Skip to comments.Desperate men turn to diamonds
Posted on 12/19/2005 8:52:52 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
Call them "Desperate Husbands" -- men who wait until the last minute to go Christmas shopping. Men who wear procrastination as a badge of honor.
Girlie men shop online or visit the mall in November, wrap their presents and stash them in the closet.
Real men put off shopping until Dec. 24.
Because men don't shop. They buy. They are goal-oriented. And what they end up buying is jewelry.
Diamond jewelry, to be exact. Square-shaped or pear-shaped, from Harry Winston to Wal-Mart, from Tiffany's to Target, the most dangerous place to be on Christmas Eve is between a desperate husband and a jewelry counter.
"We have men rolling up at 3:30 on Christmas Eve," said Katie Mulcahy, manager of the Old Town Alexandria jewelry store Mystique. "They know exactly what they want. We love that. They're easier to sell if they're desperate."Men, she explained, do not have a Plan B. Most likely, in the most dire cases, say five minutes before the store's closing, they will buy up rather than down. "A lot of times you can guilt them into spending more," she said. Because at that point, the only alternative is a Chia Pet from the 7-Eleven.
Mystique rakes in at least one-third of its annual sales in the four days before Christmas, Ms. Mulcahy said. "I'm sure it's the same all across the country," she said. "Men put off Christmas shopping until the last minute. It's like homework for them."
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" Real men put off shopping until Dec. 24"
That's where the deals are.
If my hubby HAS to wait until the last minute to buy me a gift, diamonds would be work just fine!
One of my daughters who is patiently waiting for "the big question" would love to know this. Although I would have to say a diamond with a WalMart tag probably wouldn't quite cut it, ya know?
you wanna ping my husband ?
"Because at that point, the only alternative is a Chia Pet from the 7-Eleven."
Hubby is not like this, he is actually finished before me this year. I just hope I can get done.
My job really makes me hate December every year. I think I need a new job.
Merry Christmas AD! Your posts are always enjoyed by me.
Merry Christmas to you jocon. Have one for me!
Well we can't put off shoping till December 24th this year. There too many good football games on that day. LOL!
Ah, an early shopper.
I wish! No football here until March!
If only women were goal oriented shoppers...
I go shopping and usually know exactly what I want to get before I get there. If they don't have it I'm usually lost. In fact, I get a dazed look on my face and wander around trying to wrap my mind around the fact that the store is out of stock of the one thing I drove all the way out to get.
Oh well.. At least most malls have a nice bar or two as a Plan B. ;-)
You must be a real gem! ;)
As a girl who is also awaiting the big question, don't ask for diamonds. If you ask for a colored gemstone, such as a ruby or sapphire (which I'm sure is what I'm getting), You can get a bigger rock for less money, and have that much more money to spend on te honeymoon, or wedding, or setting up a house.
3:30 Christmas eve? Most specials haven't even started yet.
I don't believe in diamonds though. What a waste of money. DeBears isn't the only one that hopes for ignorant shoppers, but they'll never have any of my money.
I HATE shopping. I would buy everything online if I could.
Amazon made a killing on me this year....of course, I made a killing with sales and free shipping. :)
All I gotta say is, Thank God for Zircons and Walmart. Make sure you pull the tag.
I do not shop in malls, but I guess I'm a "girlie man" on account of my doing a lot of online purchases and special ordering a custom piece of jewelry for my wife the day before Thanksgiving.
I just refuse to buy any jewelry for my wife that any other guy could buy for his. My wife is too good for mass-produced trinkets.
Right on. Bravo!
A sparkle is a sparkle.
Diamonds are worthless and will be even more so in the future.
The companies Gemesis and Apollo Diamond, which are in the USA, have technology to produce 1-carat diamonds for less than $150 each.
Apollo Diamond could manufacture diamonds for $5 a carat.
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I have waited for the last minute many times and have never turned into a diamond or any other mineral for that matter.
I am not quite sure what reaction the average woman would have to wake up o Christmas morning and find her husband is now a big ol' diamond.
"I am not quite sure what reaction the average woman would have to wake up o Christmas morning and find her husband is now a big ol' diamond."
Don't know either, but you could try turning her grandmother into one.
I like your attitude!
Have you ever noticed that the smaller the wedding ring, the longer it stays on the finger? A word of advice for single men: If she is into fine jewelry, and thinks you should care, run like the wind. She'll bring you nothing but greif.
Hmmmm..Mine too. He's become addicted to the catalogs that come pouring in all year. Next year, I'm going to start throwing the catalogs in the garbage before he gets to see them.
Yes, I know this from experience. :)
I used to live by Michigan ave in Chicago. A cab ride and fast movement through stores on Dec 24 could get gifts for 12 people done and gift wrapped beautifully in about 3 hours. That's power shopping!
Pussies put crap off they don't like doing until the last minute, then do what the De Beers Cartel has paid the Washington Times to tell them to do.
Real men buy their wives a new Glock because they know black goes with everything, they've been selective in choosing their women, and they know the "ice" should be for beer.
I love men.
Yeah, so does my boyfriend.
"That's where the deals are."
Only if you're prepared to walk away.
I bought a new car at 5:30 Christmas Eve once.
The salesman was sitting at his desk and gave every indication that he was glad to see another human being.
I left with a new car and only three hundred off the sticker on a two year old car. I missed getting him to throw in the radio so he got $90 on top. We were both pleased with the deal.
He got to go back to his sales manager and say he sold one of the last six units remaining on Chritmas Eve. Hell they probably gave the guy a bonus.
I think I remember an old country song whose title was 'I'm Just a Lump of Coal Now, But Someday I'll Be a Diamond'. Keep humming that song to my wife, she aint buying.
I remember in the first years of our marriage, my husband and I agreed not to get each other Christmas presents. Imagine my shock and sorrow when we woke up Christmas morning and he had presents under the tree from me...but not a single gift from him to me. I was crushed. It was one of our most memorable fights.
I can just imagine the look on the kids' faces when they look under the tree.
"A Big Beef Burrito!........ And Ding Dongs! Just what I've always wanted!!!
But if you ust buy a diamond, buy from one of the poor African producers that are not part of the DeBeers cartel. DeBeers call these stones "conflict diamonds" or "blood diamonds" to guilt you out of buying from lower-cost producers.
I totally agree. Too bad it hasn't happen... yet.
"A lot of times you can guilt them into spending more," she said.
Using 'guilt' as a verb! That there is a dangerous woman!
Oh yeah it's true. When I was little, I wrapped gifts at a jewelry store for Christmas break spending money. December 24th was our biggest sales day... all purchased by men in a huge rush, they don't even look at what they're buying!
Last night I was at Nordstrom's. I got to witness several young men approach the Coach purse counter, ask the saleslady to pull out a bag for pricing, and their eyes POPPED out and they left quite dejected & empty-handed. *grin*
(A favorite DVD of mine is a 1998 French film (English subtitles) called Place Vendôme. It stars an aging and alcoholic Catherine Deneuve character who is involved in the glamor jewelry trade and gets crosswise of De Beers over some pilfered gems. It is a very stylish film with a somewhat murky, though sophisticated, storyline. An interesting peak into the gem trade.)
Or, even better... ask for a moissanite. Most jewelers can't tell them from diamonds with the naked eye.
It won't cause the industry to crash any more than $100/oz gold will cause Tiffany to crash. It's all status symbols; if diamonds ever truly became worthless, women would demand that men spend all their money on a different stone that cost the same or more.
What did he do wrong? The two of you agreed no presents. If you wanted presents you shouldn't have put him in a situation like that.
Men need clear, straightforward directions. Sit. Stay. Roll over. Buy me a present.
If you want a really expensive colored stone, ask for an alexandrite. They are mega-expensive, more so than diamonds I believe, or very close, and so rare most stores don't have them.
You must be related to my wife!
People have been making fun of the way I put off Christmas shopping; at least I can tell them I'm a real man.
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