’Tis the season for random acts of kindness (not that you can’t do nice things for people all year): from the so-called layaway angels that will no doubt pop-up at retail stores to the coffee drinkers who will pay it forward. A man in Texas recently got the ball rolling on the 2016 season by handing out money at a McDonald’s. [More]
Best Buy won’t be alone in offering free shipping on anything customers order online this holiday season, as Target has also apparently jumped on the special deal bandwagon: a screenshot from their leaked toy catalog shows the Minnesota-based company will offer free shipping and returns.
There always has to be someone – or something – that tries to ruin everyone’s favorite spooky holiday: the thief who wiped out a preschoolers’ pumpkin patch, the wild boars that threatened to put a damper on trick-or-treating, and now a California man who allegedly set an aisle of Halloween costumes on fire at Walmart. [More]
People who want to sell you stuff are psyched that you’ve got an extra day off this weekend, so they’re cutting prices to entice you to make their sales numbers all sparkly.
As is custom for Valentine’s Day, many businesses are offering heart-shaped merchandise. Papa John’s Pizza is offering a such a themed pizza. But, as is often the case, reality can be strikingly different than advertising. Come inside to see what the pizza actually looks like.
What were you most afraid of in High School? Getting turned down by that Cheerleader at the prom? Arriving at school naked, just before the big test you never studied for? Or, was it Mom and Dad finding all of your nudie-mags whilst looking for gift ideas? Look inside to see which terror Gamestop chose to highlight in their latest ad campaign.
AAA is claiming that Americans drove 4.3% fewer miles on public roads in March — the first year-over-year decline since 1979, and that for the first time since 2002, Americans said they planned to drive less this Memorial Day weekend. So, with the national average at $3.936 per gallon, did you actually drive less?
Well now you’ve done it, shoppers of America: your refusal to spend enough money at Macy’s is forcing the department store chain to shutter nine “underperforming stores in Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas,” reports Reuters. Seriously, what does it take to get you to buy stuff from them? They gave out coupons!
An unidentified passenger is being questioned by the Denver police department after his unruly behavior forced a JetBlue flight from New York to San Francisco to land at DIA.
The War on Christmas has taken a sneaky left turn, with Coke and Wal-Mart mounting an entirely unanticipated attack on one of the world’s most beloved phrases! A reader, Josh, was shopping and/or protesting in his local Wal-Mart recently when he saw this in-store display for soda.
The first retailer to be mentioned in a holiday ornament recall this year is JC Penney! The ornament in question was sold at “various retailers nationwide, including JC Penney catalog and Web site, from July 2006 through October 2007 for between $15 and $18.”
Bankrate is concerned that you’ll spend more than you can afford this holiday shopping season, so they’ve got a list of 7 “budget busters”:
Technical problems, fog, rain and other weather issues are already causing delays at several airports says USAToday.
Consumer Reports seems sort of disappointed by Walmart’s Black Friday ad:
Airlines are supposedly going out of their way to avoid the coming PR debacle that is otherwise known as the holiday travel season. Good luck, boys and girls. [Wall Street Journal]
The FBI has released an unverified tip that those people who “hate freedom” are planning on attacking shopping malls in LA and Chicago this season. Before you buy more duct tape, the FBI emphasized that “there is no information to state this is a credible threat”—but they felt they needed to share it “out of an abundance of caution.”
Maybe you’re one of those people who will manage to actually follow through with the whole “home-made, simpler gift giving” concept this season. For the rest of you who don’t want to sit around making dolls and paper-mache serving dishes over the next six weeks, Kiplinger’s has a list of 20 sites to help you score the best prices on your holiday shopping this year.
Walmart CEO, Lee Scott recently told analysts that he feels: