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December 18, 2013
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December 2, 2013
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December 1, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 1, 2013

Good news for healthcare fans: The Obama administration says it met a self-imposed goal to improve its Healthcare.Gov site by December 1. The site has been seen as a bit of a fiasco.

A pregnant Italian woman visited the UK, had a mental breakdown, and then had her baby taken away by child services, using a forced c-section. We’re not making this up.

The National Zoo, with the help of 123,000 online votes, finally picked a name for its new panda cub: Bao Bao.

Business on Black Friday was lackluster, but we’ll always have the dehumanizing violence.

The death of Paul Walker puts the “The Fast and the Furious” series in a major bind.

21:20 // 10 months ago
November 29, 2013

Stuff you’re probably glad you missed: Special Black Friday edition

In Chicagoland, a man was shot by police after 1) he and his buddies attempted to shoplift from a Kohl’s, 2) he tried to outrun police unsuccessfully 3) he attempted (also unsuccessfully), to drive off with an officer’s arm jammed into his car. No big deal.

In Southwest Virginia, two men got into an altercation over a parking spot at a Wal-Mart. A gun was pulled and punches were thrown, and eventually someone got stabbed.

In Las Vegas, a guy who bought a big-screen TV from a Target store was shot after two men attempted to rob him of it. In the end, they didn’t even take the TV.

In Puerto Rico, a stampede broke out at a Wal-Mart, and yes, there’s video.

In Southern California, some people cut in line, so of course a fight broke out.

13:49 // 10 months ago

Black Friday madness: In case you just woke up instead of going out last night and testing out your credit card limit, here’s what you missed.

8:21 // 10 months ago
November 28, 2013

Need a break from Thanksgiving commercialism? Live in New England

  • three the number of states that, due to so-called “blue laws,” can’t start their Christmas shopping a day early, a phenomenon known as “Black Thursday” or “Gray Thursday.” Those states? All in New England—Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts. For what it’s worth, retailers want to change the laws, some of which have been in place since colonial time. source
12:49 // 10 months ago
November 24, 2012

Black Friday online purchases up 20% since last year

  • 20.7% jump in online sales this Black Friday, compared to last year — beat the lines, anyone? Obviously this may be is a drawback to some, as smaller, independent businesses might not have the ability to run a major online selling and mailing operation. But when you’re offering people a chance to avoid stuff like this? Not a very hard sell. source
14:46 // 1 year ago
November 23, 2012

Please don’t act this way for the occasion of Black Friday, everyone, and if you’re somewhere where a fracas like this breaks out, cut outta there. It’s dangerous, and reading reports/seeing videos of horrible incidents like this (and much, much worse) have become a very unwelcome holiday tradition in recent years. source

14:42 // 1 year ago
December 13, 2011

Black Friday backfire: Best Buy’s profits nosedive on heavy deals

  • 29% drop in Best Buy’s profits in the third quarter source

» Too many deals? Best Buy, which has become shorthand for “company that throws all its chips in on Black Friday,” lost its bet on this year’s Black Friday, as its third-quarter results (which include the waffle-iron-rioting-day) showed major weaknesses, as discounts got people into the stores but failed to get them to actually work as loss-leaders. ”They were more promotional and that doesn’t bode well for the holiday season, which is going to be very, very intense,” noted Barclays Capital analyst Alan Rifkin.

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11:08 // 2 years ago
November 29, 2011

Cyber Monday’s version of Black Friday drama: Counterfeit stuff

  • 150 counterfeit websites taken down on Cyber Monday source

» Don’t mess with our passion for shopping. After such a turnout for Black Friday, shoppers were ready for online deals on Monday. So were websites touting fake merchandise — from sports jerseys to DVDs to accessories. This was a part of the investigation called “Operation In Our Sites,” which has seized 350 such counterfeit sites since 2010.

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0:04 // 2 years ago