When a store opens at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning to kick off a 41-hour shopping marathon, it sniffs of desperation. That’s just one indication retailers are now engrossed in a desperately competitive holiday period.
Holiday shopping season starts before the turkey is even carved
The prospect of getting free candy from strangers isn’t the only reason to participate in Halloween this year. National retailers are promising free (or nearly free) donuts, Legos, pancakes, burritos, corn dogs, and more on October 31.
This year, one mall is pushing further into family time by opening doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to kick off “29 hours of continuous Black Friday specials and promotions.”
This Halloween season there is an offensive offensive, with groups pushing retailers to stop selling costumes that they consider racist, insensitive, inappropriate, or unnecessary.
Two black customers have accused the store of racial profiling
The lingering effects of the federal shutdown, combined with a general lack of confidence in both the economy and the ability of our nation’s political leaders to avoid gridlock, means that retailers are looking at a …
On Monday, Amazon very quietly made a policy change, pushing the minimum requirement for free standard shipping from $25 to $35. The tweak is likely to cause some shoppers to think twice about placing orders at Amazon. But …
Would you cough up $250 to a luxury retailer without knowing exactly what you were getting? Plenty of Neiman Marcus shoppers found just such a deal — which supposedly has a value of $600 — too tempting to pass up.
Macy’s has been getting a lot of grief for announcing that the store will open its doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving for the first time ever. But because its retail competitors are doing the same — and because our …
The Black Friday arms race has begun