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From 19 January 2003 Issue

My Little Experiment
Submitted by Kimberly Locke - KMBWolf@aol.com

Last year, after I had sent my annual "please don't sell fur" letters to the major department stores (Saks, Macy's, etc.), a reply made it's way through my mail slot. It was from Macy's consumer relations. It was a polite note that said simply that Macy's had to (yes, it said HAD TO) sell furs because people kept buying them. I read the short three paragraphs and put the letter down. It was that letter that sparked what would be a most interesting experiment for the following year.

That note was written in 2001, and a few days before January 1st, 2002, I conjured up an idea. I would save all the receipts from purchases I made of items that could have been bought at Macy's, but were purchased from non-fur selling stores. I would save them in a box, and then add them up at the end of the year. I was curious to see how much money there would be.

Well, it's the end of the year. Time to bring out the old shoe box (from All Man Made Material shoes, of course). And there's quite a lot of paper in here. But let's do this chronologically, shall we? By the way, all totals are before tax.

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February's Purchases

Valentine's Day gifts for husband, mom, dad, and sis:
Sweater = $34.00
Turtleneck = $21.00
Necklace = $14.99
Sweatshirt = $29.00
Earrings = $7.99
Earrings = $4.99

February's Totals = $111.97
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March's Purchases

Birthday gifts for husband:
Sweater = $44.00
Sweater = $38.00
Sweater = $38.00

Anniversary gift for friends:
Frame = $14.99

March's Totals = $134.99
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April's Purchases

Birthday gifts for dad:
Sweatshirt = $28.00
Socks = $14.97

Birthday gifts for mom:
Shirt = $21.00
Necklace = $11.99
Jewelry box = $19.99

April's Totals = $95.95
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May's Purchases

Mother's Day gifts:
Shirt = $21.00
Necklace = $7.99

May's Totals = $28.99
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June's Purchases

Birthday gifts for bro:
T-shirt = $14.00
T-shirt = $14.00

Father's Day gifts:
Watch (metal band) = $35.99

June's Purchases = $63.99
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September's Purchases

Clothes for me:
Khakis = $25.00
Pants = $32.00

September's Totals = $57.00
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December's Purchases

Birthday gifts for sis:
Purse = $24.99
Bath set = $12.99
Earrings = $4.99
Earrings = $4.99

Christmas gifts for husband, mom, dad, bro, sis, and friends:
Sweater = $44.00
Sweater = $44.00
Sweater = $38.00
Sweatshirt = $29.00
Purse = $29.99
Jewelry box = $17.99
Sweatshirt = $29.00
Necklace = $12.99
Necklace = $12.99
Socks = $24.95
Underwear = $13.98
Shirt = $21.00
Shirt = $23.00
Earrings = $2.50
Earrings = $4.99
Earrings = $4.99
Sweater = $34.00

December's Totals = $435.33
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2002's Totals = $928.22

Yikes! That's almost a grand! Jeez.

So that's how much Macy's could have gotten from me, had they stopped selling furs last year. Keep in mind, that is purely one year, and just one person.

Perhaps the consumer relations people should consider what they are losing by selling furs.

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