What one does not see it the dramatic shift to online shopping. Amazon fulfillment centers are operating around the clock right now. Macy's distribution centers are humming. Christmas 2012 is far different than years past. We are now well into the 21st century and thus retailing is in a new era now. Those retailers who have adapted will thrive. Macy's will also. Certainly the brick and mortar will be thinned down, but major regional retail malls will continue to draw traffic, but just not as often. The final purchase decisions are now being made at home and ONLINE.
Look in the used car section of your metro classified ads. A 2006 Lincoln and a 2006 Honda Accord sell used for the same price range. Same is true for the 2006 Lincoln Navigator and the 2006 Honda Pilot. It is all about the realiability and the maintainance costs! And in many instances the same for 2007 models of the same models.