WhileBlack Friday is not necessarily the best day of the year to shop, it is still the most ritualistic shopping "holiday" with several stores opening at 12 a.m. Friday (or even earlier) with limited-time deals. An estimated 152 million Americans will be taking part in the retail festivities Friday and during the weekend, up from 138 million last year. If you're thinking of hitting the mall -- instead of watching various TV show marathons like me -- here's a handy list of the who's who of Black Friday and their featured door-busters. Keep in mind that on Black Friday, it's first-come, first-served, so some of these deals will go away once the item is sold out. (Also keep in mind that stores want you to feel pressure to buy. But it's not a good deal if you purchase something you don't need just because the price looks good.)Walmart For the first time, Walmart will be kicking off its in-store specials at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving and plans to scatter its offers. The following deals will … [Read more...] about Black Friday 2011: Deals from Walmart, Target, Best Buy and more
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(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY We're knee-deep in the college rankings season, with U.S. News & World Report, the most prominent peddler of that classification, set to release its latest list on Wednesday. I'm sure I'll have plenty to say about the newest college rankings tomorrow, but I wanted to get a head start by sharing my thoughts about an ancillary rankings list that U.S. News is sharing in advance of the big unveiling. The magazine released its list of the top 10 best value schools among national universities. Here are U.S. News' best best collegiate buys (in alphabetical order): - California Institute of Technology A predictable college listFrankly, I could have drawn up a nearly identical list without access to any of U.S. News' data. The best-value list always favors the most exclusive institutions, which are magnets for extremely wealthy students who obviously don't need financial aid. Even though the cost of attendance at these elite schools is at or near $60,000 per … [Read more...] about What’s wrong with this best-buy college list?
(CBS) - Customers at a Greenville, S.C. Best Buy were caught by surprise when pornography was displayed on large-screen TVs. According to CBS affiliate WSPA, customer Gloria Berg was in the store with her son and his children when the store's 55-inch screen TVs displayed the offending photograph of a man and woman. The image was up for several minutes, allowing time for other families to see the pornographic image. "It was extremely, extremely pornographic image," Berg told WSPA. "I think even the word 'pornographic' doesn't cover it. I have never watched pornography, so I don't know what else you can see there, but to me, I really felt extremely violated." Berg said a Best Buy manager told her that someone "used the store's Wi-Fi to upload the image to the TVs" and that it had happened the previous night and nothing could be done about it. WSPA didn't get a confirmation from the Greenville Best Buy's management, but did get a statement from the corporate office. "Two individuals … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Porn played on Best Buy TVs, customers shocked
(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY A guy walks into a Best Buy store, finds a Sony Vaio notebook on display and pokes around Yahoo Finance for a bit. Question: What will the guy do next? A: Go home, Google "Sony Vaio," buy it online for $200 less.B: Go to an Apple store, buy a MacBook Air for $200 more.C: Go home; buy shares of Apple, Google and Amazon; short Sony, Yahoo and Best Buy.D: Nobody cares. Watching Sony (SNE), Yahoo (YHOO) and Best Buy (BBY) struggle for survival these days is like watching three different train wrecks in agonizing slow motion, all at the same time. You look at one, exclaim, "What a horrific tragedy," then look at another and cry, "OMG, that's even worse," and so on. Tuesday was just like that. There was news on all three fronts and it sure wasn't pretty. Dunn is out -- and he's the lucky one The latest on Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn's sudden resignation is that the board of directors was probing his "personal conduct," and Dunn decided he'd rather not stick around for … [Read more...] about Can Yahoo, Best Buy and Sony survive?
A child pornography case involving a California doctor has revealed that Best Buy's Geek Squad technicians allegedly worked with the FBI to uncover data on customer's computers for years, CBS Pittsburgh reports. A non-profit organization claims that the nature of the FBI's relationship with the technicians may have violated the U.S. Constitution. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit last year after it learned that the FBI allegedly paid Geek Squad employees to pass along information about illegal materials on devices sent in by customers for repairs. One search led to felony child porn charges against Dr. Mark Rettenmaier after a technician reportedly went through the oncologist's deleted files and called the FBI in 2011. In 2017, a judge ruled that the images found in Rettenmaier's computer could not be considered child porn and the invasive search was illegal. All of the charges were dropped and the case was dismissed after a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Best Buy’s Geek Squad searched customer computers for the FBI, report claims