Gadgets are selling out for us this Christmas. One customer purchased six of these pocket screwdrivers at once for all the guys she buys for. Another customer bought four of the USB chargers as stocking-stuffers for her sons. In each case the customers told me they came in to buy Christmas cards and ended up spending considerably more.
Getting sales like this starts with buying months ago, thinking of the people customers could be purchasing gifts for. While some buying is luck, much of it requires careful consideration – and for success for the next year it requires thorough tracking so you know what worked and how quickly it worked.