Costco selling Christmas trees in July has people asking 'Why'?
'Retailers have to be very careful that they don’t alienate customers,' says marketing professor
A big evergreen tree with shiny lights is probably the last thing you'd expect to see in a store at this time of year, which is why some shoppers were surprised to see Costco has started selling Christmas trees and decorations this week in the barbeque aisle.
It's not the first time Costco has pulled out the tinsel and decorations in the summer, but it seems this year the shopping warehouse is trying to ring in the holidays extra early. And that's left people on social media a little dumbfounded.
Spotted at costco.....Christmas things—@larlaw77
At the Costco store in Moncton, many wondered just how early is too early.
"It's too, too early. I'm still buying summer clothes," said Holly Fagan.
"I'm still thinking about planning vacation," said Monique Daigle, although a few people did admit they don't mind getting a head start on their Christmas shopping, and some were even spotted putting Christmas ornaments into their shopping carts.
"I think it's great," said Dora Leaman. "It makes Christmas shopping easier. If I see something, [I] put it away ... and you got it for Christmas."
I see that Christmas trees are out at Costco. Isn't it just a wee bit early?—@john998
"Costco does move before other retailers," said Shiner. "I think that any retailer who moves up the Christmas goods display time is leaving themselves open to criticism."
CBC News contacted Costco and is awaiting a response.
"My only question is, why?" said Steven Fitch.