Triangle shoppers focus on finishing tasks

Posted December 23, 2011

— Foot traffic was heavy and parking lots full at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh Friday – the last weekday before Christmas 2011. But the crowds and retailers shared the Christmas spirit, in contrast with other places across the country where scuffles broke out over a new edition of some popular basketball shoes.

Air Jordans cause shopping frenzy Air Jordans cause shopping frenzy

Shoppers stood in long lines through the night to get their hands on a retro version of one of the most popular models of Nike's Air Jordans ever made. Disturbances were reported Friday at shopping centers from Washington state to Georgia. In suburban Seattle, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall.

Christmas Eve shopping hours

A representative for Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., was not immediately available to comment.

Though there were crowds, there was no such excitement in Raleigh.

Troy Wright said the season just got away from him. "We try to do it early each year, but each year it keeps getting later and later for some reason. We don't know why. It always happens," he said.

Shoppers crowd stores for last-minute gifts Shoppers crowd stores for last-minute gifts

Shopper Troy Wright was sanguine about the last-minute crush. "I got up this morning and said I needed to run some errands, and I ended up here in all this traffic," he said.

Shopper Francoise Desir said she was looking for bargains. 

Before they left the mall, the shoppers delivered a gift to retailers, who are looking for a robust bottom line. Some even saw the $180 Air Jordans move off their shelves and onto resale websites, where pairs were selling for $400 and up.


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  • quaten Dec 23, 2011

    Do they make a Justin Bieber version of a Cabbage Patch Doll with Michael Jordan booties?

  • quaten Dec 23, 2011

    This is why the "99%" has no money.>>danimalfurry

    I have to agree. Prevention of this kind of opulent spending on an otherwise bad investment needs to be taught in schools. Last I looked, these shoes aren't traded on the markets, they don't increase in value over time, and like a new car just driven off the lot, they loose value quickly if you actually use them.

    Unless, of course they have some elevated street value, due to some odd supply-and-demand phenomena.

  • snowmentality Dec 23, 2011

    Air Jordans? Is it 1990 again and I didn't notice?

  • Wacky_dood Dec 23, 2011

    This is why the "99%" has no money. danimalfurry

    That's right. Between $400 sneakers and $150/month for cellphones, $200/month for cable TV, $400/month car payment they don't have anything left for medical insurance.

  • quaten Dec 23, 2011

    If the shoes cost $400, how much for just the shoe lace strings? - for those of us on a budget.

    Oh wait.. is that an un-tapped market opportunity - Michael Jordan Shoe Accessories? Let's see... the Shoe Stand, Gel Inserts, Laces and Pom-Poms, Travel Case, iPod Dock, Electric Pre-Warmers, Rear View Mirror Dangles, Bath Mat, Cleaning/Conditioning Solution, Third-Party Warranty Options, Rain Covers, Steel Toes, Favorite Team Skins, and of course - Anti-Puppy Spray.

  • doubletrouble Dec 23, 2011

    400 bucks for a set of shoes it takes Nike 10 dollars to make, over seas...It is time to start buying American, to support Americans, too bad the big companies don't want to invest in the USA, not enough profit margins for the golden parachutes.

  • PackMan88 Dec 23, 2011

    I've never been a Michael Jordan fan and I never will. That being said no shoes are worth that $$$. GO STATE!!!

  • mfarmer1 Dec 23, 2011

    "pairs were selling for $400 and up."

    Really, why would you pay that much for sneakers.


  • Barely Dec 23, 2011

    This is why the "99%" has no money.

  • wildcat Dec 23, 2011

    I would not buy one pair. Use common sense for a change.