Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Winter sales


After the summer sales, here are "Les soldes d'hiver". In France the sales are strictly regulated by law. There is an official opening day and any attempt of cheating is severely punished by a fine... A special brigade controls that the goods on sale is an actual inventory clearance and not just cheaper stuff that was brought in the shop on the sales' eve... Even the word "Soldes" cannot be used outside the official sales periods (twice a year).

15 comments:

  1. Hey, if I had time and money, I would fly to Paris to take advantage of those great deals! I learned how strictly regulated "soldes" were in France when you (or maybe it was Michael) mentioned it in a blog post last summer.

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  2. Ah.... but don't forget the Rue D'Alesia the whole year round!! Do you know if Dorethe Bis, Cacherel and the rest are still there? Used to be able to get some excellent cous cous there, too.

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  3. Too many regulations for small businesses in France, if you ask me.

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  4. Soldes monstres au 3 rue de Turenne mon ami ! Costumes Armani bradés, Cerruti ! On vous attend !

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  5. Ahhh Elisabeth...you remembered!

    It's funny, there are a lot of people out of the office today (my assistant included) out shopping the first day of the soldes!

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  6. wish I was there to take advantage of this!

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  7. Let's take it apart: it means, that about 80% of normal retail is their pure income :)

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  8. What a great idea that would be for the USA. Many times when I am out shopping and the sign says, "SALE" I wonder if it really is a sale or they just want to move the merchandise.

    Never knew about "SALES" in France!

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  9. That's really interesting! How do stores promote discounts at other times of the year?

    In Australia, stores seem to be on sale almost permanently, especially the two big department stores. So I think the big rushes we traditionally see after Christmas and July are gone.

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  10. I see one difference between your photo and that of Dijon Daily Photo was that he was brave enough to go INSIDE the shop! LOL

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  11. > Michael : "there are a lot of people out of the office today ". Indeed isn't it ?
    As for myself, I also took the day off… but to go and visit Le Petit Palais. Very quiet, amusingly !…
    So posh, ain't I ?

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  12. Just glad Megan isn't there to hit too many of the sales!

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  13. Wish I was there to take advatage of the sales.

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