Small Business Saturday is the black sheep in the November holiday season that’s already cluttered with the infamous Black Friday and Cyber Monday. First observed on November 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday was originally concocted by American Express as a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. It is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Though not as well known, it is a rising star nonetheless, gaining momentum through the years. According to the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express, in 2012, Small Business Saturday took in an estimated $5.5 billion in sales. So what has made this semi-hidden gem of a shopping holiday successful, and how can consumers benefit from it?
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If you were planning on setting your alarm clocks for a half past “way too early” on Black Friday, don’t bother, because the trend of starting Black Friday the night before is steadily growing as we add OfficeMax to the list of stores jumping on the bandwagon.Read the rest of this entry >
Looking to save big this holiday season? The Dollar Tree’s Holiday Catalog for 2013 has arrived! This diverse 48 page catalog is chalk-full of holiday items that won’t break the bank. Browse through pages of bargain priced toys, ornaments, gift wrap, and everything else you need to make this holiday season memorable.
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Once considered a payment method rendered antique by credit cards, the layaway trend in retail has roared back to life over the past few holiday seasons as more and more big-box stores have been reintroducing layaway programs, many of them exclusive to the holiday season.
In spite of said trend, Best Buy have done away with their holiday layaway service this year after offering customers the opportunity to place a minimum of $250 in merchandise on layaway.Read the rest of this entry >
Two years ago, we gave you a history lesson in the most popular toys of the holiday season dating back to 1903, then last year we brought you our predictions for the top 10 hot holiday toys and if you take a look you’ll see we we were rather dead-on.Read the rest of this entry >
Why should Americans have all the fun (not to mention enjoy ridiculous deals and savings) on Black Friday while our friends in the Great White North toil in the cold and miss out?
Well, it seems American retail giant Target, amongst others, is looking to answer that very question.Read the rest of this entry >
The 64-page guide features reasonable prices on all electronics from TV’s, tablets, laptops, printers, and more. The guide highlights information about Windows 8 programs, laptops, desktops, and accessories.Read the rest of this entry >
Just a few years ago, layaway programs were not in favor with most retailers.
The payment program had fallen out of favor with the vast majority of shoppers, and only a few retailers thought layaway was worth the time and hassle to keep it alive.Read the rest of this entry >
Yes, we all know that on Black Friday the main focus is on the shoppers. Where will they shop? How much money will they spend? How many people are going to participate on this glorious shopping day of the year? But, we almost never think about the employees who works on Black Friday, who deals with the chaos of Black Friday and manages the event to go smoothly.
So, we decided to get a perspective on what store employees go through on Black Friday, by interviewing, Wilbur, a 25- years old Southern Illinois University alum, who throughout his college career worked as a retail employee and has worked on Black Friday ever since he was 16.Read the rest of this entry >