Today is the second busiest retail day of the year, in the trade known as Super Saturday. The WaPo has a story up that I hope reminds us to be kind to store clerks: “We are the workers tasked with saving retail — for $9.50 an hour.”
“With the wave of closings this year, from Sears to Lord & Taylor, we had to step up our customer service. Do you need another size? We’ll bring it to you. Want it in petite? We’ll hunt it down at another store, and it will be shipped to you, free of charge. You need a ‘smoking hot’ dress for your ex’s wedding? Challenge accepted.”
Try getting that kind of customer service from Amazon. If you do go shopping today (and I feel sorry for you if you do), all the usual advice applies: please favor your local Mom and Pop stores with your business. The money you spend stays in your community and acts as a multiplier, and keeping small business on your town’s main street is a great, good thing.