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It’s official: Firms are cutting back on gifts

Over three-quarters of the people who responded to this past week’s Web poll report that they, or their firms, will be cutting back on the holiday gifts they give to clients, colleagues or associates.

Some 78 percent of those who answered said they were curtailing their gift-giving.

Anecdotally, a lot of people seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the stock market, toward the new administration in Washington, toward the government bailouts, toward everything, really.

Those same clients, colleagues and associates are unlikely to hold a grudge in today’s climate.

A word about our polls. I reviewed some statistics and Web metrics yesterday, and I was surprised to learn how many people had taken a look at the poll (close to 1,000), compared to how many actually participated (37). Seems like a lot of people were interested in knowing what the other guy was doing while not showing their own hands.

By the way, while we measure and watch Web activity, particularly on the polls, we don’t know (and don’t want to know) who you are. In our earlier poll about the Virginia State Bar proposal, word got back to us that some lawyers were concerned that their identities somehow could/would be matched to a response.

Not to worry. Please. Web polls are what they are – a snapshot in time and a way for someone who want to respond to register an opinion on an issue of the day. We aim to pick topics that are interesting and timely. If you’ve got an idea for a poll, we’d like to hear it.

By Paul Fletcher

One comment

  1. Thanks for the info. It will be interesting to see whether the trend is to fewer gifts, less expensive gifts, or both. For example, we are looking carefully at whether people are buying our individual lawyer music CDs (“Merry Lexmas From The Lawtunes,” “The Lawyer’s Holiday Humor Album,” “Legal Holidaze,” and “The Lawtunes: Live At Blackacre”) as opposed to “The LawTunes Jury Boxed Set” of all four.

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