who are these 'people' expecting the end of the World? I don't know a single person who believed it would happen and am sure not one single store reduced prices for this reason.

singham
  • 9th Jan 2013 04:33am
definitely some items are much cheaper online
for example i brought a lonely planet guidebook for $26 via ebay which included free delivery, in shops the same book was $42

Definitely NOT some but all the items were cheap because people were expecting the End of the World

singham
  • 9th Jan 2013 04:33am
definitely some items are much cheaper online
for example i brought a lonely planet guidebook for $26 via ebay which included free delivery, in shops the same book was $42

Definitely NOT some but all the items were cheap because people were expecting the End of the World

JS
  • 8th Jan 2013 09:50pm
I think people still spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts, they probably do spend more money on other items at Christmas becasue of the sheer volume of items in shops for sale. I'm guessign that...

There are still some good bargains out there if you have specific things in mind

maz1976
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:37pm
I think people still spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts, they probably do spend more money on other items at Christmas becasue of the sheer volume of items in shops for sale. I'm guessign that...

definitely some items are much cheaper online
for example i brought a lonely planet guidebook for $26 via ebay which included free delivery, in shops the same book was $42

maz1976
  • 8th Jan 2013 08:37pm
I think people still spend a lot of money on Christmas gifts, they probably do spend more money on other items at Christmas becasue of the sheer volume of items in shops for sale. I'm guessign that...

definitely some items are much cheaper online
for example i brought a lonely planet guidebook for $26 via ebay which included free delivery, in shops the same book was $42

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