Topic: holiday shopping
Crowds and Long Lines, Gaining Weight, Aggressive Drivers Top List of Americans’ Holiday Aggravations; Holiday Tipping is among the least Dreaded
Yonkers, NY – Although a whopping 94 percent of holiday shoppers say they’re at least somewhat enjoying the holiday season this year, one in five feel that gift shopping itself is one of the things they absolutely dread about the holiday season, according to a Consumer Reports Holiday Poll.
At the top of the dreads list: crowds and long lines, which drew the ire of 58 percent of poll respondents. «Read the rest of this article»
66 Million Americans Have Yet To Begin Their Holiday Shopping according to Consumer Reports Holiday Poll
Eight in Ten are Concerned about Overspending; Twenty-Eight Percent of those who Shop Around are Finding Better Deals Online
Yonkers, NY – Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday may have seen record-high sales this year, but 36 percent of Americans who say they plan to give gifts have yet do any holiday shopping at all, according to the latest Consumer Reports Holiday Poll.
Of those who have begun shopping, 42 percent are either three-quarters finished or finished completely (9 percent), while 58 percent said they were no more than halfway done. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department wants to get the word out to the public about a rash of thefts from shopping carts or unattended bags.
In the last month, thieves have been targeting unattended purses in shopping carts or leather bags. There have been approximately twelve reported thefts of purses or bags taken when they were left unattended for a short period of time (within minutes). «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Identity Crimes Unit warns Consumers to be aware during Holiday Shopping Season
Unit Offers ID Protection Tips to Holiday Shoppers Hitting the Stores and making Internet Purchases
Nashville, TN – The start of the holiday season not only brings excitement to many people, it also brings concern about identity theft to millions of consumers who kicked off the holiday shopping season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month and, according to the Federal Trade Commission, it is also the time of year when most identity crime occurs. «Read the rest of this article»
Yonkers, NY – Holiday shoppers can find the perfect gift for almost everyone on their list for $25.00 or less. The December 2012 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights 25 great sites that offer everything from silly stocking stuffers to socially responsible gift items.
“There’s an endless selection of unique and inexpensive holiday gifts online,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “ShopSmart has identified 25 sites that can help shoppers avoid the aggravation of in-store shopping while nabbing great deals.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Holiday shopping? Make sure gift cards bring you cheer, not tears.
November marks the start of holiday shopping for countless Tennesseans and shoppers everywhere. Here is how consumers can keep gift cards’ policies from dumping snow on their holiday season. «Read the rest of this article»
Final Christmas Push Propels U.S. Online Holiday Spending to $35.3 Billion, Up 15 Percent Versus Last Year
Christmas Day Sees Significant Spike in Digital Content & Subscription Sales as Consumers Load Up New Tablets, e-Readers and Music Devices
Reston, VA - comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 56 days of the November – December 2011 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, $35.3 billion has been spent online, marking a 15-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year.
The most recent week (ending December 25th) witnessed $2.8 billion in spending, an increase of 16 percent versus the corresponding week last year. «Read the rest of this article»
101 Million Plan to Hit the Stores This Week; Post-holiday Bargains, Gift Card Redeeming, Gift Returns Are Most Common Motivators
Yonkers, NY - The 2011 holiday shopping season will seemingly extend at least another week, as four in ten Americans plan on hitting the stores over the next few days, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. Of those who will be shopping the week after Christmas, 82 percent said the lure of post-holiday sales was the biggest reason, 47 percent want to redeem their newly-received gift cards, and 31 expect to be returning gifts.
The Consumer Reports poll also revealed why many Americans won’t be hitting the stores this week. Forty-six percent of survey respondents who won’t be shopping said they just can’t deal with any more crowds, 44 percent are simply sick of shopping, while 20% said that they were out of money. «Read the rest of this article»
49 Million Admit to Being Past Recipients of Sub-par Presents; Holiday Spending Up 4 Percent From Last Year
Yonkers, NY - One in five adults admitted to having been the recipient of at least one lousy holiday gift last year, according to a new Consumer Reports poll. Some of the ways in which they dealt with those less-than-stellar presents might give pause to prospective bad-gift givers this holiday season.
Thirty-nine percent hid it away somewhere, 15 percent re-gifted the item, 11 percent threw it out, and another 11 percent returned it to the store. Daringly, two percent gave the gift right back to the giver. «Read the rest of this article»
For Kids’ Sake, Think Toy Safety
Washington, D.C. – As the holidays approach and toy catalogs arrive in the mail, shoppers can become overwhelmed with all the choices. To keep kids safe, make sure to choose age appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up.
Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has put together the following list of things to consider when buying a toy for a child. «Read the rest of this article»
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