Sunday, July 22, 2012
While touring several cities in Europe I found a common phenomena. Soldes! Shortly after doing some shopping, I found that almost, if not all the stores were having sales. I was not complaining by any means, but it did seem a little odd. It wasn't until I stayed with a couple that actually lives in Belgium that I realized why there were so many sales. The government actually regulates when stores are allowed to have sales.
There are only two times during the year when stores can have sales. These fall from January 3-31st and July 1st-31st. How convenient that I am studying right in the middle of the second sale? This blew my mind though. I did not realize how much of a privilege sales are back in the States. That sounds a little dramatic when I read it, but it is true. To have a government that has so much regulation on the country that it can regulates sales is astounding. I will enjoy it will I can here in Europe. However, I will greatly appreciate my American sales more when I get back home.