Don’t wait for Black Friday to buy these items

Black Friday may be known for its deals, but when it comes to some seasonal items the shopping experts at BensBargains.com say you’ll actually find better buys before the holiday shopping rush. 122513 christmas shopping 1

BensBargains has put together a list of 7 items it says will be cheaper before Black Friday. Here are its recommendations:

  1. Camping / Outdoor Gear

    Definitely a seasonal item, the number of people that go camping in the winter drops significantly. This means prices on hiking, fishing and camping gear fall dramatically as temperatures fall around the country.

    Look for closeout discounts on camping and outdoor gear between 60 to 80 percent. Plan ahead and purchase new camping supplies this month. The best discounts are on Amazon, eBay, Cabela’s, and REI Outlet.

    2. Patio Furniture

    While patio furniture won’t hit absolute rock-bottom prices until November / December, inventory dwindles significantly as retailers try to make room for Christmas displays in seasonal sections of the store.

    Late September and early October can be an excellent time to snag discounts up to 75 percent while stores still have a decent selection of furniture. Look to retailers like Sears, Home Depot, eBay and Amazon for the best sales.

    3. Dress Shoes / Sneakers / Accessories

    Thanks to the build up to Columbus Day sales (October 10th), you will see dress shoe sales during early October; likely due to retailers clearing out Fall apparel lines. There’s also still time to grab a great deal on running shoes that are still being phased out from summer sales.

    Look for the best deals during Columbus Day sales as retailers use that holiday for a big push on clearing out inventory on shoes as well as accessories like wallets and purses. Look for sales between 40 to 80 percent off on brand name shoes and 50 to 70 percent off on accessories. Retailers like REI, Target,6pm and eBay will offer some of the best deals.

    4. Gardening Tools and Accessories

    Another seasonal item for most of the United States, prices on outdoor gardening supplies are being slashed soon. Items like watering equipment and hand tools will see sharp discounts in early October as well as any remaining outdoor living accessories like patio umbrellas, tents and canopies.

    Look for discounts between 50 to 80 percent on gardening supplies in October as well as discounts on outdoor living accessories between 40 to 70 percent. These discounts will be most popular at retailers like Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, and eBay.

    5. Jeans

    In general, you will see the best sales on the Fall apparel lines being phased out during November, but October is a killer month to get deals on jeans and other denim items. This is due to overwhelming inventory that’s taken on by stores during back-to-school sales.

    Expect to see deals between 50 to 80 percent off on name brand jeans as well as volume discounts when purchasing more than one pair of jeans. Look to retailers like 6pm, Men’s Warehouse, Kohl’s, and Target for some of the best discounts.

    6. Cars

    The 2017 models of new cars are arriving at most dealerships around the country, ideal for anyone that wants to purchase a 2016 model. Your negotiating power on 2016 models is going to continue to grow over the month of October.

    While dealership will often market Columbus Day sales as “last chance” events to purchase 2016 models, the pressure will only increase on dealerships to move 2016 models. Look for the best deals after mid-month, but be aware that inventory will dry up quickly as we move into November.

    7. Holiday Travel Flights / Cruises

    Known as the “Shoulder Season” within the travel industry, October brings travel deals for consumers since it’s technically off-season, despite the peak-season weather sticking around. This is an excellent time to start pricing your holiday travel flights as well as book some fun vacations.

    Specifically, the prices on cruises are slashed in October due to a drop in demand. In addition, Europe’s off-season kicks off on October 1st look for plenty of cheap Euro airfares.

 

What to buy, skip in September

With students back in school and summer’s end near, the bargain experts at DealNews.com say September is the best month to stock up on warm-weather staples as stores look to clear out merchandise to make room for holiday items.122113 met shopping 02

DealNews has put together a list of the best items to buy — and skip — in September.

RELATED: Labor Day 2016: What to expect from holiday sales

At the top: patio furniture, summer apparel and grills. The bargain hunting website says shoppers can expect to find rock bottom prices on these items.

You can also expect to find deals 32 inch and big screen TVs. Prices will be at their lowest point of the year, particularly during Labor Day weekend sales, the website said.

DealNews recommends waiting to purchase newly announced iPhones, iPads and appliances.

Although Labor Day sales will offer discounts on dishwashers, refrigerators and other large appliances, the deals will likely be better around Black Friday, the website said.

 

 

The Container Store to open new PBG location on Saturday

The Container Store will mark the opening of its new Palm Beach Gardens location with hourly giveaways this weekend.

071216 - Scenic photos from Palm Beach Gardens for use on Facebook; or file use. Legacy Place shopping area. (Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post)
071216 – Scenic photos from Palm Beach Gardens for use on Facebook; or file use.
Legacy Place shopping area.
(Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post)

The store, which is located in Legacy Place, will open its doors at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The company plans to hold a weekend-long grand opening celebration.

In a press release announcing the opening,  the company said it “will give away great prizes every hour on the hour, all weekend long, including a $1,000 elfa Space Makeover with installation both days.  elfa is The Container Store’s exclusive modular shelving and drawer system and best-selling product that can be customized to organize any space in the home or office.”

In addition, the company said it plans to donate 10 percent of grand opening weekend sales from our Palm Beach Gardens store to Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

The Palm Beach Gardens store will be the company’s second location in Palm Beach County.

 

 

Labor Day getaway? Palm Beach County tourism officials tout staycation deals

Labor Day may mark the end of summer, but Palm Beach County tourism leaders say there are still a ton of deals for those in need of a quick break.

(The Palm Beach Post)
(The Palm Beach Post)

Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, is offering a series of exclusive deals available only through its website, PalmBeachSummer.com.

The organization has also put together a list of Labor Day deals at hotels and attractions across the county. Here is Discover’s sampling of promotions and packages available here this Labor Day:

Hotel deals

The Chesterfield Palm Beach

·         3 Nights for the Price of 2 from $185 per night, plus tax
Receive the third night free when booking two nights at The Chesterfield Palm Beach. Rates are from $185 per room, per night and include a $50 dining voucher for the Leopard Lounge and Restaurant when booked through the hotel directly. Offer can be repeated for up to a nine-night stay with a maximum of three free nights. Blackout dates may apply.

·         Pride Package from $176 per night, plus tax
Perfect for couples celebrating their engagement, honeymoon, anniversary or simply their love for each other, this romantic rendezvous includes two complimentary drinks upon arrival and a “Romantic Interlude Dinner” featuring a bottle of house wine in The Leopard Lounge & Restaurant. Rates are from $176 per room, per night and available through December 4, 2016.

·         Summer Sizzler from $176 per night, plus tax
Take 10-percent off the best available rate for two nights at The Chesterfield Palm Beach through September 30, 2016. Rates are from $176 per room, night, based on double occupancy.

Standard cancellation policy applies to all offers from The Chesterfield Palm Beach. These offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, and are subject to availability and booking terms and conditions.

Delray Beach Marriott

·         Stay for Breakfast Package from $189 per night, plus tax
Soak up the last few days of summer at this Mediterranean-style hotel, located just a short walk from Atlantic Avenue. Rates are from $189 per room, per night with the Stay for Breakfast Package, which includes breakfast buffet for two adults (up to a $40 value) and kids eat free from the kids menu when dining with an adult.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa 

Eau Palm Beach (provided)
Eau Palm Beach (provided)

·         Stay 2, Third Night Free and save 33 percent
Enjoy Labor Day weekend with the Stay Two, Third Night Free Package at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Book a stay in an Ocean View room category or higher, pay for two nights and get the third night free, which is a total savings of 33 percent. Offer is valid through November 20, 2016, pending availability. The package is valid on new reservations only, and cannot be combined with any other offers or special promotions.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa 

·         Resort Credit Package from $215 per night, plus tax
Book the Resort Credit Package by September 5, 2016 for stays during Labor Day Weekend through October 14, 2016. Receive a $50 nightly resort credit that can be used in any resort outlet, including restaurants, spa, golf and more. Rates are from $215 per room, per night.

West Palm Beach Marriott

·         Stay for Breakfast Package from $139 per night, plus tax
Featuring unique on-site dining, a resort style pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and easy access to local attractions, West Palm Beach Marriott offers a stress-free escape for Labor Day. Rates are from $139 per room, per night with the Stay for Breakfast Package, which includes breakfast buffet for two adults (up to a $40 value) and kids eat free from the kids menu when dining with an adult.

Free admission and holiday weekend specials

Conch Cruises

·         Children’s Free Admission
Book a half-hour cruise through the scenic Jupiter Inlet, and receive free admission for one child (a $10 value). Limited to one per party, this offer is valid through September 15, 2016.

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society 

·         Kids Free Labor Day Weekend
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is bringing back its Labor Day weekend special, Kids Free Labor Day Weekend, for the third year. Take advantage of free admission for kids under 13 with a full-price adult admission.

Rapids Water Park 

·         Unlimited Visits in 2016
Purchase a regular-priced admission to Rapids Water Park during Labor Day Weekend, and receive a voucher for unlimited visits the remainder of the season for weekends through October 30, 2016.

West Palm Beach Food Tours 

·         Labor Day Discounts
Learn about the City of West Palm Beach by sampling food and drink tastings at six local restaurants. Along the way, learn a bit about the history, architecture and culture of South Florida. Use discount code “Labor Day” when booking online to receive 20 percent off the regular price of admission to a West Palm Beach Food Tour.

·         Discover Pass (Family Attractions)
Refreshed in early 2016, the family-focused Discover Pass bundles admission for up to three of the destination’s leading attractions starting at $20 – Fun Depot, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

·         Discover Brew Pass
The Discover Brew Pass offers a glass or pint of beer at five of the destination’s breweries – Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks, Barrel of Monks, Due South Brewing Co., Tequesta Brewing Company and Twisted Trunk Brewing  – from $15 per person.

·         Discover Golf Pass

Public Course located in West Palm Beach; Florida; Designed by Roy Case; Completed in 1995; Seminole word for Quiet Waters. Thre nines; Eagle; Heron; Osprey.
Public Course located in West Palm Beach; Florida; Designed by Roy Case; Completed in 1995; Seminole word for Quiet Waters. Thre nines; Eagle; Heron; Osprey.

The Discover Golf Pass, which was added in Summer 2016, features two exclusive passport options – Palm Beach Central Golf Passport and Palm Beaches South Golf Passport. Each passport includes three rounds of play on two courses (a round at each course plus a bonus round), and driving range balls for $88 per person.

Back-to-school spending to reach $75.8 billion

Back-to-school spending is expected to reach $75.8 billion this year, up from $68 billion in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation.

Associated Press file photo
Associated Press file photo

Families of elementary, middle and high school age children plan to spend an average of $673.57 on apparel and accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies, up 6.8 percent from last year’s $630.36, the federation said.

College students and their families plan to spend an average of $888.71. That’s down slightly from $899.18 last year, the federation said.

Two local resorts win top marks from Forbes Travel Guide

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan and the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach have been named Five-Star hotels by Forbes Travel Guide. 

Photo Courtesy of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
Photo Courtesy of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

Forbes unveiled its annual list on Monday.

Eau Palm Beach was also awarded the Five-Star designation for its spa. The dual honor makes the resort one of only 21 properties in the United States that earned top marks for both its hotel and its spa.

“First and foremost, all credit for this tremendous achievement of Forbes Five-Star ratings for both the resort and spa goes to our immensely talented group of hoteliers.  They go out of their way each day to deliver among the world’s best service to our guests and loyal members of the local community,” said Eva Hill, president, Britannia Pacific Properties, Inc., the holding company which owns the Eau Palm Beach property.  “When we set out to create this independent brand, our goal was to meld the absolute best in service with the essence of the Palm Beach lifestyle and this accolade is a testament to how the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa brand has resonated with guests both globally and locally in the Palm Beach community.”

 

Top things people hate about mobile shopping

If you shop with your smart phone, chances are you’ve run into problems placing an order online.

Misclicks, slow-loading websites and small images and text make mobile shopping a challenge, according to a survey conducted by Bizrate Insights, a division of Connexity.

  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Bizrate surveyed more than 100,000 shoppers last year and complied this list of their 8 biggest complaints about shopping on mobile devices:

Too much pinching, zooming and misclicks

The number one mobile pain point that one-third of all online shoppers cited was the need to constantly enlarge their screen in order to click the right thing.

Mobile experiences that require a lot of zooming not only frustrate people, they tend to cause a lot of “misclicks” which send the user to a new page unintentionally. This can lead to a frustrating experience, wasted loading time and a higher bounce rate.

Slow load time

The only thing slower than mobile load times is the e-commerce response to the problem; “slow mobile loading” is bemoaned so often that some brands accept it as inevitable.

Inconsistent Product Availability

The mobile and desktop shopping experience are bound to look different on the surface, but shoppers hate it when they are fundamentally different.

Text is too small to read

This problem is widely known, but it remains a persistent complaint by mobile shoppers… clearly there is a gap between what retailers assume is “readable,” and what shoppers can tolerate.

Don’t make me type!

 

Screens have gotten larger, but mobile shoppers still don’t like typing on their mobile phones—and let’s be honest, they probably never will.

Images are too small

 

Great mobile shopping experiences require a delicate balance; space is extremely limited, but content must be large enough to read.

E-tailers must be more thoughtful in their mobile content prioritization, and the number one priority on their list should always be images. Product images are the bread and butter of an e-Commerce business, and in mobile they are even more crucial. Mobile shoppers don’t want to type and click, they want to seamlessly browse through visuals and inspiration.

Limited product information

Mobile shoppers who are seriously considering a purchase want the same amount of product info as they would on desktop.

Data security concerns

In the wake of so many public data breaches, consumer concerns over data security remain alive and well. Bizrate Insights found that nearly 2/3 of American shoppers don’t trust retailers with their payment and personal information.