Hallmark’s New Idea: Sympathy Cards For The Unemployed

File this one under there’s a market for everything:

Greeting card companies have taken a cue from the nation’s 9 percent unemployment rate.

In a six-by-four inch envelope, someone can send a friend who lost his or her job a pre-printed message of encouragement and sympathy.

Though not available at every corner store, layoff greeting cards are being manufactured by Hallmark and sold at its stores and online — and selling well, said Frank Fernandez, owner of two Hallmark stores in North Texas.

“We’re in the emotional business,” said Fernandez. “You want to say something emotionally correct and give them (your friends) a card that you’ve chosen to express your own thoughts.”

One Hallmark card with a photo of a cat reads: “Is there anywhere I could hack up a hairball, like say, on a former employer’s head?” Another card says: “Losing a job is just plain painful. So I want you to remember I’m in your cheering section … “

Greeting cards. Because, you know, picking up the phone and actually talking to your recently unemployed friend is just too darn inconvenient.


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  1. Boyd says:

    It’s not inconvenient to call to offer condolences over getting laid off. It’s awkward. And cheap. I mean, if you’re not willing to spring for a couple of bucks to line Hallmark’s pockets and sympathize with your friend, how good of a friend could you be, anyway?

  2. John Peabody says:

    People can talk AND give someone a card. Capitalism at work, is all.

  3. Boyd says:

    @John Peabody:

    People can talk AND give someone a card.

    Hey, you don’t wanna be all up in their stuff, man. Give ’em some time to themselves, they’re probably too embarrassed to be seen out in public.

    And besides, there’s a game on. It ain’t gonna watch itself.

  4. @Boyd:

    But if you do get all up in their stuff, I’m sure Hallmark has a card for that too.

  5. An Interested Party says:

    The unemployed need all the sympathy they can get, with some employers actually refusing to even consider hiring people who are unemployed, and with some who are actually sympathetic to that repulsive line of thinking…