August 6, 2011 |
At times like these in financial markets, Wall Street trots out all of the usual platitudes aimed at trying to soothe investors and avert more calamity. "It's never smart to sell into a panic. " "It's a good time to hunt for bargains. " And the classic: "You've got to hold on for the long haul. " Financial advisors use these lines partly because there are kernels of truth in them. Over the very long term the stock market has gone up, of course. And indiscriminate sell-offs can produce bargains.
March 29, 2011 |
A new bargain site is offering deals without locking you into travel dates. Yuupon.com makes its debut Tuesday. "Deals run for seven days, but people can get a full cash refund up to eight days after purchasing,” said founder Mary Song, who has been in the online travel business since 1999. "If travelers miss that initial refund window, as long as they cancel before their voucher expires, they can get a credit to their Yuupon account. " The site will showcase eight to 20 deals a week, including deals for midrange properties.
November 27, 2010 |
Armed with store floor plans, stacks of coupons and money to spend, hordes of shoppers hit the malls early, late and every moment in between on Black Friday. Most important, they said they were buying more this holiday season than last. Even so, shoppers said they had no intention of spending wildly this weekend and were still determined to score the best deals out there. "We are in it to win it," said Ilene Agan, 27, who arrived at a Toys R Us in Torrance two hours before the store opened, hoping to score Barbie dolls for her daughters.
October 25, 2010 |
The auctioneer's voice rang out above the murmured conversations with a staccato, "Going, going, sold!" A whack of his gavel signaled the sale of somebody's foreclosed house to a new owner, and the next round of speed-talking began. Concerns about botched paperwork that caused some major lenders to recently halt foreclosures in progress didn't dampen the enthusiasm of buyers gathered Sunday in a drab meeting room at the Ontario Convention Center to bid on bank-owned properties.
August 8, 2010 |
Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave. The trendy restaurant/patisserie/bar/market is a terrific place to pick up a hostess or birthday gift, choosing from among all manner of pastries, gift baskets and gourmet goodies. Colorful macarons will give everyone a smile for just $8.78 for a box of 4 or $23.05 for a box of 11 . Bunkado, Inc., 340 E. 1st St. Ninja dolls, feather-light parasols, stationery, origami, if you can't find a gift or tchotcke for the lover of Japanese culture in your life, you're just not looking.
December 4, 2009 |
Robert De Niro slept there. So did Elizabeth Taylor and Cary Grant. But the crowd that gathered Thursday morning to buy up a piece of the Hotel Bel-Air, a longtime playground of the rich and famous, was hunting for bargains, not souvenirs. Closed Oct. 1, the Los Angeles landmark is getting a two-year, multimillion-dollar face-lift. Its owners are selling off beds, rugs, lamps and other furnishings. About 100 people lined up outside a Santa Monica storefront where the items are on display, hoping to get a little stardust on the cheap.