Retailers Face Bleak 2009

January 1st, 2009 by ConsumerBob


Preliminary reports show the number of shoppers who visited stores during Christmas week was down nearly five percent, and foot traffic down 16 percent. It’s expected to be the first drop in holiday shopping in 40 years.

Treecycle That Christmas Tree: Here’s How To Get Rid of That Tree the Right Way

December 30th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


“Treecycling” is the act of recycling your Christmas tree so that it can be turned into compost or mulch. In a national survey, 93 percent of consumers who used a real Christmas tree recycled theirs in some type of community program.

Some Kids’ Cameras Coming With Viruses

December 29th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


A popular digital camera for children is causing problems for at least one Minnesota family this Christmas. Some of Fisher-Price’s Kid-Tough digital cameras have viruses that are affecting not just the camera, but computers as well.

Handful Of Businesses Stay Open For Christmas

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Christmas Day wasn’t a bad day to stay home, or at least inside. Nevertheless, some people decided to shop.

Retailers Slash Prices In Desperate Bid For Sales

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


As stores offered rock-bottom prices and extended return policies, shoppers returned to the malls the day after Christmas. But many were on the hunt for big bargains on specific items or hoping to return unwanted gifts — not looking to splurge. Many retailers opened before 6 a.m., offering deals like 50 percent to 75 percent […]

Consumer Reports Tests, Rates GPS Systems

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


If you didn’t get that GPS you wanted for Christmas you may be in luck. Retailers are offering discounts on what didn’t sell for the holidays, so now is a great time to buy. Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed GPS owners and took dozens for a spin to help you find a good one.

Post-Christmas Shopping Rivals Black Friday

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Some are calling this “Black Friday Two.” By the looks of the crowds, Friday’s shopping rivaled the day after Thanksgiving. All over the country retailers put on huge sales to lure shoppers in.

Tips For Post-Xmas Shopping And Specials

December 26th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Stores are desperate to get shoppers inside the doors even after Christmas.

The Cost of Christmas Carols

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


You think your budget is tight this Christmas. Just think how the poor folks suffered in 1780. That is the year the lyrics to the popular “Twelve Days of Christmas” were written, at least according to Wikipedia. Among the many presents that my poor true love had to dig up were five golden rings, seven […]

FedEx Sorting Stations Open For Part Of Christmas

December 24th, 2008 by ConsumerBob


Severe weather across the U.S. has caused a delivery backlog at FedEx Corp., prompting the shipping company to take the extraordinary step of keeping all of its domestic sorting stations open for four hours on Christmas Day to allow customers to pick up packages.