I heard a news report yesterday that many retailers already had stocked their shelves with Christmas decorations and gift items a week before Halloween.
Why? Because they’re hoping to get your money before the utility companies do. Skyrocketing natural gas prices this winter might force consumers to spend less on holiday gifts once they see their November and December utility bills. So retailers are hoping to entice shoppers to buy gifts extra early.
Publicity Hounds who are pitching stories about products or services that would make great gifts should follow their lead and start pitching now. Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving.