Cyber Monday Can Offer the Best Online Shopping

The rise of the internet brought about an online shopping sale where consumers find the best buy on Cyber Monday. Most holiday shoppers are familiar with Black Friday but more and more More »

Women and Shopping Tips

Shopping is something that most women love to do. Window-shopping is a great past time. The woman takes her time to go from store to store to research and compare store prices. More »

How to Buy Vintage Jewelry

Some of the best places to find great vintage costume jewelry are thrift shops. You’ve seen the big stores – Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers…and then there are the charity shops run by More »

Tips for Getting Fabulous Cyber Monday

For as long as I can remember, Black Friday was THE shopping day of the season. Since it kicked off the official holiday shopping term, it was the one day when you More »

Will Global Warming Keep Them Shopping Thru Winter

In the summer time, great weather competes with the shopping consumers and hurts retail sales. This year retail sales are being hurt by Chinese Toy recalls, and the credit crunch in real-estate More »

Women and Shopping Tips

Shopping is something that most women love to do. Window-shopping is a great past time. The woman takes her time to go from store to store to research and compare store prices. Most women don’t need expert shopping tips because shopping is so natural to them. However, there are some that do.

I think shopping is a talent. Women have even made personal shopping a career where they do other people’s shopping for them and get paid. Doing something that you already love to do and getting paid to do it is truly a dream come true for a personal shopper.

The mall is a popular place where women go to shop for clothes, shoes, jewelry, gifts, phones, and household items like bed linen, bathroom rugs, pots, pans, and lamps. Women are passionate about this past time and take pleasure in spending hours and load of cash on buying items that peak their interest or that can fit.

People shop at certain times of the year for gift items. Christmas, Birthdays, Valentines, Easter, Mother’s day and Father’s day are

Holiday Shopping Frenzy

The Christmas spending frenzy has begun. The shelves and racks are brimming over with products and goods just waiting for you to grab them. Special sales and discounts abound promising to be the best deal ever. Everywhere you look is a promotion or advertisement to buy now, it’s on sale… only for today!

The crowds grow; the push is on to get there before anyone else, to get the deal, to touch the item and to purchase it first. The excitement pulses in the air, the buzz of the holidays is palpable… the concern for fewer days to shop this year motivates us all! To compensate for fewer shopping days, many stores opened on Thanksgiving Day to give us a head start on our Black Friday shopping.

My sister-in-law shared with me that she went into a Target store late in the day on Black Friday and she described the store’s appearance as if a swarm of locusts had come down and swiped the place clean. It was shocking to her how bare the place was and in such disarray; normally the store is organized and well stocked.

Biggest Shopping Days and Seasons

Black Friday is not the only big shopping day of the year. There are plenty of other days that are giving it a run for its money. However, it is still the leader with its fantastic deals after Thanksgiving Day. But what are the other shopping days and seasons throughout the year that are proving to be quite profitable for businesses? We know that there are more than one.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day in which mom is honored for everything that she has done. It is that one day a year where everyone stops and thinks, ‘Thanks mom for everything you have done for me.’ There are so many gifts that are made available to buy mom such as flowers and even electronics. It has been advertised and hyped up to the point where mom receives gifts similar to what she would receive on her birthday or Christmas.

As for Father’s Day, unfortunately, dad is second place to mom. Father’s Day is still an incredible shopping day, but it definitely does not come

Cyber Monday Can Offer the Best Online Shopping

The rise of the internet brought about an online shopping sale where consumers find the best buy on Cyber Monday.

Most holiday shoppers are familiar with Black Friday but more and more bargain hunters are getting geared up for Cyber Monday, which is when many retailers offer their best online shopping deal. With internet shopping now such a part of the mainstream, many consumers head to cyber space in search of their best buy. Cyber Monday is traditionally the day that kicks everything off.

Unlike Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving when many Americans head to the mall for considered the start of holiday shopping season, Cyber Monday shoppers stay at home in searching for the best online shopping sale.

The quest for the best online shopping deal really took off in earnest in the middle of the first decade of this century. During that time stores began to notice a drop off in holiday traffic. By the end of the season, large retail chains found that there profits weren’t affected by the drop in holiday traffic. Upon analyzing the data, those retailers came to realize that shoppers were beginning to avoid the

How to Buy Vintage Jewelry

Some of the best places to find great vintage costume jewelry are thrift shops. You’ve seen the big stores – Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers…and then there are the charity shops run by churches and non-profits. All of them receive donated jewelry, and I have found some amazing pieces in thrift shops. It seems to me that the larger chain shops have better prices than the smaller charity shops, but it really depends on who is pricing the jewelry when they put it out for sale. Some shop employees are very savvy about values, but some aren’t and they often price jewelry very low. Maybe they figure that if it isn’t real gold it isn’t worth much. Good for us!

Thrift shop shopping has lost the stigma of being just junk shops or places where the down-and-out shop.

A great tip is to become friendly with the staff of the shops that you visit. One clerk lets me rummage through the jewelry bins before she prices them and puts them out on the floor. Another lets me know when they get a large amount of jewelry donated.

Find out when the shop has their specials. One

Tips for Getting Fabulous Cyber Monday

For as long as I can remember, Black Friday was THE shopping day of the season. Since it kicked off the official holiday shopping term, it was the one day when you could save some serious cash on everything from socks to electronics. In recent years, though, Cyber Monday has quietly usurped the top position with over 95 million Americans doing their shopping on this day vs. the 79 million Americans who shopped in retail stores Black Friday in 2009.

Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Thanksgiving. It developed over the years because it was the first day that people went back to work after the Thanksgiving. Employees would use the company’s high speed internet to do their holiday shopping online. Retailers took notice of the spike in their web traffic and began offering Cyber Monday deals that rivaled their Black Friday offers.

In addition to being incredibly easy and convenient, you can score some good deals with the Cyber Monday specials offered by retailers. Here are some tips for getting the most out of this popular online shopping event.

Tips

Do your homework – Since you are shopping online, you won’t have

Will Global Warming Keep Them Shopping Thru Winter

In the summer time, great weather competes with the shopping consumers and hurts retail sales. This year retail sales are being hurt by Chinese Toy recalls, and the credit crunch in real-estate effecting consumer confidence and curtailing rising credit card limits. In the Winter time warm weather near the Holiday Christmas Season gives consumers more time to shop.

If Global Warming is real as per the expert Former Vice President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Inventor of the Internet Al Gore then this will be a warmer Winter and retail stocks will soar to new heights. If he is incorrect on Global Warming then there will be fewer shopping days and therefore retail stocks will plunder down further than the DVD sales of Inconvenient Truth, the academy award winning documentary by Al Gore.

This will be the test to see if Al Gore’s vision for the future flooding of mankind will come to fruition. Will the World flood into a new modern Waterworld, Hollywood movie and allow Al Gore a sequel to Inconvenient Truth? Will the surface of our planet turn into Hell on Earth as predicted with biblical style flooding? Will

Shopping For Christmas Dinner

In the months before Christmas you have to start thinking about how much budget you’ve got to spend on the whole event.

If your food budget is going to be small then you need to plan ahead and pick up an extra item each week prior to doing your Christmas shop. This can result in you having all the extras in and ready before you do the big shop for your Christmas Dinner. Take advantage of special offers too – look for vouchers enticing you to spend money now. If the items in question can be frozen or stored until Christmas then it can be advantageous to buy them using a discount voucher.

Some people use savings stamps at the supermarket as a way of paying for their Christmas. It can work well if you’re not into saving at the bank, and you can often get a couple of free vouchers if you’ve started saving by a particular date. Have a read of the leaflets about the savings stamp scheme and you might find that it’s worth you saving a couple of pounds each week in savings stamps. The brilliant thing is about them, if you

A Phenomenon Every Employer Has to Come to Grips With

Ever notice how online shopping days almost always occur only during the week, and hardly ever fall on a weekend? Furthermore, you are very unlikely to come across a shopping festival online that encompasses a weekend, unless of course there’s a special holiday or occasion on that particular weekend. And you know what, I have my own theory about this.

This theory has all to do with the fact that people spend lots of their time at work shopping for everything from gadgets such as phones, tablets, cameras, clothes, TVs, furniture, stationery and much more online. Heck, you can even get all your grocery shopping done online, and people are hardly going to spend some of their waking hours at a departmental store, when they can just as easily get it all done from the comfort of their desks at the office, securely ensconced in its oh so well-appointed environs! Furthermore, the internet bandwidth speed is a lot better and quicker round at the office, prompting more employees to put this bandwidth to good use, and get their shopping done quicker and faster. Now, that’s also the reason why you’re likely to find the best deals on

Jump Start on Your Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping is one of the most stressful, all consuming chores of the year and yet it seems to always sneak up on you. After 10 or 11 long months of peace and quiet, the malls fill up, the lights go up, and the season is upon us. But, Christmas doesn’t need to be a stressful, painful time this year. Instead, you can spend less money, get your shopping done earlier, and relax in those busy weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas for a change. Here are a few tips to help you get there.

Stop Going to the Stores

Shopping online is a great option for most items on your holiday gift lists. Buying toys, electronics, books, and novelty items online can save you time and money. A lot of great deals can be found online. This isn’t the best way to shop for everything on your list, but you can take care of a lot of holiday shopping this way.

Also, most online retailers offer free shipping on orders over a certain size. It’s not too hard to meet these minimums, especially if you’re buying for several people at once. If you’re buying gifts

Black Friday and Black Monday

Many People would like to make money on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and Black Monday, the monday after Thanksgiving, but are not certain what to sell. Here is a list of some great items to post on eBay to make some great money:

Super Mario Galaxy. This game is going t be extremely hot, and with the limited sales of the Wii in retail stores, the internet sales of the Wii are going to be very high. If Super Mario Galaxy were included in the sale of the Wii, the profits would be great. Super Mario Galaxy is the first Mario player game for the Wii and has had rave reviews so far.

Star Trek Memorabilia. The new movie is on its way, and soon a new generation of Trekkies will be born. Also, the original movies are going to be shown on TV over the holidays and should generate some great traffic on eBay. Star Trek items usually sell for much more than the original purchase price, and one Titanium Powerseller in particular that I work with sells only Star Trek items.

Baby Alive Dolls. (UK and Australia site) The Baby Alive

Planning Ahead For the Biggest Shopping

Planning ahead is always a good idea, especially when you are talking about Black Friday. Black Friday 2009 is expected to be one of the biggest in recent years. As the country is coming out of the recession, more businesses are becoming generous on their discounts. Major stores, whether they are online or not, are going to have plenty of sales that are bound to please everyone. Today it is possible to seek the sales before they come out in the ads on Thanksgiving Day. Before deciding to wait in the long lines at a store, you can see what sales you want to go after and what stores to hit. Several Black Friday-goers wait in the long lines as window shoppers. While there is nothing wrong with that, there is also nothing wrong with standing in line if you know what you want to buy.

Black Friday 2009 ads will be plentiful and places like Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, Amazon, Apple and more will be having their ads early for people who want to explore that possibility. Get great deals on electronics, clothes, jewelry and much more.

There has never been a better time than

How Did the Biggest Shopping Day

Internationally on the 14th of February every year, it is known as Valentine’s day to many. It is the day to celebrate couples being together. However for those who are single, it may be saddening as singles do not have any partner to celebrate with.

The history is that in the 90s, students at Nanjing University in China started celebrating 11th November as the single peoples’ version of Valentine’s day. The date Nov 11th was chosen as figuratively, the 4 ones characters signified as 2 single person together. After all, one is the loneliest number – and the Chinese name Gu?nggùn Jié (???) literally means “bare sticks day.”

The day was then commercialized by Chinese eCommerce company, Alibaba, who launched the first Double 11 sale in 2009. The term was trademarked, and only Alibaba can use the official “Double 11” name. In order not to infringe on the copyright, other companies which follow suit, use 11.11 or Singles’ Day.

Singles’ day is the biggest sale in the world! It is much bigger than Black Friday, and Cyber Monday combined. Black Friday in the US saw online sales hit a record of just over US$3 billion US and

The Busiest Shopping Day of the Year

When you sit down tomorrow to turkey dinner, make sure to enjoy the relative peace and quiet because you know what comes after that, don’t you? The Friday after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday.

Known for sometime now as the “busiest shopping day of the year”, this day after Thanksgiving is seen by many as the official start of the holiday shopping season. A popular day off for employees, the Friday after Thanksgiving has more than the usual amount of people out hunting for bargains and looking for gifts but how did this day get the name of Black Friday?

It all started in the greater Philadelphia area in the 1960’s, when the term “Black Friday” was first used by the Philadelphia police force. They coined the term due to the heavy traffic they had to manage on this day and from the blackish fumes that were emitted from the increased amount of vehicles on the road. The term gained popularity along the East Coast where Black Friday eventually came to mean that this was the day when retailers would start to post profits, or “be in the black” (as opposed to “in the red”

Is It Really The Best Shopping Day?

Black Friday!

It is the one day everybody waits for to find the best deal!

Are you one of those people who wait all year long for this one day and go stand outside in those long lines for hours on end waiting to burst through the door with eager and anticipation all on the name of a deal?

More power to you my friend and good luck! I have never really understood the logic behind that craziness but I have friends and family all over the place that cannot wait, they leave Thanksgiving dinner early to get some sleep, or to go get in line.

Now in their heads Black Friday is the day of all days that you can get the best deals and the best sales but in order for you to capitalize on it you have to get in line at an god awful hour and stand in it for hours on end. I mean it is pitch black when you get in line and still pitch black when you enter the store.

Black Friday Mania

How people can leave all that turkey, stuffing, pies, yams, greens and

Shopping Days Leading Up to Christmas

With only so many shopping days left until Christmas, countless consumers will likely be mobbing shopping malls and retailers in the next few days looking to finish off their spending for the season.

However, in the midst of the last-minute shopping chaos, the Connecticut Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be careful with their personal belongings, especially ones containing personal information, as identity thieves will likely be on the prowl looking for victims.

While online identity theft has seemed to dominate the headlines throughout the year BBB President Paulette Scarpetti warned that more traditional “low-tech” methods of appropriating one’s identity such as pick-pocketing

“There is considerable attention given to online identity theft and with good reason, however there are still pickpockets and crooks that will grab a purse or wallet and make a run for it. Consumers should keep this in mind when walking around a mall or store, or waiting in line to pay.” Scarpetti said.

When out shopping, the state BBB suggested that women keep their purses tightly tucked under their arm and not to overwhelm themselves with too many shopping bags that would make it easier for a thief to

Black Friday for Beginners

What is Black Friday?

Perhaps the most popular shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving (Friday) is named “Black Friday” because this is the day that most retailers go from being not profitable (red on earnings statements) to profitable (in the “black” on earnings statements.) Deal finders love these sales, and I have been going for a few years now. Generally speaking, I love Black Friday, but with the birth of my new son, it doesn’t seem practical to get up at 4:00 in the morning to find these great deals!

Here is the strategy I have used to be successful in getting every item on my wish list:

1. Get the ads – Either online or the day that they come out in the paper, grab all the ads from the papers and sit down with a pen and paper. Remember that rural areas don’t often get all the ads from the retailers, so if you are missing one from a store you want to shop, you can probably go online and get one from them at their website directly.

2. Ad by ad, circle the items that you want the

The Biggest Shopping Day of the Year

With Thanksgiving soon approaching, so too is the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. If you are looking to save a lot of money on your Christmas shopping, shopping on this day is the best way to do it. You can get some amazing deals on some of the most sought after items, if you are quick enough.

Shopping on Black Friday can be the best shopping experience of your life if you plan ahead. It is a really good idea to scope out the bargains before the big day. You can do this by perusing through the sale flyers that the stores usually send out well in advance. Make a list of the items that you want and where you need to go to get them. Keep in mind, though, that you are not the only one looking at those flyers. There are literally thousands of other people doing the exact same thing.

In order to get the items that you are after, you may need to get up extremely early on Black Friday. While most stores have all day sales, some of them will also offer early bird specials where they offer

The Best Christmas Shopping

Big shopping days are the Friday after Thanksgiving, the day after Christmas, and New Years Day.

New Years Day is the day that women get even with their husbands for watching a zillion football games. They spend and spend and spend.

The problem with all of these days and all the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas is that there are a zillion customers in the stores. To get there they cram the streets with their cars. The clerks are working themselves to death. When they get home at night they say, “Oh, my feet! My feet!”

The best day to do Christmas shopping is the day that the stores are full of new Christmas merchandize that has not been picked over.

There is a plethora of clerks a smiling.

The clerks joke with you, help you find the right set of earrings for each of your twenty-three granddaughters, binoculars for your nine grandsons, a stuffed lion for your great granddaughter, books for your kids and their spouses, and then the clerks say, “Have a nice Thanksgiving! Can we help you to the car?”

Now you have guessed the day, haven’t you?

New Holiday Shopping Day

“From “Black Friday to Cyber Monday”

Many moms, dads, and grandparents have patiently waited the biggest shopping day of the year to find the gifts of loved ones around the world. Most shoppers wake up before 5:00 AM, drive many miles to participate in this busiest shopping day of the year. Over the years there have even been stories about people waiting in line for more than 4 hours for a long awaited game, or newly launched product.

We’ve all heard about “Black Friday”, the Friday after Thanksgiving when shoppers still reeling from the effects of tryptophan wrench themselves out of bed at 6 A.M. to catch holiday shopping bargains. But what about “Cyber Monday”? This new term applies to the Monday after Thanksgiving when consumers return to work to take advantage of shopping online with fast broadband connections. Generally, 58 percent of all online shopping is done in the workplace, but 88 percent of Cyber Monday shoppers made purchases from the office.

Last year’s Cyber Monday sales totaled $687 million, up from $484 million last year. So, although Black Friday’s storefront shoppers have slacked by about one million consumers since last year, Cyber Monday