Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thousands are signing an online petitions against Black Friday store opening hours that have been pushed into Thanksgiving Day.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday sales—even to the point of opening in the evening on Thanksgiving Day—has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families. The original petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families. Target stores will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition. (Check out the petition here.) A press release from Change.org reported that they have seen dozens of new petitions pop up about Black Friday hours. "…
Monday, November 28, 2011
Black Friday spending reached all-time levels this year, but the biggest jump was in 'couch commerce.' Have you shopped mobile this year?
Spending reached all-time Black Friday highs this weekend as a record 226 million shoppers jumped into holiday purchases – many of them using mobile devices to do so. The average holiday shopper spent $398.62 Black Friday and Saturday, according to a National Retail Federation survey. And Black Friday global mobile payment volume increased 516 percent from 2010, according to data from PayPal. A lot of mobile shopping appeared to take place from the couch following Thanksgiving dinner: Five times as much was spent that day via mobile as was spent on turkey day 2010, PayPal's blog reports. According to eBay, U.S. shoppers purchased nearly 2 1/2 times as many items through mobile devices this Black Friday compared with 2010. What about you…
Friday, November 25, 2011
Big box stores were nearly unrecognizable during this year's Black Friday.
Gone was the mad dashing, elbow pushing and winding lines wrapped around the stores. The typical 5 a.m. shopping bonanza also known as Black Friday was drastically different this year at local big box stores, and a bit quieter too. “It’s kind of a bummer that there aren’t any crowds; it’s not as fun,” said Christina Angel, a Clawson resident and Target shopper. “There aren’t all of the people like usual and I’m not really seeing as many things that I want this year.” Target along with Kohl’s, Meijer and other major retailers in Troy and Royal Oak all opened their doors as early as 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, giving the true bargain hunters first picks at the steals, without having to wake up at the crack of dawn. Many employees said the…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
iPad and other Apple devices top kids' wish lists, survey finds, while shoppers can expect to find bundled gaming systems.
As you are making your holiday shopping list and checking it twice, be aware that what many kids really want are the top-selling Apple devices. The Apple iPad is the most desired consumer electronic among kids ages 6-12 this holiday season. A recent Nielsen survey shows: If you are looking for a deal on an iPad, the only discount shoppers can snag will be on Thanksgiving Day, when Jon Vincent of BlackFridayinfo.com said the company will offer its once-a-year 5 percent to 7 percent discount on the device and other Mac products online only, according to thestreet.com. Retailers are offering gift cards with the purchase of iPods to significantly reduce the price, it said. Two products that offer unique gaming technologies – Nintendo 3DS (25 …