Monday, November 26, 2012
The FBI warns that internet fraud is especially prevalent during the holiday shopping season.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, November 26, 2012
The following information is provided by the FBI: At this time of year, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reminds consumers to be wary of Internet fraud during the holiday shopping season. Here are a few of the scams to look out for: The FBI's No. 1 tip to avoid being a victim of cyber scams: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Click here to read more from the FBI about the newest E-Scams & warnings. Click here to see which retailers are offering Cyber Monday specials. Please help us get to 1,000 Facebook “likes” by clicking here and “liking” us.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Are you gearing up to let your fingers do the walking on Cyber Monday?
Pine-Richland residents who didn’t want to brave the crowds on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday still have one more big chance to save courtesy of Cyber Monday. Similar to the two other major shopping events, Cyber Monday differs in that consumers don’t have to leave the comfort of their own homes (or offices) to take advantage of some pretty big pre-holiday deals. All the bargains laid out for Cyber Monday are for online shoppers only. So how can you find the best deals online this Cyber Monday? Here are just a few stores that are planning Cyber Monday deals, some of which are in effect all week: What’s your favorite store to surf on Cyber Monday? Share your suggestions in the comments section. If you own or know of a local …
Have you trimmed your spending because of the economy or has good fortune enabled you to spend more?
Many of you might already be done with your holiday shopping. Still others might be waiting for even better deals that sometimes pop up prior to Christmas. But how does your spending compare to prior holiday seasons? Those who have lost jobs due to the economy, who feel their jobs might be threatened or who have suffered other setbacks might be a little tighter with the purse strings than someone who just got that promotion. With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday over, and Cyber Monday waiting for a business surge tomorrow, you should have a pretty good handle on your 2012 holiday budget. So how much do you plan to spend this holiday season? Let us know by voting in our poll. And tell us in the comments section why you are spending …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Looks like you were spending money online Monday.
Our Patch Poll asked whether you would be doing holiday shopping online during what's known as Cyber Monday. Our results show 66 percent of voters were planning to do some computer browsing—and buying—on websites. That falls in line with what the experts are saying about the success of Cyber Monday. Early indications are that Cyber Monday sales were up about 15 percent over the same day last year. Couple that with Black Friday sales, said to be up 20 percent over 2010, and we might soon hear the experts saying the economy was goosed last weekend, in a good way.
Monday, November 28, 2011
For consumers, today is the internet equivalent of Black Friday. Our Patch Poll wants to know: Will you be shopping online today?
We have to wonder who comes up with these numbers, but the dollar-counting experts say that shoppers spent $52 billion in retail stores on Black Friday. (Can you imagine the chaos if that were all at the Dollar Store?) After all that, we wonder who has any money left over for more shopping. The same experts are predicting that Americans will spend another cool $1 billion today shopping online. We actually enjoy shopping for jammies while wearing our jammies, and it looks like we won't be alone. We are wondering whether you will be sitting down in front of your computer for some gift buying today. Vote in our Patch Poll, please. We'll bring you the results tomorrow.