A few years back, the Philips Corporation in the US released a list of facts surrounding the holiday season. Here’s what the average person has to look forward to when shopping for Christmas:
- Five miles of walking around stores, parking lots and malls
- Spending at least 90 minutes waiting in line to pay
- The average person will buy 22 presents and they will only receive 14 from others
- Expect to spend an average of 2 hours and 27 minutes wrapping presents
- Getting elbowed or pushed three times.
- Six hours and 38 minutes of shopping online.
- Most people will have their shopping done by December 20
- Most people will shop in eight stores which they will visit in 6.5 days
Here are some other shopping facts about this time of year:
- In America, the weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest shopping weeks of the year. Many retailers make up to 70% of their annual revenue in the month preceding Christmas.
- Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.
- During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States.
- During World War II it was necessary for Americans to mail Christmas gifts early for the troops in Europe to receive them in time. Merchants joined in the effort to remind the public to shop and mail early and the protracted shopping season was born.
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