Sunday, November 25, 2012
Did you opt out of Black Friday in favor of Cyber Monday?
With the advent of the Internet, online shopping became popular, and with online shopping, sales became popular to lure customers. Over the past few years, Cyber Monday—an online shopping event meant to compete with Black Friday—has been gaining in popularity. Often, the deals are tech-related—computers, tablets, phones and mp3 players, but other types of goods are being offered. Sites like CyberMonday feature links to sites with some of the better deals out there.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer. One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.” The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step. AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart. AdBusters claims …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Saturday, November 3, 2012
While you may just be putting the Halloween decorations away, retailers are already getting out the Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa candleholders, prepping for the longest holiday shopping season possible. For decades, now, Black Friday has heralded the start to the month-long holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 when Congress passed a law, falls on Nov. 22 this year, which means that there are a whopping 32 days of shopping, assuming you are not the type who buys gifts of lottery tickets and beef jerky from the convenience store on the way to your Christmas celebration. In that case, you have 32 days during which to procrastinate. According to the National Retail …
Friday, November 26, 2010
In search of the ultimate deal, shoppers lined up as early as 2 a.m. outside the Westfield Annapolis mall.
Even in a shaky economy, people still shop. Although the country is waiting for a full-fledged economic recovery to take hold, by 5:15 a.m. on Black Friday, the Westfield Annapolis mall was full of shoppers looking for bargains on everything from electronics to clothes. While the mall didn't open until 4 a.m., JCPenney opened its doors at 3 a.m. on Black Friday 2010 to a larger crowd than in 2009. "There were a lot more people here early this year," said Ed Koontz, store manager for the Annapolis JCPenney. "I don't know if there is one thing here that drew people to the store. We really have deals on everything from jewelry to small appliances." Koontz, who began his morning at 1 a.m., said that the store would be offering "…