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2012 Black Friday news articles

Postby Shopper X » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:04 pm

(This is the 2012 version of the 2011 and 2010 topics! Once again, I'll be using this topic to post interesting and/or amusing Black Friday news articles I happen to find. Feel free to post other news articles you wish to share.)

The town of Wrentham, MA might not allow Premium Outlets (the big outlet mall in town) to open at midnight on Black Friday. The town is in a dispute with the mall over paying for and installing security cameras. On the other hand, the city council in Chesterfield, MO voted to allow stores to open early. Previously, some stores would open early in violation of the law, paying a fine of up to $300.
http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/loc ... 91155.html
http://www.newsmagazinenetwork.com/2012 ... ck-friday/

There's a Mobile Tuesday movement afoot to have the Tuesday after Thanksgiving be designated a day for shopping via phones and other mobile devices, similar to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news ... ab-at.html
http://www.mobiletuesday.com/

The Harley-Davidson Museum restaurant in Milwaukee, WI will be holding a Black Friday Beer Fest in the evening on Black Friday.
http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Co ... motor.html

An in-depth look at the Walmart labor situation, including a link to a secret corporate memo sent to Walmart store managers. There were labor strikes at Walmart last week, and there are threats to strike on Black Friday.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/1 ... 62039.html

An article about Target's holiday marketing campaign which starts earlier this year, to match other stores. It appears that Maria Bamford's "Christmas Champ" ad campaign has been retired in favor of a new, singing "Deal Duet". And, an article about Target's new holiday policy of price-matching select online retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Toys R' Us, and its own Target.com web site).
http://adage.com/article/news/target-ag ... gy/237800/
http://articles.marketwatch.com/2012-10 ... arget-corp

According to a survey from the National Retail Foundation, 41.4% of shoppers start their holiday shopping before Halloween. 6 out of 10 shoppers plan to buy gifts for themselves, and among 18-24 year olds that number is 71.5%. The most desired gift is gift cards.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49441443

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Shopper X wrote:The Harley-Davidson Museum restaurant in Milwaukee, WI will be holding a Black Friday Beer Fest in the evening on Black Friday.
http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Co ... motor.html




Beer Fest wish it was closer this one is right up my alley
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ikey2 wrote:
Shopper X wrote:The Harley-Davidson Museum restaurant in Milwaukee, WI will be holding a Black Friday Beer Fest in the evening on Black Friday.
http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Co ... motor.html




Beer Fest wish it was closer this one is right up my alley


LOL..I live there and didn't know that!

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A market research company has predicted "extremely steep" price cuts on electronics this holiday season. Specifically, they think we'll see 42-inch 1080p HDTVs on sale for less than $200 and BluRay DVD players for less than $40.
http://www.isuppli.com/home-and-consume ... price.aspx

The town of Wrentham, MA voted to allow Premium Outlets to open at midnight on Black Friday as long as the mall installs 10 security cameras. There was a previous possibility that the outlet mall would not be allowed to open early hours.
http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/loc ... 7cfb7.html

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Postby chaddenise » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:27 am

I am so going to miss Maria Bamford, we just LOVED her commericals!!

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Postby Shopper X » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:06 pm

80% of Black Friday shoppers plan to shop exclusively online, and only 20% plan to go to actual, physical stores, according to a press release published by (surprise!) an online retailer. The same press release claims that "almost 70% of people enjoy spending time with their in-laws on Thanksgiving," so take it with a grain of salt.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 20771.html

There's a new #GivingTuesday movement afoot. (Yes, the "#" hashtag is part of the name.) "We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals… Wouldn't it be great to have a day for giving back? #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." #GivingTuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Black Friday.
http://givingtuesday.org/

The Trump Hotel Collection will be offering a Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion-- 30% off on suite reservations made on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for stays in January through March next year.
http://www.elitetraveler.com/news_detail.html?nid=4615

Apparently, a store in York, PA called "Nuts About Granola" will have a grand opening on Black Friday. The store sells granola and granola-related items like fruit and yogurt parfaits.
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/news/ci_218 ... e-downtown
http://www.nutsaboutgranola.com/

It's been posted on the forum already, but here's an article about predicted television prices this holiday season.
http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/gadge ... -1C6577380

According to a recent survey, of people surveyed "50 percent expect the U.S. economy to improve in 2013, up from 33 percent last year." The survey also says that 28% of people plan to shop on Black Friday and 38% expect stores to match prices. The consulting company that produced the survey also predicts a 3.5 to 4 percent increase in sales this holiday season compared to last year and a 15 to 17 percent increase in "non-store sales" (online, catalogs, etc.).
http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/I ... 0aRCRD.htm
http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/I ... 0aRCRD.htm

There's a "Little Boxes" shopping event on Black Friday in Portland, OR. It's organized by small, independent businesses as an alternative to "big box" stores. There will be discounts for shoppers who visit participating stores.
http://www.oregonlive.com/window-shop/i ... plans.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/window-shop/i ... es_to.html
http://littleboxespdx.com/

This press release from a UK-based courier company advertises the fact that people living outside the United States can rent a US postal address for just £20 plus taxes (about $40 total USD) for an entire year, do their Black Friday shopping at US online stores, and then have their purchases forwarded to them via an international delivery service.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/2 ... y-spending

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Postby pandagirl » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:52 pm

ikey2 wrote:
Shopper X wrote:The Harley-Davidson Museum restaurant in Milwaukee, WI will be holding a Black Friday Beer Fest in the evening on Black Friday.
http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Co ... motor.html




Beer Fest wish it was closer this one is right up my alley


My husband would LOVE to do this while I shopped!

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Postby Shopper X » Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:45 pm

In a surprise move, Lord & Taylor's flagship store in New York City, NY (only the Manhattan location, no other stores) will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. To mitigate criticism for opening on Thanksgiving, they're only using employees who volunteer to work that day, employees get holiday pay, apparently employees who work on Thanksgiving can get Black Friday off in exchange, and a portion of sales will go to charity. The move seems smart, since there will be many, many people around to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
http://ny.racked.com/archives/2012/10/2 ... giving.php

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Postby Shopper X » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:03 pm

The 4 best return policies: Costco, L.L.Bean, Nordstrom, Zappos. The 4 worst return policies: Babies R Us, Kohl's, Macy's, Toys R Us.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Savin ... ing-season

The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is having a Black "Tie" Friday sale offering discounts to couples who sign up on Black Friday for wedding venue packages.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Renaissan ... 059422.htm

There's a "Bitcoin Friday" shopping event on November 9th, the Bitcoin equivalent of Black Friday. What's Bitcoin? It's similar to Itchy and Scratchy Money-- it works just like regular money, but it's "fun".
http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/17 ... 951-1.html

Salvation Army stores in the Miami area will be having a Black Friday sale. Stores open at 6 am, and all merchandise is 50% off.
http://browardnetonline.com/2012/10/mia ... r-savings/

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Postby Shopper X » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:01 pm

The State of Missouri government offices will be closed on Black Friday this year. In the past, workers would usually get Black Friday off. However, in 2010 and 2011 they didn't get the day off for budget reasons. Apparently, canceling the holiday and making workers take a vacation day if they want the day off saves the government $2 million each year. This year the state had an increase in revenue, so the Black Friday holiday is again on.
http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=723542

A number of animal shelters, including this one in Texas, will be having Black Friday "sales" where black cats and black dogs can be adopted for free. Statistically, animals with black-colored fur are less likely to be adopted from shelters, so this type of Black Friday promotion is common.
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/loca ... -of/nSwXS/

A company that builds mailboxes has come up with a new residential mailbox that allows people to accept large packages (so packages don't get left out on the front porch where they can be stolen or damaged by weather). It resembles a blue post office drop box. The mailbox can also be used to hold outgoing packages for delivery.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/2 ... Year-Round
http://www.architecturalmailboxes.com/elephantrunk/

I'm not sure if they celebrate Thanksgiving there, but in Costa Rica they do have Black Friday shopping.
http://insidecostarica.com/2012/11/05/c ... ck-friday/

Country singer Miranda Lambert is opening up a store on Black Friday in Tishomingo, OK. The store is named the "Pink Pistol", and they plan to have a "Pink Friday" celebration.
http://www.theboot.com/2012/11/01/miran ... -oklahoma/

And, a few Thanksgiving articles:
- 10 reasons not to spend Thanksgiving with your family.
- Thanksgiving cooking math (how much turkey per person, how long to cook, how much gravy, etc.)
- Which Thanksgiving meal ingredients to splurge on and which to save money on. (Summary: Save on turkey, potatoes, aromatic vegetables. Splurge on butter, stuffing ingredients, and wine and spirits.)
http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2 ... ur-family/
http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/ ... 974537.php
http://seattletimes.com/html/foodwine/2 ... esave.html

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Postby packers » Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:21 am

Shopper X wrote:In a surprise move, Lord & Taylor's flagship store in New York City, NY (only the Manhattan location, no other stores) will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. To mitigate criticism for opening on Thanksgiving, they're only using employees who volunteer to work that day, employees get holiday pay, apparently employees who work on Thanksgiving can get Black Friday off in exchange, and a portion of sales will go to charity. The move seems smart, since there will be many, many people around to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
http://ny.racked.com/archives/2012/10/2 ... giving.php


That is awesome. We were in Savannah GA 2 years ago on Thanksgiving and ate at a brewpub. The menu said that everyone working had volunteered and all the tips and wages were going to charity. I thought it was pretty awesome. Thanksgiving has never been a big deal to me because growing up in Wisconsin it falls during deer season when 90% of the family was in the woods and we didn't have the big meal. Still don't although my husband's family gets the non-hunters together for turkey.

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Postby Shopper X » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:26 am

"Just when I was making a bit of progress, 'Bam!' my right elbow and arm were being dragged along by a woman with a crazed expression on her face. 'My arm!' I screamed, but to no avail. Finally, the lady stopped when she ran head-on into another shopper. 'This is madness!' I said. 'You practically took off my arm!' 'It's every man for himself!' she exclaimed. 'If you can't play with the big dogs, get off the porch!'" A funny anecdote by columnist Jan Stevens of the Huntsville Times.
http://blog.al.com/times-views/2012/11/ ... _live.html

From the article title "Vulcan trying out Black Friday retail concept", at first I thought that Black Friday had come to the planet Vulcan, from Star Trek. However, it turns out that Vulcan is a very small town (pop. 1,836) in Alberta, Canada, and it is the official Star Trek Capital of Canada. They have a Star Trek museum and a giant, replica Vulcan starship at the entrance to town. Anyway, this small town will be having its own Black Friday shopping promotion this year.
http://www.vulcanadvocate.com/2012/11/0 ... il-concept
http://www.vulcantourism.com/

Here are more articles about how Black Friday is now starting to be celebrated as a shopping holiday in Canada.
http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/11/06/80721/
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Canad ... story.html

Most Simon malls in Massachusetts will open at 12:30 am on Black Friday this year. Last year they opened at 4:00 am. In New Hampshire Simon malls will open at midnight.
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/bra ... at_12.html

The state of Washington is having a Black Friday fishing event. Six lakes will be closed for a few days, stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout each, and then re-opened on Black Friday.
http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/nov0612a/

About 75% of companies surveyed give Black Friday off as a holiday. 36% require at least some workers to work on Thanksgiving Day, and 9% of those companies don't give Thanksgiving workers any extra pay or time off as compensation.
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3378-e ... icies.html

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Postby Shopper X » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:22 am

A story about leaked Black Friday ads and how stores fight (or encourage) these early ad releases. The article quotes Michael from BFAds.net: "I think retailers are finally starting to realize the advertising and promotional benefit of having their Black Friday ads out early," Brim says.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/per ... r/1683265/

One of the reasons why there are more Black Friday promotions in Canada is because Canadian stores are trying to lure shoppers who would otherwise go Black Friday shopping in the United States. This is especially so this year because of a new law. Previously Canadians shopping in the United States could bring back only $50 worth of goods tax- and duty-free if the trip lasted 24 to 48 hours and only $400 if the trip lasted 2 to 7 days. However, starting this year they can bring back $200 and $800 tax/duty free for those trips, respectively.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/s ... malls.html
http://www.dutyfreecanada.com/customs-allowances/

There was an arrest in the Home Depot Black Friday bomb threat extortion plot. Back in October a man hid an actual, working pipe bomb in a Home Depot store in Long Island. He then threatened to plant and detonate "three pipe bombs, each armed with a pound of roofing nails" in three other Home Depot stores and shut them down on Black Friday unless the company paid him $2 million. The perp was a Home Depot employee.
http://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releas ... rtion-plot

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Postby mlo » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:28 pm

Thanks for taking the time to post those articles. I enjoyed the read.
For the record, this Canadian is still doing cross-border shopping. Some of the US retailers here tried the BF promo the past few years. If you could see the 'deals' you'd laugh for a week. Sears tried the "we'll price match US Sears flyers". I'm still :lol: at that one. WM came the closest with their sales but still didn't compare to the BF deals in the US. But don't forget we pay 15% sales tax on almost everything!

With Target opening in 2013, maybe we'll finally have some competition and good sales....but won't hold my breath. The real seasoned deal finders know nothing beats (US) BF for deep discounts.

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Postby Shopper X » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:11 pm

There are Hurricane Sandy-related problems for east coast toy stores this year. The problems are related to supply issues and the continuing power outages.
http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/09/smallbu ... index.html

12 ways to get a free turkey.
http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/20 ... urkey.html

Some details about and links to videos of Target's new Deals Duet ad campaign:
http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/t ... any-145146
http://abullseyeview.com/video-sneak-pe ... iday-2012/

Last year a woman deployed a can of pepper spray inside a Walmart on Black Friday, either so she could obtain a doorbuster or in self defense. So far, she has not been charged.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2 ... ident.html
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local ... 34041.html

The 5 best deals so far for this Black Friday. (Summary: $288 50" HDTV, $65 2TB hard drive, $10 32GB flash drive, $50 Nook, $688 60" HDTV)
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33153_7-57 ... -seen-yet/


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