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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
It used to be Black Friday was for the earliest of early shoppers. Not anymore. Look around. The stores are ready now.
Look around the Chicago area and you'll see all the signs: The early birds no longer wait until Black Friday to do their Christmas shopping. This year, Black Friday is on Nov. 23, but big retailers and mail-order companies are starting well in advance. Amazon, for example, is beginning its Black Friday on Nov. 14. Crazy or crazy smart? Just how early is too early to shop for Christmas 2012 gifts? Take our poll.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Americans’ views on legalizing marijuana are changing and some governmental bodies are enacting or trying to enact laws to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug.
Fifty percent of Americans—the largest portion ever recorded—now favor legalizing marijuana, according to an October Gallup poll. That total is up from 46 percent last year. The Evanston City Council last month passed an ordinance amending the city’s marijuana laws so that any individual found in possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana will not be arrested. Instead, violators will be issued a notice to appear for a hearing, fined between $50 and $500 and possibly ordered to seek drug counseling, Evanston Patch reported. On the state level, State Rep. La Shawn Ford introduced a bill earlier this year that would lower the penalties for marijuana possession statewide. Rather than facing an arrest and potential jail time, anyone caught …
Monday, November 28, 2011
I finally succumbed to the lure of Black Friday, but it took Tom Petty to get me out the door!
It’s true! Despite my previous assertions which included a bold statement that it would never happen to me, I finally succumbed to the lure of Black Friday, or, as it’s better known at Kiss The Sky and every other independent record store, “Black Vinyl Friday.” Yes! It took an exclusive Tom Petty live album, some unreleased Wilco songs, a 1972 live Grateful Dead triple LP, and a Kings of Leon box set complete with new material to get me out of the house on what might be the most contrived day since they invented New Year's Eve. But let me make one thing perfectly clear. I wasn’t exactly standing out in the cold, waiting in a long line to get into some Randall Road big box store at 2 in the morning while perfecting my pepper-spray …
This year, Black Friday was marred by violence and crime. Is it time for retailers to dial back the hype and promotion?
Should Black Friday be renamed Bloody Friday? Insane Friday? What-Has-This-Country-Come-To Friday? For some shoppers, Black Friday is all about the hunt for a good deal, and even a fun night, or early morning, out. However, in addition to a good deal on the latest electronics, Black Friday brought incidents involving pepper spray, shootings, looting and beatings. “Instead of a nice sweater, you need a bulletproof vest and goggles," Betty Thomas, 52, told the Associated Press Saturday while shopping with her family at a mall in Raleigh, N.C. Has this sales strategy gone too far? Should retailers be encouraged to dial back Black Friday hype and promotion? In addition to Black Friday, football is part of the Thanksgiving tradition, according …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Calling all citizen journalists and shoppers! What's the best deal you got today? What are the good deals still out there?
Are you "out there" today? Did you hit the stores at midnight or rise at the crack of dawn for a deal? If so, let us know your success story! What's the best deal you've landed? Where are there still good deals to be had? My neighbor was out this morning and got a nice Nikkon camera at Super Target in St. Charles for $99. She said there were a lot of nice cameras still in stock. If you're shopping in the Tri-Cities area, or if you're a store owner who's got a good deal going this weekend, let us know in the comments field. Patch doesn't have an army of reporters, but with an army of citizen journalists, we can help get the word out. Let your friends and neighbors know what's up, and help them find the best deals for the 2011 holiday season!