Holiday spending. Gotta have it. Black Friday served as a bellwether, and all indications point to an appetite for parting with the sawbucks. This despite inflation. There is pent-up demand for stuff, and I wonder if there isn’t a bit of fatalism in play as well. People look around at what’s going on in the world and have decided, “What the hell?”
It’s a variation on the old “can’t take it with you” rationale, though right now it might be more a case of wondering how much longer life as we’ve known it will continue before it all goes to hell. Might as well live a little, even if it means running up a tab with the plastic.