CHICAGO (CBS) — Labor Day’s less than a week behind us, so clearly it’s time to start luring in Christmas shoppers, right?
Wait, Christmas ads in September? It’s not just an exaggeration about the ever-increasing length of the holiday shopping season. For Kmart, it’s their new strategy to get a leg up on the competition, even if they won’t admit it outright.READ MORE: 8-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed While Playing On Front Porch In Markham
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports the narrator of the new TV ad – uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday – says “It’s too early for Christmas, so just to be clear, this is not a Christmas commercial.”
Instead, the ad (above) makes a very tongue-in-cheek attempt to disguise its true goal.READ MORE: Death Investigation Underway After Man Found Unresponsive On CTA Red Line Platform In Old Town
“Let’s say you have an event in late December that you need a lot of gifts for. Like, maybe your entire family is having a birthday on the same day. Now’s the time to go to Kmart and put those gifts on layaway, and then pick them up just in time for the big non-Christmas celebration.”
Nevermind the reindeer pulling a man in a Santa Claus costume and sitting on a riding shopping cart, the evergreen tree with twinkling lights, the two guys with pointy ears and elf costumes, or the TVs in the background showing a burning log in the fireplace.
Kmart even came up with a new slogan: “Merry Birthday.”MORE NEWS: Transgender Attorneys Says Judges And Clerks Have Harassed Her; Fights For Change
Christmas seems to come earlier every year, doesn’t it?