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Notes from the Field

Yesterday, in the final moments before the start of Hanukkah and with less than 100 hours to go before Christmas, Counterfeit Chic inadvertently became part of the river of humanity flowing past and through the aisles of Macy's Herald Square flagship -- and noticed surprisingly few shopping bags.  Sure, there were tourists photographing one another both inside and outside the store, but the store clerks were practically leaning their elbows on the cash registers and yawning. 

This tweet from Rick Marshall confirmed the shopping story of the season:

Retailers are doing crap business, we're told, but the knockoff guy outside Macy's right now has a line a block long. 

But hey, maybe Santa will provide an 11th-hour retail rescue -- Macy's still believes.