In almost a changing of the guard, apparently kids age 13 and under want an iPad or an iPod Touch more than any other electronic this holiday season, according to the latest Nielsen survey. That exclamation of happiness you just heard? That came from Apple. That groan? That just came from parents' wallets.
That collective inhale you heard this week was the breath of thousands of U.S. retailers preparing for Friday, November 26 -- better known to shoppers as Black Friday. Here’s how to make the best of the day, as well as its online equivalent, Cyber Monday, on November 29.
Black Friday is traditionally the day many retailers rely on to get “into the black” (i.e., profit) for the year. One company that doesn’t have to worry about that is Apple, although they still get into the spirit of things anyway.
There are few feelings that quite compete with wandering a store when you're in a hurry or you need to leave and you can't find what you came for. Sure, you can ask the staff, but what if you can't even find them? Then when you do find someone, they send you on a wild goose chase or don't know where it is themselves. Well, for a problem like this, there's a saying Cupertino just trademarked.
You may not know this, but your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch are the equivalent of throwing stars for all you shopping ninjas out there. So, grab one of these devices, prepare for battle, and use it to take advantage for next week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping trips.
Amazon.com apparently loves them some iOS, offering up free universal apps for both Amazon Mobile and Kindle. Now the world’s biggest online store has added a new iPad-specific app that brings a whole new shopping experience.
Pardon me for perpetuating stereotypes here, but I love shopping. Sometimes, I like to keep a browser window open with a pair of good looking designer shoes, or perhaps a page full of sale items, just so that I can dream about having enough disposable cash to blow through a whole rack at Bloomingdale's. But that's just a dream, and most of my shopping is done inside a grocery store, at a farmer's market, or at the drug store down the street from where I live. Fortunately, there are a ton of apps, both online and on a variety of mobile devices, that can aid in finding the best deals, so that I'm always getting more bang for my buck. That, my friends, is the true reward of shopping.
GoodGuide, a website that reviews companies based on their impact on health, the environment and society, has had an iPhone application for a while that allowed you to search through the more than 65,000 products they have in their database. Recently, however, they updated the application to include a barcode scanner, making it even easier to search for the "good" in any product.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, has
become one of the most popular shopping days over the years. With the
economic situation, there’s no doubt that more people will be looking
for deals when it comes to holiday shopping.