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Christmas Holiday 2016 Shipping Deadlines

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Last Update: 12/1/2016

Back in the day, when all gifts had to be bought in stores, retailers would helpfully remind us how many “shopping days” there were left before Christmas - not counting the Sundays, and often Saturdays, when stores were closed. Now, in the age of the Internet, every day can be a shopping day, and store hours are any time we’re awake.

However, that doesn’t mean you can just put off all your shopping until the last minute. Because the snag with doing your Christmas shopping online is, you have to factor in delivery time to be sure your gift will arrive before Santa takes off for the year. So instead of counting shopping days until Christmas, you have to count shipping days.

Fortunately, BuyVia has taken the work out of counting for you. We’ve checked websites for all the major stores to see how long their expected delivery times are for regular shipping, express shipping, and free shipping. If a store doesn’t have this information on the Web, or the information is conflicting, we’ve called customer service to get the scoop - so you can just relax and enjoy your eggnog.

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The Problems with Social Media & Shopping in 2016

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This past summer you may have noticed a button popping up on your Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest feeds next to products inviting you to “Shop Now” or “Buy.” As retailers integrate e-commerce with the social media experience, viewers are now encouraged to do more than just gawk over the latest gadgets.

 

While it’s definitely a convenient way to boost sales, is shopping on social media good for customers?

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What Not to Buy on Black Friday 2016

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11/8/2016

Black Friday is the most hyped-up shopping day of the year. It becomes a strategic battle to find the best deals: ads are leaked almost a month beforehand, shoppers line up Thanksgiving afternoon, and people stampede to get the big ticket items.

Though it may seem that everything you buy on Black Friday is a great deal, that’s actually not the case. Lots of sites lure shoppers in with deep discounts and then sell products that don’t give you the most bang for your buck.

In the spirit of being an informed shopper, here are 6 items you should NOT buy on Black Friday:

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The Insider’s Guide to Cyber Monday 2016 Deals

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The best time of the year to purchase many items is approaching rapidly. The holiday shopping season starts off at Thanksgiving and continues to Christmas. Between those two holidays, you will find two major shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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The Insider’s Shopping Guide to Black Friday Deals and Sales

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Last update: 11/7/2016

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Ahh, Black Friday...that delirious, manic shopping frenzy the day after Thanksgiving, and now the entire week! Black Friday marks the kickoff of the holiday buying season and retailers offer deep discounts to coax our credit cards from our wallets and purses.

Be sure to look at our Black Friday Ad Scans and Deals Page

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The Truth about Black Friday Sales

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The truth about Black Friday? Black Friday has morphed into Black November, and retailers - both traditional and online, begin running their Black Friday deals on November 1st. That’s right - as soon as you finally hit the bed after a fright filled night of collecting candy from your neighbors, retailers are gearing up to relieve you of your holiday shopping budgets.

Be sure to look at our Black Friday Ad Scans and Deals Page

Questioning Black Friday

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Predictions for Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2016

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the biggest sales day of the year for retailers. Starting in 2015, stores decided to jump the traditions and start sales earlier in the MONTH! Realistically, these sales were not as good as the main event.

We will analyze the deals from Black Friday 2015 and Cyber Monday 2015 and produce our educated guess on Black Friday 2016 and Cyber Monday 2016 sale items.

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Best Deals of Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2015

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Black Friday 2016 is rapidly approaching.  Before all the leaked Black Friday ads hit, it is useful to look back at 2015 and see what was on sale.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the biggest sales day of the year for retailers. Usually, stores are mobbed on Black Friday with shoppers battling over bargains. But this year, the stores hardly looked crowded at all. What happened?

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AT&T Next vs Verizon Edge vs Apple iPhone Upgrade Program

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Last Update: September 9, 2016
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AT&T created a new wireless phone plan in July 2013 called AT&T Next Installment to address the needs of customers who want to upgrade to the latest and greatest Smartphone every year. Verizon followed suit with their Edge program a week later.

Normal Smartphone plans in the USA require shoppers to commit to a 2 year contract. They cannot change phones during this time unless they want to pay an expensive early termination fee, for cancelling their contract early

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What is an Unlocked iPhone? Why do I need one?

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Last Update: 9/9/2016

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What is an Unlocked iPhone?

Unlocked Smartphones like an Unlocked iPhone allow you to use the phone on any cellular network (provided it is wireless compatible), you are no longer locked to a single carrier or stuck in a 2 year contract! An unlocked smartphone is a phone that is not tied to a specific carrier or contract. Freedom! You can sign up for low cost no contract cell phone plans from $30 a month.

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