Anecdotal Evidence: Shoppers Out in Full Force

As much as I loathe anecdotal evidence, I was taken aback by the sheer insanity of the retailers this week before Thanksgiving weekend.

Yesterday, I ran a few errands, and it was fairly insane. Black Friday is a full 7 days away, and the parking lots were nothing short of madness.

All the usual caveats apply — NY/LI is not the rest of the country, I live on the tony North Shore, and the Americana (the Miracle Mile in Manhasset) is not representative of the typical retail shopper. (Get a load of the intro to their website, and the list of stores, its utterly absurd.

Barron’s cover story is on that exact subject: Off to the Mall.

Are people seeing a renaissance of shopping, or is this just so much more wishful thinking?

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