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October 14, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Remember when, on Black Friday, stores would actually wait to open their doors on Friday? This year, Macy's will continue the shift away from that tradition when most of its stores open their doors at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The department store chain was careful to say in a statement that its door-buster deals would become available “after families across the country have finished their holiday meals and celebrations.” But if bargain hunters...
November 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest days of the years at malls and other shopping centers around the country, as the prospect of bargain bin televisions and dirt cheap clothing draws hordes of deal-hunters to shake off their turkey-fed stupor. But those throngs might be missing out on a much calmer and equally effective shopping strategy: hitting stores during the week. A new report from analytics firm ShopperTrak pegs Wednesday, Dec. 4, as the best day to shop with the least amount of store traffic during this year's holiday season.
November 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hotel Tonight is offering same-day hotel rooms for $99 on Black Friday in Southern California, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and other parts of the country. The deal could come in handy for shoppers who want to stay in the city or anyone ready to hit the road after Thanksgiving. The hotel booking mobile app recently announced it would start listing rooms at 9 a.m. instead of noon, a big boost for travelers (like me) who like to roll the dice and find a good last-minute deal.
November 28, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
As organizers prepare for what they bill as the largest Black Friday protests to date, the National Labor Relations Board recently said that the practice of paying Wal-Mart strikers last year with $50 gift cards was legal.  The decision came as thousands are expected to turn out at about 1,500 Wal-Mart stores nationwide on Black Friday. The protesters are demanding better pay for employees, full-time work and and an end to what they say is retaliation against workers who speak out about working conditions.
November 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Some 140 million people plan to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday all the way through next weekend, but outdoor apparel company Patagonia Inc. said it hopes the crowds will refrain from buying all-new items. Instead, the Ventura-based retailer wants Americans to embrace repairs. Patagonia has spent the past few Black Fridays issuing statements and running advertisements urging consumers to be more conscious of the environmental footprint of their purchases. This year, it's asking shoppers to extend the lives of ripped, broken and otherwise damaged goods by fixing them up.  “There's an environmental cost to anything that's made, even if it's made environmentally responsibly,” said Vincent Stanley, who helps run marketing at Patagonia.
November 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
At this rate, shoppers hoping to get in on "Black Friday" deals will have to eat their turkey for lunch, as both Target and Toys R Us announced plans to open Thanksgiving evening. In its earliest opening ever, Target said it will welcome bargain hunters at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, joining a veritable stampede of retailers, including Macy's, J.C. Penney and Staples. Target said most stores will stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday and also will stay open for at least 14 hours on Christmas Eve and 15 hours the day after Christmas.
November 4, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sears Holdings Corp. is joining the stampede of retailers opening doors to bargain hunters on Thanksgiving instead of waiting for Black Friday. The company said Monday that its namesake brand will welcome patrons at 8 p.m. on Turkey Day and keep the lights on through 10 p.m. the following evening. Sister company Kmart will host a 41-hour shopping marathon, kicking off its doorbuster deals at 6 a.m. on Nov. 28 and wrapping them up at 11 p.m. on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving has long been considered the traditional kick-off to holiday shopping mayhem.
November 29, 2013 | By James Barragan
While the Black Friday shopping frenzy was taking place inside the Wal-Mart store in Ontario, things were decidedly less cheery outside in the parking lot early Friday morning. At 6 a.m., a scheduled protest staged by Warehouse Workers United, which represents a group of workers who work for warehouses contracted by Wal-Mart, began. About 150 people -- some of whom belonged to Organization United for Respect at Walmart, which represents Wal-Mart associates -- marched outside the discounter's Ontario location yelling protest chants, predominantly in Spanish, including "Si Se Puede" ("Yes we can")
November 28, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu
It's a retailer's worst nightmare: trampling, shoplifting and fighting on the busiest shopping day of the year. With several high-profile Black Friday incidents in recent years, merchants and shopping centers are on high alert. Security has been significantly beefed up and retailers have been training sales clerks on how to deal with crowds and protect not only customers but also employees and merchandise. "There's going to be double the security in stores on Black Friday morning," said Britt Beemer, chairman of consumer behavior firm America's Research Group.
November 27, 2008 | Andrea Chang, Chang is a Times staff writer.
One of the biggest shopping days of the year could be more bleak than black. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, known in the retail trade as Black Friday, stores extend their hours and offer "door-buster" red-tag specials on a wide selection of merchandise. And this Friday, bargains are going to be even more plentiful and seductive.
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