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What Were The Xmas Lights Like This Year?

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As an indicator of how rich people are feeling I'd say my street is feeling a little less rich than last year.

Didn't stop one monkey getting in first with their lights going up on 30th Nov.

But it is subdued this year...

How Christmasy is your street?

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Inside the multi-chain shops - I see hardly any decorations. Just your cardboard cut out bauble "with beat the VAT increase" on it.

Not Christmassy at all.

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Very subdued in the most part. Less houses decorated. Houses that were decorated less OTT than ever, very few Santa's personal red light districts. Decorations also up later in the most part.

Shops seemed more toned down too. [Annoying Christmas music excluded of course]. As I have posted before a lot of retailers will go in 2011. My favorite to go at the moment is Argos. The business model simply doesn't make sense in the internet age, such a strange way of shopping.

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Very subdued in the most part. Less houses decorated. Houses that were decorated less OTT than ever, very few Santa's personal red light districts. Decorations also up later in the most part.

Shops seemed more toned down too. [Annoying Christmas music excluded of course]. As I have posted before a lot of retailers will go in 2011. My favorite to go at the moment is Argos. The business model simply doesn't make sense in the internet age, such a strange way of shopping.

Re Argos - Sara is hoping that £70M refubishment will do the job :huh:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/aug/27/argos-sara-weller-interview

Crazy thing is this comment:

Over the next five years all 700 stores – at a cost of £100,000 each – will be revamped, putting extra pressure on Weller at a time when sales are going backwards. The new stores have touch screens rather than chunky calculators to check if they've got your item in stock and more products on display, including a wall of flat-screen TVs.

"It's saying we're still Argos, we're still friendly – but we are modernising," she says. The old layouts "made it feel like a betting shop ... with customers standing shoulder-to-shoulder to look through catalogues".

But earlier they said

"The Argos customer is mass market. They are younger and less affluent and don't have more money to spend than a year ago."

So basically they are clueless. If people want cheap they don't give a chuff about layout, just look at the bargain stores that are booming now. Stock em high and sell em cheap.

I would think Argos will hang on through 2011 but maybe go to the wall 2012.

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