Cyber Monday 2013 Sales

Big Cyber Monday sales jump shows how the world is going mobile

By on December 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM.

Big Cyber Monday sales jump shows how the world is going mobile

Cyber Monday has only existed for a the better part of a decade, but it is already beginning to rival Black Friday. Bloomberg reports that Cyber Monday sales have jumped 19% over last year, setting December 2nd up to be “the biggest online shopping day of 2013.” Mobile traffic now accounts for 30% of all participating retailers’ web traffic as well. According to PayPal, 16% of all purchases made using the popular online payment service were from mobile devices. IBM also chimed in with some interesting statistics: Customers generally prefer to use smartphones when browsing for things to buy but prefer to use tablets when it comes time to make the actual purchase. More →

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Black Friday Sales

A chilling start for the shopping season

By on December 2, 2013 at 7:55 AM.

A chilling start for the shopping season

According to National Retail Federation, shoppers spent about $1.7 billion less during the Thanksgiving weekend than they did in 2012. The sluggish weekend was anticipated, because Amazon and Walmart had started relatively aggressive promotions well before Black Friday. Nevertheless, the NRF numbers leave the fate of this winter shopping season very much up in the air. According to group, the number of people shopping either online or in the real world ticked up 1% over the last year’s period. But weekend spending dropped by a rather sharp 16 bucks to $407.55 per consumer. More →

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Walmart Black Friday Tablet Sales

Walmart reports hot Black Friday tablet sales led by iPad mini

By on November 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM.

Walmart reports hot Black Friday tablet sales led by iPad mini

Walmart on Friday announced that its 2013 Black Friday campaign has been a smashing success, with the store delivering “the biggest shopping day of the season,” even though not all its online customers were happy after Walmart’s website experienced some snafus. The retail store revealed that over 1 million customers took advantage of the One-Hour Guarantee promotion offered on 21 products this year, while the company said it processed more than 10 million transactions on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and its website registered nearly 400 million page views on Thanksgiving Day. In total, more than 22 million customers did their Black Friday shopping at Walmart. More →

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Thanksgiving Day Online Retail Sales Growth

Online retail sales growth slows sharply on Thanksgiving Day

By on November 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM.

Online retail sales growth slows sharply on Thanksgiving Day

IBM reports that Thanksgiving Day online retail sales increased by 11% over last year’s level. Despite the double-digit growth, this is actually a steep drop-off compared to years past. In 2012, Thanksgiving Day online sales increased by 32% over 2011. The pace of growth has thus dropped to just one-third of where it was a year earlier. Is this a sign of soft Black Friday sales to come? We’ll find out soon enough. More →

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Best Buy Black Friday Apple Sale

Best Buy rejects Apple’s Scrooge-like tactics, has big MacBook sale

By on November 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

Best Buy rejects Apple’s Scrooge-like tactics, has big MacBook sale

Apple may have given a big “Bah, humbug!” to its American fans this year but that doesn’t mean every Apple retailer has been quite so Scrooge-like with its Black Friday sales. AppleInsider notes that Best Buy is offering significant price cuts for assorted MacBook models for Black Friday this year, including a $200 price cut to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and a $150 price cut to 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs. Other Best Buy Black Friday deals for Apple fans include offering the iPhone 5c for just $48 with a two-year contract; a free iPhone 4s with a two-year contract; and the iPad 2 for just $300.

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iTunes Gift Card Discounts

The one deal every Apple device owner should take advantage of

By on November 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

The one deal every Apple device owner should take advantage of

There are thousands of deals on tech and gadgets this holiday season. Some are pretty awful, others are jaw-dropping, but there’s only one deal that each and every person who owns an Apple device should be taking advantage of right now without even giving it a second thought. If you own an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iMac, MacBook or any other computing device Apple makes, third-party apps aren’t just an option that enhances your experience, they’re a requirement that can transform your device with each new download. And since you’re already spending money on apps, games and music for your devices, why not spend less money and get even more content?

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Apple Black Friday

A dark Black Friday for Apple fans

By on November 29, 2013 at 8:55 AM.

A dark Black Friday for Apple fans

A report from earlier this week suggested that Apple’s Black Friday deals would be even worse this year than they are typically, which would be an impressive feat considering how slim Apple always keeps its Black Friday discounts. Apple was planning to ditch its holiday discounts entirely, the report claimed, and instead offer Apple Store gift cards of varying value to customers who purchase Apple wares on Friday. The deals went live in Australia as expected, but then we saw a glimmer of hope as Apple’s typical Black Friday discount deals went into effect across Europe. But alas, Apple’s U.S. online store has been updated and the gift card deals have been confirmed. More →

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Black Friday Guide

Five great free apps to make Black Friday less painful

By on November 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

Five great free apps to make Black Friday less painful

To some, the idea of trekking out on Black Friday to claw past thousands of rabid shoppers for deep discounts on various wares is nausea inducing. To others, the spoils are worth the cost. For those planning to suit up on Friday and chase after the various doorbuster deals retailers are making available across the country, the Associated Press has put together a list of five free apps for Android and the iPhone that might help make this Black Friday just a touch less painful than Black Fridays past. Among them are RetailMeNot, which helps shoppers find coupons and hot deals at nearby stores; RedLaser, which allows users to scan items in a store to find better prices from rival shops and online retailers; and Flipp, which makes it easy to find and look through promotional fliers from a wide range of local retailers. The full list along with links to download each app can be found in the Associated Press’ report, which is linked below in our source section.

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Google Barges Details Revealed

More details emerge on Google’s plans for its mystery barges

By on November 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

More details emerge on Google’s plans for its mystery barges

Although Google’s mysterious barges right now look like large floating metal slabs, the company envisions eventually turning them into “unprecedented artistic structures” that will have around a dozen “fish fin” sails and will float majestically through city harbors. SFGate has uncovered some documents filed with the city of San Francisco that explain how the Google barges will be “temporary technology exhibit spaces” that will help drive foot traffic to the city’s waterfront area. Google even envisions the barges as being sort of metaphysical spaces that will inspire “conversation about how everything is connected — shorebirds, me, you, the sea, the fog and much more.” An artist’s rendering of what the magical barges will look like when completed follows below. More →

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Apple Store Visits Continue to Climb

Here’s why everyone keeps visiting Apple Stores

By on October 31, 2013 at 5:40 PM.

Here’s why everyone keeps visiting Apple Stores

You would think at some point since the inception of the Apple Store, everyone would have had enough time to demo all of Apple’s new products, but visits continue to rise at a steady pace every year anyway. Horace Dediu of Asymco reports that Apple Store visits jumped to 395 million in 2013, a 6% increase over last year’s 372 million. But why do people keep coming back? The numbers show that even when new stores open, the increasing rate of average visitors per store stays constant. More →

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Apple Retail Head

After a year with no retail boss, Apple poaches Burberry CEO

By on October 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM.

After a year with no retail boss, Apple poaches Burberry CEO

Apple’s retail operation is about to get a whole lot more fashionable — and possibly a touch more elitist. It has been nearly a year since John Browett, the executive who replaced longtime Apple retail head Ron Johnson, was fired. Browett was hired in January last year after Johnson left for a brief 17-month stint as JCPenney’s CEO, and Browett’s tenure would be even shorter; he was let go just nine months after CEO Tim Cook hired him. Apple announced on Monday evening that beginning in the spring next year, Angela Ahrendts will join the company to head Apple’s retail business. Ahrendts will join Apple as senior vice president of retail and online stores after leaving her post as CEO of high-end British luxury brand Burberry. More →

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Debt Ceiling Black Friday

Debt ceiling delay may blacken Black Friday

By on October 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Debt ceiling delay may blacken Black Friday

Retailers are already busy as beavers planning their Black Friday promotions for November 28th. But guess what else might arrive on November 28th? Default on the sovereign debt of the United States of America! This could put a bit of a damper on the Black Friday festivities. According to Washington Post, the GOP is going to propose a six-week extension on the debt ceiling talks. That would push the debt ceiling breach deadline from October 17th to the end of November. More →

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