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Politics

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Terrorism - Grinch that Stole Christmas / Politics / Shopping

By: BATR

The usual holiday cheer that underpins the throngs of shoppers may be missing this season. Political pundits are eager to blame potential terrorist risks as a compelling reason to avoid the crowds at malls, but knowing the sentiments of the consumer culture, it is difficult to accept that retail businesses will be empty. Nevertheless, will the economy incentivize the bargain hunters to brave the added security obstacles to storm the doors for the reward of super discount pricing?

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Politics

Friday, November 13, 2015

Why Black Friday Needs to be a National Holiday / Politics / Shopping

By: Walter_Brasch

At one time, people placed carved pumpkins with a candle inside on their front porches to announce the beginning of the Halloween season.

And then it became a contest. First, best Halloween pumpkin. And then who could decorate their trees and hedges with the best fake cobwebs, followed by fake witches in trees.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Boxing Day Sales, Next, Debenhams... High Street Full List / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Its mid-day Christmas day but already millions of shoppers thoughts are turning towards joining in on the Boxing days sales frenzy discounting bonanza, where the likes of retailers such as NEXT (6am) and Debenhams (7am) open their doors to the public. Just remember a cold snap is forecast for much of the UK tomorrow so be careful on the roads out there, especially by the evening and try not to get too caught up by shopping mania and over spend.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Online Sales, Boxing Day High Street Sales Full List / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Christmas high street sales frenzy is about to reach maximum intensity on Boxing day with many retailers such as Next and PC World / Curry's having shifted the start of their sales online to Christmas Eve so as to maximise profits from the the army of point and click armchair shoppers. Here is a comprehensive list of sales starting Christmas Eve and Boxing day as well as those already underway.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, December 22, 2014

UK Christmas Sales 2014 High Street Start Dates List / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Britain's election economic boom is in full swing with the UK economy looking set to bust above a 3% GDP growth rate, further boosted by the collapse in the oil price that is acting to depress inflation (general prices) and put extra money into the pockets of consumers that is manifesting during the holiday season as consumers go on a debt fuelled spending binge at the cathedrals of modern Britain, jam packed with shoppers afflicted with sales fever hunting for bargains as Christmas has morphed into a month long relentless advertisement to spend, spend and then gain spend some more into January.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TrueShopping.co.uk Real Customer Experience Review - Online Shopping Lessons / ConsumerWatch / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

At the start of November with winter fast approaching and the temperature starting to drop, I decided it was time to get a decent set of ladders to enable me to complete a whole host of maintenance tasks before winter and after much searching settled on a large 12 rung Triple Extension Ladder supplied by the online retailer TrueShopping.co.uk, that could also be used as double extension step ladder though which lacked adequate online customer reviews though I did not think it would make much material difference to products such as ladders.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting the Most Value from Your “Geriatric Cruiser” / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Don_Miller

For many a car lover, retiring rich requires the end of a lifelong love affair. I empathize with them all; I’ve had my own romance over the last 50-plus years.

Cars have a special resonance for people of my generation. George Lucas’ classic coming of age film American Graffiti is proof positive of that. As teens we flocked to auto dealers when new models came out and fantasized about actually being able to own our favorite. And let’s face it: cool cars were chick magnets. In our 20s and 30s, with the help of a friendly finance company, those dreams became reality, and every few years we’d get the new car itch again.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tesco Profits Panic! Back to Back £5 Off £40 Shop Voucher Promotions / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Tesco, Britain's giant supermarket chain is once more reeling following its latest trading results that reveal another bad year with profits slumping by 7% as the discount chains such as Aldi and Lidl continue to consume King Tesco's market share that fell to a 10 year low of 28.6% that sows the seeds for the market leader ultimately to join the ranks of has been's such as Morrisons that has been floundering in the supermarket wilderness for over a decade now.

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Personal_Finance

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Escape the Toy Trap / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Don_Miller

The toy trap: we all have friends who’ve fallen in. I received a wave of emails after publishing Debt: The Last Social Taboo?, all sharing similar sad stories. Author Dave Ramsey summed up the problem best: “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”

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Economics

Friday, December 27, 2013

What's Fueling the Post Christmas Sales? / Economics / Shopping

By: Jonathan_Davis

I was on BBC Radio London yesterday talking about the Sales. The idea was that we’re all being duped into buying stuff we don’t need. Well Duh!!! Isn’t that the basis of our economy for the last 25 years?

However, I think this year is a watershed.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, December 27, 2013

January Sales 2014 - Post Christmas 2013 High Street Sales List - Discount Voucher Codes? / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Shop-till-you-drop looks set to continue all the way into January which was once upon a time the true start date for the holiday sales season that over the decades has meandered its way towards the end of November. Though of course most of these early sales are bogus, for these 50% off sales amount to nothing more than the original prices as the real sales only began online Christmas Eve and in store on Boxing day. Even then consumers need to be on their guard because it was very difficult if not impossible to capitalise on most of the discounts promoted, for instance many of the goods that you may have been interested in at for say 60% off have mysteriously become out of stock!

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Boxing Day Sales 2013 List, But Are the Sales of 2013 Real? / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Praise the lord for without Jesus there would be no 75% discounts! Britain's cathedrals of consumerism look set to be full to bursting point on Boxing day as bargain hunters resume celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ after a day of partial rest (online shopping) by maxing out their credit cards on asian sweat shops produced goods. Unlike the 50% sales in the lead up to Christmas Eve, these should represent the REAL SALES that for many stores started online late Christmas eve, as Christmas day shopping seamlessly continues into the shopping malls early Thursday morning and thus not even a storm damaged and disrupted transport network will be able to stop Britain's shopping zealots from securing their piece of the consumer sales relics of 2013.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Business of the Christmas Season / Politics / Shopping

By: BATR

Commercialism, long criticized, as a distortion of the true celebration of Christmas, has become a crucial profit component for the corporate economy. Very little observation about the religious nature of the holiday rises for reflection. Likewise, even less focus is devoted to the underlying reasons why holiday gifting has become a stable to the season. Heritage and tradition has given way to popular cultural advertisement. A disconnect between purchases of necessity and acquisitions of disposable novelties is the hallmark of the mad rush to buy needless objects.

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Personal_Finance

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Eve Online Sales 2013 - Next, John Lewis, Curry's, Debenhams, Argos... / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Christmas storms may have brought Britain's transport system to a halt but without much effect on the shopping frenzy underway which today saw the mainstream broadcast news channels busy reporting from Britain's packed shopping malls as an estimated £3 billion will be spent just today, many shoppers were asked for their views on what they were looking for prompting many to comment that they were out and about and getting into the Christmas spirit as they search for sales bargains, as though this is what Christmas is all about i.e. a month long consumer shopping celebration to max out credit cards on. The actual story of Christmas has long since turned into just another series of special effects movies and not good ones at that as today we can see space stations in the sky with beds that can bring people back from deaths door Lazarus style (Elysium), against which the Jesus story just cannot compete.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Next, John Lewis Christmas Sales 2013 - All High Street Start Dates / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

It's Christmas! That means a month long media induced buying frenzy for the masses to engage in as sales fever pitch reaches its maximum intensity in the run up to Boxing Day. However, a word of caution as this is NOT 2008 when many retailers were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy that would claim many such as Woolworth's and Comet, and thus were panicked into real deep discounts to quickly offload stock to improve their cash-flows. Instead, now we have a strong UK economic recovery underway that is resulting in an highly engineered sales season which started off with over inflated prices calculated to generated discounts of as much as 75% so that items can still be sold for a hefty profit.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, December 20, 2013

UK Christmas Sales 2013 Start Dates, Retailers Deep Discounts / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

A fast accelerating UK economy towards growth rates that academic economists cannot imagine today (well beyond 3% GDP) looks set to manifest itself during the holiday season as a debt fuelled spending binge as the cathedrals if modern Britain will be jam packed with shoppers afflicted with sales fever searching for bargains as Christmas has morphed into a month long relentless advertisement to spend, spend and then spend some more in January.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rent to Own - Don't Fall for This New Old Retail Sales Trick / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Money_Morning

Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: Kmart has joined a long and "distinguished" list of retail chains who offer a rent-to-own program.

It's a sign of the times... Only, rather than being a sign of economic recovery, it's a sign of retail desperation.

Ostensibly, these programs are intended to benefit cash-strapped consumers who couldn't otherwise afford to buy big-ticket items. In reality, the program turns consumer goods like a $300 television into a $415 purchase, according to Bloomberg.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Furniture123 Customer Review - Bargain Home Furniture or Potential Nightmare? / ConsumerWatch / Shopping

By: N_Walayat

The UK based online furniture store, Furniture123.com / Furniture123.co.uk purports to "make our customer's lives easy (as easy as 123!)", however the sales pitch may not live up to real customer experience:

For example I ordered a Basel Oak Dining Table from Furniture123 on 8th of Feb 2012, the first warning bell rang when the company failed to send an email acknowledging the order and delivery.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, January 01, 2012

January Sales 2012, UK High Street Stores and Online Best Discounts List / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe post Christmas 2011 sales have now morphed into the January 2012 sales with most stores continuing sales discounts as distressed retailers seek to get rid of 2011 stock with further discounts offered to entice customers through their doors over the coming new year days.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas, January Sales 2012, High Street, Online Best Store Discounts List / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDiscount hungry smartphone using shoppers fuel the continuing sales that began online on Christmas Eve and in part switched to the high streets and shopping malls on Boxing day. The sales are expected to continue well into January 2012 as the post Christmas sales boost is unlikely to make up for what is likely to turnout to be a bad December for retailers. With further potential for high street retailers disappointment as the increasingly more sophisticated smartphone using shoppers use the high streets merely as showrooms before finally opting to buy online as part of the shopping mega-trend of online stores putting the high streets out of business.

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