Men's Underware Index Indicates A Surge In The Economy

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Men's Underware Index Indicates A Surge In The Economy

Men's UnderwearReally? Men's underware sales can point to an economic revival? According to economy watchers, sales of men's underware jumped 6.4% in 2011 after a drop of 2.3% in 2009. The theory is that when times are tough, men (or the women who purchase their BVDs) will delay a purchase as long as possible. As the economy improves, underware sales increase.

This index has been watched by none other than Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan, so it must have some credibility.

Other indicators that may show an improving economy are increased auto sales, new business startups, busier restaurants, more golfers on the links, new housing starts (which a few years were practiclly zero) and a increase in velocity of home sales in general. One other indicator I have always watched is the Disneyland attendance index (my own creation). This is an informal index that results when I call my daughter, who works at Disneyland in Anaheim, and she tells me the "park" was pretty busy today. With daily admission at around $100 and a premium annual pass at $650, 50,000 people at the park tells me that there is some faith in the economy.

So what's your favorite economic index?


EDIT: It's really "underwear". That's what I get for not running spell check.

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Tina Gleisner
Home Tips for Women - Portsmouth, NH
Home Tips for Women

Love it!

Jul 07, 2012 08:42 AM #30
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi John, how about a leading indicator - how many holes in the BVD already out there!

Jul 07, 2012 09:58 AM #31
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
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Interesting connection for sure but I admit I was struck by the spelling as well - it does sound like full metal undergarments!

Jul 07, 2012 10:15 AM #32
Tammie White
(615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN

Looks like it's time to go out shopping for some new underwear for my husband.

Jul 07, 2012 12:48 PM #33
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi John,  Well, now that all the really important stuff is settled we can move on !  Personally, I like your Disneyland theory !

Jul 07, 2012 12:52 PM #34
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

John - Who knew!  It is the little things that count I guess!  Nice feature!  Happy Weekend!

Jul 07, 2012 01:13 PM #35
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

I have a long-time friend who used to be a District Sales Manager for Maidenform.  When asked what he did for a living, he would always say... "I'm in women's underwear."  He really did !  LOL.

Jul 07, 2012 01:52 PM #36
John Alesi
Century 21 Award - Mission Viejo, CA
(Orange County California Real Estate)

I was unaware that I wrote "underware"
So please forgive me if you care
And let's hope the guys will buy a pair
To boost the economy with their underwear.

Really...Thanks for all the great comments. You all have to work harder to offend me! I appreciate all the great comments on underwear and the ecomony. Now let's sell some homes!!!

Jul 07, 2012 04:13 PM #37
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

What is wrong with me? I didn't even notice the spelling discrepancy until I started reading the comments. And here I am - a word person. Disgraceful!

Meanwhile... my husband gets new underwear any time he starts to whine about it. As for the t-shirts, they get purchased when his have so many holes that I cut them up and toss them in the rag bin so he CAN'T put them back on.


Jul 07, 2012 07:35 PM #38
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

My own wallet.  It is bad - but getting somewhat better.  Funny post.  Thanks.

Jul 07, 2012 07:38 PM #39
Hogue and Belong Bankers Hill- San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Ok so when times are tough, men will drop their underwear---------------------------uh--------------purchase that is?

Jul 07, 2012 09:09 PM #40
Debby Singleton
Springer Realty Group - Limerick, PA
Top Producer since 1993

Funny read.  Where does one follow the rise and fall of men's underwear?

Jul 07, 2012 10:30 PM #41
Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

My favorite indicator is how many cars are in the mall parking lots during the week!

Jul 07, 2012 11:56 PM #42
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

John:  So cute but maybe true.  Just invested a small fortune at the Jockey store so am set for the year or more.  LOL

Jul 08, 2012 02:53 AM #43
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton

Dear John,

Interesting statistic. Maybe "dinnerwear" sales at Thanksgiving will be another. ;)

Jul 08, 2012 07:22 AM #44
Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise!

TOO FUNNY!  I actually bought PJ's today.  Knew I needed them for at least the last 4 years....BUT Just kept putting it off as NOT A PRIORITY (Yes I sleep Alone ;-)

Eight Closings last month I decided to cave and buy the STUFF, I have been putting off, for what seems like forever!  Joy

Jul 08, 2012 07:05 PM #45
John Alesi
Century 21 Award - Mission Viejo, CA
(Orange County California Real Estate)

Joy  - Congratulations on the closings! You deserve a little pampering!

Jul 08, 2012 08:03 PM #46
Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Interesting indicator of the market come back.  I have to remember this so I can tell my clients.

Jul 09, 2012 09:05 AM #47
Michael Hobbs
PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy - Chicago, IL



Love it!  Thanks for the insightful post!  I'll keep an eye out for the tighty-whitey or in the case of that new ladies' movie Magic Mike, the thong index.


Michael Hobbs

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Jul 09, 2012 11:56 AM #48
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

A new economic indicator. I'll have to buy some stock!

Nov 10, 2012 06:14 PM #49
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