#54765 Dec 1, 2013
Holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day this year turned out to be just about as popular as turkey and mashed potatoes.
Eager to snag deals, about 45 million shoppers (31.8 percent) shopped on turkey day an increase of 27 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. About a quarter of shoppers, 25.4 percent, say they were at stores by 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
Shoppers line up for Black Friday deals on Nov. 29 to get into a store on 5th Avenue in New York City.
CARLO ALLEGRI / Reuters
Shoppers line up for Black Friday deals on Nov. 29 to get into a store on 5th Avenue in New York City.
However, Black Friday remained the most popular holiday shopping day as about 92 million Americans, or 65.2 percent, visited retail stores or shopped online, up from nearly 89 million last year. Overall, more than 141 million Americans were expected to shop over the weekend in search of deals, slightly up from 139 million last year.
Thanksgiving deals and shopping both in stores and online has evolved over the last decade to something thats much more than a fad," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. "Its now become a critical part of the overall weekend."
Major retailers such as Macy's, Kohl's and J.C. Penney broke with tradition and opened their doors on the actual holiday. Because Thanksgiving fell on Nov. 28, the latest possible date, the "official" holiday shopping season which traditionally has kicked off on Black Friday is six days shorter than last year.
The official holiday season this year is so short retailers had to be really creative as to how they would connect with consumers, Shay said.
Many shoppers actually have been doing their holiday shopping for months, Shay said. As for whether retailers will open their doors on Thanksgiving next year, he said it's still too early to tell.
Online shopping remains a big part of the holiday weekend, with about 59 million Americans indicating that they purchased items online, according to the NRF. ComScore, an analytics firm whose data is closely watched by Wall Street, said online sales in the U.S. rose a total of 17.3 percent on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Walmart reported that Thanksgiving Day was the highest traffic day in Walmart.com 's history, at nearly 400 million page views.
The NRF survey, conducted Nov. 29-30 by Prosper Insights & Analytics, polled 4,464 consumers and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percent.
Low prices helped keep budgets in check as the average shopper spent an estimated $407.02 from Thursday through Sunday, down from $423.55 in 2012. Total spending is estimated to reach $57.4 billion, a 2.9 percent decline over the $59.1 billion that shoppers spent last year during the holiday weekend.
Among the most popular items purchased were apparel and accessories; electronics, books, CDs and other media; and toys, said Pam Goodfellow, consumer insights director at Prosper Insights and Analytics. Gift card purchases were slightly down, 29.6 percent compared to 32.6 percent in 2012.
I think gift cards this year might be that perfect last-minute gift, she said.
About 76 percent of shoppers were also out buying for themselves, down from about 80 percent a year ago, she said. However, most shoppers remain budget conscious.
I think the general theme for this year is that shoppers are really watching what they spend and trying to have a holiday on a budget, she said.
Retailers and shoppers now shift their focus to Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday shopping season.
Were confident there are still plenty of opportunities for the one-day deals that retailers have set aside for Cyber Monday, Shay said.
#54767 Dec 1, 2013
Shoppers are maxing their charge cards out to buy more useless shit for their friends and family......It's not money they spend, its money being borrowed.
#54769 Dec 1, 2013
you mean during the Clinton administration...we get it...
Hillary Clinton 2016 --the Tea Bag squasher...she's going to send those Tea Baggers packin' back to their log cabins in the woods of Kentucky where they have been known to have engaged in B&D sessions with their overlords...The Koch brothers...
I can hear them now being punished for losing to Hillary in 2016
owwww that hurts, no no not that Mr Koch, please Mr Koch not that..I will do whatever you want because I'm your deviant oddball slave ---hahahaha
this is just a preview of the 2016 race
Hillary Clinton in 2016 ---yeah baby
#54770 Dec 1, 2013
Be Afraid, GOP: Hillary Clinton Is Back and She Will Beat You in 2016
And her return should strike fear in the hearts of Republicans everywhere. Robert Shrum on why Hillary will prevail in 2016.
The phrase aptly applies to her own prospects for 2016 as the amazing candidate who, if she chooses to run, almost certainly cannot be denied: the nomination or the presidency itself. Outside the Kennedy Center in Washington, the site of the Vital Voices event, a sign-waving crowd chanted: "Ready for Hillary." Almost simultaneously, a new political action committee was launched to promote her next race for the White Houseand it promptly attracted 60,000 Twitter and Facebook followers.
She is far ahead in polls of Democratic primary voters. Remarkably, in a general election match-up, she leads Jeb Bush by 9 percent and Marco Rubio by 11 in their home state of Floridaand perhaps most stunningly, a PPP survey finds her ahead of Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the incarnadined Lone Star State.
Yes, she's backand Republicans should be very, very afraid.
#54771 Dec 1, 2013
Hillary Clinton could win all 50 states running against Banana Republicans in 2016
Republicans have been accused of waging a war against women, a war against workers and a war against the poor. Republicans have been accused of waging a war against the environment while they deny global warming. We even have Republicans waging a war against the American economy, while some Republicans even deny the deadly economic dangers of a U.S. default.
It gets better for Democrats: Now, Republicans are waging a war against everyone. Veterans and military families face hardship because of the Republican shutdown. Small-business people cannot get loans because of the Republican shutdown. Tourists find national parks closed because of the Republican shutdown. It goes on and on and on, which is why Republican polling numbers have been falling like a snowball down a mountain during an avalanche.
It gets even better for Democrats: Republicans have been accused of waging a war against the 99 percent, which is bad enough, as Mitt Romney learned the hard way. But now, Republicans are even waging a war against the 1 percent.
Here ya go:
#54775 Dec 2, 2013
i maxed-out my card buying obummercare
#54777 Dec 2, 2013
At todays press conference, Jay Carney said that President Obama will sign up for Obamacare, but hes not sure exactly when that will occur.
#54778 Dec 2, 2013
Great Investment !!
#54779 Dec 3, 2013
That Obamacare is real bad....It made me lose my excellent health insurance plan. I only paid $50.00 a month and it covered everything (except illness or injury). There was no deductable and no copays.
The out of pocket maximum was only $188,000.00 but they pay everything after that 80/20. It even included something they call pre-existing conditions. I think this means if I get pneumonitis but I once had a bad cold that in still covered.
That Obama is out of control messing with my good insurance plan.
Ohoh I'm not feeling well....I better go sign up now.
#54780 Dec 3, 2013
i would rather lose my home, car and life savings that sign up for obamacare. Then when I have to go to the hospital to have a proceedure done at a cost of $45,000.00 I dont want to pay that bill since I dont have healthcare and I'd rather pay the fine and have no healthcare. I just hope i dont need open heart surgery because i couldnt pay that $468,000.00 bill.
I say screw obamacare and take your chances that you will never need an operation or get really really sick.
I say commit a crime go to jail and have the tax payers cover your healthcare. Remember people in prison dont need healthcare. It's all free shit
#54782 Dec 3, 2013
pay the fine
#54783 Dec 3, 2013
The woman whose smiling face adorned the HealthCare.gov website in the first days after its launch has stepped forward to tearfully address those who she says cyberbullied her as they took potshots at the Obama administration's troubled online health exchange.
Adriana said she is from Colombia, is a mother and wife who lives in Maryland and that, ABC writes,
"though she is eligible for healthcare through the [Affordable Care Act]... she hasn't signed up for it, and is neither in favor nor against it."
Her husband and 21-month-old son are U.S. citizens, and Adriana said she is applying for citizenship.
#54784 Dec 3, 2013
Obama is your friend
#54785 Dec 3, 2013
Yep........pay the fine and have no healthcare....then if you need hospital services and are admitted in for surgery.........you got to pay for those services........good luck selling your house......
I would rather lose my home, life savings and have them take out my fines from my IRS refund than get healthare..........
It's the law !! Pay up !!
#54786 Dec 3, 2013
I bet it kills the Rush Limbaugh nut juice guzzling tea bags to get healthcare......
It's the law !!
#54792 Dec 3, 2013
At todays press conference,
Jay Carney said that President Obama will sign up for Obamacare,
but hes not sure exactly when that will occur.
#54798 Dec 4, 2013
Because Obamacare isnt the traditional liberal welfare plan that simply transfers wealth through taxation over dozens of years.
Nor is it a regulation that directly affects the livelihoods of only a select number of Americans.
Obamacare is a massive federal takeover of an industry most Americans are intimately connected to and its right here, and its right now.
On second thought, the countdown to Obamacare is a little bit like Advent:
Except at the end of all the sweet nothings,
it isnt going to be our savior in a manger
it will be the president barreling down our chimneys.
And, like many Christmases, its going to be pricey.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/04/bedford-mr-...
#54800 Dec 4, 2013
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 07:43 AM EST
Hypocrisy, dogma and sabotage: The rights stepping into an Obamacare trap
Contrary to popular opinion, the GOP's hurting itself when it knocks Obamacare. Here's why its attacks are so risky :
You dont have to be an unqualified fan of the Affordable Care Act to recognize the lunacy of most Republican objections to it. From death panels to a loss of liberty, theres only one consistent through-line to most of their objections: They come from Republicans, theyre directed at a Democratic president, and theyre irrational.
The presidents self-imposed deadline for fixing the website has arrived and, while its still far from perfect, the complaints are likely to become broader once again. The Republicans may not realize it, but that way lies danger.
More than once, Democrats have made the mistake of taking victory laps for a plan with very real problems. But the Republicans are setting traps for themselves traps they may find it difficult to escape, especially if Democrats are shrewd enough to take advantage of them.
This shortsightedness already wounded them once, in the 2012 election, when candidate Mitt Romney was forced to attack a program that was nearly identical to the one that Gov. Mitt Romney implemented in Massachusetts. It looked absurd because it was. Romneys campaign was probably always a lost cause, but that didnt help.
For the Republicans, theres more where that came from.
The trouble starts with their gleeful rubbing of hands over the Healthcare.gov rollout. Gloating about the website is unwise for a couple of reasons. First, the websites design and implementation was conducted by a private government contractor, CGI Global, not by government employees. There are many lessons to be learned from the websites problems, but one of them clearly seems to be this: The privatization of government services, a key goal for the Republican Party, can work very poorly.
Accounts of the Obamacare implementation read like a how-to manual in inept contracting with outside corporations, and the administration deserves to take a hit for that. But the problem isnt that government created the website. A larger part of the problem lies in the fact that it used a private contractor to do the job.
Take a peek here:
Hillary 2016 ! Yeah baby!
#54801 Dec 4, 2013
Are Republicans sabotaging ObamaCare by frightening younger consumers?
The Republicans scary-movie strategy has some logic to it: If they can frighten young and healthy people from joining the health-care exchanges, the exchanges will become expensive and unmanageable. This is sabotage, plain and simple much like the refusal by red-state governors to participate in setting up the exchanges in the first place. But those sabotaging the new law should be careful what they wish for: Instead of killing the law, they are likely to make it more expensive to taxpayers. Their efforts could have the effect of turning Obamacare, which relies on private insurance and the free market, into just the sort of big-government entitlement Republicans were worried about in the first place.
If they succeed in scaring people away, the ones who join exchanges are likely to be older and sicker, making the insurance pool costlier to insurers. As Larry Levitt, a senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, explained to me, if costs are more than 3 percent higher than anticipated in the first few years of Obamacare, the federal government will have to pick up at least half of the additional expense.
#54802 Dec 4, 2013
California GOP Launches Fake ACA Website in a Massive Disinformation Campaign
The latest attempt by the Republican Party to sabotage the Affordable Care Act will absolutely piss you off.
California Republicans specifically, GOP members of the states general assembly sent out mailers to their constituents informing them about the state exchange website, known as Covered California. Only, instead of sending voters to the actual Covered California exchange website, CoveredCA.com , the mailers direct Californians to go to CoveringHealthCareCA.com , which is most definitely not the California exchange.
Writing for Crooks & Liars, Karoli reported:
The fake website, created by the Assembly Republican caucus, tells seniors:Seniors on Medicare may not see changes immediately to their benefits or coverage. Down the line, however, the erosion and accessibility of care may become a problem.
Death panels. You wont be able to get medical care, seniors, because of Obamacare.
Additionally, the site tells young people:Young adults will end up paying for much of federal health care reform by subsidizing the cost of sicker people, or by paying a tax penalty if they do not obtain health insurance under the provisions of the individual mandate, which requires all Californians to have coverage beginning in 2014.
Instead of providing an insurance premium calculator, as many exchanges do, the fake GOP astroturf website features an individual mandate penalty calculator.
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