Business was slow Wednesday at Zinger Hardware in North Austin, but last week was a different story. Zinger had a busy shopping season over all, but in light of empty shelf space, slightly less sales than last year.
"Retail used to be where people went for social engagement first and then kinda purchase things as a part of that process," said Ferweda, "And now with Amazon and other things online I think a lot of that has shifted to the online purchasing."
Jan Higgens can relate to that. "I spent a lot on gift cards, electronics and online shopping," said Higgins, who was browsing around Zinger.
Ferweda says staying current with sales patterns is part of the business. He has special events on schedule next year and is even pushing more online sales of his own.
Grace Knafo said people are out taking advantage of after-Christmas sales, but she has her own theory why business wasn't as strong as last year.
"I think the weather outside make people feel like it's not Christmas season you know," said Knafo, "It feels like summer, almost."
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