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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Do you know any shop keepers/owners?   Do you know how short their window of opportunity may be?    If people aren't buying, the retailers wouldn't be displaying.  Shop when it suits you and allow others to shop when they need to as well.  What a first world problem! 

Nov 29, 2015 11:38 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Is the Pope Catholic?  

Nov 29, 2015 11:31 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

much too early....I saw Christmas things before Halloween was over!!!!

Nov 30, 2015 12:04 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

William Feela Yes, one of our local stores had Christmas trees out at Halloween. This is getting a little carried away.

Nov 29, 2015 11:32 PM
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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I hate seeing all the emphasis on decorations and Christmas at any time before December.

As a former retailer, I think it is a mistake to start the Christmas season before Halloween.  It seems to lose the importance.  My opinion is that a creative retailer can co many other things to boost sales throughout the year. Then place some real emphasis on the holiday events near the dates they occur.  

I guess the next trend will be when retailers realize that buyers have done their shopping in October.  This will make them hold the New Year Day sales earlier -- like Thanksgiving. LOL

Nov 30, 2015 02:14 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Now is their time, I respect Nordstrom's because they don't start the craziness until the day after Thanksgiving.  This is their time, and some retailers make the majority of their money at Christmas.  A

Nov 30, 2015 12:52 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Too early for whom is the question-not for them obviously!

Nov 30, 2015 12:16 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I do consider Labor Day a bit early. Playing Christmas music in mid-November is also a bit early!

Nov 30, 2015 08:07 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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William Feela oh yes, they are rushing! Black Friday started on Monday - 4 days early. And CyberMonday on Sunday, a day early.

However, Christmas is still on 25th December!

Nov 30, 2015 03:24 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

They started here in August.  That's too early!

Nov 30, 2015 12:23 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I think they are. I saw Christmas trees up at one popular department store in August. 

Nov 30, 2015 08:54 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It starts in September in some stores, and some buyers start shopping then too.

Nov 30, 2015 08:13 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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They always do, why would this year be any different?

Personally, I just refuse to participate in the commercialization of Christmas.

Nov 30, 2015 06:45 AM
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John Meussner
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Some did, some didn't.  For me, the Christmas season begins with the approach of Thanksgiving.  As long as it's post-Halloween, I'm ok with it.  The holiday season is synonymous with winter for me....if it's going to be dark and cold, I'm happy to have holiday lights to warm things up!

Nov 30, 2015 06:28 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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There are so many things to do! I think, preparing for Christmas now is the best timing:) 

Nov 30, 2015 05:41 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

William,
I know from my days in banking that many stores make half or more of their yearly profit over the Christmas period. Every day is precious to them. 

Nov 30, 2015 04:44 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think they started on January 1'st this year.  A bit too early for me.

Nov 30, 2015 04:42 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I think so.  Christmas should not start before Halloween like it does now.  Let each holiday have it's time to shine without interference.

Nov 30, 2015 04:30 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I saw Xmas items in mid October.

Nov 30, 2015 03:07 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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All celebrations are started off too early.  On Dec 26 you will see the Valentines stuff on sale.

Nov 30, 2015 02:51 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I like the answer provided by Susan Emo

Nov 30, 2015 12:34 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Yes, it's ridiculous. That is why I truly hate this season - it's all about marketing & shopping.

Nov 29, 2015 11:43 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

The chase to show an increased sales has been on to quickly this year.

Nov 29, 2015 11:39 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

They always do!

Dec 06, 2016 03:38 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

William - Retailers will continue to start Christmas selling earlier and earlier to attract the consumer. After all, the first retailer to discount something for Christmas will sell them before the other retailer who doesn't even have the product yet. It's competition, and the early bird gets the worm.

Dec 02, 2015 05:42 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Of course! Christmas is close to year round when it comes to shopping!

Nov 30, 2015 08:43 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It actually seems to be calmer this year than last.

Nov 30, 2015 09:28 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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It is just a little over 3 weeks until Christmas. I don't think it is too early for them to put the press on.

Nov 30, 2015 08:47 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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They've been discounting all year. Now it's sell time.

Nov 30, 2015 06:31 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

When should the Christmas rush start?

In my Canadian city, a major American retailer sells winter snowsuits for kids in June / July but not anywhere near winter.  Yes, I have seen them on the hottest days in July and they do sell out because people expect to buy them at that time at this retailer.

Nov 30, 2015 02:07 AM
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Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
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It seems more normal to me this year (vs. the last few yrs).

Nov 30, 2015 01:33 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Started in November...... I think Amazon, Fed Ex will  be busier than previous years.... Order on line. Stores ain't that crowded this year.

Sam Shueh

Nov 30, 2015 01:16 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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This is going to be tough season. The economy isn't working for all just some

Nov 30, 2015 01:10 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

As a former retailer, I also know Christmas 2016 plans are well underway.

Nov 30, 2015 01:08 AM
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Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Retailers do not determine when we buy, we as the consumer make the decision when and where to spend our money.  We, the consumer just need to decide: Does it take decorations to get us to shop or Does it simple take a retailer having what we need or want?  

Nov 30, 2015 12:19 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Early, it started before Halloween. If they are starting now they are late, 

Nov 30, 2015 12:19 AM