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December Deals May Trump Black Friday Savings

November 21, 2014 1:25 am

According to ShopAdvisor, procrastination may be just the ticket for those seeking the hottest holiday deals. A recent survey points to December 18 as last year’s best day to snag low prices in-store and online. The virtuousness of patience was further borne out by data showing last year's post-Black Friday discounts reaching double digits, even for some of the most coveted brands.

Surprisingly, 42 percent of the products tracked by ShopAdvisor were actually priced higher on Black Friday than in the four weeks leading up to it. Luxury goods remained undiscounted from November through January.

Other noteworthy findings:
  • The average discount was 17.5 percent on December 18 versus less than 5 percent on Black Friday.
  • Discounts were 30 percent deeper weekdays than on weekends from after Black Friday through the holiday shopping period.
  • While discounts continued from December 26 through New Year's Day, the deals were not as strong as those offered on December 18.
"The question becomes, are retailers planning to backload deals again this year? The perception of a stronger economy may embolden them to behave that way," says Scott Cooper, CEO, ShopAdvisor. "What is now clear, if it wasn't already, is that Black Friday is more about sport than savings – consumers competing for real deals on just a handful of limited quantity doorbusters, not widespread season's-best pricing."

Source: ShopAdvisor

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Inspect Your Car before Heading Home for the Holidays

November 21, 2014 1:25 am

Before you pack up the car to head home for the holidays, make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Conducting a thorough vehicle inspection will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home.

"It's easy to remember to get your family ready for the holiday festivities, but what about preparing the car that's going to get you there?" said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Having a pre-inspection performed on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer."

Before leaving home, the Car Care Council recommends a check of the following, often overlooked, items: tires and tire pressure, brakes, hoses and belts, air filters, wipers, exterior and interior lighting, and fluid levels, including engine oil, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

"A pre-trip inspection provides the opportunity to have service repairs made at home by your own trusted technician who knows the vehicle, and helps reduce the chance of costly and dangerous trouble on the road," said White.

The Car Care Council also recommends that drivers keep important telephone numbers in their cell phone or glove box in case of a breakdown or travel emergency. Vehicles should have a roadside emergency kit that includes items such as a first aid kit, a tire-changing jack, a tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, a flashlight and a blanket.

Source: Car Care Council

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