Here’s an idea so crazy it just might work.
What if one store chose the week before Christmas to have a Week Before Christmas Anti-Sale? The price of everything in the store would be marked up by 20%, and the employees would get a bonus for working that week. It markets itself: “Stressed out by holiday crowds? Come to our store’s anti-sale! Everything is marked up by 20%! It’s peaceful and quiet in here, and all the employees are happy! Isn’t your peace of mind worth it?”