Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Biggest Bargains of Black Friday

Article from CBS News website.

It won’t be long now before many of us turn our attention from Thanksgiving feasting to Black Friday buying, on the day after.

And on “The Early Show” Wednesday, Brad Wilson, founder and editor in chief of Brad’sDeals.com and BlackFriday2010.com gave viewers a head-start on finding the best deals out there – sales worthy of setting your alarm to rush to!

Wilson says timing is everything on Black Friday – such as knowing which stores open early and when.

He told CBS News, “The deals are amazing, really rock-bottom this year, but most people are too busy to wade through dozens of 50-page circulars. We’ve done the work of highlighting the best deals for you, but knowing when stores open will be key. These super sales are only good while supplies last. Toys-R-Us opens at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Kohl’s sales kick off at 3 a.m., and Sears and Target at 4 a.m. on Friday. Walmart’s Black Friday sales at 12:01 a.m. – with the exception of electronics which go on sale at 5 a.m. Plot your route from store-to-store based on store opening times, and since quantities are very limited, arrive before the doors open.

As for those great deals:

Target $3 Chef Mate Toaster (70 percent off!)

The marketing war for your holiday shopping dollars is well under way. Target officially unveils its Black Friday deals online today (Nov. 24th), but the print circular won’t reach homes until Thanksgiving Day. Target will attract plenty of Black Friday attention with their $3 appliance deals including this Chefmate 2 Slice Toaster (which usually retails for $10 dollars). Read the fine print on deals this good. There is a supply and demand issue here and you will need to be at the head of the line to nab one of these items. And…bonus shopping tip – Target is also offering a $10 gift card for every $100 spent from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Walmart’s $4 Zhu Zhu Hamsters (60 percent off!)

Zhu Zhu hamsters, which are interactive toy pets, each with their own set of over 40 sound effects, squeaks and chirps, are still one the top-selling toys for kids this Christmas. These were also the Winner of the 2010 Toy of the Year Award. If you haven’t seen these furry creatures, you may not know that they can be put in either of two play modes: “nurturing mode,” in which they coo and purr, or “adventure mode,” in which they explore their habitat and respond to various stimuli. They also have a sleep mode (if you get tired of all their buzzing around.) The most popular kids toys are almost never discounted this deep, but you can scoop up Zhu Zhu Pets (which typically sell for around $10.00,) for $4 a piece at Walmart starting at midnight on Nov 26, while supplies last.

Kohl’s $99 2ct. Diamond Bracelet (82 percent off!)

I usually steer jeweler shoppers to online sites where they don’t collect sales tax, shipping is free, and returns are extremely simple, but this deal beats any of that. The traditional jewelry store model is being challenged by deals like this…this 2-carat diamond bracelet which usually retails for $575 at Kohl’s, will go for $99 bucks during Kohl’s Early Bird hours (3AM – 1PM). That’s a savings of 82%. Just as they say in their ad, you can “stand out with sparkling style wearing this diamond bracelet.” It features multiple rows of diamonds on top of a sterling silver bracelet.

Macy’s $49 Tag Fairview 5 Piece Luggage Set (75 percent off!)

This luggage, which usually retails for $200, may not be brand name, but it is just an amazing deal (at 75 percent off!) You’re going to get all 5 pieces for $50 bucks! This set probably won’t last you a lifetime, but it’s a steal.

Kohl’s Apt. 9 Cashmere Sweaters for $34.99 (65 percent off!)

When you are talking about cashmere the price is usually in the hundreds, but the price of cashmere has actually come down. That said – it has not come down this far and this is a great deal. In fact, this sweater usually retails for $100.00, but has been on sale this week for $54.99. Kohl’s is undercutting its own price for Black Friday.

Walmart’s 32″ Emerson LCD HDTV for $198 (33 percent off!)

This is an all time low for a 32″ HDTV – ever, anywhere! This was a special buy for Walmart (at $298) for Black Friday, but then they reduced it another 33 percent ($100 off). This is the perfect example of how the biggest retailers are using their purchasing power to undercut the competition on price. These will also go very fast. According to Walmart’s site “this 32 LCD HDTV delivers natural, vivid images for a superb viewing experience, and a virtual surround system provides great audio.” When you are talking about cashmere the price is usually in the hundreds, but the price of cashmere has actually come down. That said – it has not come down this far and this is a great deal.

Amazon’s $99 Flip UltraHD Video Camera (42 %off!)

These cameras (which usually cost $171 on Amazon) are small, high quality, and easy to use. It comes with easy to use editing software for your computer. Just a great deal – usually not this cheap – especially without having to mess with a rebate. Plus – this is the newest model (3rd generation / 8 GB / 2 Hours), not an older model. You can shoot up to 2 hours of better-than-ever HD video on the even slimmer model. They’re really simple to use (just press the big red button to start and stop recording) and edit and share your videos with the FlipShare software.

Kohl’s KitchenAid Mixer $160 (38 percent off!)

What bride and groom haven’t asked for this on their registry?! Here’s a chance to buy it for a rock bottom price. The price for the KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer (275 Watts, 10 speeds, 4.5 qt. bowl) is usually $259.99, but it will be $199.99 on Friday, BUT…if you shop early (3AM – 1PM) you can receive an additional 10 percent off and a $20 rebate – making the price $160! This is the kind of deal we specialize in finding all year round. A great sale of 38.4 percent off, coupled with a special 10 percent off and a coupon on top of it.

Shopping bonus – You’ll $30 in Kohl’s Cash you’d collect by spending over $150. How does that work? Well for every $50 spent (in store or online) shoppers get $10 Kohl’s Cash back that can be used towards anything in the store on a future purchase. For example the Kohl’s Cash received on Black Friday would be available for use November 29 – December 6. You can’t immediately use the card.

Sam’s Club Wii Bundle for $299 (15 percent off!)

Sam’s Club has low prices every day, but is going even further on Black Friday. With all the competition in motion gaming coming to market around Christmas, the price of a Wii – especially the bundles with 2 controllers, 2 wheels, 2 nunchucks, 3 games, are coming way down. Don’t expect the new gaming systems to come at a discount for some time. This Wii bundle is usually $350 at Sam’s Club, but will be 15 percent off making it $299.

Black Friday shoppers see pleasure where others see pain

tickle me elmoBy Jason Hanna and Ann Hoevel, CNN

(CNN) — Like a football coach preparing for a rival, Nicki Shoulders has been seriously game-planning for Black Friday — right down to the play sheet.

The Tennessee mother of three created a master page of the stores she and her friend want to hit near Nashville, when they open, the toys and other wares they want and the special prices.

On Thanksgiving, she’ll browse newspaper ads as the family prepares for dinner, making sure she didn’t miss any tantalizing deals in her online research.

Crowds? Stress? Sleeplessness? Bah. She knows what she wants, and she’s going to have fun getting it.

“It’s just the adrenaline and the rush and the excitement,” said Shoulders, 26, of Lafayette. “And we want to make sure that we’re able to get what we want.”

Black Friday is the day on which we’ve heard about a few stampedes, fights and even deaths over the years as eager shoppers pushed their ways toward cut-rate electronics or “it” toys like Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies and Tickle Me Elmos.

The vast majority avoid violence, but shoppers on Black Friday — the day-after-Thanksgiving event in which stores lure holiday shoppers with sales — still endure huge crowds at odd hours, even though holiday deals can be found on other days in stores and online.

Up to 138 million people plan to shop in U.S. stores on Black Friday and the weekend, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. The federation says it’s not clear what percentage of U.S. holiday shoppers visit stores on Black Friday, but shoppers reported spending about $41.2 billion over 2009’s Black Friday weekend. The federation forecasts that in-store retail sales for 2010’s entire months of November and December will be $447.1 billion.

What compels shoppers to head into Black Friday’s mad rush? For Jasmine Leisa Grimes — who at 29 will be making her first go of it — it’s her competitiveness. It has caught up with her. The Atlanta, Georgia, resident no longer wants to miss the deals that friends were telling her they got in stores.

“I’m going to be tired from the L-tryptophan in the turkey, but so what? I’m going to treat [Black Friday] like it’s my job,” she said. She’ll be doing heavy research Thursday before dinner, and she wasn’t sure whether she and her boyfriend would have time to sleep before heading for an early opening Friday.

“He wasn’t excited before, but we’re talking flat-screen TVs at a fraction of the price, so he’s on board,” she said.

The New York native says she’s not worried about wading into the masses: “I’m a New Yorker, so forget about crowds and tempers.” As for the online alternative? “I feel like I wouldn’t get the same deals online. I think it’s an exclusive thing to be in the store at that time to get those prices,” she said.

It’s not hard to find Black Friday haters. On Facebook pages devoted to pooh-poohing the day, writers accuse shoppers of being puppets controlled by marketers.

“No sale is worth me being at freakin Target at 4 a.m. on my day off!” someone wrote on an “I Hate Black Friday” page.

Jennifer Brecher, 39, doesn’t enjoy shopping to begin with, so she avoids crowded Black Friday like the plague. She’d rather shop online or visit stores later. She tried the day just once, at the urging of a sister-in-law who wanted to duck into a store to buy a computer.

“I said, ‘OK, but I may run out screaming,'” the El Dorado Hills, California, resident said. (She survived the 15-minute transaction.)

While the Black Friday opponents have a home on Facebook, the deal-seekers find comfort online, too. Multiple online communities devote themselves to pre-Black Friday sale announcements, coupon proliferation and strategy sharing.

Black Friday shopper Crystal Vania has seen these sites, but she waits until after Thanksgiving dinner to see the advertisements. “People looking in advance, it seems so forgetting of the Thanksgiving holiday. This way, you acknowledge Thanksgiving and then have a fun day the next day,” she said.

She and her husband might visit stores from 4 a.m. to about noon Friday. If they get deals, great. But people are the main attraction.

“We’re both kind of people watchers,” said Vania, 45, of Florissant, Missouri. “Usually you strike up a conversation with someone: ‘How was your Thanksgiving?’ It’s more of a social event, and it’s a tradition that we’ve done all of our lives.”

Black Friday has that name because it’s the day retailers historically began to go “in the black,” or make a profit, for the year. It is one of the year’s busiest shopping days, though the Saturday before Christmas often is busier, according to the retail federation.

The cultural significance of Friday after Thanksgiving has varied. Dan Butler, the federation’s vice president of merchandising and retail operations, said sales were rare in the 20th century’s first half, but stores started marking down merchandise on that day in the 1950s and 1960s.

Retailers began to have special sales at different times in the 1970s, but because Black Friday was for years the first weekend of markdowns, consumers count on that day for sales, and retailers oblige.

“It became ingrained in our culture. People go home to visit families and have one of the few times they can go shopping together. It’s a social tradition as well as an economic tradition,” Butler said.

For Shoulders, the Tennessee shopper, Black Friday is an enjoyable way to get more value for her kids’ presents.

“We’re exhausted when we get home, but we look forward to this every year,” she said.

Forget Black Friday, Deals are online now

Forget Black Friday - deals are online now

Interesting article by John D. Sutter of CNN:

(CNN) — Kenji Onozawa went to Best Buy at 4 a.m. on Black Friday last year searching for discounts on a Blu-ray player and a netbook.

Supplies of those hot items ran out before he reached the front of the line, however, and he left the store, sleepy and disappointed, with only a “Lion King” DVD in hand. All told, he said, it was “possibly one of the most miserable experiences” he’d ever had.

This year, Onozawa has given up real-world shopping. He plans to do all his gadget buying online.

“I can shop from my bed instead of waking up at 3 a.m. to wait out in the cold for three hours to fight everybody for 20 percent off more than that,” the 29-year-old said by phone from Seattle, Washington, where he lives. “All I need is … my pillow and my iPad and I’m good. I can do all the shopping wherever I am.”

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While Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving in the United States — is one of the biggest retail shopping days of the year, tech-smart consumers are increasingly turning to the internet for the best gadget deals. Last year, 84 million people in the United States went online from mid-November to mid-December to shop for gift items, which was up 12 percent over the year before, according to comScore, a company that tracks online traffic.

Furthermore, the growth in online purchases is expected to outpace that in brick-and-mortar stores this holiday season. Analysts are predicting 9 to 16 percent increases in online sales, compared to a 2.3 percent increase in real-world spending, as calculated by the National Retail Federation.

Attribute part of the trend to practicality, since people like Onozawa can stay in their PJs to shop instead of throwing elbows in madhouse crowds.

But penny-pinchers may also be driving the phenomenon. Many of the best discounts on electronics — especially big-ticket items like TVs, laptops and gaming systems — are found on the internet, not at retail stores.

Online discounts “are as juicy or even more appealing than what some of the retailers are promising on Black Friday,” said Mike Gikas, a senior editor for electronics and technology at Consumer Reports, the nonprofit group.

Gikas advised people to stay away from the Black Friday mania “unless you like rubbing against people you don’t know — or getting trampled.”

On the internet, particular days seem to have less importance than at retail stores. Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target and Best Buy are already offering online discounts on electronics that may match or beat Black Friday prices. Target.com, for example, is selling a Samsung HDTV for $50 less than Wal-Mart’s advertised Black Friday discount price of $500, said Dan de Grandpre, editor-in-chief at DealNews, a website that tracks product discounts.

Other online deals may not surface until mid-December.

Because retail stores have overstocked their supplies of TVs, merchandise shouldn’t run out and “the deals will get better, guaranteed, as you get closer to Christmas,” said Gikas.

Some discounts may pop up online on Friday, in tandem with in-store deals. Apple, which isn’t known for discounting its high-end products, says it will have a one-day online sale at Apple.com on Friday. The ad on its website makes no mention of a companion sale in Apple retail stores.

In recent years, a phenomenon marketers call “Cyber Monday” has emerged as a sort of online holiday shopping event. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, legend has it, consumers rush to the internet — presumably from their workplace computers — to shop for the rest of their lists.

But experts say that shopping holiday is largely bunk. The internet tracker comScore said Cyber Monday never has been the biggest online shopping day of the year. That day typically comes on a Monday in December, said comScore’s senior director of industry analysis, Andrew Lipsman.

Still, the Monday after Thanksgiving is a bigger day for online shopping than either Thanksgiving day — which has been talked about as the hot new day to shop online — and Black Friday. Last year, Americans spent almost $900 million at online retail stores on the Monday after Thanksgiving — compared with $595 million on Black Friday and $300 million on Thanksgiving Day, comScore said.

For people shopping for technology gifts both online and at real stores, there are a number of apps and websites to help the search.

Several websites, like DealNews, RetailMeNot and DealDump, aggregate online shopping deals in one place so consumers can find them.

But a simple internet search for a specific product may be all you need to come up with a good price comparison, said Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst at IDC, who recommends tech consumers avoid Black Friday entirely.

Smartphone apps and social shopping sites also are empowering consumers in new ways. The apps RedLaser and ScanLife, for example, let users scan product barcodes in brick-and-mortar stores and then see a list of websites that are selling that exact item, often for less money or without sales tax, as Slate’s Farhad Manjoo points out.

Llamas said the smartphone is one of the consumer’s “most valuable weapons.”

“The best thing is you have your handy dandy barcode scanner app,” he said. “Let that be your guide. Go to one store, look up the product and say [to a store employee], ‘What can you do for me?'”

Consumers should also look for free shipping deals online. More than 40 percent of online transactions in April through June included free shipping, said Lipsman of comScore.

Sites that don’t offer free shipping are also likely to lose consumers, he said.

“It’s something consumers have come to expect,” he said.

Onozawa, the Seattle shopper, is on the lookout for Microsoft’s Kinect gaming add-on, an HDTV and maybe an MP3 player this holiday shopping season.

Instead of hunting around stores, he’s watching Twitter feeds and browsing websites in hopes that he’ll get the best deal.

“I’m already shopping online,” he said, adding that it’s easier — and less terrifying — for him than bumping shoulders with the retail mob.

What is Black Friday?

black friday 2010 saleBlack Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas  shopping season. Depending on your source, the term dates either from the 1980s or back as 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast. The term has become more common in other parts of the country since 2000. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November. Canada does not have a so called Black Friday.  We do have Boxing Day but that is the day after Christmas (the 25th).

Black Friday is not an official holiday, but, as many workers have the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, this increases the number of potential shoppers. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas and holiday season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open extremely early, with most of the retailers typically opening at 5AM or even earlier. Some of the larger retailers (depending on the location) such as Sears, Best Buy, Macy’s, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, and Target have been reported to open as early as midnight on the start of Black Friday in localized areas and remain open for 24 hours throughout the day until midnight the following Saturday. Upon opening, retailers offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores. Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term “Black Friday” has been traced back only to the 1960s.

The term “Black Friday” may have originated in Philadelphia, where it was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving . Others claim it was part of mid-1980s anti-consumerism backlash, when people took a pledge to “blackout” that day – staying home, rather than shopping. Hence the term “Black Friday.” More recently, merchants and the media have used it instead to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers go from being in the red (i.e., posting a loss on the books) to being in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

The term Cyber Monday, a neologism invented in 2005 by the National Retail Federation’s  division Shop.org, refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday based on a clear consumer trend that retailers began to recognize in 2003 and 2004. At the time, retailers noticed that many consumers, who were too busy to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend or did not find what they were looking for, shopped online that Monday from home or work to find bargains.

Cyber Monday search for Hot Christmas Toy: Beyblades

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The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the U.S. after Thanksgiving Day. Whereas Black Friday is associated with traditional brick-and-mortar stores, “Cyber Monday” symbolizes a busy day for online retailers. The premise was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, making purchases online that they were not able to make in stores.

Is Cyber Monday really the best single day for online retailers? For us, it ranks #5 however I did some research online and it appears that Cyber Monday average ranking is #10. We actually sell more on the day before Cyber Monday….Sunday. Sunday is the day to go online to buy what you couldn’t find at the stores. I have noticed most online retailers are offering discounts and free shipping for Friday and Saturday only.

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