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This music is supposed to make me shop?

Posted by chakrabarti on December 24, 2008

It’s some sort of conspiracy, I tell you… Come Thanksgiving week (Thanksgiving! Last Thursday of November!)… and all merchandise stores hit upon a brilliant idea to lure customers in for the shopping season… Let’s play a bunch of Christmas-themed songs on constant loop for the next six weeks! That’ll surely work wonders for our bottom line!

Go into any Men’s Wearhouse, and you’ll hear “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in the background. Ninety seconds in, and it’ll be stuck in your head for the rest of the afternoon! Not to be left behind, Best Buy brings out it’s own collection of “Frosty the Snowman”. There’s the obligatory “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, and of course, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”, immortalized, of course, through Tony Curtis’ “Love Actually”.

One wonders how many have been alienated by this constant drumbeat of good feelings propagated through boom boxes over the years. How many have stopped buying at shops, even avoided malls altogether, relying on Amazon and eBay for the season’s needs. Thankfully, those two sites don’t have carols playing when the page loads, or Flash animation of reindeer pulling a sleigh (something I hope their product managers never even think about).

All I want for Christmas… is some peace and quiet, so I can get on with my checklist!

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