While we’re on the ever fun topic of shopping…I want to discuss a trend I may have mentioned before. That the American and British stores sell more or less the exact same stock they sell at home at the same time they’re selling it at home. As we are in October heading into the winter-wear season, this means every GAP, Pumpkin Patch, Topshop, etc is selling down winter jackets, cords, sweaters, long sleeved heavy cotton tops, woolen tights…the whole nine yards that make it necessary to survive a British/parts of the US winter.
There’s just one thing…it’s still like 88-93 degrees Farenheit here with humidity that creates a thin sheen of perspiration on every inch of exposed skin within a minute of stepping out side here in Singapore.
I don’t understand this.
I asked the salespeople and they basically said that they sell what the stores back home sell at the time they sell it. Which is fine and good, I suppose…it certainly helped me pick up a pair or jeans and a sweatshirt for E to wear once we hit the US (I think, but have not actually bought my ticket yet, that we are connecting through Chicago…which seems like a good time to ditch the summer wear for warmer clothes). Ravi has pointed out that office buildings (or his, at least) boast practically Arctic temperatures.
But really…who wants to wear cords and a sweater to work in Singapore? Is it a status thing? By wearing in season GAP you’re showing that you’re fashionable?
Further, I don’t get why GAP, Topshop, etc don’t keep even a quarter of their stores stocked with summer wear year round…even if it’s the last season stuff. I’ve learned the hard way that there aren’t sales here, and GAP could easily send all the overstock from the US to Singapore and sell it for full (or more) price…don’t laugh…Hershey’s does it with a decent amount of success. Witness below a Reeses Easter Egg candy selling in Singapore one month post-Easter for the equivalent of 3 times its pre-Easter US price (no I didn’t buy one).
Which leads me to wonder what GAP is doing in Australia and New Zealand. I know a few friends from that part of the world read this–can you tell me if GAP is selling bikinis and shorts when you guys are donning the down jackets and down jackets when you guys are stripping down to tank and shorts? I’m now curious out of proportion to how interesting the topic actually is. Having lived in the Northeast my whole life, where we have the four established seasons, I never once wondered about this sort of thing. I guess I always assumed that the stores in Florida were selling slightly different stock and that stores in other parts of the world stocked according to their weather.
A second interesting fact is that even with the American/British stores stocking heavier clothes, there are stores here that also sell winter-weight travel gear (jackets, long sleeved shirts, etc) year round for the cold-weather warriors.
What have been your experiences for those who have traveled/live outside the 4 seasons parts of the world? Do the stores in your part of the world reflect your weather accurately? Is it frustrating if they don’t? Do you buy things and just hold onto them?