(REBECCA) BLACK FRIDAY!
11/23/2012 3:00:00 PM
This is pretty cool; our pal Lori from Cahokia Mounds sent us this info: Please consider www.shopformuseums.com for your holiday shopping needs. Once you register for this portal, you can shop just about anywhere you normally would on-line, and a portion of your sale can be donated to a charity of your choice, AKA Cahokia Mounds. There is no additional cost to you; the donation comes from the retailer. Some of the places are Amazon.com, Best Buy, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Moosejaw, Office Max, and hundreds of others.
Yes, Americans are getting excited for this year's huge Black Friday deals. Because what's a little shoving, fighting, and a few stabbings when you can save three bucks on a toaster?
But you might be wise to skip the chaos of Black Friday. Just grab what you want NEXT year.
A website called www.NerdWallet.com just analyzed 22 leaked Black Friday ads, and found that in 90% of them, the store is selling at least one of the EXACT SAME PRODUCTS at the EXACT SAME PRICE as last year.
Like Staples. On Black Friday last year, they sold a Brother wireless printer for $199.99. The exact same model is back in their ad this year, at that exact same price.
Other stores with at least one duplicate item include Costco, Ace Hardware, IKEA, Michael's, OfficeMax, Petsmart, Radio Shack, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. Two stores did something even worse . . . they're selling an identical product for MORE this year.
Dick's Sporting Goods is selling a pair of Columbia men's hiking boots for $120 instead of last year's $115 . . . and Modell's Sporting Goods is selling a pair of Timberland boots for $80 instead of last year's $70.
The only two stores from their study that didn't have an identical product listed were Dell computers and the department store Stein Mart. According to a survey, more than half of people plan to start their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving or earlier. And 80% of people plan to spend MORE on Black Friday this year than they did last year. 41% say they're not looking for anything specific on Black Friday . . . but prices are so low, they might as well shop.
Here are the four things people say are most stressful about Black Friday:
#1.) One in three get stressed out over the thought of so many people packed into one store.
#2.) 28% are worried the store will run out of what they want.
#3.) 26% feel stress over competing with other shoppers for deals.
#4.) 16% say there are so many deals, it's overwhelming.
I bet a lot of people will be picking up iPads for Black Friday…well this video has been on the Internet for a while, but I’ve never seen it before (not being a Trek fan) and it's pretty interesting.
On an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" back in 1992, Captain Picard . . . played by PATRICK STEWART . . . is using a device that looks suspiciously like an iPad.
Or maybe it’s a Kindle Fire HD.