After all, back-to-school shopping hasn’t even swung into high gear.
You’re probably thinking it’s all about money, right?
But actually, back-to-school shopping is 10 times more lucrative — literally — than Halloween sales. In fact, back-to-school ranks only behind holiday shopping in importance for retailers. The Back to School vs. Halloween comparative numbers are:
Back to school spending is expected to reach $83.6 billion this year, up 10 percent from $75.8 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation.
Halloween generated sales in the neighborhood of $8.3 billion.
But, ask any kid, and they’ll tell you Halloween is a lot more fun than the first day of school
Average spending per person over Thanksgiving weekend totaled $289.19, down slightly from $299.60 last year, a study conducted on behalf of the federation found.
Shoppers spent an average of $214.13 on gifts items this year, the survey found.
Roughly 44 percent of shoppers bought their items online, while about 40 percent opted to make their purchases in-store, the survey found.
The most popular day to shop online was Black Friday, followed by the Saturday after Thanksgiving, according to the federation.
“It was a strong weekend for retailers, but an even better weekend for consumers, who took advantage of some really incredible deals,” the federation’s president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “In fact, over one third of shoppers said 100% of their purchases were on sale.”
More than 122 million people are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday, up from 121 million last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
More than 28 million people, or 23 percent of Cyber Monday shoppers, plan to shop for Cyber Monday deals from their mobile device this year, about even with last year’s 29.6 million. More than eight in 10— 98.6 million people, will use their computers at home to shop on Monday, while 11.2 million will shop from their computers at work, a study conducted on behalf of the federation found.
“On Cyber Monday, retailers deliver online discounts unlike any other day of the year—driving consumers to shop online no matter where they are or what device they’re shopping from,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Millions of consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend and reserved a portion of their budgets exclusively for Cyber Monday, knowing that there will be digital deals that are too good to pass up.”
During the event, Strong Towns encourages people to take photos of empty parking lots on the day seen by many as the benchmark for maximum parking capacity, then post the photos on social media with the tag #BlackFridayParking.
In his blog post, Marohn argues that parking is costly, both to build and maintain, and lowers a city’s tax base. He also said it “fragments neighborhoods and makes them less walkable,” which can have a negative effect on small businesses.
Microsoft gave the Xbox One its first makeover and the result is the 40% smaller Xbox One S. Aside from its size, it’s the Xbox’s first push toward the 4K UHD revolution and includes HDR support along with 4K streaming and a 4K UHD bluray player built right in.
Gamers who like to play every hit game released will find that 500GB of storage will fill up quickly. The best Black Friday deal on a 1TB Xbox One is the $299 Battlefield One SE bundle at Best Buy which includes a free second controller.
Target and Best Buy share the lowest price on the latest entry into the Xbox exclusive blockbuster series Gears of War. Take cover, shoot stuff, and saw someone in half every once in a while are the rules here, so parents should note the M for Mature rating.
PlayStation 4 Slim
Unfortunately the 4K ready PlayStation 4 Pro is a no-show on Black Friday, but there is a great holiday bundle from Sony which includes the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB console and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Kohl’s is sort of ubiquitous this year with their Kohl’s Cash deal, and with $15 in Kohl’s Cash free for every $50 spent, the net cost will almost always be lower at Kohl’s. Protip: The $249.99 price is a penny away from another $15 in Kohl’s cash. Find something that costs only a couple of bucks and get another $15 back.
Have no use for Kohl’s cash but wouldn’t mind two free games? Best Buy is tossing in free downloads of Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered with purchase of the PS4 Slim holiday bundle. Note that GameStop’s ad which appears to have the same deal is a trap; the fine print reads that shoppers may choose only one of these two titles.
Whether fighting through a plague ridden city in Bloodborne, or fighting for survival while being hunted by a psychopath in Until Dawn, the cost of the fight is only $15 at Target this Black Friday. Parents take note that these games are rated M for Mature.
New Nintendo 3DS
The king of confusing naming conventions, Nintendo, helps keep it simple this Black Friday by offering only a single sku (in two colors) on the New Nintendo 3DS. This 3DS hardware refresh offers better control with a second analog nub, better performance, and a more enjoyable 3D experience thanks to eye tracking. Shoppers should note that New Nintendo 3DS consoles do not include an AC adapter.
With only one option for new stock, The New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition is the way to go on Black Friday if you want a 3D handheld. Not only is it one of the most stylish 3DS systems ever released, it’s also the cheapest at only $99.99. Not much competition here, so feel free to choose from a variety of retailers that have this deal including Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and GameStop.
Nothing says fun like swallowing enemies whole to take on their powers. Kirby Planet Robobot takes it to the next level by also letting you pilot mechs in a fight to save Kirby’s home planet of Popstar.
The granddaddy of first-person shooters is back in a reimagining of the game that started it all. In Doom, players fight to escape hell after scientists on Mars accidentally open a gateway to hades. Oops!
Thanksgiving is still a day away, but Target on Wednesday unveiled its Cyber Monday game plan which includes 15 percent nearly everything its sells — including Apple products — both online and in its stores.
“Target is building on last year’s record-breaking Cyber Monday event with a truly spectacular two-day offer,” said Mike McNamara, chief information and digital officer of Target. “We’re giving guests a compelling opportunity to save 15 percent across Target’s broad assortment, plus the flexibility to shop the offer for two days in a way that’s most convenient to them – whether they want to shop online or in a store.”
“Beginning Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30, Kohl’s is offering customers an additional 20 percent off eligible purchases both in-store and online, with promo code DEALSEEKER,” the company said. “Kohls.com customers will also receive free standard shipping with any purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30.”‘
Kohl’s also released this list of Cyber deals:
Cyber Deals (Sunday, November 27 – Saturday, December 3)
25% off select Nike athletic apparel and shoes for men and women*
60% off select Carter’s pajamas for kids
50% off select Citizen, Bulova, Invicta and Seiko watches
50-60% off select sleepwear for the family
50% off select sweaters for the family
40-60% off select outerwear for the family
40% off all Magformers
20% off all Melissa & Doug toys
$99.99 all sizes of select Madison Park 7-pc. bedding sets
$99.99 Meccano Meccanoid G15 personal robot building set*
$34.99 all NFL jerseys for boys
Limited-Time Deals (Thursday, November 24 – Monday, November 28)
From 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Black Friday, one lucky customer will win a $1,000 Bealls Department Stores Shopping Spree. A runner-up in every Bealls Department Store will receive a $100 Bealls gift card.
From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, customers can register to win a Reel Legends custom-wrapped Hell’s Bay 18 foot Glades Skiff boat, complete with an Evinrude 30HP motor and custom trailer valued at $39,500.
Over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping rush, Bealls will offer a number of “Beall Ringer” specials.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and ending at 1 p.m .on Black Friday, Bealls will offer more than 100 Beall Ringer specials such as 55 percent off of team apparel for the entire family, ladies’ boots for $19.99, $16.99 Gloria Vanderbilt and YMI brand jeans, 50 percent off toys and BOGO 50 percent off for Tervis products.
“When we plan our Black Friday specials, we like to think outside of the box. This year, not only are we offering our amazing deals and Beall Ringers that we know our customers will love, we are giving away a boat, 71 kayaks and a $1000 shopping spree,” said Matt Beall, Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Bealls Department Stores, Inc. “In addition to the contests, customers will find thousands of amazing deals that will last the entire weekend throughout the store – including great brands exclusive to Bealls like Reel Legends, Leoma Lovegrove and Coral Bay. Our coastal, unique fashions and understanding of the Florida Lifestyle for the entire family are what make us special this Black Friday. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, looking for gifts for friends and family, or just trying to win a new boat or kayak, you’ll be able to find everything you need at Bealls while supporting your local community.”