Early Easter egg sales scram­bling our heads

Col­lette McWhin­nie Leanne O’Neill Joan Doig John Kee­gan Res­i­dents think sales run too soon

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ra­m­age

Stupid idea Out of hand Far too early Crazy

Easter is still nearly two months away - but that hasn’t stopped shops stock­ing up and sell­ing fes­tive choco­late treats.

Su­per­mar­kets and re­tail­ers are tar­get­ing hol­i­day pe­ri­ods ear­lier and ear­lier in a bid to get shop­pers part­ing with cash as quickly as pos­si­ble. We asked Wishaw res­i­dents if they thought the prac­tice was now get­ting out of hand.

Seventy-one year-old John Kee­gan, from Wishaw, called the early sales “crazy”.

“The kids love it but they’re ask­ing for money for ages now be­cause the eggs are al­ways near the tills,” John said. “It’s way too early and it’s get­ting to be the same way as Christ­mas.”

Joan Doig, a re­tired nurse from Mother­well, agrees with John.

She said: “It’s far too early. I’m look­ing at it now think­ing Easter is miles away from now. It makes you think it’s com­ing up sooner than it is.”

Re­search has shown that in an av­er­age year, £150 mil­lion is spent on tra­di­tional Easter eggs with an­other £100 mil­lion splashed out on other Easter treats.

Col­lette McWhin­nie, a carer from Car­luke, also thinks it’s “stupid” how early choco­late eggs are sold these days.

And her pal Leanne O’Neill, a hair­dresser from Wishaw, thinks the whole prac­tice has got way out of hand.

“It’s ab­so­lutely crazy how early they’re sell­ing them now,” she said.

“Santa’s not even back at the North Pole yet!”

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