by Sandy Ikeda
Thought I’d take a little break from coffee and write about Christmas trees.
A few days ago, I went with my family to purchase a tree from our usual neighborhod suppliers. As we walked over to their corner I announced that this year’s eight-foot Frasier fur would likely cost us $10 less than last year’s. (Incidentally, there seem to be more ways to spell that name than almost any other that I know of — e.g., Frazor, Frasor, Frazier, Frasure, Frazure, Fraisor….)
I based my prediction on two factors: the current state of the economy and that a new tree-selling competitor set up shop just across the street from our guys.
Well, we ended up paying $10 more for a seven-and-a-half-footer! (This is a good example of how even in the midst of, I believe a temporary, deflation not all prices need be falling.) One of the guys explained to me that they do better during recessions because people, in our Brooklyn neighborhood at least, cut back on travel during the Holidays and spend a little more on things like trees.
I’m wondering, are other people paying significantly more this year at their locations? Is this merely a local phenomeon? Are Christmas trees really inferior goods?