Black Friday and Cyber Monday

November 15, 2006 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Deals, shopping | Leave a comment

2006_black_friday05bI always find the careful selection of the perfect gift far more satisfying than receiving goodies.  Ok, that’s not always true but picking a good gift for someone is always a victory.

Black Friday is not about careful shopping.  Instead, you wake up early on the day after Thanksgiving (Friday), eat leftovers for breakfast, and line up in front of your favorite big box retailer.  The doors open and you flood in with the rest of the mob in search of a $19.99 DVD player for grandma.

The origin of the term Black Friday is murky.  It either refers to the stress of the day, both on customers and overworked sales staff, or the hope that the day puts a company in the black (accounting term – negative numbers show as red). 

Related term: Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Thanksgiving when many online retailers give deep discounts for a limited time.

Black Friday deals can be previewed on many websites- just search for “black friday” in google.  These ads are printed in advance so that they are ready for distribution before the big day.  Copies of the ads are smuggled out of the print shops and onto the web.  There you go. pays you for you videos

November 15, 2006 at 11:03 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment

Visit and see for yourself.  They pay video creators when their videos are viewed.  Big focus on product reviews but they clearly want different content- bonuses are being paid for travel videos.

This model has been suggested as a way to make youtube profitable (what a concept).  I’m going to try expotv out and let you know.

CNN: No love for Zune

November 15, 2006 at 10:57 pm | Posted in Apple, music | Leave a comment
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Best question: “Who’s going to buy this?
My own moment of wonder: Why did MS include wifi that won’t allow you upload music from PC to Zune without wires?!
Punchline: the last 15 seconds of the clip turn into an endorsement for the Shuffle- did Apple pay for this?!

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