Boxing day sales weren’t real bargains

Christmas is mostly the result of merchants attempting to unload merchandise that the public was too smart to buy the rest of the year.

To the Editor,

My late mother was convinced that what Christmas has become is mostly the result of merchants attempting to unload merchandise that the public was too smart to buy the rest of the year. She used to call Christmas, Kitschness. Kitsch is a German word that roughly translates as an unconscious collective agreement to engage in a false sentiment.

Recently I’ve had my eye on a $59 laser printer made by the Japanese company Brother. The week before Christmas, the merchants moved the price of the printer up to $119. On Boxing Day, these same merchants advertised the printer at $59, a $60 savings. Caveat emptor.

John D. MacdonaldNanaimo

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