December 17, 2013 |
Peggy Nugent wasn't sure what to make of an offer that arrived recently in the mail. "Congratulations!" it said in big letters. Nugent, of Manhattan Beach, had been selected to receive a three-day vacation in San Diego, including free hotel accommodations, two tickets to SeaWorld and a $100 restaurant coupon. The notice included what looked like a check - but wasn't - bearing the logo of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. What caught Nugent's eye was the fine print on the back.
December 12, 2013 |
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December. Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-December shopping lull, when consumers rest their wallets before swarming back into malls at the last minute - if they return at all. But this time, shoppers are splurge-shy, there's a dearth of hot new fashion trends and the key Thanksgiving weekend failed to deliver hoped-for sales.
December 6, 2013 |
The Line hotel, a fashion-forward new hotel at 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, will kick off a “soft opening” on Jan. 1 with rates of $168 nightly. Before you rush to book -- and from the looks of the hotel's website , it is tempting to rush -- bear in mind that the place isn't finished. In January, while those discounts are offered, the hotel's two restaurants-to-be, nightclub and pool won't be open. In fact, there may be some construction on site. (The hotel's opening has been delayed a few times.)
December 2, 2013 |
Amazon.com thinks the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is a better tablet than the iPad Air, and the company isn't afraid to say so in a new ad that mocks the Apple tablet and a top Apple executive. The ad uses a voice with a British accent to point out the features of the iPad Air, poking fun of Jony Ive, Apple's British-born design chief, who frequently appears in videos describing the company's new products. For every feature the British voice describes, an American voice points out how the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is better, featuring a higher-resolution display, weighing 20% less and priced starting at $379, while the iPad Air starts at $499.
November 19, 2013 |
It's a retailers' arms race for consumers' holiday dollars -- and Best Buy warned Tuesday that promotional discounts this season could hurt profitability. As stores race this year to kick off Black Friday sales earlier and earlier, Best Buy plans to fight for its share of customers. For consumers, that means more bang for the buck. But for the beleaguered electronics retailer, it means narrower profit margins. On Tuesday, the Richfield, Minn.-based company beat Wall Street expectations when it reported a profit during its most recent quarter.
November 19, 2013 |
Uber is now accepting Paypal. The popular ride service app announced on its blog that it will accept PayPal as a form of payment in the United States, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. "One of the most important things we've learned: While we Americans charge our credit cards with abandon, not everyone does," the company said. Uber is rolling out a limited-time discount to celebrate the news: Through Nov. 28, customers can get $15 off their next ride when they pay with PayPal.
November 5, 2013 |
Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts. Closures were up 42% over the previous year, according to the Guardian. The companies that folded included the 26-year-old healthcare publisher Panos London, and Evans Brothers, which published popular children's book author Enid Blyton for 30 years. During 2012, e-book sales in Britain rose by 134% to more than $346 million. While print sales still dominate the bottom line in Britain with more than $4.6 billion in sales, that total was a 1% drop from the year before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 |
Los Angeles police detectives Wednesday released surveillance video of the man believed to have shot and killed a discount store worker last month and asked for the public's help in identifying him. Martha Sanchez, a 39-year-old mother of five, was working at a South L.A. Happy Bargain discount store the night of Sept. 17 when authorities said a man walked in, robbed the store and shot Sanchez several times. A customer found Sanchez and called for help, authorities said, but she later died at a hospital.
October 17, 2013 |
Is the iPhone 5c a rare miss for Apple? Little over a month after its release, analysts are questioning how well Apple's new plastic-encased smartphone is faring with consumers. That scrutiny is being driven by a number of warning signs that have raised the prospect that the 5c might be the first new iPhone to be anything less than a runaway success. Retailers have already been offering discounts on the phone and several analysts are alleging that Apple has told suppliers to cut back on iPhone 5c parts production.
September 30, 2013 |
Many California bed and breakfasts give discounts to servicemen and women on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and the rest of the year. Here are five that military members may want to consider for a getaway in November and beyond. The deal: Each offer is specific to the individual inn, but all require folks to ask for the military discount when making a reservation. --The Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast in Hollister, Calif., features five rooms in a Victiorian mansion in the town northeast of Salinas.