Originally posted by XavierP
Aaaargh - Easter Eggs already
This really annoys me, Christmas decs up on September and Easter Eggs in December. Yes, I know that the shops want our money (and have to have it to survive) but anyone who buys eggs now is going to have unhappy recipients in March/April - chocolate tastes horrible after that long a time.
And retailers wonder why we think they are cynical.
Not necessarily. The reason they come out with that stuff now is out of the hope that you'll buy the candy (and people generally buy stuff they like), get tired of staring at it after a couple weeks and devour it, then have to buy more. The earlier it's out, the more times this can happen, potentially doubling or tripling their profit. Same reason you see halloween stuff out so early in the year. Especially halloween, because of the lag in "gift" holidays over the summer.
At the same time, I'd think Valentine's day would be the stuff you'd see now.