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    come the January sales

    It might be a civilized place to shop at other times but come the January sales, it's every man for himself.

    Hi,

    What does the bold part mean? Thanks a lot

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    Re: come the January sales

    When the January sales come, when the time of the January sales is here.

    There's a discussion on 'come January' here:
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    Re: come the January sales

    Thanks a lot, Five.

    But what does the whole sentence mean?

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    Re: come the January sales

    Five, can you help?

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    Re: come the January sales

    While this is a civilised place to shop for most of the year, it is very uncivilised at the time of the January sales. Then everybody is pushing and shoving to buy cheap goods, thinking ony of their own needs and completely ignoring the needs of everybody else.

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    Re: come the January sales

    In the US, many stores have their merchandise deeply discounted early in January. It's shortly after Christmas and they want to sell as much of their leftover merchandise as possible in order to make room for the Spring inventory. And a lot of customers get a bit over-enthusiastic at the after-Christmas sales - they push and shove to get those Big Screen TVs that are marked down 50 percent.

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    Re: come the January sales

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    But what does the whole sentence mean?
    It might be a civilized place to shop at other times but come the January sales, it's every man for himself.

    Normally, there is no fight among customers over who lays his hands on the best merchandise first, but in January, when the sales come, there is.

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