Posts filed under “Consumer Spending”

WaPo: Beware Bad Shopmas data!

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My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the retail theater that is Black Friday:  Beware of bad Shopmas data!

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

“The news media aren’t any better. They breathlessly cover shopping as if it were an Olympic event. The big-box retailers play right into the coverage. Each year, we are regaled with stock footage of the 6 a.m. crush, a near-riot battle for the heavily discounted electronics doodad of which only a few are for sale. It is ugly and crass. I see a scene from “The Hunger Games” rather than a modern industrialized nation gratefully celebrating the bounty provided us.

Footage of people camped out at Best Buy or elsewhere is not remotely a celebration. Rather, it’s a reminder of just how economically distressed a large percentage of our populace is. It’s a Barbie, for crying out loud — do you really need to LEAVE YOUR FAMILY FOR THREE DAYS TO camp out for that?”

We will start to see some of the “data points” Monday, then get the actual information a few weeks later.  Don’t bet on accuracy in the initial run of numbers.

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Source:
Retail theater: Beware of bad Shopmas data!
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, December 1 2013  
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/retail-theater-beware-of-bad-shopmas-data/2013/11/29/6baf0d54-562f-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Consumer Spending, Really, really bad calls, Retail

Ignore the Black Friday “Giant Hypefest & Consumer Orgy”

Source: Yahoo Finance

Category: Consumer Spending, Media, Retail

Enjoy Black Friday But Ignore NRF Surveys

Thanksgiving is but a few days away. We celebrate by the giving of thanks for whatever bounty has come your way. It is a warm and wonderful holiday full of family and tryptophan and good cheer. Black Friday, the day after turkey day, is the official kick off of the season I like to call…Read More

Category: Bad Math, Consumer Spending, Really, really bad calls

Consumer Psychology & eCommerce

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Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Psychology

Jay-Z Penney

Jay-Z faces pressure to end his partnership with Barneys over racial profiling, but Larry Wilmore sees selling out as a sign of progress.   Shopping While Black The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook TDS, November 6, 2013 (06:45)

Category: Consumer Spending, Really, really bad calls, Television, Weekend

Blockbusters

Excerpt “According to Nielsen, from data provided by managers at Nielsen SoundScan, which collects recorded-music sales information, of the eight million unique digital tracks sold in 2011 (the large majority for $0.99 or $1.29 through the iTunes Store), 94 percent – 7.5 million tracks – sold fewer than one hundred units, and an astonishing 32…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, Music, Think Tank

Luxury Item Investing Returns

Fruits of Passion Click for interactive chart Valuables Source: Economist     I love that classic car investing has trounced Art, Coins, Wine and Equities !    

Category: Consumer Spending

The Deleveraging American Consumer?

click for ginormous graphic Source: WSJ     I love this giant graphic from this morning’s WSJ — it gives us the 30,000 foot view of consumer debt here in the USA. Despite low rates — or is it because of them? — American consumers have seen their debt loads fall to the lowest levels…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Credit, Fixed Income/Interest Rates

Books Bought By Big Picture Readers (July 2013)

Click to enlarge Once again, its time to peruse the data to see which books TBP readers bought last month. Amazon’s embed code lets me track every click from these links — how many people look at the page, how many books get seen, and/or collectively purchased. Its anonymous — I don’t know who bought…Read More

Category: Books, Consumer Spending

The 1% More Savings Calculator

Interesting example of what a small bump up does to your long term savings:   Click for interactive calculator: Source: NYT

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Investing