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 …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
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 25, 2011
There are still deals to be had, but the big door-busters are nowhere to be found in several local stores.
The sun has set on Black Friday, but shoppers were still hunting for bargains into the dark hours— in stores where door-busters were long gone. One of the hot selling items at Kmart in Greenbelt was PlayStation 3, according to manager JoAnne King. The first 20 went for $199, after that the price went back up to $249.99. Televisions were a hot item too. When Patch checked Friday evening, King reported they were all sold— other than store displays. At Best Buy in College Park, one of the hot door-busters, which sold out, was a 42-inch Sharp TV which had gone for $200, according to supervisor Chase Esteves. At the AT&T store in Greenway Shopping Center in Greenbelt, the iPhone 4S, going for its normal price of $199.99, was the bestselling …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Retail deals in College Park on Nov. 25, 2011.
Thanksgiving may be one day away, but perhaps what you're really excited for is Black Friday. Patch sought out the local deals you can expect. Did we miss any good ones you know about? Let us know in the comments! Honey Glow Special: 40% off total purchase of $25 or more. Promotional code: blfri11 Everyday Quilts Special: Free pillowcase set with any twin size or larger custom quilt; free design consultation; and free set-up fee for any long arm order. Home Depot Address: 4700 Cherry Hill Road Special: 40% savings on select appliances; 20% off Dyson vacuums; up to 60% off overstocked items ranging from window blinds to ceiling fans and power tools. REI Address: 9801 Rhode Island Ave. Special: Savings event from Nov. 18-28--up to 30% off …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Fewer consumers plan to do holiday shopping at locally-owned businesses than in previous years, according to national study.
With Black Friday less than two weeks away, and holiday shopping suddenly on consumers' radar, several residents, students and visitors of College Park said they plan to do their holiday shopping online or with major retailers. Few said they'd turn to locally-owned businesses. That’s consistent with a recent survey from America’s Research Group (ARG), which said that fewer consumers plan to by gifts this season at small businesses than in previous years. “I think most people like to go to the mall because they give you more variety to choose from … and discounts,” said Julius Oyin, a Silver Spring resident visiting College Park Monday afternoon. “I think the big guys have the advantage there,” he said. The ARG study found that 37.4 percent…