Shoppers brave big crowds for big bargains
According to an IpsosReid survey conducted for the online payment company PayPal Canada, 41 per cent of shoppers said they planned on making some of their Boxing Day purchases over the Internet a sevenpoint increase over 2008.
Nevertheless, malls were jammed and there was bumpertobumper traffic in the parking lots of Yorkdale and Vaughan Mills, where it took some people close to an hour to find a spot.
Downtown stores were packed as well Bloor St. and Yorkville were full of shoppers as were the Eaton Centre and specialty electronics stores. At funky stores on Richmond St. W. and Queen St. W, hipsters were eager to find a bargain, waiting soccer cleats nike in the early morning rain to try on everything from sneakers to Tshirts.
At Vaughan Mills, frenzied shoppers elbowed their way in and out of stores, looking for that special deal. Some stopped to soccer cleats nike catch a bite, squatting on the floor to eat. Others took a break in massage armchairs, waiting for family members to return with their parcels.
Arooj Arif, 15, and Erum Savja, 14, were exhausted by midafternoon and took refuge with their purchases on the floor. and found some good deals, they said. Their only criticism? The lines were too long.
In store windows throughout the mall, giant signs enticed shoppers with promises such as “Buy one, get one free, “Boxing week blowout 3 for 1″ or “Now get what you really want up to 75 per cent off,
Sixteenyearold Alexandria Divenosa, who was with a group of friends, scored a couple of bargains at Victoria’s Secret PINK. Divenosa’s friend, Audrey Abraham, 16, came soccer cleats nike looking for a purse. She didn’t find one she liked on sale so she settled on a pair of replica Uggs and some Tshirts.
The pals have been going shopping on Boxing Day for a number of years. Last year they went to the Promenade. But this year’s choice offered more variety, they said.
Barbara Gieben and her nike mercurial three daughters travelled from Port Perry to go shopping nike mercurial at the mall.
“There was a lady that flagged me into a parking spot, she said. Instead of waiting an hour to find parking, it took a record five minutes. “It was awesome,
As for the shopping, daughter Kali, 20, was cheerful. “If you have the patience then you can definitely find some good stuff. It’s a bit of digging and sorting,
It remains to be seen whether Boxing Day and Christmas sales both in the stores and in cyberspace will be enough to boost the retail sector. Just before Christmas, statistics suggested consumer confidence was up and retail sales had risen in October. And in the days leading up to the holidays, retailers were luring consumers with deep discounts.
Analysts were expecting Boxing Day to be a big day for retailers. But Deloitte Canada analyst Duncan Stewart cautioned that while Boxing Day represents huge sales in terms of volumes, it doesn’t necessarily translate into profits soccer cleats nike nike mercurial.