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Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Postby Shopper X » Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:40 pm

Missouri state employees will get Black Friday off as a holiday. It is not normally a state holiday, but employees usually get it by executive order as an extra holiday.
http://www.newstribune.com/news/2013/no ... ck-friday/

The rap singer Jay-Z will be releasing his new fragrance “Gold Jay Z" on Black Friday. The fragrance got its name when Jay-Z picked up a bottle and said, “This is the s***. It’s gold!”
http://www.eurweb.com/2013/11/gold-jay- ... ck-friday/
http://www.elle.com/news/beauty-makeup/ ... -fragrance

Previously, retail stores considered "showrooming" a threat. That is, browsing items in physical stores and then ordering from a different, online store. However, they are now encouraging showrooming. They are using the tactics of price matching and lowest price guarantees to try to beat internet retailers.
http://www.siliconbeat.com/2013/11/04/r ... owrooming/

According to a study, this year's shorter holiday shopping season could cost online retailers $1.5 billion in lost sales.
http://www.cmo.com/content/cmo-com/home ... e_new.html

'"Black Friday has reached unplanned obsolescence, and [on] Black Saturday and Sunday the stores get more and more deserted," said Burt P. Flickinger, managing director at SRG Insight, a retail consulting firm. "By moving sales to Thursday, Black Friday loses its retail relevance."'
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101153277

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Postby Shopper X » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:10 pm

The Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper will be charging home subscribers a higher price for the Thanksgiving newspaper that has all the Black Friday ad flyers, to cover the increased cost of distribution. They say that last year's paper weighed 5 pounds. The price will be $2.35, compared to the regular $1 weekday price and $2 Sunday price.
http://www.nbc12.com/story/23899965/bla ... -this-year

In Braintree, MA, (where stores aren't allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day) the mall will open earlier on Black Friday this year to avoid crowd stampedes at 12:30 am when the stores open. There were big crowds last year, but interestingly the police chief thinks that the only reason why there were big crowds was because people were still up at night after watching the Thanksgiving evening New England Patriots game. "Police and mall officials were caught off guard last year when a larger-than-expected crowd showed up at mall entrances hungry for door-busting deals. ... 'I still say that we were a victim of circumstance,' [the police chief] said."
http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x1275 ... crowd-woes

"I stood in line for these sets of sheets that were like three or four dollars. I finally got the sheets but as I turned around this bigger woman, probably three times bigger than me, turned around and punched me in the face. She wanted my sheets"
http://www.wboy.com/story/23909329/blac ... g-security

The Pilgrims didn't eat turkey, potatoes, corn on the cob, or pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving. What did they eat instead? Duck, lobster, clams, walnuts, carrots, and peas.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/0 ... 34678.html

In California, thieves stole donated Thanksgiving dinner food from a church.
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law ... rch/nbnBB/

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Postby MegaBlue » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:43 am

I've had to pay more for non-Cleveland newspapers in the past. Sandusky's papers tend to charge twice as much than, say, The Plain Dealer, because of the weight of the paper with all of the ads. It's understandable, but annoying.

Also, every time local station WJW/Fox 8 ran the story this weekend (Friday afternoon through yesterday morning) about the stores opening earlier for Black Friday, they made it a point to throw in that Kmart was opening at 6am, as though it was something new. Hasn't Kmart been open on Thanksgiving EVERY YEAR? It's *everyone else* opening up on Thanksgiving that's the major news story, not Kmart. (BTW, aren't most of the Walmarts, thanks to the majority of the chain upconverting their stores to 24-hour supercenters, open on Thanksgiving now?)

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Postby lwmjr » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:13 am

Thanks Shopper X, for your hard work :)
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Postby Shopper X » Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:07 pm

Walmart will be serving Thanksgiving dinner to employees working that day. What will they be having? "We'll have turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, and pies. The pies will vary based on regional varieties, so there will be pecan in the south, pumpkin everywhere, probably apple pie in regions where that is traditional."
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2 ... nksgiving/

Q: When did "holiday creep" start? 2013? 2011? Wrong.
A: Think 1912, 1901, and 1885. Even back then stores started their holiday sales in October and November.
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holi ... ry_of.html

Apparently, there is a shortage of live, 16-pound-or-bigger turkeys, according to Butterball. The average Thanksgiving dinner turkey size is 16 pounds, but the average size of turkeys for meat processing is 28 pounds. "In 2011, the average turkey weighed some 57% more than in 1965".
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/1 ... r=Business

To combat stores opening on Thanksgiving day, one lawmaker is suggesting a bill that would require employees to be paid triple wages if they work on the holiday.
http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf ... foley.html

A bizarre story not especially related to Black Friday. In Venezuela, the federal government forced the Daka department store to price items at doorbuster prices. Huge Black Friday-like crowds of people waited in lines for store opening to buy things like televisions and refrigerators, with armed soldiers there to maintain the peace. "This is for the good of the nation," [the Venezuelan President] said. "Leave nothing on the shelves, nothing in the warehouses. Let nothing remain in stock!" The president is up for reelection in December.
http://www.catholic.org/international/i ... p?id=53112

20% of Americans have to work on Black Friday.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/mor ... re-no.html

Another movement afoot: "Don’t Shop For One Weekend To Honor Trayvon Martin. [...] Let’s make this Black Friday a real Black Friday. Register your protest by withholding your money from the cash registers that fund the machine that is trampling us. [...] Rosa Parks and the Black citizens of Montgomery boycotted the buses for a year. They chose to walk with dignity rather than ride in shame. Can we not do the same?"
http://thyblackman.com/2013/11/17/dont- ... on-martin/

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Postby BFriGirl » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:46 pm

Just saw an article on Yahoo referencing back to BFads about nine products not to buy on Black Friday. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nine-prod ... 03359.html
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Postby Shopper X » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:20 pm

The city of Greenville, South Carolina will be making parking free on Black Friday and the rest of Thanksgiving weekend. The city of Nashville, Tennessee will be making public transit free on Black Friday.
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article ... ack-Friday
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/ ... ss-Friday/

In 2008, a Walmart employee was trampled to death on Black Friday, and as a result Walmart was fined $7,000 by OSHA. As of 2013, Walmart has still not paid this fine.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/2 ... 12210.html

"I have long called this 'the running of the fools on the streets of Trample-onus.' ... Every year the herd tramples over countless slow pokes, overturn Hover-Round chairs, and kick crutches and walkers from under the lame. There are catfights, purses swung wildly, and cursing and screaming in abundance. ... There is now a pool where you can bet on the exact number of shoppers and store clerks killed, the exact number injured (broken bones or blood required to qualify,) and an over/under total on the combined number of maimed and dead."
http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/201 ... runni.html

According to a study by the National Restaurant Association, "33 million Americans will rely on restaurants for all or parts of their Thanksgiving meals this year. In addition, 46 million Americans are expected to dine out while shopping on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday."
http://www.restaurant.org/Pressroom/Pre ... nts-on-Tha

Some Black Friday deals for men, per publicity-seeking press releases from the companies making the products. Beardilizer, a nutritional supplement that helps men grow beards, is offering Black Friday deals. More deals can be had for Comfy Boys, described as an "intimate deodorant for men" and intended for use in private areas.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11348680.htm
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11350036.htm

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Postby Shopper X » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:10 pm

Oh my! Star Trek actor George Takei writes, "Stay with your families on Thursday, friends. Cook and eat together. Watch a football game or a family movie. Call your relatives. Don't waste your precious day off standing in lines or fighting crowds in malls."
https://plus.google.com/+GeorgeTakei/posts/VYQpqJZB79V

A car wash in Taunton, Massachusetts will be giving away free car washes on Black Friday. Not only do you get a free car wash, but you also get $1 cash. "The owner of the car wash, Ronen Drory, says he knew he had to do something outside the box to get attention. He expects to wash 1,500 to 2,000 cars on Black Friday and is bringing on four extra employees to help. As each car enters the free wash, he'll personally hand the driver a crisp $1 bill."
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/bus ... g/3673985/

In Jackson, Michigan, a school principal dressed up as a turkey to support a food donation drive. The article has photos.
http://www.wlns.com/story/24065235/loca ... food-drive

From Texas to New England, winter storms are threatening to disrupt Thanksgiving holiday travel.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/201 ... ing-tricky
http://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/r14 ... day-travel
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/201 ... te-impact/

A detailed article about how the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu has evolved over the years, including when turkey (1827), green bean casserole (1955), and cranberry sauce (1912) were added. And, an article with some historical Thanksgiving menus.
http://www.livescience.com/41496-histor ... ishes.html
http://www.livescience.com/41495-old-th ... menus.html

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Postby Shopper X » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:49 pm

The Wall Street Journal exposes the scam of how stores artificially inflate the retail price of items just so they can offer them at steep "discounts" on Black Friday. For a fifth of products surveyed, their prices increased 8% just before Thanksgiving.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1 ... 3262940166

Best Buy is employing a social media campaign asking customers to post Black Friday videos on Twitter. Some people think that this is likely to end in disaster and bad publicity with people posting unflattering videos of Black Friday rioting.
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/best-bu ... 2D11658568

Apparently, Black Friday is a new thing in Brazil, but there is a large amounts of fraud perpetrated by retailers. Last year there were many complaints about retailers not offering the deals advertised or using bait-and-switch tactics.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2 ... out-fraud/

A Black Friday scavenger hunt! "One point if you see a person who finishes shopping, then sees the checkout line and decides the item isn’t worth the wait. Two points for multiple items, three points if a full cart is abandoned. ... One point for an infant who is part of a pre-dawn shopping trip. You might expect more points for this, but sadly, it’s pretty common. Two points if the infant is accompanied by a toddler sitting in a nest of gifts in the cart. Three points if you see a stroller filled with packages but no child."
http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/he ... ou-get.ece

10 retail worker Black Friday horror stories, including tales of looting and fights.
http://www.businessinsider.com/black-fr ... es-2013-11

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Postby Shopper X » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:02 am

The Thanksgiving edition:

A story about people with holiday-themed names, like Happy Thanksgiving", "Christmas Eve", and "Easter".
http://www.twincities.com/life/ci_24592 ... d-shes-not

History of apple cider, turkey, cranberry sauce, and other Thanksgiving foods:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle ... story.html

Two separate stories about thieves stealing Thanksgiving dinner food from church food pantries.
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/11/24/t ... od-pantry/
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/11/ ... eplace-it/

Someone calculated exactly how much butter you would need to cook a Thanksgiving dinner comprised entirely of recipes from disgraced chef Paula Deen. The article includes many funny internet images of Paula Deen.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/2 ... 26093.html

Vintage 1950s-era photos of pinup models posing with turkeys, dressed as sexy Pilgrims, etc, including photos of Marilyn Monroe.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sheila-mo ... 17123.html

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Postby lwmjr » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:09 am

You work to hard ShopperX :)
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Postby Shopper X » Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:05 pm

Black Friday fights and disturbances, 2013 edition, part 1.

In Claypool Hill, Virginia, a fight over a parking space resulted in a knifing and someone pulling out a rifle.
http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/lates ... 0f31a.html

Videos of a fight and trampling over iPads at the Clinton, Utah Walmart.
http://instagram.com/p/hSfUQStyNS/
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57195 ... k.html.csp

In Rialto, California, customers outside of Walmart got into fights which had to be broken up by police. The fights were over cutting in line. The article has a small bit of shaky video.
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local ... 97991.html

A man was shot in the leg during the course of being robbed of a big-screen television in Las Vegas, Nevada.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/man-s ... rchased-tv
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/no ... hot-vegas/

In Garfield, New Jersey, one woman spat on and hit another woman's child during an argument over infant clothing.
http://cliffviewpilot.com/garfield-walm ... r-sprayed/

Another video of a fight inside a Walmart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFFqUdToBGc

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Postby Shopper X » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:52 pm

Video of a fight in the Franklin Mills Mall near Philadelphia, including one woman employing a stun gun against another.
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?secti ... id=9343856

A teen died in a car accident near Belmont, North Carolina while driving home after Black Friday shopping. It is believed he fell asleep at the wheel.
http://www.gastongazette.com/spotlight/ ... 1834?tc=cr

In Northern Ireland, the supermarket chain Asda had their first Black Friday sale ever. There were stampedes and fights.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-25150109

There's a Black Friday Death Count web site devoted to tallying Black Friday deaths and injuries. It has details on every single instance of Black Friday violence.
http://blackfridaydeathcount.com


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