Today is Sept. 9, 2009. Or 9/9/09. People are making a big deal about this for some reason because it's the last single, same-digit date for nearly a century.
I don't get it on a personal level, but I do see some potential business opportunities.
If you're a business owner and looking for some 9/9/09-related promotions or specials, I've got a few ideas. Feel free to use any or all of them:
--Get 9 percent off any purchase of $99 or more.
--Get 27 percent off (9+9+9) any purchase of $999 or more.
--Buy 9 items at 99 cents, get one free (I thought about a buy 9, get 9 free, but that's pushing it a bit)
--Spend at least $999, get a $99 gift card. Or, buy a $99 gift card, get $9 off your next purchase.
--For electronics stores: No TV higher than $999 today! (Would probably sell some giant TVs today, but could pose a problem for the bottom line. But hey, think volume!)
--For car dealerships: Buy a car today, we'll make $999 worth of your payments! Or get $999 cash back.
--For restaurants: No dinner plate higher than $9.99.
--For grocery stores: Get 9 percent off every ninth item in your cart. Or, every ninth item is free. Or, buy nine items, get the lowest priced item free.
--For home builders: Buy a house today, get $999 off closing costs. Or, buy a house and get $99 off your first 9 mortgage payments. Or, do the $999 cash back thing. Lots of flexibility here.
Anyone else have ideas? Share them here. I realize the business day is already well under way, but there's still time for savings!
Big consignment sale
The For Every Season consignment sale opens to the public today at LifePointe Christian Center in Fort Mill (former Hornets/Bobcats training center) and offers thousands of items to choose from. I've written about how consignment stores and sales are booming nowadays as more people look to save money buying gently used items over new retail stuff. So I would expect the sale to be packed. For Every Season is one of the largest sales in York County. The sale continues through Sunday, which is half-price day. See the link above for more information.
If you're still looking for savings, another of the area's biggest sale, the Upscale Wee Sale, starts Thursday.
Are you qualified to get that job? No? Join the club.
There's a new study out that says, despite massive unemployment, 47 percent of employers with job openings are having a hard time finding qualified candidates. The 2009 EDGE Report (Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations) by Robert Half International and CareerBuilder suggests this could be due to two things in particular: 1) Unemployed and anxious people not making sure they meet all requirements and qualifications before submitting their resume, and 2) Candidates who are qualified but still employed and reluctant to leave the security of their current job.
I'm going to try to do some localization of this for my weekend column. I'm sure there is plenty of this happening around here, and probably in a wide range of industries.
"This guy wants to be our new heart surgeon. His last job was in manufacturing. He says he has good people skills and a willingness to learn. Hmmm."
OK, that's a stretch (I hope), but you get the idea.
Any employers out there have thoughts on the matter? Drop me a line.