Anti-Valentine's Day Consumer Alert - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Anti-Valentine's Day Consumer Alert

CLEVELAND (AP) - Valentine's Day is this Wednesday, and plenty of folks are less than thrilled.

From bar-hopping bus tours for singles to cards with pictures of real -- and bloody -- hearts, there's a growing market for those not in the mood for love.

Valentine's Day trails only Christmas as big business for greeting card makers. About 190 (m) million Valentines are sent each year, and 85 percent are bought by women.

Cleveland-based American Greetings is trying to tap into more customers with a line of anti-Valentines. The U-S Census this year reported that single women outnumber married women for the first time.

It's not just cards. There are "Love Kills Slowly" shot glasses on the Internet and a cabaret show in San Francisco called "Love Bites the Hand that Feeds It."

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