Friday, November 23, 2012
Crowds flock for early deals at the mall.
With coffee makers, crock pots and other items discounted by as much as 80 percent, the Macy's home goods department featured long lines of shoppers with piles of boxes stacked as tall as the shoppers themselves. Stores that cater to the younger crowd such as Hollister, which had a 50 percent off "everything" sign outside, were jammed while some of the smaller specialty stores, while busy, were not overly crowded.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
On Thanksgiving, timing is everything — proper coordination between bird, beans and stuffing can be the difference between the perfect stress-free meal with loved ones or a complete kitchen catastrophe. On Black Friday, getting on the right line at just the right time might save you hours and help you snag that perfect gift at a once-in-a-lifetime price. Patch is here to turn that dream into a reality and make smart shopping on Black Friday ridiculously easy. Find us on Instagram and Twitter and connect with us and local readers via our Black Friday New Jersey hashtag #bfnj. We'll be sharing up-to-the-minute deals, 140-character anecdotes, and photos and video from the front lines of consumerism. Show us those long lines, share your …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
We have a complete list of all the Black Friday deals at Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Sears and much more. Both digital downloads and physical copies for this Black Friday.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The following is a complete list of all the video game deals for this Black Friday. Please note that some of the games are digital downloads or online only deals, which will be marked below. These are all confirmed deals for this Black Friday 2012. Monday 11/19/12 12:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. NBA 2K12 (PS3) $15.99 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii) $15.00 Game Party: In Motion (360) $10.00 Lego Batman (360/PS3) $10.00 4:10 pm - 8:10 pm Silent Hill: Downpour (PS3) $19.99 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360) $14.99 The King of Fighters XIII (PS3) $19.99 Dragon's Dogma (360) $39.99 Tuesday 11/20/12 12:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Madden NFL 13 (360/PS3) $25.00 Spider-man: The Edge of Time (360) $14.99 The Sly Collection (PS3) $10.00 LEGO Harry …
Presence of national chains means opportunity for shoppers, local merchants say
Kevin Sweeney’s Bentley's Fine Jewelers is in the shadow of the Kohl’s anchor store in the Hillsborough Promenade shopping center. It’s actually a pretty good place to be heading into the first big holiday shopping weekend, Sweeney said this week. “The crowds don’t thin out after their door-buster specials,” he said. “The parking lot is full all day. We get the spillover.” Sweeney’s store is attached to the Kohl’s, which anchors one end of the sprawling shopping center on Route 206. The proximity increases his own traffic, he said. This year, larger, national retailers are expanding the traditional Black Friday by adding hours on Thanksgiving Day. For smaller retailers, it is a choice of whether to follow the lead of their larger neighbors…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ordinance passes that will close all stores in town from 10 p.m. to midnight.
After a scene described by several as a "near riot" during last year's Thanksgiving night special sales at Wal-Mart, the Watchung Borough Council has passed an ordinance closing all stores in town from 10 p.m. to midnight Thanksgiving night. The ordinance passed, despite objections from Wal-Mart attorney Tracy Siebold, who said the ordinance had "legal deficiencies," such as requiring businesses, including convenience stores and gas stations, to close as written. "We would pray upon the council to delay this ordinance," Siebold said. Wal-Mart store manager Chris Igoe also outlined changes in the way the store planned to handle crowds during the special Black Friday sales this year that he said were designed to avoid the kinds of crowd …
Friday, November 25, 2011
A few shoppers spent all day Thanksgiving waiting to get inside Best Buy.
For a few dedicated Black Friday shoppers, Thanksgiving was spent camping outside the Best Buy store in Bridgewater. Carolina Rodriquez, Carlos Cespedes, Jeffery and Joanna Calderon and Carla Soto, along with their children, set up their chairs outside the store Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. By the time the store opened Thursday night at midnight, the line stretched around the building. The long lines and crowds were the norm late Thursday night and throughout Friday, including at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Macy's in the Bridgewater Mall also opened at midnight. The longest lines were found in the housewares department with people buying toaster ovens and coffee makers and George Foreman grills. Stacks of boxes higher than the people in …
Don't get up at 4 a.m. to shop.
Dreading the thought of 4 a.m. lines that stretch across the parking lots? Don't fall victim to the Black Friday blues, or get frostbite or broken toes from hitting the stores with the holiday shoppers. While there aren't any programs happening in town today—schools and the library are closed for the holiday—there are ways to avoid the shopping rush. Here's how you can avoid shopping on Black Friday: 1. You probably stuffed yourself on Thanksgiving. Tie on some running (or at least walking) shoes and hit one of the trails in the Somerset County Park system. Or, grab your bike and head somewhere locally, or just enjoy the fresh air before it gets too cold. Don't forget a helmet though. 2. Go through your house for any of the common trash …