NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I received plenty of feedback to Sunday's Is Your Apple Store Packed This Holiday Weekend? story.
my Twitter account
, readers continue to send in photos from across the nation depicting absolutely mobbed
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Stores. These reports jibe with
the weekend before this past one at Apple's Fifth Avenue/Manhattan outpost.
Interestingly, three offshoots dominate the remainder of the feedback:
1. Unsolicited reports from sad-looking
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stores this holiday weekend;
Hey, this is all anecdote!
3. Questions about the box readers should fit me in:
. I love it.
Let's take No. 1 first, not simply because it has a "1" next to it, but because, it's the holidays -- these are light days (or at least they ought to be) -- and we could all use a laugh together.
Compare this scene from a Microsoft Store with the relative mobs you see at Apple Stores.
And then there's this shot of ... well ... a picture is worth a thousand words.
Over the last few weeks, we have discussed retail traffic quite a bit. As a former Ph.D. student (who did what any good Ph.D. student does -- I dropped out!), I'm sensitive to the notion that anecdote doesn't mean a damn thing when you're trying to determine the reality that exists in a population.
Believe me, if I had the resources, I would draw a "proper" sample and find out what's
going on. But that also comes with a plethora of limitations. Ultimately, as a researcher -- casual, professional, hack or otherwise -- you have to point out where things fall short. I have always done that, explicitly, in the
academic work I have done
. I do it here. I just don't spoon feed you, the reader, like you have to do the professors who review scholarly articles from their ivory towers.
In my work at
, it's incredibly clear that what I express is my opinion. Maybe I am making too big of an assumption, but I strongly believe -- and hope -- that most readers consider what I have to say opinion.