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2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:56 pm
by Shopper X
(This is the 2013 version of the 2012, 2011, and 2010 news articles topics! Once again, I'll be using this topic to post interesting and/or amusing Black Friday-related news articles I happen to find. Feel free to post other news articles you wish to share.)

Thanksgiving Day is one of the fastest-growing shopping days. Over the past five years, online spending on Thanksgiving has increased 132%, compared to 96% on Black Friday and 100% for Cyber Monday. Analysts believe that the increase in online shopping provides pressure on physical stores to open on Thanksgiving Day. ... 2013-10-16

Because of the way the dates fall on the calendar, 2013's holiday shopping season is the shortest one in a decade. "There are only 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas... compared to 32 last year." This is another factor pushing retailers to open on Thanksgiving Day. ... 2013-10-16

J.C. Penney is "hiring at least 35,000 seasonal workers for the holidays, nearly 50 percent more than a year ago." ... iving.html

The public library in Lake Mills, WI is offering a class on "how to shop on Black Friday". ... f6878.html

One industry research group believes that we might see 32-inch TVs on sale for $100 this Black Friday. ... facturers/

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:13 pm
by lwmjr
Thank you.

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:43 pm
by Shopper X
According to an Accenture survey about holiday shopping:
- People will spend an average of $646 on gifts this year, compared to $582 last year (11% increase).
- 30% will do most of their shopping online, up from 25% last year.
- 38% said they were likely to shop on Thanksgiving day. 41% said they would not be shopping that day.
- 63% of shoppers "showroom", browsing in physical stores but buying online. 65% "webroom", browsing online and then buying in physical stores. ... -finds.htm

According to a similar American Express survey:
- People will spend an average of $1,260 this year, $400 more than last year.
- On Black Friday, shoppers plan to spend an average of $611, compared to $398 last year.
- Regarding spending on gifts for pets, "67% of pet owners plan to spend an average of $178" ... assets_123

Once again Vulcan, the Star Trek capitol of Canada, will be holding their own small-town Black Friday event to promote local/small business shopping. Last year 25 businesses participated. ... t-lined-up

Seasonal worker hiring by retail stores is expected to be flat compared to last year, due to uncertainty about the economy according to the Challenger, Gray & Christmas consulting company. Toys R Us and Kohl's will hire the same number of seasonal workers as last year, Macy's will hire slightly more, while Walmart will hire 10% more. Target will be hiring 20% fewer seasonal workers, instead giving existing employees the opportunity to pick up extra hours. On the other hand, Amazon's seasonal hiring is expected to increase by 40%. ... get_a.html
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Thanksgiving airfare prices are 7% higher compared to last year, according to Travelocity. ... ID=1862296

In the Toronto, Canada area, the Yellow Pages is promoting a "Shop the Neighbourhood" event to advance the cause of local shopping. They are encouraging Canadian shoppers to shop near home on Saturday, November 30, 2013, rather than cross the border to shop in the United States.

The first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day this year. This happens extremely rarely, and people are celebrating the occurrence. Stores are selling "Menurkeys", turkey-shaped menorahs for people to light when they go home for the "Challahdays". Manischewitz even has its own "Thanksgivukah" web site. Gobble Tov! ... .html?_r=0 ... ksgivukkah

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:43 pm
by harleygirl6363
The public library in Lake Mills, WI is offering a class on "how to shop on Black Friday". ... f6878.html

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
OMG too funny!!!

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:47 pm
by lwmjr
darn I missed it

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:01 am
by harleygirl6363
lwmjr wrote:darn I missed it

maybe next year lol

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:42 am
by lwmjr
harleygirl6363 wrote:
lwmjr wrote:darn I missed it

maybe next year lol


Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:18 am
by jediknight
Great articles. Thanks for posting!

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:25 am
by mommyof4kids
Hi everyone! Just found this. I'm sorry if it's already on here. Might have missed if because I'm doing this on my phone so everything looks tiny. I'm so excited to be back!!!! :D ... ns-are-out

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:33 pm
by Shopper X
Alabama state employees will now get Black Friday off as a paid holiday. ... e-holidays

There will be a new SpongeBob SquarePants balloon in this year's Macy's parade, replacing the one used in previous years. The new balloon features SpongeBob wearing a Santa hat. ... e-balloon/

A mall store employee in Wisconsin is protesting the Bay Park Square Mall's 8 pm Thursday opening time. She has started a petition. ... -shophours ... -12am-10pm

Elsewhere in Wisconsin, an "extreme couponer" is teaching a free "boot camp" where people can learn how to shop on Black Friday. ... boot-camps

Maine is one of those states where stores are not allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day. Many stores will open at 12:01 am on Friday instead. Interestingly, the LL Bean store in Freeport is exempt from this rule. The store is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with those hours established in 1951. ... aine_.html

More protests and petitions regarding openings at 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day-- this time at the Rockaway Townsquare mall in New Jersey. ... 117-summit

Thanks for the news article contribution!

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:46 pm
by LarandaW
Article on Yahoo Today ... .html?vp=1

Remember Black Friday? You know, the day after Thanksgiving with its huge, door-busting deals? Well, last year, major retailers tried to get a jump on their competition by opening on Thanksgiving. And this year, the rush for your holiday shopping dollars is starting even earlier – online Black Friday sales will start just after Halloween. So where and when can you find the best deals?

Why “Black Friday” is Earlier Than Ever

Getting a jump on the competition
Online retailers start the discounts early so they can get your hard-earned dollars before the big in-store shopping starts.

Retailers need info about what will be hot
The earlier holiday sales start rolling, the earlier retailers know what’s popular. Brick-and-mortar stores in particular have dynamic inventory software that tells them how much of an item to stock based on early sales, so they want that data before the heavy holiday shopping starts.

The quest for younger shoppers
By opening stores on Thanksgiving, many stores can get a new demographic to shop – 20-somethings. I’m not saying that the younger crowd maxes out on family dynamics around the Thanksgiving dinner table, but yeah, they want to get away from Grandma and Grandpa and go hang out with their friends around what’s become a cultural event: shopping.

Retailers want to confuse the bargain hunters
Ten years ago Black Friday was the lone day for sales, and only the most hardcore shoppers would cull all the newspaper circular ads, compare prices, and then go from store to store, cherry-picking the best deals. These days, websites devoted to Black Friday like,, and database all the products, letting you easily compare prices. Stores sell many of the deeply discounted items at a loss so they can get you in the door and sell you other products at a profit. They can’t afford to have shoppers who only buy the loss-leader sale items. So by moving sales all around the calendar, retailers can confuse shoppers into paying more. A tag at the beginning of November may say Black Friday sale, but may not really be the rock bottom price.

What to Buy Early

Android Phones: For two weeks before Black Friday we expect great deals on Android phones. Even some of the newest models will be free with contract and in some cases, stores will even throw in a gift card; you make a profit on the phone. Look for these deals at Amazon Wireless, BestBuy, Walmart, and other big chains.

Clothes and Shoes: Look for big discounts online over the next few weeks, with specific items marked down, and then site-wide discounts that stack up an additional 30-50% off. Look for these deals directly from merchant retailers like Abercrombie, J.Crew, and Banana Republic.

View gallery."Early Black Friday

True Black Friday Deals

Even though plenty of merchandise will be on sale early, waiting until Black Friday will still yield a lot of good door-buster deals:

TVs: The biggest discounts will be on 55-inch LCDs and 3D LCDs. Deal News predicts they will be priced around $425. That’s half what these TVs cost last year on Black Friday.

Appliances: The last few years have seen an increase in discounts on the big-ticket items like washers and refrigerators at Best Buy, Lowes and Sears. I expect this trend will continue with 10-30% off normal prices. On the other side of the price spectrum, lots of retailers will roll out $10 small appliances. Macy’s has already advertised a $10 coffee maker, and Target almost always has a suite of $10 toasters, waffle makers, and crockpots.

Apple Products: Whether it’s an iPad or a new laptop, Apple has its one sale of the year on Black Friday. and the Apple retail stores traditionally offer 10-15%off many popular items (though rarely the newest iPhone). But the best deals usually come in the form of gift card add-ons with Apple purchases from larger electronics resellers. Last year if you bought an iPad at Meijer they gave youan $80 store gift card with your purchase. If you bought an iPod touch at Toys RUs they gave you a $50 store card. Best Buy almost always has similar deals on iPods and bonus iTunes gift cards.

And about the iTunes gift cards: Costco, Sam’s Club and Toys R Us almost always sell them at a 10%-20% discount on Black Friday.

[Related: Buy or Don’t Buy – The New, Thinner iPad]

What Not To Buy On Black Friday

Unless it’s a must-have toy, prices always come down as December 25th starts creeping up. And while gaming consoles may beon a few wish lists, this is an item to avoid buying unless it’s bundled with extra games and accessories.

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:17 am
by Shopper X
Minimum pricing laws have been repealed in Oklahoma. Previously, Black Friday prices were higher in Oklahoma due to these laws. However, now stores are allowed to sell products below cost "for up to 15 days in a row on a specific product and up to 10 times a year". The law doesn't apply to groceries, drugs, gas and lumber. ... iday-sales

There's now a "triple dog dare" statue from A Christmas Story in Hammond, Indiana where the book/movie's author grew up. If you don't remember, the triple dog dare was to lick a frozen flagpole. ... 42541.html

One analyst believes that many stores have excess inventory, and this will result in lower prices this Black Friday. The excess inventory is due to more stores, larger stores, and the false belief at the time back in the spring (when stock was ordered for the holidays) that perhaps the economy was making a full recovery.

According to a recent survey of Black Friday shoppers:
- 16% have gotten into a disagreement with another shopper over an item
- 57% spend an hour or less planning their Black Friday shopping. 2% spend over 20 hours!
- 33% do not enjoy shopping on Black Friday
- 47% love sales that start early on Thursday evening, while 14% hate it.

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:43 pm
by jediknight
^^I guess the majority of us are in the 2% planning :lol:

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:17 pm
by LarandaW
jediknight wrote:^^I guess the majority of us are in the 2% planning :lol:

My thoughts exactly!!!! :lol:

Re: 2013 Black Friday news articles

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:10 am
by inthedark
Who ever did that poll didnt know where to look. :lol: