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2014 Black Friday news articles

Postby Shopper X » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:12 pm

(This is the 2014 version of the 2013, 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.)

Because of the way the calendar and pay cycles fall, 10 million fewer people will have a payday on Black Friday this year compared to last year. It is unclear what effect this might have on holiday spending.
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2014/ ... year.html/

The National Retail Foundation is predicting an improved 2014 holiday season, with spending increasing 4.1%.
https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/op ... ncrease-41

However, PwC analysts are predicting the opposite, that households will spend less this holiday season, an average of $684 compared to last year's $735.
http://www.pwc.com/us/en/retail-consume ... look.jhtml

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A supermarket in Ireland made an unfortunately mistake in a text message to customers. Due to an autocorrect error, they instead ended up advertising "Frozen Bastard Turkey" for sale.
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/no ... 69834.html

According to a National Retail Foundation survey, people plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year, an average of $804.42 vs. the $767.27 average actually spent last year. The survey also reveals that more people plan on shopping online and plan on doing more of their holiday shopping online. About 40% of people start their holiday shopping before Halloween, 40% start in November, and 16% start in the first two weeks of December.
https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/gi ... day-season

Etsy.com is getting involved in retail sales this year as a part of Small Business Saturday. Retail stores will be hosting Etsy trunk shows featuring items from Etsy sellers.
http://www.inquisitr.com/1555190/etsy-s ... y-locally/
http://etsywholesale.tumblr.com/post/97 ... s-saturday

Fry your entire Thanksgiving dinner this year. Not just the turkey-- the stuffing and the mashed potatoes, too.
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/fry-ent ... d=26363758

Public bus and train transportation will be free on Black Friday in Nashville, TN.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/1 ... fares.html

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Once again, the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI will be having a Beerfest event on Black Friday. The event begins in the late afternoon so you have plenty of time to shop before you drink.
http://www.harley-davidson.com/content/ ... riday.html

Singles Day, the Chinese shopping holiday celebrated on November 11 (because the date is 11/11, and all the 1's represent single people) is the biggest online shopping day in the entire world. In 2013, there were $1.2 billion in online sales on Black Friday, $2.29 billion on Cyber Monday, but $5.75 billion on Singles Day. This year ecommerce site Alibaba hopes to expand the Singles Day holiday to other countries.
http://www.internetretailer.com/comment ... ay-upon-us
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2830752/ ... liday.html

In La Habra, CA, you can drop off your child at the community center for 11 hours on Black Friday while you go shopping for just $20.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/shop ... -kids.html
http://www.lahabracity.com/custom.cfm?n ... fm&id=4038

OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart) is planning more protests at Walmart stores on Black Friday this year. They are asking that employees get a wage of $15 an hour and 40 hours of work per week. Walmart currently defines "full-time" as 30 hours per week.
http://peoplesworld.org/walmart-workers ... -protests/
http://forrespect.org/

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Postby Shopper X » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:28 pm

More people in South Korean are shopping on Black Friday even though the Thanksgiving and Black Friday holidays don't exist in their country. Why? It's because they are shopping online at U.S. stores to avoid high markups that local retailers in South Korea charge. The markups are so large that buying items in the United States and having them shipped all the way to South Korea can be cheaper than buying them in their own country.
http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2014 ... -shoppers/

Even though the National Retail Federation has predicted a 4.1 percent increase in holiday spending this year, there are major differences when you look at the "haves" and "have-nots". According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, households earning more than $50,000 plan to spend an average of $978. However, households earning less than $50,000 plan to spend only $377. And, many have-nots might not be doing so well this year.
http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/in-plain ... on-n238536

The Washington Badass Teachers Association will be holding a boycott and protest against Microsoft on Black Friday in Redmond, WA. They are protesting Microsoft's evasion of taxes that results in lost funds for public education.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 140&type=1
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAK ... FT-1914989
https://www.facebook.com/events/708053752620832

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Postby Shopper X » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:47 pm

Stores that lease space in shopping malls have to follow mall rules about store hours. If the mall is open on Thanksgiving, then stores also must open then. If they don't, they get fined by the mall upwards of $200 per hour.
http://www.inquisitr.com/1598449/mall-s ... u-to-open/

Here's an amusing idea from a letter to the editor: "Let’s make a deal. You give us our holiday back and, in return, you can have Black Friday a week earlier. Just think: an extra week of Christmas shopping. You can even change it to Green Friday for the extra $$ you will make."
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/1797929-1 ... tra-friday

In Tennessee, state parks will be giving free guided hikes on Black Friday. "The after Thanksgiving hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends while working off that holiday feast."
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/lo ... /19199359/
http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-e ... iving-hike

Some shopping malls that were open all night from Thanksgiving to Black Friday last year are cutting back their hours this year. They are opening earlier on Thanksgiving, but they are closing Thursday night and reopening early on Black Friday morning.
http://www.twincities.com/business/ci_2 ... head-black

A woman in Delaware has started a petition to get Kmart to close earlier on Thanksgiving so her mother, a Kmart employee, can spend time with her family on the holiday. Kmart has always opened on Thanksgiving, but in past years they would close before reopening on Black Friday. This year they are open for 42 hours straight.
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/daughter ... d=26913630
https://www.change.org/p/kmart-close-ea ... anksgiving

A dietitian describes what items make up the perfect Thanksgiving meal.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/bl ... anksgiving


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