BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The slumping economy is causing people to choose their Christmas trees more carefully. Some aren't buying trees at all.
For the past 15 years, Robert Anderson Christmas Trees has set up stands across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But days before Christmas, the retailer is left with an abundance of Christmas trees.
"Tree sales are down this year versus last year. I think about 30 percent," says George Mitchell.
Mitchell has worked for the Christmas tree dealer for 11 years. He says this time last year, there were only 83 trees left. Now, there are more than 400, leaving the business no choice but to drastically reduce prices.
"You're still paying a light bill and lot rent, so it still cost you more to stay here than it would just to pack up and go on home," Mitchell said.
At its Eisenhower location, Robert Anderson Christmas Trees are selling all of its trees for $20.
"I couldn't believe it. I said there's got to be a catch," said Christina Lukas.
The Lukas family is cashing in on the deal.
"It feels more Christmasey to have a real one anyway. The smell of it. So we thought why not, just to get in the spirit and come out and hunt for a tree," said Lukas.
Like many Americans, she says her family also had to cut back this year and buying a real tree was just too expensive.
Now that she's getting an even nicer tree, at a cheaper price, she says this Christmas may be merry after all.