Tag Archives: Black Friday

  • Avoid Black Friday Crowds And Shop Online!

    Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? I feel like we JUST celebrated Halloween! Time sure flies, but I'm glad it does because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! It's a great way to share a meal with your close friends and family and list out the things you are thankful for - and then there's Black Friday.

    I find Black Friday sort of hilarious because it's literally the day after Thanksgiving - a day where we express our gratitude of all the things we have...and then the next day we go out among the chaotic and aggressive crowds fighting over the last flat screen TV....even though you already have 2 of them at home...but hey! THIS ONE is only $300 so you HAVE to claim it even if that means throwing a couple elbows and shoves :)

    Black Friday is definitely a cash cow for retailers but it's a very stressful day for consumers and even non consumers! There's extra traffic, long lines and a demolished store! At this point, it may be best to just stay home to avoid the Black Friday craziness!

    FORTUNATELY, you can do all your Black Friday shopping on the internet today. I mean...how awesome is that? Say sayonara to waiting hours and hours in a line on a cold, bone chilling night and getting pushed around once those doors have opened!

    Here are a few reasons why shopping online for Black Friday is a smarter move -

    1. Stores offer the same deals on their website

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    2.  Black Friday shopping is potentially dangerous!

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    Yes, the odds of something bad happening to you are slim but there's still a slim chance that it could happen to you! Google "Black Friday Fights" and you'll see A LOT of different footage of people getting trampled and beaten over a deal!

    3. There ARE other sales besides Black Friday!

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    Many retail and online stores have started early and are giving out deals already. You can start shopping now and find some great discounts - while avoiding the crowd! There's also Cyber Monday which takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving!

    4. Aluratek is having an early sale on exclusive items, Black Friday AND Cyber Monday sale! Yep, that's a GREAT reason to stay home in your jammies and shop on our website! If you are not subscribed to our eNewsletter, go to our website, scroll down to the bottom and sign up! You will receive our emails that contain our holiday deals!


    What ever you decide to do this Black Friday, I hope everyone stays warm and safe out there!

    Here are some fun Black Friday memes to conclude with :)

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  • Get A Head Start On Black Friday


    This year we decided to give you all a head start with our Black Monday sales promotion! Instead of limiting our exciting deals to only one day we are extending it all the way to Sunday, November 29!

    Skip the big crowds on Black Friday and make your holiday shopping easy today by taking advantage of our early sale that will save you BIG bucks!

    Hurry! This promotion only extends through November 29, 2015!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Are you going to skip the big lines or start your holiday shopping early? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Thanksgiving, A Time for Mis-giving

    Thanksgiving is a week from today. So in looking to find a topic to write today I decided to just throw a bunch of stuff out there - just like a Thanksgiving meal. I am always one for historical facts so I looked up some facts you may know, or not know, or be shocked to know about Thanksgiving so you can impress your dinner guests when there's nothing to talk about.

    • In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving by 26 TONS! They sliced up the meat and repackaged with some trimmings on the side and voilà, the first TV dinner was born!

    • Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service

    • There are four places in the U.S. named Turkey. Louisiana's Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 440 residents. There's also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona

    • Only male turkeys are called toms. Females are called hens and they do not gobble

    • If Ben Franklin had is way the turkey would be our national bird. In a letter he wrote he described the eagle as having "bad moral character" and that a turkey was a "much more respectable bird"

    • Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving as well on the second Monday in October.

    • Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving but probably Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish . They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce, but they probably ate cranberries

    • President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941

    • The turkey is the only North American bird ever domesticated

    • Farmers in the 1800s engaged in “turkey drives:” herding domestic turkeys along country roads to bring them to market, similar in ways to herding cattle

    • The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

    • Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 46.5 million in 2011

    • Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade

    • Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947

    • The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944) since 1934

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  • Unbelievable Stats And Predictions For The Holiday Shopping Weekend

    Black Friday Madness! Agggghghhh!

    Black Friday through Cyber Monday is the biggest shopping weekend of the year that kicks off the Christmas holiday season. It seems this massive shopping event is accompanied by more hype and hoopla every year. Bigger sales, earlier open times and bigger crowds. Will you have an experience similar to the picture above? Take a look at these mind-blowing statistics and predictions for this upcoming holiday shopping weekend.

    37% - percent of American adults will go shopping on Black Friday (57 % of Black Friday shoppers will “find the experience to be fun".)

    307,000,000 - total number who shopped in stores or online on Black Friday

    2,470,000 - total number of Google News search results for “Black Thursday"

    $59 billion -  estimated sales from Thursday - Sunday (up from $52.4B in 2011)

    $247 million - total number of weekend shoppers (up from $226M in 2011)

    $35 million - number of Americans who visited retailers’ stores and websites on Thanksgiving (up from $29M last year)

    $89 million - number of Black Friday shoppers (up from $86M in 2011)

    $423 - average spent by a shopper in 2012 (up from $398 in 2011 & $365 in 2010)

    $194 - average consumer internet spending on Black Friday in 2012

    41% - percent of a consumer’s online spending for the weekend

    Speaking of online sales, here are the top 5 most visited online retailers:
    1. Amazon.com - 7.7 million
    2. Walmart.com - 3.5 million
    3. Best Buy - 2.75 million
    4. Target - 2.25 million
    5. Apple - 1.5 million

    Of course we too will be having our own Black Friday promo. Please be on the look out for our promo advertised through our social media channels. Also, those who subscribe to our eNewsletter will get the first crack at the promotional deals in their inbox tomorrow morning. Happy shopping!

    How are you shopping this holiday weekend? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Thankful For Black Friday?

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    Black Friday has come and gone. Cyber Monday is over but the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Is it me or is "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" and even "Small Business Saturday" starting to become real annoying - and I'm in the tech industry! I admit we don't exactly help the situation. We (Aluratek) too have Black Friday / Cyber Monday specials. It's not the specials though  - we have product specials and promos going on all year round just like every other retailer / reseller. It's the trend and everyone follows suit. If you don't, your competition will. But when did this terminology permeate our society? Is this all overhyped?

    Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
    The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black".

    For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00 a.m., but in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers (including Target, Kohls, Macy's, Best Buy, and Bealls) opened at midnight for the first time. In 2012, Walmart and several other retailers announced that they would open most of their stores at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day... Black Friday shopping is known for attracting aggressive crowds, with annual reports of assaults, shootings, and throngs of people trampling on other shoppers in an attempt to get the best deal on a product before supplies run out.

    The news media have long described the day after Thanksgiving as the busiest shopping day of the year. In earlier years, this was not actually the case. In the period from 1993 through 2001, for example, Black Friday ranked from fifth to tenth on the list of busiest shopping days, with the last Saturday before Christmas usually taking first place. In 2003, however, Black Friday actually was the busiest shopping day of the year, and it has retained that position every year since, with the exception of 2004, when it ranked second (after Saturday, December 18).

    There is a sort of train wreck mentality to Black Friday - just like watching a high speed chase on TV. I did turn on the TV Thanksgiving evening to see if there were any "train wrecks". The media coverage of this is horrible. This is not news - people standing in lines in the cold and dark hoping to save a few bucks on a DVD player? Really? I can only conclude that there are a ton of people who have nothing better to do. I just don't understand why people would want to put up with the crowds and the lines. Why chance it after hearing about so many preventable accidents and deaths. Deaths!! Over a stupid TV or game console? Why do we trample over others for stuff just hours after being thankful for the things we have? Granted, these events are few and far between among all the thousands of people and business participating in the Black Friday madness but I think i'll pass. Cyber Monday sounds a lot more - ummm safe.

    How did you spend Black Friday? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Black Friday / Cyber Monday Savings on Great Gift Giving Ideas

    I was trying to think of something clever this week to write. I was thinking since it's a short week with the holiday coming up I could get away with a half-assed post. I was going to title it, "A Cornucopia of Emptiness" with one line of text that states: This blog left intentionally blank. Clever I thought :).

    So, instead I will just say, Happy Thanksgiving and tell you about our exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings. You can find these savings by checking out our latest email blast that was sent out this morning. Also, don't forget great prices from our Specials page and our Outlet Store.

    Which Aluratek product(s) would you like from our promotion? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Black Friday Madness

    A week ago today was what people refer to as Black Friday. The day where early holiday shoppers can get great deals on a whole range of items - mostly it seems technology devices like HDTV's, computers, monitors, gaming systems etc. The deals are very tempting - but tempting enough for you to dive in to the black friday madness?

    Every year I am still shocked at the droves of people who line up outside a store in the early morning hours before the store opens - on some cases people camp outside a store two days prior to the sale further confirming in my mind that people are crazy! I watched on TV Thanksgiving night as the media focused on the madness - it seems to start earlier each year. Does the woeful economy drive this craziness? As the country struggles with unemployment and debt, do these sales that offer huge savings really entice people to get caught up in the frenzy?

     Here are some interesting quotes I found to sum up the day:

    "The very first person got there at 2 p.m. — 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving," says the store's manager, "So they're waiting 10 hours for us to open."

    "Every management person went through crowd-control training this year. It's the first year we've done that."

    “It was like a bowling ball hitting the ground, that’s how bad it was."

    “I only got one game and people were trying to take it away from me."

    “There’s no way I’d ever go Black Friday shopping, I’d probably rather pay double online than go out then. People are crazy.”

    Personally there is no way I'm every putting myself in that environment. I don't need anything that bad. Although I do enjoy Cyber Monday. Aluratek, I guess in a way, only encouraged the biggest shopping day of the year by offering our own Black Friday (Wednesday) sales promotions. We still have great deals on many Aluratek products. Check out our Specials page and our Outlet Store. Stay tuned for more promotions as Christmas approaches.

    Did you participate in Black Friday Madness? What did you expereince? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Score an Internet Radio this Holiday Season

    The holiday season is upon us so why not get a jump-start on your shopping before Black Friday and Cyber Monday with Aluratek?

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    Hear what some Aluratek customers have to say about their recent Internet radio purchase:

    I love this product! The sound is immaculate when coupled with a good receiver. Saves you the hundreds you will have to pay for a receiver with inbuilt Internet capabilities. I am currently stationed in Germany but still able to enjoy stateside radio stations! I have owned this product for three months and highly recommend this product. Undoubtedly, a solid buy! (Posted on 11/21/10)

    Great Value! I bought to complement my second receiver that doesn't have Internet radio. Now it can do what my main receiver does, get Internet radio and play my playlists from iTunes on my PC. I can even control it with my Harmony remote. Great! (Posted on 11/14/10)

    I have owned and used this radio for about a month. I needed a radio that could be used to play Internet radio stations through my stereo system, which is located a good distance from my PC (though well within the range of my WiFi network). This radio is, as far as I'm concerned, the perfect solution. Setup was quick and easy, even with my secure network; the sound quality is overall the same as I enjoy from my digital FM tuner; and the station selection is very impressive. I couldn't be more satisfied, especially given the reasonable price. (Posted on 9/11/10)

    Our line of internet radios are literally flying off the shelves both in our online store in retail stores, so order one while you can!

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