Christmas Trees By The Numbers: Real vs Fake

December 21st, 2014
in News, econ_news, syndication

from Felix Richter,
by Niall McCarthy

Despite their great looks and smell, some Americans are starting to associate real Christmas trees with unnecessary work and hassle.

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Vacuuming all of those loose needles and disposing of the brown behemoth are chores you don't have to deal with when you buy a fake tree made out of polyvinyl chloride.

More and more people are willing to sacrifice the advantages of the real deal for the one off purchase of something a little less exciting but also a little less stressful. It's no surprise that 14.7 million fake trees were sold in the United States last year, despite their high price tag of $81 on average. In comparison, 33 million real trees were sold at an average price of $35 each in 2013. Even though more real trees were sold last year, the retail value of fakes was stronger, at $1.19 billion compared to $1.16 billion for real trees.

This chart shows real and fake christmas trees sold in the U.S. from 2007 to 2013.

Infographic: Christmas Trees By The Numbers: Real vs Fake | Statista
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