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  • Black Friday madness: Two people are killed outside a Macy's and a Walmart while customers....

    11/25/2016 8:34:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 45 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | November 25, 2016 | Myriah Towner For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Black Friday madness: Two people are killed outside a Macy's and a Walmart while customers fight over everything from TVs to $1.60 towels as stores open their doors for record $3.1 billion holiday splurge Two people were shot dead and two others were injured in three separate incidents in New Jersey, Nevada and Tennessee as Black Friday shopping kicked off. A man was fatally shot and his brother was wounded in a shooting outside of a Macy's in New Jersey on Friday morning while another was shot dead in an apparent road rage incident in a Walmart parking...
  • VIDEO: Walmart shoppers fight over towels, toys at Black Friday sale

    11/25/2016 6:22:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    American Mirror ^ | November 25, 2016 | Olaf Ekberg
    Some stores are starting Black Friday sales early, and that means that pandemonium is starting earlier, too. Video from a Walmart in Bainbridge, Georgia shows shoppers fighting to grab every last towel from the display.
  • Companies conservatives can buy from

    11/19/2016 6:11:38 PM PST · by tbw2 · 60 replies
    11/19/2016 | tbw
    In light of everything that is on the banned list, here is a public service announcement as to where we CAN shop: • Chick-fila • Hobby Lobby • local church store • Dave Ramsey’s website, as well as any endorsed local providers on his site • New Balance Shoes • Any American firearm company and ammo maker • Monastery Greetings if you want to support Catholic monks & nuns • See's Candy - made in America, supports American Heritage Girls • Altar'd State, Christian wedding / formal wear company • Waffle House – owners donate a lot to conservatives •...
  • Target Removes Tiny Carts From Stores After Parents Complain

    09/26/2016 6:52:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    After a slew of complaints online from parents who shop at target, Target is making a change. According to several tweets from an official Twitter account, Target is removing the recently added “tiny carts” from 72 of its stores this week where they were being tested. The change comes after a slew of complaints from parents....
  • Terrorist threat calls for attacks on American shopping malls (Two days ago)

    09/24/2016 10:09:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Sunday that Americans should be “particularly careful” shopping at malls this weekend following a specific terrorist threat. Terrorist group al-Shabaab released a video calling for attacks on shopping malls in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom, which included mention and images of the Mall of America in Minnesota. “I would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” Johnson said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The al Qaeda-linked group was responsible for the deadly Nairobi, Kenya, mall attack...
  • Food stamps may soon be available for online shopping

    09/17/2016 12:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 15, 2016 | Christina Beck, The Christian Science Monitor
    Online shopping has long been a boon for most Americans, whether they hate the scrutinizing stares of fellow shoppers, the chaos of big stores, or simply can't get out the door. Soon, modifications to the federal food stamp program, SNAP, might make the benefits of online shopping available to some who could need it most: the many recipients who live in areas where there are fewer healthy grocery stores, known as "food deserts." On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture began asking for companies to join a pilot project to allow SNAP recipients to purchase their groceries online. If successful after...
  • Online shopping has created a whole new breed of addicts

    08/11/2016 11:14:19 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 69 replies
    Melissa will do anything to feed her online-shopping addiction — even if that means subsisting off a diet of microwaveable soup. “I’ll eat only ramen in order to shop,” she says. The 34-year-old — who works in sales at Red Wing Heritage, a leather goods brand, and asked that her last name not be used for professional reasons — receives two to three packages a week at her East Village apartment thanks to her daily binges. “I love coming home and there’s a package,” she says. “It’s like there’s a prize at my door.” Americans spent a record $341.7 billion...
  • Their Unrealistic Expectations Crushed At Last, Wealthy Millennials Now Shop At Dollar Stores

    06/17/2016 9:40:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2016 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In the wake of the long series of lean economic years since the onset of the Great Recession, America’s affluent millennials have taken to shopping for groceries, toiletries and even clothing at ultra-discount stores such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. It’s not just Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking hipsters trying way too hard to be different, either. At Dollar General, members of the millennial generation — of all income brackets — accounted for nearly 25 percent of the company’s first quarter revenue in 2016, reports Reuters. Millennials, if you are not up on your demographic jargon, are the cohort of young...
  • 2nd Vote Identifies "Better Alternative" to PayPal

    04/12/2016 6:55:38 AM PDT · by fwdude · 22 replies
    2nd Vote ^ | April 11, 2016 | Lance Wray
    2nd Vote Identifies "Better Alternative" to PayPal Last week, many 2nd Vote members asked about alternative ways to make and process online payments after e-commerce giant PayPal joined the liberal misinformation campaign in North Carolina. The California based company announced that it would stand against North Carolina's common sense protections for small business owners and religious liberty and withdrew plans for a global operations center in Charlotte in an attempt to bully the state economically. Subsequently, our research team noticed a growing company called ProPay that provided many products for online merchants. After looking very closely at ProPay's record of...
  • Watch: Knife-wielding terrorists defeated by a shopping cart

    01/25/2016 4:09:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/16 | Ari Yashar
    Footage from security cameras in the supermarket in Beit Horon, outside of which a stabbing attack took place Monday night, shows how an intrepid shopper managed to keep the two knife-wielding Arab terrorists at bay with a shopping cart. Video You Tube link is misdirected to something unrelated. The two had stabbed a woman aged 23, critically wounding her, and also stabbed and moderately wounded a woman aged 58, adjacent to the shop before trying to enter and inflict more casualties. Fortunately one civilian on hand showed great ingenuity in pushing the terrorists with a cart at the door of...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    12/23/2015 5:13:45 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 73 replies
    Due to the Christmas holiday, The Official Friday Silliness Thread, will be closed on Friday. However, there will be plenty of silliness for sale today!!
  • More than 50 million Americans have not even STARTED their Christmas shopping yet and...

    12/20/2015 4:45:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/20/15
    More than 50 million Americans have not even STARTED their Christmas shopping yet and nearly half the country hasn't finished Despite early retailer promotions meant to entice shoppers, 54 million Americans or or 17 percent have not started holiday shopping about a week before Christmas - one percentage point less than last year, a recent poll found. The Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted between December 14 to 18, also found that less than a third of shoppers had completely finished their shopping. The pace of sales is crucial to retailers who receive a substantial portion of business during November and December.
  • Is shopping on Christmas Day the next retail push?

    12/14/2015 9:44:36 AM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Dec. 14, 2015 | Aimee Picchi/
    It was once anathema to think of shopping on Thanksgiving Day, but now that's become almost commonplace with the likes of Walmart (WMT) and Macy's (M) opening their doors on the holiday. What's next? Christmas Day? Actually, yes, according to consulting company LoyaltyOne. "It's inevitable," said LoyaltyOne managing partner Dennis Armbruster, who predicts that retailers will start opening on Christmas Day within three years. "What Christmas means to some is just changing, and a lot of families don't necessarily celebrate on Christmas Day because of extended family dynamics. Consumers are also highly used to getting what they want, when they...
  • The Black Friday Mindset

    11/29/2015 5:37:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    I love me some Black Friday. Always have. There's something about a deal I can't resist. Add to it the energy around the anticipation of the doors opening, and it's the Kentucky Derby for people. But what started as a good way to save money on some things you wanted has turned into "The Purge." My love of Black Friday goes back to my early days in Washington. I worked in the bookstore at the Heritage Foundation. It was an entry-level job answering phone calls of donors who wanted books and papers Heritage had published. It was a "would you...
  • Study suggests Alabama could see fights during Black Friday sales

    11/27/2015 5:37:44 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    WHNT ^ | 27 Nov 15 | Lisa Screws
    Your trip to the mall could leave you with a shopping injury. A new study shows Alabama is one of the most dangerous states for Black Friday shopping. The blog Estately ranks our state as the third most dangerous for Black Friday shoppers. Arkansas is ranked number one, followed by Tennessee at number 2. Louisiana and Missouri round out the top 5.
  • Consumer confidence falls to lowest level in 14 months

    11/24/2015 8:40:47 AM PST · by repentant_pundit · 11 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Jeffry Bartash
    Consumers confidence fell in November to the lowest level in more than a year, a survey shows. The consumer confidence index dropped to 90.4 from a revised 99.1 in October, the Conference Board said Tuesday. That's the lowest level since September 2014. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected the index to rise to 100. The present situation index, a measure of current conditions, dropped to 108.1 from 114.6. .... "The decline was mainly due to a less favorable view of the job market," said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at board. The number of people who said jobs were...
  • The result of Chicago plastic bag ban: Shopping bags to be sturdier

    06/20/2015 5:01:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/20/15 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    When Chicago's plastic bag ban kicks in Aug. 1, many shoppers accustomed to carting groceries home in those ubiquitous plastic bags will instead walk away with ... nicer plastic bags.. Several retailers preparing for the citywide ban on the thin plastic bags bemoaned for cluttering landfills and littering parks, streets and waterways said they plan to offer customers reusable plastic bags that comply with the city ordinance, and don't plan to charge a fee. The law, approved by the City Council last year in a 36-10 vote, permits stores to offer "reusable plastic bags" that are at least 2.25 mils...
  • Target Struggles to Deal With Demand for Lilly Pulitzer Line

    04/19/2015 8:02:20 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | April 19, 2015 | Phil Wahba / Fortune
    Discount retailer’s web site crashed several times as fashionista's collection went on sale Target was hoping for a smooth launch for one of its most highly anticipated designer collaborations in years. Instead, the discount retailer’s web site was overwhelmed in the early hours on Sunday as legions of fashionistas who had been up overnight tried to snap up Lilly Pulitzer’s fashions, only to encounter delays in the colorful beachwear line’s availability on Target.com and in many case, end up empty-handed. The incident has raised questions as to why the retailer wasn’t fully ready for the onslaught.
  • Lab-Grown Burgers Become So Cheap, They Might be in Supermarkets Soon

    04/10/2015 7:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Sputnik International ^ | April 7, 2015
    Scientists in the Netherlands are one step closer to producing a viable lab-grown alternative to the conventional beef burger patty. Last year, Professor Mark Post and his team of scientists at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands produced the first prototype of a lab-grown burger. Benefits of this new burger production method include a decrease in animal slaughter, savings in land, water, and energy use required for livestock, and a reduction in greenhouse gases. The project has faced several hurdles, though, not the least of which was the enormous price tag of 250,000 Euros, or $273,000. That was roughly how...
  • Somali Terrorist Group Targets Western Shopping Malls In Call For Lone Wolf Attacks

    02/22/2015 5:59:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    IBT ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Angelo Young
    Somali Terrorist Group Targets Western Shopping Malls In Call For Lone Wolf Attacks By Angelo Young The al Qaeda branch in Somalia released a video Saturday celebrating the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 60 people in a four-day siege. In the 66-minute video, unleashed on Twitter in both English and Arabic, al-Shabab called for attacks on specific targets in the U.S., Canada and Britain. “If just a handful of mujahedeen [militant jihadists] fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, just imagine what the dedicated mujahedeen could do...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    12/05/2014 4:24:27 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 70 replies
    What do they sing at a snowman's birthday party? Freeze a jolly good fellow Why does Santa have three gardens? So he can 'ho ho ho'! What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky! Knock, knock Who's there? Arthur Arthur who? Arthur any mince pies left?     What do vampires sing on New Year's Eve? Auld Fang Syne Why did Santa's helper see the doctor? Because he had a low "elf" esteem! What happened to the man who stole an Advent Calendar? He got 25 days! What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? A Holly Davidson!   What...
  • Fewer shoppers and a decline in spending during Black Friday weekend

    12/01/2014 6:11:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2014 | Sarah Halzack
    Fewer consumers hit the stores or went online this Thanksgiving weekend, a sign that Black Friday’s bloat into days and even weeks of promotions may be creating less urgency around the events that many retailers consider the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation reported that 55.1 percent of consumers shopped between Thursday and Sunday, according to a survey it conducted over the weekend. That is down from 58.7 percent the previous year. The NRF said total spending was $50.9 billion, an 11 percent decline from an estimated $57.4 billion in 2013.
  • Cyber-Shopping: 10 Great Christmas Gifts made by Monks and Nuns

    11/27/2014 1:54:48 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 27, 2014 | ZELDA CALDWELL
    Zelda Caldwell November 27, 2014 The Texas Nuns Does the thought of hitting the malls this Black Friday (and beyond) fill you with dread? Is a crowded parking lot an occasion of sin for you? Do gift cards leave you feeling like a failure? Why not skip all that stress and and give your loved ones thoughtful, unique, and delicious gifts made by monks and nuns from monasteries and religious communities around the country and available online?   These handcrafted and original gifts will thrill everyone on your list, from your most pious aunt to your hipster nephew searching...
  • The Commercialization of Thanksgiving—and So Much Else

    11/27/2014 8:00:42 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 27, 2014 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Thanksgiving is rapidly competing with Christmas as a candidate holiday for the next cultural war. We know, of course, that December 25 is the holiday that dare not speak its name, having been transmogrified into “winter holiday” lest delicate ears be offended by “C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s.” Thanksgiving, so far, has managed to retain its name of religious origin (though we tend to speak publicly about what we are giving thanks for rather than to whom). The cultural war over Thanksgiving is being fought over: when can the sales begin?“Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving—has, over the years, become the unofficial launch of...
  • The Best Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now - WSJ

    11/26/2014 11:34:56 AM PST · by House Atreides · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | November 25, 2014 | Joanna Stern
    Right now is the single best time of the year to buy a smartphone. It may sound like something you’d read in a weekly circular, but it’s true: All the smartphone makers have released their best wares in preparation for the big holiday buying season. Some can be found at their lowest prices, especially this Friday and Monday. And for anyone worrying about something better coming along right away, don’t. The next major phone launch isn’t until the spring. Now there’s just this teeny-tiny problem of picking one of the seemingly identical black big-screened slabs. Choose wrong and you’ll be...
  • (Vanity audio talk on You Tube) SERIOUSLY?!?! Michael Brownshirt Mobs Threatening Boycott of Black F

    11/25/2014 8:53:49 PM PST · by Adam Taxin · 16 replies
    Retailers apparently might not be that upset if "undocumented shoppers" seeking "100% discounts" stay away.
  • Ferguson Michael Brown Shooting: 'Boycott Black Friday' Aims to Hit America Where it Hurts

    11/25/2014 8:00:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 168 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | 11/25/14 | Samantha Payne
    Momentum is building on social media to boycott the Black Friday sales in order to hit corporate America "where it hurts" over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is organising the 'No Justice, No Profit' boycott campaign on Thanksgiving Day (27 November), through to Sunday. Black Friday is traditionally the day that kicks off the Christmas buying period with retailers across America offering big discounts to jump-start the busiest shopping days of the year.
  • The 16 Smartest Things I Ever Bought For Less Than $10

    11/21/2014 7:52:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2014 | ASHLEY MARCIN, WISEBREAD
    I spend a lot of my time mulling over the large purchases in my life. And for good reason. Still, I tend to forget about the small, everyday things that matter most and have the power to make life a whole lot easier. The following household items are extremely useful and — better yet — each costs less than $10. 1. Chip clips I don't know why it took me so long to purchase a set of inexpensive chip clips for our kitchen. We end up using them for far more than just sealing bags for freshness. Use magnetic clips...
  • Malls Fill Vacant Stores With Server Rooms: Empty Department Stores Converted Into Data Centers

    11/03/2014 7:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 3, 2014 | Drew Fitzgerald and Paul Ziobro
    The Internet is moving to a shopping center near you. In Fort Wayne, Ind., a vacated Target store is about to be home to rows of computer servers, network routers and Ethernet cables courtesy of a local data-center operator. In Jackson, Miss., a former McRae’s department store will get the same treatment next year. And one quadrant of the Marley Station Mall south of Baltimore is already occupied by a data-center company that last year offered to buy out the rest of the building. As America’s retailers struggle to keep up with online shopping, the Internet is starting to settle...
  • How to Beat Online Price Discrimination

    10/24/2014 11:23:38 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    Everyday Money ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Kara Brandeisky
    Do you think you can find the lowest prices by shopping online? Think again. More FTC Mandates Refunds for Online Backorders Over 30 Days 7 Ways to Shop Online with Friends NYC Ebola Patient in Stable Condition, Officials Say NBC News Slain Canadian Soldier Takes 'Highway of Heroes' Home NBC News 'Fortunate and Blessed': First Ebola-Infected Nurse Heads Home NBC News A new study by researchers at Northeastern University confirmed the extent to which major e-commerce websites show some users different prices and a different set of results, even for identical searches. For instance, the study found, users logged in...
  • Ottawa: Third shooting at shopping mall

    10/22/2014 9:54:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/22/14 | Robert Spencer
    MallshootingThis may or may not be jihad, but it is certainly a planned, coordinated series of attacks. “Third shooting in shopping mall confirmed,” by Steve Robson, Mirror, October 22, 2014 (thanks to Marc): Police have now confirmed there has been a third shooting at the Rideau Centre shopping mall near to the Parliament building. Armed officers were rushing towards the scene with guns drawn.
  • Support the NRA each and every time you shop at Amazon.....at no cost to you!!!!

    10/04/2014 11:31:01 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    Shop at Amazon through https://smile.amazon.com and .5% of each purchase will be donated to the NRA. An easy way to donate. Few people know about this. You need to remember to go through that link each time however.
  • The world's first climate-controlled city: Dubai to build biggest mall on the planet....

    07/09/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 6, 2014 | Sarah Gordon
    Dubai is already home to the tallest tower in the world, so it was just a matter of time until the glitzy emirate planned another record-breaking construction. Its next project involves building the largest shopping mall on the planet, complete with climate-controlled streets, the world's largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and apartments. In fact, the ambitious emirate has dubbed the project a 'temperature-controlled pedestrian city'. Occupying 48 million square feet, the Mall of the World will also contain health resorts, theatres, a Celebration Steet modelled on the Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona and 'retail streets network' that will stretch...
  • How Wayfair Sells Nearly $1 Billion Worth Of Sofas, Patio Chairs And Cat Playgrounds

    05/05/2014 1:48:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | The May 5, 2014 Issue | Abram Brown
    Wayfair is an e-commerce site selling home furnishings. But with 1,600 employees, its physical presence is rapidly outgrowing its space in an obelisklike skyscraper in Boston’s Back Bay–which happens to be a former hub of the Christian Science church. Long gone are the white shag carpets, wood paneling and executive-floor elevators that once allowed church higher-ups to avoid hoi polloi. Flat-panel TVs on each of 12 floors beam not messages of faith healing but maps of the U.S. and Europe that light up whenever there’s a sale. Within seconds Katherine from Decatur, Tex. buys a $49 tungsten wedding ring, Jen...
  • Credit Card Use Is Imprisoning Fewer Americans

    05/02/2014 3:43:59 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 28 replies
    Main St. ^ | May 1, 2014 | Ellen Chang
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Americans are relying less on their credit cards now, and more consumers are able to pay their balance in full each month, according to a recent Gallup poll. The poll found that in 2014 48% of Americans always pay the balance of their credit card each month compared to 42% who paid them in full in 2006 and only 43% in 2008 during the Great Recession. Now only 33% of credit card owners say they leave a balance each month, which is a record low since Gallup began measuring these habits in 2001.
  • Michelle Obama vows to help ‘confused and bewildered’ moms shop for groceries

    03/03/2014 4:42:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 2, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    First lady Michelle Obama has vowed to help “confused and bewildered” moms wandering aimlessly in the aisles of America’s grocery stores. The help won’t come in lower prices, but in redesigned nutrition labels that will bold calories and “added sugar” and will more accurately describe serving sizes, according to CNS News. “As consumers and as parents, we have a right to understand what’s in the food we’re feeding our families,” Obama said Thursday in a press conference at the White House. “Because that’s really the only way that we can make informed choices — by having clear, accurate information.” Fresh...
  • Fight breaks out near Santa's booth at Mall St. Matthews (Louisville, KY)

    12/25/2013 8:43:09 AM PST · by Bratch · 56 replies
    WAVE3 News ^ | December 24, 2013 | Joey Brown and Natalia Martinez
    <p>LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A fight broke out near Santa's booth at Mall St. Matthews on Christmas Eve while a WAVE 3 News camera was rolling.</p> <p>"Two girls, just going at it," one witness said.</p> <p>"I just heard everybody screaming for security," Max Carter recalled.</p>
  • Op-Ed: Christmas at the mall has a whole ‘nuther vibe

    12/10/2013 9:32:57 AM PST · by John David Powell · 10 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2013 | John David Powell
    It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the local neighborhood mall, or any mall for that matter. Malls are the one-stop shopping spots for people jonesing for a retail fix. Kinda like the sex strip or drug alley found everywhere from small towns to megatropolises. Just like malls. Economic circumstances kept me from engaging in the type of quick and dirty retail therapy you can score only at a mall. A couple of years of unemployment in the Obamaconomy required pinching pennies until Old Abe cried “uncle.” The details that led me to the mall on a recent afternoon are...
  • Bill of rights to protect black shoppers from racial profiling at luxury retail stores

    12/10/2013 7:14:21 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 37 replies
    Daily News ^ | 12/9/2013
    Civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Al Sharpton and retail executives have hammered out a list of rules that will be tacked up inside stores to ensure that black shoppers will not be racially profiled and targeted just for buying a pricey item. Six weeks after the Daily News reported on a series of racial-profiling allegations from black shoppers, a coalition of high-end retailers and civil rights leaders came up with a “bill of rights” to protect customers from “shop-and-frisk” practices. The list was released to the media after getting final approval Monday morning at a meeting that included...
  • Don’t Buy the Hype, Go Ahead and Shop: The truth behind Black Friday's so-called 'protests'

    12/05/2013 6:58:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/29/2013 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    It is that time of year again: Wednesday night reunions at hometown bars, Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday and shopping on Black Friday. However, a union created, and not so quaint, tradition is emerging. For most people, the day after Thanksgiving means taking advantage of holiday sales or recovering from a turkey induced food coma. For some labor unions, Black Friday means ginning up overhyped media stories to bully companies into taking away the secret ballot from their workers during unionization elections. In September, pro-union writer Josh Eidelson reported in the The Nation that in an "emailed statement, a campaign closely...
  • Wow – The 2013 Holiday Shopping Season Is Off To A Horrible Start

    12/02/2013 3:10:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    TEC ^ | 12/02/2013 | Michael Snyder
    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent an average of 4 percent less over the four day Thanksgiving weekend than they did last year. Overall, that means that approximately $1.7 billion less was spent at U.S. retailers compared to last year. It had already been projected that this holiday shopping season would be the worst for retailers since 2009, but if these numbers are any indication it may be even worse than expected. So why is this happening? Well, basically the American consumer is tapped out. The unemployment crisis in this country is actually getting worse, poverty is absolutely...
  • Black Friday violence reported as retailers usher in start of holiday shopping season

    11/29/2013 7:32:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    My Foxdc.com ^ | November 29, 2013 | Fox News
    The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as at least a dozen national retail chains from Macy's to Gap to Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day despite planned protests from workers' rights groups opposed to employees working on the holiday.
  • War on Christmas Starts Early

    11/18/2013 10:20:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Dan Holler
    As the holiday shopping season approaches, consumer may find an unlikely adversary: the retail industry. According to reports, “big retailers like Walmart and Apple ramp up their holiday ads early this season” and “Representatives from leading retail associations name online sales tax legislation as a chief concern for their members right now.” That’s right, the retail industry is targeting online Christmas shopping. What proponents misleadingly call the “Marketplace Fairness Act” would significantly increase the cost of buying goods on the Internet. The bill would force online businesses to collect and remit sales tax based on each customer’s location. Put another...
  • If You Build It, They Will Come (Capitalism produces millionaires & billionaires all over)

    08/04/2013 4:51:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | August 4, 2013 | Tina Arceo-Dumlao
    From her modest, uncluttered office at the executive floor of the BDO South Tower on Makati Ave., Teresita Sy-Coson commands a grand view of the bustling Makati central business district. And there are times as she gazes out of the picture window when she has to pinch herself because she still can’t believe that the shoe store that her father established in 1958 in Carriedo, Manila has grown into one of the country’s largest conglomerates. Forbes Magazine has estimated the Sy family’s net worth in the vicinity of $13.2 billion as of March 2013. “I still cannot believe it sometimes....
  • ‘Driving While Black, Shopping While Black, Walking While Black’

    07/21/2013 1:45:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 122 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/20/2013 | Dave Urbanski
    Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) had harsh words Saturday for those who racially profile black men. Wilson said that black males “will continue to be singled out and arrested for driving while black, shopping while black, walking while black, eating while black, and just being plain old black.”
  • Buycott app lets you vote with your wallet in the supermarket

    05/16/2013 2:28:37 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    CNET ^ | May 15, 2013 | Brian Krepshaw
    Think you know what's in your grocery cart? Think again. Or use the Buycott app to check. Know where your consumer dollars go with the free Buycott app. Supermarkets are labyrinthine behemoths laid out in a convenient linear fashion. So where's the maze? On the supermarket shelves, of course. Food products galore stare back at us, silently appealing to our penchants for sugar, salt, and fat. We pick and choose, knowing full well what we are getting into. But it's the hidden components that are increasingly becoming a salient issue. If supermarket shelves are overwhelming due to the sheer diversity...
  • IRS to Spy on Our Shopping Records, Travel, Social Interactions, Health Records...

    05/02/2013 3:20:39 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 05/02/2013 | George Washington
    U.S. News and World Report noted yesterday: [The IRS] will use in robo-audits and data mining [and] it has told government and industry groups that its computers are capable of scanning multiple networks at the same time to collect “matching” comprehensive profiles for every taxpayer in America. Such profiles will likely include shopping records, travel, social interactions and information not available to the public, such as health records and files from other government investigators, according to IRS documents.
  • America’s malls seek a life beyond retail

    02/09/2013 7:54:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Barney Jopson in New York
    The winter sunlight barely touches the depths of the abandoned store, where wires dangle from the ceiling, wood shavings scatter the floor, a King Lear shelf marker lies on the stairs, and a Led Zeppelin poster hangs spurned in a rack. The standalone building in Danbury, Connecticut, still bears the name of the Borders book chain that collapsed in 2011, and strewn on its cash register are fire-sale price lists for its fixtures and fittings. But nobody wanted them either. Instead its 8ft book cases stand bare and upright in the gloom, like the ruins of a bygone age. In...
  • Shoppers disappoint retailers this holiday season

    12/26/2012 7:46:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | December 26, 2012 | Daniel Wagner
    U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. That was below the healthy 3 to 4 percent growth that analysts had expected...
  • Early Data Show Weak Holiday Sales

    12/25/2012 4:22:09 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 150 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 25, 2012, 5:57 p.m. ET. | SHELLY BANJO
    The annual holiday shop-a-thon drew to a muted close for many retailers, according to preliminary data, reflecting what some experts said was the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession. For the eight weeks from Oct. 28 through Christmas Eve, retail sales for the holidays rose just 0.7% from the year before, according to MasterCard Inc.'s SpendingPulse unit. Enlarge Image Close Reuters A man with shopping bags sleeps in Macy's in New York on Monday. . After falling 5.5% in 2008, holiday sales rebounded strongly in 2009 and 2010, and rose about 2% last year, according to the company's...