The Myth Of Cyber Monday

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“Cyber Monday” is the Monday after Thanksgiving and is commonly reported to be the start of the online holiday shopping season or the biggest online shopping day of the year, both of which are untrue.
The theory purports that consumers do a great deal of their real world shopping on “Black Friday” (another myth about the Friday after Thanksgiving) and when they return to work on Monday, they start their online shopping.

The origin of the term is unclear; probably a media fabrication in their attempt to create a story where one didn’t exist. Sure, more and more of our holiday shopping is moving online and there is definitely a online holiday shopping season, but the start of the season is not as clearly defined as the media would like. They already have a term and day, Black Friday, to describe the start of the holiday shopping season, so they should also have the same for the online shopping season, right? In their quest for the story, the media created Cyber Monday.

In reality, there is no single day that kicks off the season. Online shopping ramps up from the middle/end of November and runs through about a week before Christmas.

The Monday after Thanksgiving was convenient and made more sense years ago when consumers didn’t have high speed internet access at home. The rational for this is that consumers didn’t want to shop on a slow speed dial-up connection at home, so they waited until they could use their employer’s high speed connection. Now that most consumers have a high speed connection, this rational makes less sense. It is probably more likely that after a big Thanksgiving dinner, consumers will get online and get a head start on their online shopping instead of waiting until Monday when they need to get caught up on their work after the four day layoff.

The trend in consumer behavior has also been to ease into the holiday shopping season. We can measure this with the appearance of holiday decorations and merchandise appearing earlier and earlier every year. You can now find some Christmas décor before Halloween in some stores. It wouldn’t be there if consumers weren’t buying it. The same goes online as we ease into the holiday season as we can now find holiday décor year round online.

As far as the biggest online shopping day goes, that occurs between one and two weeks before Christmas as most of us procrastinate, waiting as long as possible. In our neighborhood stores, the biggest shopping day is usually the last Saturday before Christmas. Our deadline for completing our shopping is the last day that we can have something shipped so that it arrives before Christmas, about a week before. That deadline isn’t that important either as we can always get a last minute gift card which is also prolonging the holiday shopping season as more of our shopping occurs after Christmas when we have those gift cards in hand.

Hopefully the media will realize that “Cyber Monday” doesn’t really exist and we won’t be hearing all about it this year.

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But for many parents this can be quite a challenge as many of the typical high street retailers are not accessible anymore but these have been replaced by specialist online suppliers.
If you love dressing up in fancy outfits and playing your favourite fabled characters, Halloween is your dream holiday. And there’s nothing better on Halloween than having the best costume in the bunch. Whether it’s a sexy pirate costume or a scary vampire outfit, you’ll still the show with Disguise Costumes. You’ll find creative adult and kids Halloween costumes to make this summer unforgettable.
Costume parties are very fashionable nowadays in the UK and all over the world. Being able to advertise your fancy dress business on the Internet as well as selling costumes and accessories online is an important step towards a better and profitable future for the fancy dress costumes industry. Party costume for all adults and children, masks accessories and decorations are all available on specialty web sites and will be shipped to you the next day and for many this makes buying childrens fancy dress very easy and convenient.
Children fancy dress parties can take place with any occasion or on national holidays like Halloween, Eastern, and Christmas or World Book day. Parents willing to make a child very happy by looking for the best suiting costume for the child’s wish, are free to look in Internet pages for the best costume, theme, accessories and decorations required. Web sites offering children fancy dress requirements offer their services grouped in products for boys and girls.
If you are calling a large group of people, a general fancy dress party may be a better idea. Trying to organize a themed party to suit so many different tastes may prove to be too challenging for you and may not sound as exciting to everybody. You can be sure not everyone will be doing cartwheels when they receive your Aliens v/s Predators party invite. Better to give your guests the creative license to dress up or dress down as they please and watch the excitement unfold as you try and guess who is behind each mask.
Regardless of how much money you have to spend there are loads of options available for the fancy dress connoisseur!
Feeling Flush? Why not splash out on ready made costume with all the trimmings? Watching the pennies? Then put on your best Blue Peter hat and get creative at home. Whatever your budget being dressed up has a great effect on people and is bound to result in an amusing night! Remember selecting your fancy dress costumes is just the start as selecting the matching accessories is also important.
Whatever you decide is the best choice for your costume all we really need is some great weather and this a prerequisite for any great fancy dress party in the UK.

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Toy shopping

Here it comes – that time of the year. The time of the year when all kids are starting to make their Christmas lists and making sure their parents are up to date on all of the newest technologies and toys. It is also the time of the year when stores put more emphasis on advertising and making sure that everyone knows that their prices and sales are better than their competitors.

For some parents, such as myself, it is the season for toy shopping. I don’t enjoy it. My daughter has already started noticing all of the toys that the TV stations are advertising. She can’t write very well yet, but she’s made sure that I have already started a Christmas list for her. So it begins, toy shopping. Some parents will do it solely online. Some parents will wait in huge lines when the stores announce that a brand new, ever so popular toy hits the shelves. I have several friends who start doing their toy shopping the second that Halloween decorations disappear from the stores. Usually, they’re completely done with everything by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.

Toy shopping can become rather competitive too. Those who have camped out on sidewalks in the rain and wind just to get one of the few toys that the stores have on the shelves for a few seconds, know exactly what that means. Friendly banter that takes place while waiting in line disappears the moment those stores open their doors. Suddenly, it is every man for himself and people are diving across the aisles for the last toy on the shelf. Toy shopping can become a total nightmare. If you’re lucky enough to get the great deals and hot toys online, toy shopping can be a piece of cake. That’s how I tend to do my shopping. On Black Friday, I can be sitting happily in my house, wearing my comfortable pajamas and getting all of my presents delivered right to my doorstep. I usually get the same sales that people in the stores are getting, I just don’t have the advantage of examining the toys in my hand. However, I also don’t have to carry around heavy packages, fight for parking spaces and spend entirely too much
time waiting in lines.

So, when my daughter adds a few more things to her Christmas list every time she watches TV and circles some new toys in the flyers that the stores place in local newspapers, I’ll be able to scope them out on the internet. And all of my toy shopping will be done online.

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Pirate Costumes Fit To Walk The Plank On The High Seas

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When looking for some great fun at your next Halloween party or masquerade ball, and yes, they are still around; you can have the hottest pirate costumes fit to walk the plank on the high seas. When looking at pirate costumes, you will find pirate hats and pirate swords, pirate mustache, pirate eye patches, but also the right pirate costume just for you. Halloween is not only October 31, where kids go door to door, make Jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkin carvings, but it is also Samhain, a Celtic Holiday, All Hallow’s Day, and All Saints Day.

Many may think that they are too old to play dress up or cannot find the right costume in the right size, but that is where the world has not changed, only now you can find the costume you are looking for online. Buying online, you will find the convenience of knowing what costume will fit without ever having to step into a dressing room. Just imagine dressing up as the scandalous Jack Sparrow, or as a female version in a women’s pirate captain costume. Halloween Costumes are meant to be fun, so why not a Sexy Pirate Costume.

Piracy has been around since men first sailed the seas, and is still around today. The pirates we think of range from swashbuckling heroes to actual historical ones like Barbarossa, Blackbeard, Redbeard, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and William Kidd. There were both male and female pirates and they would all pillage and plunder to their hearts desire. The word pirate inspires by its meaning alone, “attempt, experience”, basically “to find luck on the sea”.

Piracy in the Caribbean has sparked not only the minds of young children but fictional writers, and movies as well. The infamous Jolly Roger flag and Edward England’s flag have been under the spotlight of history and Hollywood as well. Piracy reigned in the Caribbean from 1560 to the 1760s and still today, yet this was when Piracy was at an all time high. It sparked interest because of conflicts between England, Spain, the Dutch, and France. Most of the pirates of that time were of English or Dutch Origin.

Halloween, and the costumes surrounding it, gives not only children but also adults as well to be something else even if only for a few hours. It’s striking that many believe that America was the first to don Halloween costumes but masquerades and masks have been around for centuries. Halloween is also celebrated in other countries as well, including Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales.

Dressing up in a sexy Halloween costume gives you a chance to attract the opposite sex in a hot and appealing way to say trick or treat, whether you decide to hide yourself behind a mask or not. It is a time-honored tradition to celebrate a festive holiday. Halloween does not have to be scary, horrifying, or only about haunted houses. It is simply a way to dress up in theatrical costumes and have fun. Why not go as that sexy pirate and steal the heart of the one you love.

Autumn is the perfect time of the year to throw away your ordinary wardrobe and go to costume parties wearing the latest Halloween fashions. Therefore, why not have some fun while you are getting candy and other sweets wearing a risqué pirate costume.

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Holiday Cards and Holiday Invitations

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The holidays are a wonderful time to send a personal letter to old friends and new friends. There are a great variety of holiday cards to send depending on what the occasion is. Holiday cards don’t need to be sent just at the end of the year either. There are holiday cards to send year round. And with holidays, also come holiday parties, so don’t forget about holiday party invitations too.

The end of the year is the most popular time to send holiday cards. If the sender is sending Christmas wishes or hosting a Christmas party, there are numerous types of cards and invitations available. There are many themes for holiday parties including traditional Christmas elements such as Christmas trees, wreathes, and presents. Other elements may include poinsettias, snowmen, and bells. For a Hanukkah celebration, there are many wonderful invitations and cards featuring traditional menorah or Dradle.

There are lots of other holidays year round that may call for sending a card or throwing a party. Independence Day invitations or 4th of July invitations are very popular. The summer time is a great time to get guests together for an outdoor barbeque or picnic. There are some great invitations that feature the flag or fireworks. Halloween is also a great opportunity to send cards or throw a costume party. Halloween invitations have some great themes like pumpkins, ghosts, and trick or treaters.

Since you will often need to order lots of invitations or holiday cards, it is important to find a distributor that offers a discount. Many distributors will offer a discount for orders over 25 or 50 invitations. Others offer a discount for ordering invitations online. Look for discounts like 25% off or free shipping. These types of discounts can help save a bundle, especially helpful at the holiday times when money can be spent on other things.

So no matter when or what the occasion, cards and invitations can always come in handy. Choose the best theme for your party and find discount cards and discount invitations to stay in a budget. And most importantly, have fun!

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