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"Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:00:34 PM »
$350 million, to be exact.   ...Because nothing says the middle-class is cash strapped quite like spending $30 to dress a spaniel up as Wonder Woman.

"Shoppers to spend $350 million on Halloween costumes this year — for their pets"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/10/29/shoppers-to-spend-350-million-on-halloween-costumes-this-year-for-their-pets/

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2014, 04:58:23 PM »
I hate to admit it, but I've been known to put my dog in a costume...  This year he's going to be Chewbacca.  Easiest costume ever.  He's already got the looks, all he needs is a bandoleer.  And I've made that out of an old pair of pants that's no longer wearable. 

But I agree that spending $30 for a Halloween costume (and then, $30 for the reindeer headband for Christmas) is outrageous.  Especially since most pets hate costumes.  Ours will probably end up as a chew toy after Friday.  :)

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2014, 01:56:16 AM »
My dog - The Barkinator - will be looking very swanky in her $0.99 costume from the 99 Cents Only store: Not my dog but too cute not to post:  Bark Vator and pal Yodog. and  The Barkinator

I can't even express how awesome that is.   Lol

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2014, 07:47:53 AM »
Oh dear... I confess we broke down and got our little guy a costume this year his NAME is Chewbacca, so after holing out for 4 years, we finally gave in and got him a bandolier.

Now if only he would keep it on...

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2014, 07:58:58 AM »
haha - not buying a costume, but am definitely making a cape for our dog out of scrap fabric.

There are way worse things to spend money on... >.>

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014, 08:33:34 AM »
I have cats.  May God have mercy on my soul if I ever tried to put one in a costume, because he/she would not.

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2014, 09:27:50 AM »
Our neighbor thought it would be cute if we dressed our dogs up and brought them out trick or treating for dog snacks to other neighbors we know.  She thought it odd that I dismissed it quite quickly!

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2014, 09:37:25 AM »
How many people who think that 30$ on a pet costume is outrageous own a smartphone?

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2014, 05:01:53 PM »
A family friend lent us some costumes to dress up our cats for our Halloween card photo this year.  I can't imagine someone actually paying money to buy those things.  The cats absolutely hated it by the way.  One cat barfed on a costume to let us know how upset she was about it.

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2014, 12:23:56 PM »
A family friend lent us some costumes to dress up our cats for our Halloween card photo this year.  I can't imagine someone actually paying money to buy those things.  The cats absolutely hated it by the way.  One cat barfed on a costume to let us know how upset she was about it.

Haha...  Love that!  Yeah, you know who doesn't like the costume?  The animal.  Course, dogs are happy 'cause they get so much extra attention and everyone looks and smiles at them.  If they relate that to the wearing of the costume is highly doubtful.

It was the intro the WP article I found so funny:

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Consumers may still be holding tight to their wallets after the recession, but there’s at least one occasion that doesn’t appear to have them spooked: Halloween.

So:  "Yes, times are difficult but dog costume as reasonable expense?  Hell, yes--sign me up!"  Hahaha...  You'd have to wonder what a guy from Sub-Saharan Africa or a farmer from El Salvador would think of us doing this.  "They do what now?  ...Put costumes on dogs?  Why the heck would they do that?  ...And they cost how much?"  It would have to be like when us normal folks see rich people getting pedicures for their animals and giving them diamond collars.

We always had Siamese cats growing up.  They would have shredded my arms to raw steak if I tried to put a masks on them.

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2014, 08:20:31 PM »
Check out Frugal Hound wearing a frugal costume and appearing very patient about it:

http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/10/31/weekly-woot-grumble-frugal-hounds-halloween-costume-is/

I don't usually go for dogs, especially skinny ones, but I can't help but be a FH fan.

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Re: "Pet Costumes Scare Up Record Sales"
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2014, 12:15:52 AM »
We always had Siamese cats growing up.  They would have shredded my arms to raw steak if I tried to put a masks on them.

I imagine "it's Tuesday" was a valid reason for them to shred your arms to raw steaks.

My childhood dog wouldn't have any of this costume nonsense. I remember as a child trying to get one of my old shirts on him, and getting pawed and nipped quite a bit for my efforts. While he was normally the protector in his mind, his dog pride probably would have required my untimely death if I had kept it up long enough.