Shoppers turned out in droves at malls and big-box stores around the country, taking advantage of Black Friday deals as retailers opened their doors earlier than ever on Thanksgiving.
Toys R Us, Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) and Sears (SHLD, Fortune 500) got a head start on the big shopping weekend by opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. That’s even earlier than last year, when the toy retailer got a 9 p.m. start and Wal-Mart , the world’s largest retailer, opened at 10 p.m.
The crowd at the Toys R Us in New York’s Times Square started gathering about four hours ahead of the open, and was larger than it was last year, said CEO Jerry Storch.
“Our customers love the earlier opening,” said Storch. “The atmosphere is celebratory and the crowds have been happy and excited to start their holiday shopping.”
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Economists have a name for the thrill of the deal that spurs many people on, sometimes obsessively. They call it “transaction utility.”
There’s often a pleasure from getting a good deal over and above just getting the product.
“There’s often a pleasure from getting a good deal over and above just getting the product,” says Lars Perner, an assistant professor of clinical marketing at the University of Southern California. “It almost gives us a license to buy things we would not have otherwise bought.”
Cynthia Jasper, a consumer science professor at the University of Wisconsin, warns that for a certain segment of customers, playing the discount game can cross the line into addiction.
I have just finished buying holiday presents for 27 of my 29 grandkids (OK, two toddlers still need to be shopped for) and I accomplished this daunting task without taking out a second mortgage, and more importantly, buying gifts that are meaningful and educational. Here are some “easy” “weird” “tips” and “tricks” (using Google scam words, here!) to make your holiday shopping less burdensome.
1. Find out what your kids (and grandkids) want. Don’t ask them directly! Hint around. Since Jewish families do not believe in Santa, this means Bubbie & Zaidy buy all the presents and they don’t have a ton of money. So even though you are collecting a “wish list” make it clear that wishes don’t grow on trees.
2. Shop early, and shop online! Forget “Black Friday.” While some people love the crush and the smell of battle and sweet doorbusting bargains, I am not one of those mall warriors! All of your favorite stores have websites and sell stuff online, and the same bargains they have on the floor “Black Friday” are available, I’m not going to say “Cyber Monday” because I hate the word “Cyber” and these bargains are usually available in October. In fact sometimes prices can go up after the “holiday season” kicks in, so be alert!
3. Avoid buying toys that are based on licensed characters from movies and TV. If there is a trade name involved, this will increase the price! Your grandbabies may have their greedy little hearts set on some action figures of “Cars 2” or “Thor” or “Scooby Doo” but, stay away! In fact stay out of Walmart altogether. Their toy section contains only TV & movie-based crap, made in China, and their prices are higher than anywhere else, except for “Toys R Us.” Stay out of “Toys R Us” too. If you want quality, low-priced toys, shop at Marshall’s. They do not sell stuff online, but visit a store in your area.
4. Books are great gifts for kids, especially classics that you enjoyed yourself when you were a kid. Doverpublications.com has a fantastic selection of classics for all ages, very reasonably priced. WARNING: their “paper dolls” collection is not for children, but adults might enjoy them. They have “paper dolls” for both gays and straights.
5. Get toys that encourage creativity and scientific inquiry. Arts and crafts kits, origami, stained glass (or stained plastic), paint-by-number, plaster art, sand art, watercolors, oil pastels, even coloring books and crayons. If your child is not artistic, look for science toys: optics, weather balloons, model dinosaurs, a cheap microscope (if your future surgeon enjoys it, you can always get a more professional model later), rock collecting, insect collecting, the possibilities are endless!
Occasionally we have conversations about whether it’s possible to buy clothes that are made in the USA (or at least made by organizations with decent labor conditions).
I’ve been looking for a shoe company that fits this bill, and the one I found looks promising, so I thought I’d share the link:
I have to love this story (I like Target, too!).
Click the link for the full story & the photos. I would suspect life at the WH gets pretty confining, and so it’s nice to see that Michelle, at least, gets to get out for the occasional taste of regular life.
Michelle Obama was spotted shopping at Target Tursday by an Associated Press photographer who told CBS News he was tipped off that she would be there.
AP photographer Charles Dharapak told CBS News he took pictures of the first lady at the Target on Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia.
The first lady’s office confirmed that the pictures showed Mrs. Obama, though it did not immediately respond when asked if it tipped off Dharapak.
“It is not uncommon for the First Lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy the city outside the White House gates,” said Kristina Schake, communications director for the First Lady.
In the photographs, the first lady is wearing a Nike baseball cap, sunglasses and a floral-print button-down shirt with a neon v-neck underlay. She is seen holding a pair of Target bags and pushing a shopping cart. You can see the two full-length photos below.
Just a little helpful link for any of you Black Friday shoppers. Happy hunting.
Black Friday is just a week away meaning, you’ve got 7 days to plan out your battle strategy. Here’s an early peek everybody’ll be pushing, so you can prioritize starting…now.