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Category: Shopping

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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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Personal_Finance

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Boxing Day Sales List Upto 75% Discounts at High Street Stores John Lewis, Next and Debenhams / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBritain's high streets and shopping malls are expected to be full on Boxing day with shoppers taking advantage of advertised deep discounts of as much as 75% as the Christmas Day online sales in part switch to the High Streets, with early starts for many stores such as 6am for Next and 7am for Debenhams. However given the fact that many of the sales are already online for over 40 hours before the high street stores open, there is great potential for high street retailers disappointment especially as increasingly more sophisticated smartphone using cash strapped shoppers use the high streets merely as showrooms before finally buying online as part of the shopping meg-trend of online stores putting high street's out of business.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day Online Mega Sales at NEXT, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe high street shops may have closed early afternoon on Christmas Eve but within a few hours the online sales soon went live and will remain live for the whole of Christmas day, most notable in terms of offering deep discounts on a large number of products are Next, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, who have a useful tool that allows shoppers to browse by discount level i.e. 30% off, 50% off or 70% off.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, December 24, 2011

UK Christmas Eve Shopping Sales 2011, High Street 75% Discounts: 24th Dec / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUK Shoppers are continuing to enjoy deep discounts as distressed retailers have brought forward their traditional boxing day sales several days early by offering discounts of as much as 75% in an attempt to boost consumer interest as so far December retail sales have failed to live upto retailer expectations. Christmas Eve is expected to see record shopping during the limited opening hours which will be further boosted by very mild weather for the time of year.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Online Sales, NEXT, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

As the high street stores close today for Christmas the sales will not stop as the focus shifts online, especially as those retailers that have so far held off on starting their sales will open their online doors ahead of their high street stores on boxing day, this most notably includes NEXT, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and PC World / Curry's.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Meadowhall Christmas Shopping, Where Are the Shoppers? / Personal_Finance / Shopping

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast Saturday December 17th was hyped across the broadcast media as being "Super Saturday" which was forecast to be the busiest shopping day of the year based on research by online comparison site Kelkoo.

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