EL brings out Jay Strongwater solids in the middle of JULY <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ohmy.gif’ /> and wonders why they aren't flying off the shelves? Who besides collectors are going to run out and buy these in July? Expensive items like these, IMHO, move at Christmas. The first solid I ever bought was at Christmastime and it was a GIFT for my Mother. How many people (and I'm not talking about collectors) go out and buy expensive items like this just for themselves? I think EL's timing may be a little off.
As for the general distribution solids, I went to two stores this weekend (Belk and Dillards) and had to ask if their solids were in because they were not displayed. At Belk, only the Four Leaf Clover was in and the SA had to retrieve it from a drawer. At Dillards, the solids were still in the shipping box. I asked the SA why they were not displayed, and her reply was, “They haven't told us yet how they want them displayed.” <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ />
All this said, I have set my own standards for collecting solids. I'm not going to allow some SA, who is trying to make an extra buck, or some Ebayer selling empty solids to spoil the joy I receive in collecting EL solids.