Retail Bargains Galore

Been shopping lately? The bargains are everywhere, and are just astounding in some cases. I’m not talking about stocks, either. I’m talking about old fashioned, in a store, buying things at the register shopping.

Here in Japan, land of the 20-year recession where talk of the economy being bad is about as original as talk of water running downhill, there’s a blanket sale on everything. Even normally stuck-up places like Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo have cut prices by a third or half, and apparently held training sessions on creating rapport with customers. The previously aloof clerks are now all over anybody walking in the door. Out with the armed guards; in with the greeters. They hang handbags on women’s arms and show no less than three times how affordable the price has become. I saw one clerk pull down the boring bag that used to run what top-line bags run now, but “look how much more you get for the same price these days. Oh, and did I already mention it’s half-price?”

Sunglasses are on sale. Shoes are on clearance with the clever tagline that if you buy one shoe you get the other free, and the pair is half-off to boot. Restaurants are throwing coupons at everybody. Digital cameras, iPod docking stereos, and flat screen TVs are priced to go.

It’s easy to get the best seat in a movie theater because all showings are nearly private. With little snow this year — on top of the economy being even worse than usual — ski resorts will almost come pick you up and take you home again if you’ll just buy a one-day pass. Show some hesitation and they’ll throw in lunch.

If you have a wish list, now’s a great time to get working on it.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • The Kelly Letter
    A Complete Investment Management System
    The Kelly Letter  every Sunday morning by email.
    Like no other. Many subscribers say this is the best read of their week, astonishing in its ability to distill seven days of noise into one succinct overview of the very few items that might matter. Start your Sundays right!
    A one-page Quick Start Guide
    with page number references to full information in The 3% Signal. You'll receive access to this right away so you can begin transforming your portfolio into a performance machine immediately.
    The 3Sig Calculator.
    A thing of beauty! You'll use it to generate your own personal signals every quarter including exact share amounts to buy and sell based on your account balances. It emails you the results to make later quarters easy by keeping last quarter's numbers at your fingertips. Some subscribers say this tool alone justifies their subscription price.
    The subscriber-only section of this website
    where likeminded investors are commenting on notes and discussing in forums. Jason joins these interactions every day. They're a treasure trove of investing tips and wisdom.
    The archive of Kelly Letter notes.
    It’s a research center, searchable and smartly tagged to make gathering time-stamped material on covered subjects easy.
    The subscriber podcast.
    Jason reads every letter word-for-word. This feature was requested by subscribers who prefer audio learning. They listen on their Monday morning commute, during a workout, or while reading along at their computer.



    $200/year
    Save 17%



    $20/month
    Pay as you go
    Or sign up to receive free email and learn more about the system.
Bestselling Financial Author